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Short Songs 司棋 平林

ahmm 2024
May 10 – 11, 7pm

Music and poetry performances

Jo Hirabayashi & Robyn Jacob, Jane Shi

Tickets

Sliding scale $15 – $25 – $40

Expect a chill and meandering evening of performance by two extraordinary musical artists who collaboratively create together for the first time! After working alongside each other in multiple projects, (Jo Passed, Only A Visitor, The Giving Shapes), composers Robyn Jacob and Joseph Hirabayashi co-author a series of short songs exploring their process as songwriters. As a reaction to the often isolated and personal nature of songwriting they will be exploring a collaborative method valuing intuition, play, lightness and imperfection.

Joining Robyn and Jo are percussionists Adrian Avendaño and Gregory Samek, as well as opening act Jane Shi.

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
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Jo Hirabayashi, Robyn Jacob
Jane Shi; photo Divya Kaur

BIOS

Joseph Kiyoshi Hirabayashi 平林 (he/him/they) is a fourth generation (Yonsei 四世) Japanese Canadian/American interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician, born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations – otherwise known as Vancouver. Best known for his musical project jo passed, Hirabayashi cultivates a diverse interdisciplinary artistic practice and has been an active participant in the Vancouver music scene since the early 2000’s, performing with his bands the SSRIs, Sprïng, Aunts and Uncles, and jo passed. In 2018, jo passed’s debut album Their Prime was released by influential Seattle record label Sub Pop. The music of jo passed contrasts complex technicality with whisper soft vocals, injecting classic songwriting with frenzied arrangements that change directions on a dime. To support the album’s release, Hirabayashi has toured North America and Europe, translating its songs with a quartet into supercharged live performances. He is currently completing jo passed’s sophomore album.

Robyn Jacob (she/her) is a pianist, singer, composer and educator living and working from the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has toured Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, who have recently released their fourth album Decay on Mint Records. Her compositions include commissions by Grammy winning Third Coast Percussion, Architek Percussion, So Percussion, Chor Leoni, and Little Chamber Music, and collaborations with visual artists and instrument makers. In 2020 she celebrated the release of Earth Leaps Up on the label elsewhere music with her duo The Giving Shapes in collaboration with harpist Elisa Thorn. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver. In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and has since been co-leading Gamelan Bike Bike.

Jane Shi (she/her) lives on the occupied, stolen, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her writing has appeared in the Disability Visibility Blog, The Offing, and Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press), among others. She is the author of the chapbook Leaving Chang’e on Read (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2022) and the winner of The Capilano Review’s 2022 In(ter)ventions in the Archive Contest. Her debut poetry collection echolalia echolalia comes out Fall 2024 with Brick Books. She wants to live in a world where love is not a limited resource, land is not mined, hearts are not filched, and bodies are not violated.

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
[map]