PVDLOOP IS BACK!
The Second Annual Providence Y2K16 International Live Looping Festival (PVDLoop) comes back to AS220 October 13th, 14th and 15th. The festival presents national and international live looping artists along with a large local presence - music in multiple genres including pop, jazz, folk experimental improvisation, ambient and beatbox. This is the second year of the festival and continues to be the only East Coast satellite festival of the Y2K International Live Looping Festival, based in Santa Cruz, California.
“You’ve probably heard looping, you’ve just never heard it and all its diversity all in one place,” says Laurie Amat, local artist and producer of the festival. “Last year, everything came together in an amazing way. We attracted a new audience to AS220 - people interested in live looping, looping technology, and experimental music as listeners, as amateur/hobbyist musicians, and other musicians in the local scene.
“The festival engages artists outside the limitation of genres - artists of multiple disciplines interested in how technology is being used in performance. We are planning events around the festival for participating artists and the general public, including workshops and ‘Touch the Gear.’ There will be announcements for these events on our website and social media.”
AS220′s looping festival features inventive musicians
September 28, 2016
By Andy Smith
Journal Arts Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — PVDLoop is not a new highway plan for the 6-10 Connector. Nor is it an old ride from the heyday of Rocky Point.
The official title is the Providence Y2K16 International Live Looping Festival, a three-day event Friday through Sunday at AS220 in downtown Providence.
The loops here are relatively brief, digitally recorded musical passages that repeat continually. The loops can be altered in numerous ways, such as speed or pitch. Performers can then create additional loops, which can also be electronically manipulated, and then add their own vocals, speech or instruments.
As the festival title suggests, the loops are not prerecorded, but created on the spot in front of an audience.
“You are basically orchestrating your own pieces,” said vocalist Laurie Amat, artistic director for PVDLoop. “This is a way for me of getting out all the music I hear in my head.”
Amat demonstrated at AS220′s Black Box Theatre last week, using a microphone, amplifier, a few small percussion instruments and a small arsenal of electronics, including a four-track mixer, on a table in front of her. She started with rhythm from a cabasa, a shaker-like instrument, then a small bell. Then she recorded a wordless vocal part. Then another one on top of the first, then another, developing a hypnotic, chant-like effect.
The PVDLoop festival will feature more than 30 local, national and international looping performers, among them singers, bassists, drummers, a trombonist, guitarists, keyboard player, a saw player (that would be Cindy Sawprano), electric mandolinist, violinists, poets and more.
Amat grew up in Rhode Island but left in 1979 and settled in San Francisco. About six years ago, she got involved with live looping, became increasingly interested in its possibilities, and took part in the Y2K Looping festivals.
She returned to Rhode Island two years ago, and is now a resident artist at AS220. She noticed there was no live looping festival on the East Coast, and with Walker’s blessing decided to start one.
“I took the dive off the mountain all by myself. . . I’m looking forward to bringing my home city into an international network,” she said. “This place is filthy with talent.”
The Second Annual Providence Y2K16 International Live Looping Festival (PVDLoop) comes back to AS220 October 13th, 14th and 15th. The festival presents national and international live looping artists along with a large local presence - music in multiple genres including pop, jazz, folk experimental improvisation, ambient and beatbox. This is the second year of the festival and continues to be the only East Coast satellite festival of the Y2K International Live Looping Festival.
Artistic Director Laurie Amat | Participating Artists + Volunteers
Managing Producers Corinne Wahlberg and Stuart Window | Press, Sponsorship, + Hospitality
Providence, Rhode Island 02903