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Avola, Elrond, Saint Saunter, Woodman/Earhart

  • Communication 2645 Milwaukee Street Madison (map)

Tone Madison presents a night of experimental and electronic sounds. Info/tix


Portland, Oregon's Vern Avola has made experimental music under a variety of monikers, including EMS, Dirty Centaur, and simply Avola, and in collaborative settings, including the duo project Elrond. Her sonic language is often harsh, but it's versatile, and her latest release as Avola, Consensual Abduction, plays off the contrast between stark industrial sounds and frizzy synth pads. "Cosmic Situation" uses reverbed percussion to create both space and grit, pulling the listener into a stop-start groove around which Avola wraps quiet, unsettling textures. On "Area 52," she creates an at once fluid and scratchy layering of synths, swelling up and receding for the first half of the track before an aggressive beat kicks in. It's hard to miss the humor and mischief at work here (just see the album's cover art, for one thing), but at the same time Avola's hardware-driven music reflects a tenacious search for electronic expression. She'll headline this Tone Madison-presented show with a solo set, and will also perform with Ian Gorman Weiland in Elrond, behind the duo's new album Love Across Light Years.

Two Madison-based acts will share the bill. DJ and essential queer-nightlife promoter Sarah Akawa will perform under her DJ and production moniker Saint Saunter. As a DJ, Akawa has spun everything from ecstatic dance parties to throwback emo nights, and her original productions often explore bleak landscapes of restless hi-hats and slithering bass. She'll often mix the original stuff into her DJ sets, so expect something a little different from this already very adaptable musician here. The duo of Dan Woodman (Drunjus, Lens) and Emili Earhart (known for her work as a solo performer and in outfits including Cave Curse and And Illusion, and also a Tone Madison contributor) excels at playing brief but immersive improvised live sets that combine elements of noise, drone, and classical music. We have a no-fee online presale for this show, and there is a discount for Tone Madison Sustainers. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 9
Hadiza, Jimmy Sugarcane (free)
Later Event: September 13
Madison World Music Festival 2019 (free)