Published Oct 06, 2011Torontonians with an interest in experimental music are no doubt gearing up for the sixth instalment of the X AVANT New Music Festival, with already noted highlights including performances from celebrated electronic soundscapists Oval and Tim Hecker, among others. But the festival has just announced that another big player will be making his way to town: Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo.
That the guitarist will be performing October 21 at the SPK Polish Combatants Hall with longtime collaborator and visual artist Leah Singer. The pair will be performing a piece called Contre Jour, which "conjures the memory of Brion Gysin and his Dream Machine." The tributary piece to the influential British artist was premiered earlier this year at the Contour Festival in Mechelen, Belgium.
Ranaldo and Singer have been working together since the early '90s, with past achievements including the live film and performance piece Drift, an audio-visual installation called iloveyouihateyou and sight unseen, a video and music piece they premiered last year at Toronto's Nuit Blanche. They've also put out books together, including last year's Water Days.
The X AVANT New Music Festival runs October 15 to 23. For more information, head to the festival website here.