Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Contest: X Avant

X Avant IX: Transculturalism

October 16-19, 2014

Kicking their season into full gear, the Music Gallery's X Avant festival is always a special occasion. This year sees it a little more compressed into one weekend, which makes for an action-packed few days. This year's theme is "Transculturalism", putting into play Artistic Director David Dacks' masterplan to explode the narrow confines of genre, of ethno-cultural barriers and more. That's explored in a musical sweep which mixes Laraaji's New Age electric zither, Ed Hanley's tabla grooves, The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner's tribute to an under-heralded contemporary composer, DJ Ushka's global bass music and Lido Pimienta's anticolonial celebrations.

All the concerts and side events are worth seeing — especially with a $40 festival pass on offer. And do note that the afternoons see a couple intriguing panel discussions that you can check out for gratis.


You can check out the details of all the festival's events here, and if you hadn't noticed, the MG has a user-friendly/wallet-freindly online ticketing system that makes it easy to book shows in advance. Advance tickets are also available at Soundscapes, and as always, Music Gallery members get a sweet discount.


But if that weren't enough, complements of the Music Gallery, I have a festival pass to give away so you can overload on the festival.

To enter, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body — or if it's easier, you can enter with a retweet on twitter or a "like" on facebook. I'll randomly draw a winner on Thursday, October 16th at noon.

N.B.: Hitting the "Like" button below is appreciated — and encouraged! — but does not constitute contest entry, given that I have no way of knowing who pressed it.

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