The Second Annual NWLoopfest will take place on Oct 10th and 11th at J & M Cafe, 201 S. 1st Street, Seattle, WA; and on Oct 12th and 13th at The Hawthorne Cafe and Theatre, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR.
Tickets are $10 per show
A message from festival director Noah Peterson:
This is an artist-run event and put on because of my passion for looping. If you don't know what looping is: In short it is artists who use hardware and/or software technologies to instantly record and play back sound. Looping was born as soon as magnetic tape was put on reels and brought to the great American consciousness through the popular avant-garde concerts of John Cage. Since then, it has expanded through technologies and genres across the globe knowing no boundaries for niche or style.
The NW LoopFest: the greatest, most creative musical event you've never heard of is in its 2nd year. After a critical success in its debut year, the NW LoopFest has literally exploded. Going from one night in Portland to 25 performers from the NW, California, Ohio, New Zealand, Austria, France and Singapore over 4 shows in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Some are major figures in the international live looping community, some are obscure locals. All are highly talented, highly creative, highly interesting and amazingly diverse in technologies and styles. Some are noise, some use traditional song forms, some are ambient, some are powerful, some are subtle. You can go the website for links and bios on most of the artists. Male and Female from many walks of life. The only commonality being looping.
The NW LoopFest has partnered with the Y2K International Loop Fest (now in its 13th year) to coordinate dates and set-up a West Coast Loop Fest tour. Artists on that tour include Noah Peterson (San Antonio, TX), Rejyna (Columbus, OH), The Damaged Done (Singapore), The Lucid Brain Integrative Project (Paris, France), Stephen Briggs (New Zealand), ANI (San Francisco, CA) and Bill Walker (Santa Cruz, CA.)
This year's fest while heavy on guitars (which isn't out of the norm for looping) also features some very interesting "other acts" including saxophone, flute, beat-boxing, Eric Muhs and his industrial noise, several cello acts and even a couple of small bands. The mix of international and local talent is sure to set everyone's world on fire. Many of the local artists from the 1st annual NW LoopFest have returned in one form or another.
While most performers are instrumentalists of one kind or another, ANI, based out of San Franciso uses IPad and Iphone technologies to give a super-funky dance mix to her synth loops. All of these performers have been especially chosen for their unique technologies and performance styles. No one is alike here. The variety from performer to performer is amazing.
Complete line-ups for whose playing on what night at online at www.nwloopfest.com as well as links to tickets and artist bios and websites. Facebook links are there as well for those who want to personally interact with the festival and performers.