Artist: Cory Latkovich
Song: selections from two performances by In Synch
Recorded at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Camp Wavelength), August 20, 2016.
Following and expanding on the template of last year's successful festival, Wavelength returned to the island with a meticulously-executed event that included an exciting range of music and a beach full of art beside festival headliner Lake Ontario. It also managed to be a stress-reducing rather than a stress-inducing time — rather like a weekend at the cottage, even if the city was just out of view.
Aubyn O'Grady's In Synch performance was a highlight of last year's Camp Wavelength, presenting an amateur synchronized swimming routine with equal parts whimsy and gravitas. Despite the burden of now having to deal with raised expectations, the troupe raised their game and presented an even more impressive performance this year, with more elaborate costumes, thoughtful staging as well as some live music. The latter was provided by Cory Latkovich on cello and MAX patch, mixing swooning strings with some slightly-menacing subsonic frequencies. The group performed the routine twice, so this is also a chance to listen to two different improvised takes on the same idea — the first has a smoother sheen while the second take sounds like it's moving into slightly choppier waters.
[In an entirely-different sonic galaxy, Latkovich's avant-prog/kosmische group Imaginary Flesh will be re-emerging on Saturday at the highly-recommended Intersection Festival.]