Sunday, July 23, 2017

Recording: Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz

Artist: Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Ratio (TONE Festival – Show #7), June 24, 2017.

Sook-Yin Lee & Adam Litovitz - unknown

Although the local "jazz" festival is anticipated in some quarters, it seemed that too often there was no home there for adventurous and experimental creators. Thus, out of necessity, the TONE Festival was born to give these touring musicians a chance to connect with local audiences and artists. A collaboration between Burn Down the Capital's Tad Michalak, Ron Gaskin (a.k.a. Rough Idea) and Karen Ng and Daniel Pencer, the goal was to create shows that were rewarding for players and listeners alike. Coming after their own funeral series, this was also the last concert at beloved local DIY venue Ratio.

Arrington De Dionyso did some soundtrack work for Sook-Yin Lee's recently-completed movie, so it made sense to have them together on this bill. Joined by Adam Litovitz on keyb and percussion, Lee's songs were semi-improvised (there were some stream-of-consciousness lyrics drawing from things she could see in the room) fragments based around delay pedal mini-loops. The pair were joined by dancer Ronnie Clarke for the set, settled on the floor in front of the musicians, drawing in their sounds and the darkness of the room.

[Brandon Caswell Douglas was also documenting the show with his video camera — check out his youtube playlist from the night.]

* I'm not sure if this set contained song fragments or works-in-progress or things that might already have titles. Please leave a comment if you know!

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