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New Forms Festival Live Series | Fall 2022
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II - Friday, September 30

Titonton Duvante, Hiro Kone, Muqata’a, Sharlese, Exeunt

In partnership with Verboden Festival

Live at Biltmore Cabaret

New Forms is excited to co-present this event with Verboden Festival an annual darkwave festival taking place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ, And Sḵwx̱wú7mesh peoples.

Hiro Kone

Hiro Kone is the alias of Nicky Mao, a New York based musician and producer. She uses acombination of hardware, synths, and modular to cultivate her sound - a visceral meditation onrhythm, noise, and melody that has seen her release on leading experimental labels includingDAIS Records and BANK Records. No stranger to manipulating macabre disorientations intoenchanting new shapes, her music exposes the unsettling and sublime. She is known to drawupon a combination of modular synthesis, noise and field recordings. Instinctively respondingto the precariousness of humanity, Kone’s cascades of twisted field recordings find an inherentpartner in the effervescent current of synthesis and, in the process, forge new terrains.

Her most recent full length release, ‘Silvercoat the throng’ was described by Resident Advisor’sDash Lewis, as “Beautiful and harrowing, falling apart and building anew.” The album captures Hiro Kone at the peak of their powers, alchemizing disruption and decomposition into regenerative interior worlds: “Within the darkness and absence is an opportunity for discovery.” The album features collaborations with Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown, Jr.), travis fromChicago’s ONO, and Muqata’a. Bridging neoclassical, jazz, noise and percussive elements, Hiro Kone’s world is one that unfolds and changes over time, rejecting genre for undiscovered potential.

‘Silvercoat’ follows 2019’s release ‘A Fossil Begins To Bray’, which was described as her most personally narrative work to date. The album uses equal parts melodic sculpture and striking absence to propel a “journey of discovery and self-analysis, proposing a potential reorientation towards absence in hopes of illuminating potential futures.” As impactful and rich as any contemporary electronic music with political intent, the record explores the persistent threat of techno-fascism and the potential of reinterpreting our recollection and interpretation of existence.

She has performed an array of shows across the globe and been an artist residence at PioneerWorks in New York and the prestigious EMS studios in Stockholm. She has made appearances at the Red Bull Music Festival in Melbourne, playing live and appearing in conversation, as well as been a fixture at cutting-edge electronic events including Sustain-Release, Norberg festival, and LEV Festival. Most recently she appeared at The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme for their exhibition ‘May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth’.

Titonton Duvante

With a musical history spanning back to the early 90’s, as co-creator of the seminal techno band Body Release (alongside Todd Sines, Charles Noel and Mike Szewczyk), and on through a multifaceted career as a composer, recording artist, producer, remixer, record label owner and DJ, Titonton Duvante continues to evolve creatively. As a DJ known for blurring the boundaries of electronic music genres, Titonton deconstructs, blends and rebuilds beats with his special brand of funky turntablism. He’s brought his extraordinary style to nightclubs around the world: from Detroit and San Francisco to Berlin, London, Paris, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, San Juan, Tokyo and beyond.

Titonton has released an arsenal of music on labels such as Palette, Environ, 7th City, Planet E, Sonar Kollektiv, 2000 Black and Bitasweet to name a few, in addition to his own label, Residual Recordings. He’s done collaborative work with contemporaries such as John Tejada, Fabrice Lig and Morgan Geist. Titonton’s remarkable reputation has earned him an entry in Tim Barr’s book, A Rough Guide to Techno, as well as a mention in Dan Sicko’s book, Techno Rebels. Recently moving to New York City from his native Columbus, Ohio, Titonton has been working in the studio, with forthcoming releases on Residual, Frankie,7th City, Corner,Planet Harrier, Manuscript, Open Concept and Boogizm Recordings.

Muqata'a

Muqata'a is an electronic musician based in Ramallah, Palestine. Using sampled material, field recordings, and electronic devices, the results range between harsh beats, abstract tones, and glitch. He co-founded the Ramallah Underground Collective  [2002-2009] and is part of the sound and image performance group Tashweesh alongside artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. 

Solo albums include; Kamil Manqus (2021) on Hundebiss Records, Inkanakuntu (2018) on Discrepant Records, Dubt Al-Ghubar (2017) on Third Type Tapes, La Lisana Lah (2017), and Hayawan Nateq (2013). Muqata’a also composes film scores and has worked on several compositions for dance-theater performances.

Sharlese

Sharlese Metcalf is a longtime DJ and promoter in Seattle. Known for her knowledge in EBM, various synth and wave genres, post-punk and industrial, she hosts live music shows as False Prophet, featuring synth and wave acts and a monthly dance party called Audiodrome. She is a resident of techno crews Depth Seattle and CLANG.

Sharlese has been DJing EBM and Techno  for over a decade now with a combination of spinning in clubs and can be heard on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle where she hosts two radio shows, Mechanical Breakdown, every Monday morning from 1-2am and as a rotating host on Expansions, every third Sunday of the month.

Exeunt

Following vocal pathways through a dark, mirrored room, looking for the exit door for emotion in the thrum of simple hardware. Sometimes smooth, sometimes sharp, Exeunt will perform a unique live set.

Originating from the Okanagan and based currently in “Vancouver”, EXEUNT is a live PA project using a combo of vocal loops and found objects backed by overblown drum machines and occasionally soft lyrical moments. Lying somewhere in the void between dark wave, electronic and noise - EXEUNT has prepared a special set for NFF— bringing back some of their experimental noise guitar roots.

Location & Accessibility

We are  thrilled that the Biltmore Cabaret will host a much anticipated collaboration with Verboden Festival this Friday. We invite you to join us at a location that is easily accessible by public transit within Mount Pleasant on Kingsway and 12th Ave.

While the venue is not wheelchair accessible, venue and New Forms Staff are at your disposal should you need any assistance entering and exiting the venue. Seats will be reserved for anyone with accessibility issues upon request.

Please note that due to a change of venue, the event hours and set times have been impacted. Doors will open at 10:00 p.m. with the first live performance starting at 10:30 pm and the program ending at 2:00 a.m.

To support the community hosting us in the DTES, New Forms had planned to donate 5$ from every ticket sold to the DTES Women’s Shelter and Residential School Survivor Society, and will honor this commitment despite the change of venue.

We also encourage you to bring items for distribution to the unhoused community in the area through Distro Disco, and our team will provide an area to drop off goods at the venue. Learn more about the initiative and find a list of items that may be needed here.

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