William Basinski
Melancholia Screening, Q&A and Live Performance

Phi Centre
407 St-Pierre
Espace A

October 21, 2015 - 7:00 pm


The Phi Centre in association with DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, presents a very special evening with William Basinski.

Live show & screening of Melancholia, a series of short films by James Elaine & William Basinski

Doors: 6 PM
Film + Q&A: 7 PM
Show: 9 PM
$26.25 (taxes and fees included) on sale at the Phi Centre

*Limited seating available

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William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in New York City and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analog tape loops, his haunting and melancholic soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time.

The Disintegration Loops

Basinski’s epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of 2004 by Pitchfork. The Temporary Residence deluxe LP box-set reissue from 2012 was awarded best re-issue of the year and a score of 10 on Pitchfork. 

Prominent Works

Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker, James Elaine have been presented in festivals and museums internationally, and his concerts are presented to sold out crowds around the world. Most recently, Basinski was chosen by singer and visual artist, Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) to create music for the new Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramović which had its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011 and toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013. Orchestral transcriptions of The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Bâtie-Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. Basinski is currently touring the world in support of Cascade and The Deluge, his latest works released which were released in Spring 2015 on 2062 Records.


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