This Friday, Aug. 7, will feature a special edition of SAM's Remix series at the Olympic Sculpture Park from the friendly, and committed, house heads behind the upcoming Decibel fest. Among the quartet of DJs playing a stage festooned with digital video art and other pixilated creations is Barcelona-based Filastine. He combines dub-step with brooding synth meltdowns, creating noisy and nasty SFX-laden compositions. You don't dance to this stuff so much as allow it to swallow you--the patterns are too herky-jerky. Nevertheless, there's a polyglot quality to Filastine's music, and when he does aim to fill the floor, watch out. Check "No Lock No Key" (featuring another of the night's performers, Seattle's DJ Collage) off this year's Dirty Bomb: It's grimed-out dancehall of the type that would make Major Lazer sneak back to the frat party.
The press release, complete with venue and ticket info and exhaustive bios of the other jocks, is available after the jump.
On Friday, August 7th come celebrate summer at the Olympic Sculpture Park with DJs, dancing, performances, art interventions and special "park after dark" tours at this late-night event.
As part of the special SAM Remix event, Decibel will be curating the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion stage, which will feature four internationally renowned artists: Filastine (Barcelona), Rena Jones (Portland) and local heroes Lusine & DJ Collage (see artist bios and links below). Each will be performing live electronic music that bridges the gap between technology and culture. The stage will feature interactive projections and digital art by some of Seattle's most respected digital video artist, including The Sight Below, who just returned back to his Emerald City home from a successful seven-week European tour.
This REMIX event marks the beginning of a creative partnership between Decibel Festival and the Seattle Art Museum, which will continue during the festival's 6th edition the weekend of September 24 - 27th. "We are thrilled to partner with Decibel for this special SAM REMIX event," said Sandra Jackson Dumont, SAM's Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs and Adjunct Curator. "They have curated an incredible line-up of electronic music artists that consider visual culture in their performances. Decibel's contribution to this SAM REMIX is bound to make it one of the most talked about moments at the Olympic Sculpture Park."
:: ARTISTS' INFORMATION FOR THE DECIBEL STAGE ::
FILASTINE : Soot Records - Barcelona
Barcelona-resident Filastine has been a part of the hammering rhythm section of tribal-rock/performance troupe ¡Tchkung!, conceiver and founding member of radical marching band Infernal Noise Brigade, and, most recently, a sweat-inducing club DJ and composer of wildly diverse and dirty laptop music. In short, he has spent his artistic life heretofore straddling the line between unrelentingly political statement and action, and the lost-in-music euphoria of the broadest possible definition of pop music. His new proper debut, Burn It (on kindred avant spirit DJ /rupture's UK-based Soot Records), steams with juddering hip hop/modern R&B rhythms, South American breaks, North African trance, and a grip of vocal and instrumental contributors from every corner of the world.
A voracious traveler and student of various global music genres, he has studied with Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, spent weeks at the feet of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, and dug deep into the ancient-to-the-future music of Brazil. Like many great producers, Filastine is also a great instrumentalist, and his years of rhythmic study lend depth to both his recordings and visceral live performance.
"Reminiscent of the murky drama of Ninja Tuners like Amon Tobin and DJ Food...feels like a thrillingly tense interaction between these ideological factors and the gold-toothed, whip-riding luxury of hip hop culture" - The Stranger
RENA JONES : Native State Records - Portland
Rena Jones slips through the veils of defined sound, weaving cello, violin, woodwinds, Rhodes, electronics and sound design through unique instrumentation. Her most recent album 'Driftwood' was given the honor of the sixth most essential albums of 2006 on NPR 'Echoes' radio show. Her extensive background in music and sound covers a colorful spectrum from award winning video games "Dance Dance Revolution and Karaoke Revolution" and for various films as a sound editor, sound designer and composer.
Jones' live sets are a potent sonic session. She orchestrates her violin over handcrafted beats melding the organic with the electronic. Her performance is a sophisticated example of the modern movement in electronic dance and ambient music. Multiple tours around North America and Europe have lead Rena to perform at some of the world's most established cutting edge electronic music festivals; The Glade Festival (UK), Shambhala Music Festival (Canada) and Burning Man (USA). Rena Jones has released tracks with such reputable international labels as Iboga, Spun Records, Aleph Zero and Native State Records. Currently, Rena is in the studio working on her fourth solo album, which will feature the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago.
LUSINE : Ghostly International - Seattle
Jeff McIlwain's ever morphing musical project, Lusine, has been in existence for over 10 years now. Originally a Texas native, Jeff now resides in Seattle. In 1998, he attended CalArts to study 20th century electronic music and sound design for music and film. Soon after, he met Shad Scott and put out a self-titled release with Isophlux. Since then, he has been releasing his music on various labels including Ann Arbor's respected Ghostly International, Hymen, and U-Cover. His latest release, Language Barrier, was somewhat of a departure, focusing less on rhythmic detail, instead highlighting the layers of ambience that were only briefly touched upon in past releases. McIlwain has also contributed tracks to several labels including Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult for various compilations and remix releases. He has performed around the US and abroad including a set at London's esteemed Fabric nightclub, and an ambient performance and collaboration with video artist Scott Sunn at Seattle's Triple Door in April. Jeff has recently been involved in two film projects, co-scoring David Gordon Green's "Snow Angels" (with Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, 2008), and scoring the film "Linewatch" (dir. Kevin Bray, 2009; with Cuba Gooding Jr., Omari Hardwick) He is currently putting the finishing touches on an upcoming album and taking a break after an impressive international tour schedule, which included performances at three of the world's most prestigious electronic music festivals (DEMF, MUTEK and Sónar).
DJ COLLAGE : Ninja Tune / Masse-One - Seattle
Since early 2002, the raggamuffin voice of Mr. Chatman has been a rising sound within the global music community worldwide. His vocal performances have been featured on top releases by artists such as: Dehli2Dublin, Ghislain Poirier, Machinedrum, Filastine, & several others. And as a live performer, he has performed alongside many top names in the reggae world such as: Yellowman, Collie Buddz, Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor and many more. With his recording collaborations and performances, he has been able to bridge the sounds of reggae dancehall to various forms of music such as Dubstep, Electronica, Hip-Hop & Bhangra. Mr Chatman can also be found found performing at sessions such as San Francisco's monthly events-Non Stop Bhangra, Dub Mission, Grime City and his Seattle based Monday night reggae party-Jam Jam.
Tickets: SAM members $5, nonmembers $10, students $8. Purchase tickets at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM's three sites or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.
This event is open to guests age 18 and over only.
Event begins at 8pm and goes until midnight
Olympic Sculpture Park : 2901 Western Ave