Listening Party

@ 7:00pm

Playlist is available here!

Track List:

clipping., Ed Balloon: He Dead 4:22

Michael Pisaro, Håkon Stene, Kristinen Tjøgersen: XI 3:29

Michael Pisaro, Håkon Stene, Kristinen Tjøgersen: XII 2:26

Luicidal, Ceci Bastida: Institucionalizado 3:31

Fatima Al Qadiri: Qasida – Sunset Fever 1 1:59

Sadaf: Ditectrice 2:43

Pan Daijing: A Situation of Meat 2:24

Yves Tumor: Limerence 5:29

Charles Bradley: Lucifer 3:32

Los Pirañas: Infame golpazo 3:08

Holly Herndon: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt 3:11

David Lang, Augustin Hadelich: Mystery Sonatas: No. 5, After Sorrow 4:41

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash: I Still Miss Someone – Take 5 3:35

Elysia Crampton ft.Fanny Chuquimia Pankara: Crest- Orocara (installation/performance) 3:16

Elysia Crampton ft.Money Allah: Wing (from American Drift)

Diamond Black Hearted Boy: Tomorrow Is Not Promised (E+E remix) 3:34

Nkisi: Can You See Me 3:49


It can be a daunting task for even the most ardent music aficionado to know how to wade through the hours of new music made available every second. Western Front’s Listening Party is one answer to this question. For an evening, composers and artists are invited to share contemporary music that they have found thought-provoking and inspiring with curious listeners.

For the second Listening Party, our guest-DJs will be composer, performer and installation artist, Raven Chacon, and artist, sculptor, sound publisher and co-organizer of Duplex, Gabi Dao. Prepare to have your ears opened to the ever-surprising world of revolutionary music.

 This Listening Party is presented with support from the Hamber Foundation and in collaboration with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program, alongside the exhibition Relations of Responsibility.

As part of the exhibition, a listening station of Raven Chacon’s Still Life No.4 (2019) is presented in Western Front’s foyer. The work is a recording of a Gitxsan Nation drum stewarded by UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. The oscillation pattern of the drum’s beat is indexed to indicate the physical distance from the drum itself. Measured as the crow flies, this listening station is located approximately 11,668 metres from the Museum of Anthropology, where the drum remains in storage. The work lets the drum sing, operating against an imposed script of silence and enclosure, and aligning the cultural belonging with its object-life-force.

Artist Biographies

Raven Chacon is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, and an installation artist originally from the Navajo Nation. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles in the Southwest and beyond. He is also a member of the Indigenous art collective Postcommodity, with whom he recently premiered the 2-mile long land art/border intervention, Repellent Fence.

Gabi Dao is an artist and co-organizer at Duplex, a DIY project space + studio collective based the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is interested in the insistence of counter-memory and fragmentation through the pursuit of sculpture, installation, sound, aural publishing, music and moving image. She has recently shown her in various contexts such as the Images Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Artspeak, Coop Radio, the internet, a roof-top parking lot, Western Front, The National Music Centre and Unit 17.