An inspiration to the experimental music community at large, Aaron Dilloway will be bringing his captivating live performance to the Knockdown Center for the very first time. The Oberlin-based artist has been a staple of the underground for decades, with an extensive discography which includes the critically acclaimed Modern Jester (Hanson Records) and The Gag File (Dais Records) as well as recent collaborative efforts with John Wiese, Robert Turman, C. Lavender, Lucretia Dalt, and Victoria Shen. The use of 8-track cassette loops has helped him forge a sound that is hypnotic, bizarre, and instantly recognizable as his own. Aaron has consistently given boundary-pushing sets to audiences worldwide throughout his career, and Quo Vadis is more than proud to bring him to our family here in New York.
There is no stronger contribution to the contemporary body of industrial music than Pharmakon. Margaret Chardiet has become widely known for displaying a fierce intensity that never fails to remain intimate. Baring it all in front of her audiences, she invites you to traverse the horrors of existence with an overwhelming stage presence which often carries onto the floor itself. Using volume, physicality, and the sheer power of the human voice, she expands on the extremities of sound in a way that’s entirely unmatched. We are honored to present the project’s first live performance since the winter of 2019.
Returning to the Knockdown Center is our beloved resident Hiro Kone. Always the dynamic performer, Nicky Mao continues to share with Quo Vadis her signature blend of experimental electronics. Last year’s set at the NYFA showcase was as sublime as it was mind bending, and we are so excited to see what she has in store for us this time around. Her use of synthesizers defies all limitations and categorizations, creating a truly unique headspace that she guides us through with unexpected turns lurking around each and every corner.