Monday 6 April 2020, 7.30pm

Pantayo + F*Choir + Rie Nakajima / Akira Sakata (duo) + F*Choir

Pantayo is an all-women lo-fi R&B gong punk queer collective based in Toronto. They combine percussive metallophones and drums from kulintang traditions of Southern Philippines and synth-based electro grooves.

Past notable projects by Pantayo include performances at Vancouver New Music, Halifax Jazz Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Canada150, X Avant Festival, Wavelength Festival; kulintang gong/percussion workshops with Girls Rock Camp Toronto in partnership with Toronto Public Library and at Tone Deaf Festival Kingston; and a collaboration with YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN for Severed video game soundtrack (Drinkbox Studios, 2016).

They have been featured in Noisey (2016), CBC Music for International Women’s Day 2017, a cover story in Musicworks Magazine in Summer/Fall 2017, Now Magazine‘s Toronto musicians to watch in 2018: Indie Edition, and Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight in 2019

Rie Nakajima

Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound, often using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. She has exhibited and performed widely both in the UK and overseas and has produced ‘Sculpture’ with David Toop since 2013. She also has a collaborative project ‘Dead Plants/Living Objects’ with Pierre Berthet, and recently released the CD ‘Dethick’ with Angharad Davies and Alice Purton.
www.rienakajima.com

Photo: Fabio Lugaro

Akira Sakata

Akira Sakata was born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, and was also performing with various free-jazz musicians during this time. Since the late 1960s, Sakata has been a constant figure in jazz and creative music scenes as an ever evolving and adventurous, multi-instrumentalist, and member of classic groups such as Yamashita Yosuke Trio, from 1972 till 1979, and Wha-ha-ha plus many of his own, like the Sakata Akira mii. He has recorded with Chris Cosey, Peter Brotzmann in Last Exit, DJ Krush, Yoshimio, and others.

In 2005 he began peforming with guitarist Jim O'Rourke, drummer Chris Corsano and acoustic bassist Darin Gray. They've since released three albums together. Friendly Pants is the first American release by Sakata in more than 20 years. It pairs the 65-year-old traveler alongside bombast Chikamorachi (Corsano/Gray) and O'Rourke as the producer.

F*Choir

F*Choir is a collective endeavour led by Jenny Moore, based in London, which has become a place to gather in body and voice. F*Choir tries to practice intersectional feminism and provides a space for voices to be heard. They don’t assume anybody’s gender, origin, sexuality.

In the winter of 2017, a group of artists and activists (brought together by Keep it Complex) were burnt out, exhausted, and angry. They were overextended from self-organising, the shit show of the EU referendum and needed a place to heal, to explore being together differently. To start, they invited artist and musician Jenny Moore to lead a vocal workshop around her song We Want Our Bodies Back. From that moment, F*Choir was born and began meeting fortnightly to sing together. Led by Jenny’s exploration into choral arrangements, composition, and song-writing, they committed to showing up for each other and exploring what it could mean to see singing as a feminist practice.