Hibachi was a series of small, intimate sound concerts which took place in my backyard in Verdun, a neighbourhood in Montreal, in the summer of 2016.
From Montreal's Automatistes, to the contemporary phenomenon of the house / porch concert, I've been fascinated with the history of artists opening up their domestic spaces as a way of exhibiting their work. As such, I decided to host Hibachi in my own space, bringing together sound artists, enthusiasts, and friends to share a Sunday afternoon of listening, followed by a potluck BBQ.
Artists were chosen from a small network of practitioners that I know, from Montreal and beyond. There was no set criteria or genre for the series; instead, I chose to present performances with a variety of aesthetics, tambres, and instrumentation. Ambient, noise, drone, acousmatic, and techno; with instruments ranging from live PA, modular synthesis, guitar, cello, and hand built electronics.
Following the performances, audience and artists would socialize, and I would BBQ all the food that both had also prepared. While I am interested in artistic movements and modes such as relational aesthetics and could comment on them in greater detail, I prefer to remain agnostic about asserting any connection, except to say that I view my curatorial practice as a social practice.
I do, however believe that Hibachi was in some way, an act of critical and creative pedagogy; in that, many of those who attended these events were first encountering experimental sound performances for the first time. This included my neighbours in Verdun, who, upon hearing the sound coming from my back porch, chose to investigate. Local parents, children and seniors came and listened; I invited them to stay for the BBQ.
Hibachi, Volume 1 featured:
Devon Hansen (MTL)
Mark Lowe (MTL)
Hibachi Volume 2 featured:
Karl Fousek (MTL)
Hibachi Volume 3 featured:
Slavov Sleestak (MTL)
Nick Walker (Yellowknife, NT)
Stacy Charron (Kitchener, ON)