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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BAC Featured Artist of the Week



 The BAC Gift Shop is honored to feature the work of performance artist and musician, Ian Quiet!  We now have a wonderful selection of Ian's CD's, which would make excellent and unique holiday gifts.  We are happy to add Ian to the BAC family and we look forward to working with him in the future.  

Please take a moment to read Ian's bio and artist statement and if you are interested in seeing him perform live, he will be at Christmas Under Da Ground, this Saturday, December  8th, 7pm at Minicine?, 846 Texas Avenue.


Ian Quiet was born in Savannah, GA, but spent the majority of his childhood in Shreveport, LA.  At age two he joined the choir after singing in every cash register microphone that he could get his hands on.  During his school years he took formal lessons in violin, percussion, keyboard percussion, piano as well as continuing with the choir in church and school.  It was in high school that Quiet largely abandoned all academic musical training to focus on experimentation and concepts that were discouraged in the classroom. 
Quiet’s first year of college was without music study and he grew restless and moved to Atlanta and then Athens, GA to follow his musical pursuits.  He began recording some lo-fi, industrial songs and published them on mp3.com.  This was a very prolific time, but most of these recordings have either been rerecorded or abandoned.
After a potent dose of bohemia, Ian Quiet was ready to return to Shreveport.  He was encouraged by minicine? and the underground community and began performing live and continuing to record music which was at this time largely sample based and influenced by the electroclash movement.  Not long after, Quiet felt the need to leave Shreveport and moved to New Orleans.  The move was short lived due to Hurricane Katrina.
Back in Shreveport, Christopher Alexander, who had previously taken Quiet under his wing, released an EP, Vulcan’s Prayer, in 2006 on Alexander’s Why The Hell Not? Music label.  Vulcan’s Prayer was a sample based affair and was based on industrial-techno beats and cryptic lyrics by Quiet.  Why The Hell Not? Music released Dancing God in 2007.  This album moved much closer to Quiet’s artist statement and contained elements from hip-hop to sound collage as well as continuing in an industrial-techno vein.
2009 saw the release of Ian Quiet Says…Save The Spotted Mermaid which was an early nominee for an Independent Music Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album.  Its sound was more indie dance and folktronica and some songs actually have no electronics in them. This album was released independently on Quiet’s own Ian Quiet label along with rereleases of the first two albums.  Over 70 songs were recorded for Mermaid, but 10 made the cut.
In 2010 Quiet released Pu Pu Platter which is a marriage between performance art and dance-pop.  The concept album revolved around water and Americanized Asian cultural elements as motifs.  Not one to sit still for very long, 2011 saw the release of Like A Vegan, which contains his most accessible material to date.
As of 2012 Quiet has released Labalenn’s Lullabies, a collection of cross-cultural lullabies and instrumentals influenced by his interest in healing music and music therapy.  The entire album is acoustic.  He plans to release two more singles from Like A Vegan and a companion DVD  in 2013 and release a new album later that year.

 Artist Statement



My music is a constant progression of my experiences in the world.  I am very eager to try new things.  I am passionate about exploring music (and life) and strive to leave no stone unturned sonically (and visually through performance art, live shows, music video, etc).  I write/compose, produce, mix, and record cross-genre.
Although my work is primarily musical in nature (strongly influenced by pop as well as extreme avant-garde), I have always incorporated performance art during my live act and music videos.  My background, besides music, is also in theatre, film, sound art and fine arts.  It is imperative for me to create a visual aesthetic that compliments the soundtrack through costume, fashion, visual art, film, etc.
The bulk of my output so far has been in electronic music (2006-current), but I have also released acoustic music inspired by the cultures of Haiti, France, and Louisiana (among others).  This music and sound art is meant to be an impression and appropriation of those respected elements and not necessarily an attempt to recreate the music of those cultures.  Their cultural cues provide a recipe for me to start with, but I add my own flavors.
Another trend in my career has been my work in ambient music and sound art.  Although I have had some ambient works on my albums, since 2009 I have actively worked in this area.  I was commissioned to perform sound art at the 2009 and 2011  MSPS New Music Festival opening for Phantom Orchard (Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori) and Tim Hecker, as well as appearing live on KTBS-3 News performing a select piece to publicize the festival.  I have also been commissioned by The Meadows Museum at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA to perform ambient works for art openings.  Some of the sounds on my album Labalenn’s Lullabies incorporate these works as will my upcoming material.  I have recently been taught how to make contact mics and plan on finding creative ways to mix sound art with electronic pop and acoustic cross-cultural music.
Since 2011 I have been producing, directing, and actively creating music videos to go with certain songs.  My music video for Raw Vegan Wedding Cake has been submitted to minicine?’s X-mas Under Da Ground.

Since 2012 I have performed shows outside of Shreveport and Bossier City.  I have done two shows in Bradenton, FL and made my live debut in Austin, TX.  It is my intention to continue performing in as many different places as possible.

Influences
Björk, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Enigma, Enya, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Tangerine Dream, Yoko Ono

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