Portland Events: Six+Robert Henke, Nils Frahm, IASOS

Early Fall is apparently the time in Portland for experimental and ambient listening events galore. These exciting weeks begin on Sunday, September 23rd with a FREE six-channel installation at PNCA featuring Robert Henke (Monolake), Marcus Fischer, and many more local musicians. It continues on September 26th and September 28th with two sessions from New Age guru IASOS, and goes even further on September 30th with a REDEFINE-sponsored event with modern classical composer Nils Frahm. Frahm, Henke, and collaborators from Nueva Forma will also be playing at Seattle’s all-encompassing electronic music festival, Decibel, from September 26th through 30th.

Expect two more similar events next week, centered around Deep Listening and John Cage.

An Intimate Evening w/ Nils Frahm

Presented by Adso Ink, REDEFINE magazine, and Classic Pianos

In a live setting, contemporary composer Nils Frahm is known for working with whatever keys come his way, to improvise a new composition every time. The video below showcases his ability to stretch this out in a way that suits not only his personal style, but his immediate surroundings as well.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 @ Classic Pianos
(3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR)
$15 Advance | $20 Day of Show | All Ages



Frahm has rightly caught the attention of Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Kieran Hebden of Four Tet with his unconventional approach to modern piano. He will no doubt bring his playful and humble attitude to Portland, for an intimate evening at the beautiful showrooms of Classic Pianos. Portland-based sound artist Marcus Fischer will open the event. Please join us.



Presented by The Hollywood Theatre and Xhurch

A double-feature with New Age founding father IASOS, who ushers in a captivating audiovisual performance at The Hollywood Theatre with Prism Band on Wednesday and aligns your out-of-tune body with a sound and healing workshop at Xhurch on Friday. Watch the video below or a slightly more humorous one HERE to see what kind of treat you’re in for! Reservations are encouraged.

Wednesday, September 26th @ The Hollywood Theatre
(4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR)
$10 Cover | 7:30 Show

Friday, September 28th @ Xhurch
(4550 NE 20th St., Portland, OR)
$12 Cover | 7:00 Workshop





w/ Robert Henke, Marcus Fischer, Solenoid, Strategy + Jetfinger, Swoemer, Mike Jedlicka + WNDFRM

For 2012, PNCA’s Video & Sound Department has taken on the 5th edition of SIX, an experimental, six-channel surround sound performance series. Free and open to the public, the entire purpose of the event is to immerse listeners in a listening experience unlike any other. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows, and anything that will help make them comfortable in the environment.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 @ PNCA Main Campus
(Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR)



German composer, sound designer, installation artist, and co-founder of Ableton, Robert Henke, is well-versed in both academic and club-oriented aspects of contemporary sound, and will be a centerpiece of this event. He will also be presenting a lecture the following day, entitled Sound, Structures, and Machines. Details can be seen on PNCA’s calendar.

Henke will be supported by a host of extremely talented multi-instrumentalists and Portland locals Marcus Fischer, Strategy, Jetfinger, Solenoid, Dweomer, Mike Jedlicka, and Tim Westcott. Expect lots of tech, custom-made analog synths, and more.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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11 years ago

hey! thanks for plugging SIX! hope to see you there.

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