NonSeq: Jessika Kenney/Eyvind Kang + Faith Coloccia + Casey Adams

Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney are a duo interested in geomusicalities. Their albums include Azure (Ideologic Organ 2023), Cypress Dance (Ed. Mariana Calo & Francisco Queimadela), the face of the earth, Aestuarium (2012, 2011 Ideologic Organ/Endless), Reverse Tree (Black Truffle), Seva/Fixiones (self-released cassette). As a duo they have worked with poet Anne Carson and randomizer Bob Currie, and the bands Sun City Girls, Sunn O))), and Animal Collective. Together they composed Concealed Unity and Siheung Tablatures for orchestra, choir, and soloists for the Tectonics festivals in Reykjavik, Athens and Glasgow. Their most recent collaboration was the installation Spokane River Sound Action, shown at the Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center (GUAAC) in 2022.

Kenney was the singer for punk bands Cause and Ex Nihilo, and later for ASVA. She has recorded the music of Alvin Lucier and Jarrad Powell, and has collaborated with Niloufar Shiri, Lori Goldston, Holland Andrews, Trimpin, Simone Forti, and Mulati Suryodarmo. Her compositions include the solo album Atria (Sige), and vocal music for the film Midsommar (dir. Ari Aster). She has made several sound and video installations including Anchor Zero, filling five rooms at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle (2015). Kang is a violist and composer who has released many albums, including Sonic Gnostic (2020, Aspen Edities) and Ajaeng Ajaeng (2020, Ideologic Organ). He has worked with a wide range of musicians including Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, Skuli Sverrison, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and many others. He is a disciple of spiritual jazz violinist Michael White, and a lifelong student of North Indian “classical” music with Padma Bhushan Dr. N Rajam. Since 2020 he has focused on the viola d’amore.

Faith Coloccia is an artist and composer based in Vashon, WA. Her work is focused on time deconstruction, inherited memory, indexical archives, and how sound affects the body in space. Using voice, field recordings, visual scores and traditional instrumentation, she unites composition, spirituality and installation acoustics into a cohesive whole. She performs under the names of Mamiffer and Mára and has been commissioned by and performed at festivals such as Big Ears (US), Hopscotch (US) and Sacrum Profanum (PL). She has performed in Europe, North America and Japan, and has collaborated with artists such as Daniel Menche, Philip Jeck, Aaron Turner, Circle, and Eyvind Kang. Her work has been released on SIGE Records, Karlrecords, Room40 and Touch. Tonight Faith will present a piano and vocal song that has been developed over a three-year period. The composition is based on isolated time fragments of field recordings, concentrating on the strange emotional clarity that comes with sleep deprivation and constant thought interruption.

Casey Adams is a Seattle-based drummer, builder and creator of electro-acoustic noise. In his work and research he is interested in the de/construction of sound and space, and the exploration of the ambience that exists between. As a performer, Casey attempts to fuse disparate and peripheral sounds while exploring movement, tension, intensity and the materiality of auditory experience; pursuant of a moment that never arrives. They will be presenting work for solo percussion.

Curated by Kole Galbraith for Nonsequitur‘s NonSeq series.