Sunday, November 12, 2017

Recording: Laura Ortman

Artist: Laura Ortman

Song: Words for Water

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 1), October 11, 2017.

Laura Ortman - Words for Water

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there.

More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", explored on this night from three female Indigenous perspectives. Last year the Music Gallery co-presented a panel with the the RPM music series entitled "What Sovereignty Sounds Like" and this further collaboration put that into practice.

With laptop and violin, Laura Ortman (of the White Mountain Apache and currently based in Brooklyn) mixed chops with shredding power and some deep bass rumbulations. This piece emerged from a performance at the Whitney Museum, and there also some pieces from her recent My Soul Remainer album.

[RPM's live series continues on Tuesday (November 14th) with a hip-hop infused show at Smiling Buddha featuring Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dio Ganhdih, See Monsters and T-Rhyme.]

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