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Cathartech at The 17th Olympia Experimental Music Festival

The 17th Olympia Experimental Music Festival

Sponsored By KAOS 89.3 FM

June 10th-12th
The Northern-321 4th Ave.-Olympia
All shows start @ 7:00, $7 at door.

Now in it’s 17th year, The Olympia Experimental Music Festival has become a
fixture within the Olympia Arts & Music Community. The festival celebrates the
Pacific Northwest’s legacy of “left of center” music and audio/visual arts. It also
embraces a strong “DIY” ethic, and seeks to provide a stage for artists with similar
beliefs and practices. In the past there have been “high profile” artists within
the “experimental/avant” realm, but the festival also serves as a platform for those
who are relatively unknown within their respective genres.

And now for the line-up!

Friday June 10th: Paintings for Animals (Olympia, WA)
Big Tom the Lithuanian (Olympia, WA)
LA Lungs (Tacoma, WA)
Marlo Eggplant (Portland, OR)
Echos of Infiniti (Olympia, WA)
Four-Dimensional Nightmare (Olympia, WA)
Eurostache (San Francisco, CA)

Saturday June 11th: Wood Paneling (Olympia, WA)
Squim (Seattle, WA)
Violet (Olympia, WA)
The Dead Air Fresheners (I-5 Corridor)
Night Jar (Olympia, WA)
Pavonine (Austin, TX)

Sunday June 11th, 1pm @ The Legislative Rotunda (416 14th Ave SW):

Drone for Peace in the Key of F: Performed in a variety of U.S. cities, Drone for
Peace is a sonic ritual performed by local artists, exploring the key of F, aligning
to the Heart Chakra. Here performed in the rotunda of the Capitol’s Legislative
Building, it manifests as a small ensemble of string players and vocalists, and invites
all willing and interested participants from the Olympia community to collaborate
and contribute to global healing.
Sunday June 12th: A/V night featuring artists who incorporate visual projections

with live sound creation:

Devon Damonte (Olympia, WA)
Eric Ostrowski (Seattle, WA)
Mangled Bohemians (Portland, OR)
Forrest Friends (Seattle, WA)
Derek M. Johnson (Olympia, WA)
Cathartech (Seattle, WA)

Artist Eric Ostrowski will also curate a presentation of short films between
performances. To submit, please visit the following link:

Visit The Olympia Experimental Music Festival’s Facebook page, or contact Nathan
Markiewicz, Festival Director, at for further information.

HERE/NOW installment 8 Saturday, March 12th

cathartech will be performing at the upcoming HERE/NOW .  The gist:

“Eight dancers/movement artists and eight musicians/sound artists are contacted and agree to participate. The sixteen participants arrive 1.5 hours prior to performance time to solve their individual technical issues, warm up and explore the performance space itself, receive a brief program orientation from the curators, sit for a group portrait and get food and drinks if desired. The entirety of the musical equipment is set up in the performance space. In one hat is placed the names of the dancers/movement artists. In another hat is placed the names of the musicians/sound artists. With all the participants present in the performance space and the audience seated, the show begins. A random individual from the audience pulls a name from the Dancer/Movement Artist hat and reads it aloud. Another random individual from the audience does the same from the Musician/Sound Artist hat. The two participants are then given eight minutes to improvise together. Lights are slowly faded to black as each performance approaches the 7min 45sec point in order to ensure an eight minute length and to provide a time within which the participants may create an appropriate ending.

With approximately two minutes in between performances, four performances transpire. A brief fifteen minute intermission occurs after the fourth performance, and then the final four performances take place.

The real magic in this concept is that not only is it unknown at any point who will be paired up with whom but when in the evening that pairing will occur. Only the final two participants can be certain of both their collaborative partner and when they will be performing. And to add yet another layer to the unknowns, there is no prior communication between the curators as to whom they’ve been able to gather as their eight participants”

The details:
PROGRAM TITLE: ‘HERE/NOW: Installment 8’
DATE: Saturday, March 12th, 2010

LOCATION: Open Flight Studio* (OFS) / 4205 University Way NE / 98105
SEATING: 730-8pm
SHOW: 8-945pm
ENTRY: $8 suggested donation

BEVERAGES: inspired selection of healthy cans and bottles + hot tea

MERCHANDISE: packaged DVDs of past installments

The background:


Just a quick note to remind you to put Saturday, 3/12 on your calendar. It’s the date for ‘HERE/NOW: Installment 8’ (complete program info below) and it looks as if it’s going to be another engaging evening of Dance and Music at OFS*. We’ll also be celebrating the 2-year anniversary of the HERE/NOW program by giving all who attend one free surprise gift. Wow, it’s already been two years… crazy.

Past participants have included dancers/movement artists Wade Madsen, KT Niehoff, Mark Haim, Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Joan Laage, Etienne Cakpo, Aiko Kinoshita, Amelia Reeber, Michael Rioux, Amy O’Neal, Stephanie Skura, Jürg Koch, Jessica Jobaris, Serge Gubelman, Corrie Befort, Ricki Mason, Zoe Scofield, Juliet Waller Pruzan, Tahni Holt, Catherine Cabeen, Ezra Dickinson, Haruko Nishimura and Ellie Sandstrom and musicians/sound artistsStuart Dempster, Wally Shoup, Jesse Canterbury, Trey Gunn, Dave Knott, Scott Colburn, Monica Schley, Greg Campbell, Ivory Smith, Robert Millis, Christopher DeLaurenti, Levi Fuller, Angelina Baldoz, Jeffrey Huston, Brian Cobb, Beth Fleenor, Joshua Kohl, Chris Stover, Kevin Goldsmith, Paris Hurley, Greg Powers, Tom Baker and Susie Kozawa among many more of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected and active artists.

We’ll have DVDs of past installments for sale before and after the show as well as during intermission. They currently feature program concept information, contact/credits information, outtakes, a group portrait with the names of the sixteen participants and, of course, all eight improvised duets titled and chapterized making it easy to jump to specific performances or view the entire evening in chronological order. A new addition to the DVDs beginning with Installment 3 is a copy of each evening’s 8.5″ x 14” printed program inserted into the DVD cases detailing who was paired with whom in addition to engaging information about each of the sixteen participants in a part-bio, part-interview format.

Hope to see you on the 12th!

Christopher & Paige

Creative Directors | Curators “

Monster Planet 11

Monday, March 14 at 9:00pm – March 15 at 1:00am

The Can Can
93 Pike Street Suite 307
Seattle, WA

More Info
Monster Planet is a live improvisational, experimental, ambient night featuring local musicians, visual artists, and rotating guests with a random Sci-Fi / Horror B-Movie.

Theme for March: Post Apocalyptic

Featuring music by…

Cathartech –

Derek Linaman of Logic Probe –

Josh Roberts –

William Mempa –

So come down and enjoy a nice cocktail or two while having your brain fried with sonic bliss and movies so shockingly bad that they have to exist in order to keep balance in the universe.

The Can Can is located on 93 Pike Street Suite 307 in the Pike Place Market up the stairs where they throw the fish.

Happy Hour Absinthe specials all night.

9PM to 1AM, 21+

And it is FREE!

Keep track of Monster Planet awesome sauce on the official website!