Montréal oh Montréal… when I was there I was in at least four spots at the same time .. still in Chicago, already back in Vienna, in Canada and for sure I was lost a lot in my thoughts..
innerly torn appart again. I spent three weeks on different couches, learnt a lot about myself and the people I stayed with. One of the first events I attended was a party of some Colombian and German guys where my time in MTL officially started.
One of the first concerts I heard at Casa Obscura where Lori Freedman was performing during the concert series mercredi musiques with Sam Shalabi and others.
On a Saturday I took part in a foufem hacking event, a feminist hack day where I met many, very different and interesting woman. Woman working in informatics, performance, as ingeneers, mothers, woman who are interested in a very progressive feminist movement in Quebec. and I ended up going to Foulab a hacking space in MTL.
After my three weeks of couch-expierence I moved to the Plateau.. where I was very nearby the locations and people I was interested in.
There was also a documentary film festival going on.. I watched les invisibles. I also went to see two black and white movies that were partly in German.
One other concert series I attended was Mardi Spaghetti at Cagibi.
Another Saturday I was volunteering at STEW, soirée de performance at Fonderie Darling where Rachel Echenberg, Michelle Lacombe, Christian Messier and Alexis Bellavance were performing.
Another and last concert I want to tell you about was at Casa del Popolo where amongst other Zs were playing. I really enjoyed this concert .. I was floating around, talking to lot’s of people, caring about a guy who was passing out all the time, drinking beer… a few days later I found out that my friends from Good Willsmith saw them perform in Chicago and spent some time with the band later .. as we did in MTL.. I missed my friends but at that moment I felt like sharing the ‘same’ experience and I knew I would come back to Northern America. (okay I already knew before)
The last night in MTL was a blast.. we had a tripple birthday, end of the world, moving in and moving out party with the 5 roommates and everyone who wanted to party with us. lot’s of the amazing people I met came and I met lot’s of new exciting people.
Montréal for me was very interesting, for sure because I met such a diversity of people concerning their idiologies, thoughts, what they are doing and where they are going.
nearly every day I wake up because of heavy noise from some working next door. one day the walls were moving and some dirt fall from the wall.. I was really afraid that they would break a hole into the wall. today I woke up ’cause of long never ending knocking on the door, there they were again.. my friends the polish plumbers, they ask me to turn on the water and then told me that they have to shut down the water for two hours. oh yes two hours.. that was about three hours ago and when I left they told me.. we change the whole pipe.. yeah.. so no water for me I guess…
I’m in Chicago now for more then two weeks. after my John Cage experience I spent a lot of time with a french couchsurfer Axelle.. she is a great cook.. I miss that someone is cooking for me 😉
This weekend my experimental music experience in Chicago started. On Saturday I was at the ESS (experimental sound studio) where Michael Thieke a german clarinetist and composer played a solo concert. Sunday I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where the opening of the sound installation “wood music/Holzmusik” from Michael in cooperation with ESS took place. I think the ESS is a great place, a place for music and interdisciplinary artwork. They have a whole house and a nice garden in the backyard for concerts and where for example next Sunday a wine tasting paired with music takes place. One of their aims is to build an archive of experimental music in Chicago. I’m happy that I found this place and I’m going to spend some time there while I’m in Chicago. Through the amazing people at ESS I also get to know lot’s of interesting people, artists and venues for sure. And I want to add that I feel very comfortable at ESS.
So yesterday evening I went to a weekly concert series at the hungry brain. Two bands were playing
SET I: Summerfield/Lonberg-Holm/Kirchner/Rosaly
SET II: Thieke/Gregorio/Baker/Zerang
Both sets were very energetic and I enjoyed listening to them. I had the impression that the second set was more calm, although there was a lot going on too. I felt that there was a different kind of listening in both sets and for sure for every musician too. They seemed to enjoy themselves and I felt a desire to play myself.
it’s getting colder.. and hotter at once. how can this be happening.. I don’t get it.. I was melting when I waited for the A train… outside there should have been a thunderstorm.. but not really.
there s noise everywhere, it s great. your bedded in sound. on sunday bernd and I had a listening session of his recordings.. I loved it.. I felt like I could sit there and listen to his sounds and music forever. I got tired he woke up and vice versa… I put my zoom to my window.. I hear the air-condition and the water drops.. perfect sunday ..
I’m still in NYC but also some part of me is in Chicago.. I’m torn…
friday I’m heading to the windy city.. I was just writing to some hosts on couchsurfing (great project by the way) and I stumbled over more and more great and interesting people… musicians, artists of live, personalities, weirdos, technique nerds.. recording and video .. sound.. artists.. families yoga teachers.. whatever.. I had to stop.. I hope I ll find a couch to crash, a place to stay.. where I can set up my stuff and where I can focus on my inspiration, motivation.. and build whatever s coming out of it…
we started to drive on highway 1, it was really sunny and lot s of curves. when we reached the Pacific it was foggy you hardly could see your arm and there he was, this creepy christian guy who gave some very weired sheets to us. we thought about going all the way further down highway1 but when we reached fort braggs at 8pm we were getting so tired that we had to stop. after checking out some parking lots we decided to have a beer in an italian bar. there we started to talk to the waiter, Robert, and we told him about our trip and that we are going to spend the night in the car, etc. He invited us to stay at his flat with his partner Kerin. We were so overwhelmed because of this offer and went directly to his place. They are also into couchsurfing so it was a lucky coincidence for us. We had interesting talks and they gave us a lot of useful information for our trip. the breakfast in the mornong was super nice. Robert told us some stories about San Francisco in the 60ies and about his Belgian familie and his trips to Tunis and Europe. What a great experience. So thank you Kerin and Robert for hosting us! Let’s meet in Vienna again 🙂