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Slowski + Squash & Biscuit: Civil Twilight along the Aegean Sea

July 11, 2023 8:00 pm

Featuring Fmin, Dbmin, F#min, Amin, and Dbmaj in the harmonic chromatic language of soft blue, yellow, yellow-orange, soft red, and blue-green—the colors of summer sunsets along oceans and seas.

Civil twilight occurs at 8:36 pm-9:07 pm on July 11th, 2023 in Izmir, Turkey, a city on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea. Civil twilight occurs when the geometric center of the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon, and nautical and astronomical twilight happens 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon. The Aegean Sea has been a connective body between history, politics, and philosophical exchanges in the East and the West as ships engage in trade, and piracy hemmed the ways.

Slowski is Priyanka Ram, an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Slowski is a community-based improvisational piano and keyboard practice with the intention to create space for attentive listening. Their music is based in classical Western and Carnatic musical training. Slowski has played in bars, churches, galleries, museums, and artist-run spaces. Maybe at the heart of the practice is a desire to play as many acoustic pianos as they can and play with textures of difference.

Squash & Biscuit is Shuwen Zhao and Brian Griffith who weave together sampled ephemera, vocals, and synthesized textures to create a sound world that is exploratory and free. Their work is often in collaboration with choreographers, animators, and other musicians to build a piece that is unique and fun. Using a combination of structure and improvisation, their work evolves and flows while remaining true to their voice.