Upcoming Music Highlights

Silence Presents: Aidan Baker w/ Hymns57 & Modo Koagon

August 17, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30 PM
Show at 8:00 PM

Tickets $15 at Eventbrite or at the door

Aidan Baker 

Visiting all the way from Berlin, Germany, Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz.

A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, like Nadja, B/B/S/, and Caudal, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Pleasence Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions.

Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Mutek, among others. Baker is originally from Toronto, Canada.

Opening support performance duties will be in the hands of 2 of Guelph’s very own experimental sound sculptors.

Modo Koagon and Hymns57 

The pair of musicians intend to perform separate sets that overlap in the middle at some point. Creating an extra layer to each of their already improvised styles.

Modo Koagon brings his eclectic trove of trinket-collage, field recordings, cling-clang, jazzy sax, synthery and percussive blips and rips that make the sound the land makes as you pass through it, insects in trees, blades on ice, the gutters melting, tapping typewriter, the beep of the life support machine, the clock on the wall. Offering nothing shy of a lucid dream-like experience.

Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Tape loops, guitar and a multitude of effects create lush waves of static, rolling tones, and haunting textures that crest and wash over you. Decaying and dissolving in the mix like a glowing, faded memory. Formulated to immerse you, under a wall of sound that leads your ears astray.

This promises to be an unforgettable night of soundscapes. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to be sonically bathed by a line up this diverse and in such an intimate setting.

**capacity permitting cash at the door will be accepted (but don’t chance it)

Silence Presents: The Heillig Manoeuvre

August 24, 8:00 Pm – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30 PM
Concert at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15 in advance at Eventbrite or the door.

PipeDown! Presents: Minority 905

August 29, 2018

Silence Presents: Roughhousing

August 31, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30 PM
Concert at 8:00 PM

Tickets $10 at the door

​Described 25 years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. Since the early 80s he has been touring through the US and Europe, finding interesting partners and playing situations.

Now at 75 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as he was called back in the 80s. Most partners are outside music school careerdom, unknown to the music press, and selected for their ability to interconnect with each other.

The East Coast Free Music Festival of the 80s was his creation, and will finally appear again in 2018. His influence has extended through writings; in Jan. 2017 Wright’s book was published, The Free Musics. As for his playing, he’s said to have the widest vocabulary of any, an expert at leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic growling. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king.”

For more info, discography and sounds go to Spring Garden Music and for writing try this: ​

See also: Cadence Magazine Interview, July 2017, p. 55-73 ​