An incursion of disparate sounds from distant places descends upon The Funny Button, an all-ages DIY venue in the U District! Caroliner keyboardist Sharkiface, presents her solo set of electronic noise concocted with a swath of sound generators. Guitarist Ninni Morgia, whose collaborators include William Parker and Daniel Carter performs with longstanding co-conspirator, electronics/keyboardist Silvia Kastel; both live in Italy. Representing the Northwest US will be Jabon, the “dark ambient avant garde disco comedy” alter-ego of celebrated musician/producer Scott Colburn, known well for his creative hand in records ranging from Sun City Girls to Arcade Fire. Also from the wild grey yonder, guitarist Bill Horist will perform a set of his trademark prepared guitar improvisations. Read below for more information about each act.
Sharkiface is a solo electronic noise project from West Oakland,CA. Sometimes improv, sometimes canned, always using live electronics, field recordings, some very rare and homemade synthesizers, electro acoustic percussion instruments & various exotic sound generators to weave an abstract soundscape usually drawing inspiration from incantations or the supernatural world . She also plays in a new synth pop duo with Black Ice/Phantom Limbs Skott, an Italian Horror soundtrack project Di Seta Scura, Charm & Strange, a loop based project with Julia Mazawa and is a former member of Tarantism, Pigs in the Ground, Brantism (The Bran (..) Pos plus Tarantism) Diatric Puds, Crack W.A.R, Hans Gruesels Kranken Kabinet, Replicock,16 Bitch Pile Up and was the organist for Caroliner from 2001-2006.
NINNI MORGIA & SILVIA KASTEL
Ninni Morgia is active in the NYC’s noise/improv community and has played, recorded and toured with William Parker, Daniel Carter, Peter Evans and many more. The Wire Magazine said him: “Morgia’s guitar work, even at its most abstract and non-guitarish, has real beauty. You won’t hear anything else like this anytime soon”. He now lives in Italy.
Silvia Kastel runs the Ultramarine record label in Italy since 2009, owns a degree in sound enginnering and electronic music and studied singing with Joan La Barbara and Lee Torchia. Her first solo release “Love Tape” is “hauntingly sexy and eerily disembodied… an art object of the kind that used only to be the realm of such record labels as Factory, Rough Trade and New York’s ROIR” according to Julian Cope.
Live at the Colour out of Space festival in Brighton, UK, November 2011:
Live in 2009:
Seattle guitarist, BILL HORIST has established himself as an internationally known improviser/composer/performer in a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, contemporary chamber, avant garde, folk, new music and several subgenres within each. He has appeared on 70 recordings for numerous labels and has performed well over 1000 concerts throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. Bill has worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Stuart Dempster, KK Null, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Chris Cutler, Vidushi Sumitra Guha, Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), William Hooker, Secret Chiefs 3, Eugene Chadbourne, Ruins, Six Organs of Admittance, Climax Golden Twins, Haco, Illusion of Safety, Saadet Tuerkoez, Anla Courtis (Reynols), Eyvind Kang, Thomas Dimuzio, Wally Shoup, as well as members of Pearl Jam, Earth, Borbetomagus, The Boredoms, Sunn0))), Larsen and OvO among others. He has toured and recorded as a member of bands including Master Musicians of Bukkake, Nobodaddy, Phineas Gage, Axolotl, UnFolkUs, Zahir, Tablet, Nervewheel, Ghidra, Rollerball and the Paul Rucker Ensemble in addition to extensive solo activity. His unique solo work has garnered Bill numerous grants, residencies and awards/nominations in addition to critical praise from dozens of both local and international periodicals including The Wire, Alternative Press and Guitar Player Magazine.
Jabon is an attempt to present musical ideas, sounds, image and performance that is designed to entertain. It’s one thing to write a love song and get on stage to perform it on acoustic guitar. That’s been done a thousand times. To open up a new channel or to channel something old into something new…that’s what Jabon is. Jabon is dark ambient avant garde disco comedy. The music can stand on it’s own for those that want to listen. The number of people that actually
listen is dwindling as we speak. Nevertheless, the music is presented for those that want to hear it. In the current music and art climate, the public performance is key to the success of the artist. People want entertainment. Jabon is entertaining. The combination of surreal sounds, familiar rhythms, abstract films, costumes, parlor tricks, lights, cameras, action! That’s entertainment. No matter your mood and no matter your mood alteration, Jabon has something to give. It’s
provoking, tickles the senses and poses the question: “Is Jabon just a bunch of nois