BRAIDS – Tickets – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY – February 15th, 2011

BRAIDS

BRAIDS

Geotic, Shigeto, Friendly Ghost

Tue, February 15, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

$10.00 DOS

BRAIDS - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
BRAIDS
Braids, the Canadian experimental pop group who released Native Speaker in 2011,
have reinvented themselves in the making of their second full length. After 18 months
of touring in support of their debut, along with the departure of a band member, the
group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording.
While Native Speaker was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought
to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting. Sonically, the
songs from these sessions are delicate and tight, yet thoughtfully open up to the rich
lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable,
demonstrating the group's emotional growth and maturity since their last record.
As they head out in anticipation of their sophomore album – due Fall 2013 – their new
songs will be played, fully live, in an exciting time in music as the gap between real and
synthetic narrows, leaving room only for the pure energy driving the performance.
Geotic - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Geotic
Baths side project. Rather than create more of his electronic pop like Baths, the Los Angeles musician's new project is a guitar-based, ambient-styled effort.
Shigeto - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Shigeto
Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.

Zach was brought up on a steady diet of Michigan-bred music, as his father spoon-fed him old Motown and jazz records by the crateload. Zach picked up the drums at an early age, spending much of his childhood playing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor music scene. After nearly flunking out of high school—save for his music studies—Zach spent three years studying jazz at the New School in NYC and three more in London, where he began woodshedding, obsessed with learning electronic production. Soon enough, beats materialized, Zach moved to Brooklyn and took up the name Shigeto, and Zach’s peers began to take notice.

Zach’s body of work has grown over the last few years to the tune of several EPs on Moodgadget as Shigeto and with A Setting Sun,

a pair of EPs under the alias Frank Omura (another family-name reference), and remixes for Worst Friends, Praveen & Benoit, Tycho, Mux Mool, Charles Trees, A Setting Sun, Beautiful Bells, Shlohmo, and more. The Semi-Circle EP and What We Held Onto EP were his first releases with Ghostly International in the spring of 2010. These were followed quickly by the well-received full-length Full Circle and Full Circle Remixes in late 2010 and early 2011 respectively. These releases are nominally indebted to instrumental hip-hop but, like Zach, straddling many worlds at once. Cool shades of ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz melodicism color Shigeto’s palette, which he wields with a painterly attention to detail.

Zach continues to be prolific with the upcoming 2012 release, Lineage—a mini-LP of sorts that has a complex constellation of sounds and ideas that we have come to expect from the producer/drummer. However, his compositional focus and restraint grounds songs that are otherwise cosmically inclined. Never has he demonstrated such complete command of his material.

Shigeto was one of the first of a wave of young artists who grew up influenced by the label’s early output. And again, names come into play. “Putting out these records on Ghostly isn’t just ‘getting signed,’ for me,” says Zach, “it’s becoming part of a family, an influence that I’ve respected forever.” Let’s just say the feeling’s mutual.
Friendly Ghost
Friendly Ghost Music is two composers with different musical backgrounds and interests, but a shared passion for working with other's ideas.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.theglasslands.com/