Artist: Michael Snow + Mani Mazinani
Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.Michael Snow + Mani Mazinani - [excerpt]
A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.
A rare outing from "the only Octave Cat Synthesizer duo in the world", there was whoop-zworping aplenty sawtoothing across the square in a set that sounded like a soundtrack to a UFO landing. Michael Snow, who's been playing his CAT for several decades in CCMC had an able foil in Mani Mazinani, who's also known for his visual art and his work in shredcore duo Gravitons. The set closed out in the most delightful way imaginable with Mazinani's toddler showing off her own burgeoning musical chops as she climbed up on his lap at set's end to take a few stabs at the keyboard.