by carl wilson


Keiji Haino, solo at Victoriaville in May.

I'm a few days late with this, but the program for the upcoming 23rd annual Victoriaville International Festival of Musique Actuelle (May 18-22) is up on the festival website now. Among the artists that stand out for me are Fieldwork (Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Elliot Humberto Kavee), Fennesz, the Tzadik band Charming Hostess, KK Null, Keiji Haino, turntablist Ipecac "industrial hip-hop" group Dälek, Nels Cline/Andrea Parkins/Tom Rainey, Toronto's (and Montreal's) own Barnyard Drama and - perhaps the closing concert? - Borbetomagus and noise kings Hijokaidan. The pick-for-the-kids of the year is obviously Sunn0)))), but otherwise I don't see much new-beard-noise-scene followup from 2005 - though there's perhaps a bit of a running seminar on Where Noise Came From in all the Japanese content. Oh, and there's fashionably Finnish representation from KTU. Plus a bunch of stuff I'm less familiar with. Victo-heads, what do you think? Fewer quebecois artists than usual, but I don't see any prevailing themes beyond the (not-so-unusual at Victo) Japanese one, at first glance.

| Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, February 14 at 07:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)



Dalek's not a turntablist -- that's a heavy, heavy, noisesome hip-hop crew, pretty much unlike anything else I can think of. I saw them in Croatia. Great.

Last year's HIJOKAIDAN show at Instal (in Glasgow) was among the toasts of the festival.

Posted by Sean on February 15, 2006 04:35 AM



Be sure to check out Italian spacefaces My Cat is an Alien. Sparse, out-of-this-world sounds beamed in by the Opalio brothers! Awesome!

Posted by Haze on February 14, 2006 11:18 PM




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