From the TUF collective:
TUF invites you to the very first TUFFEST: A celebration of visual art, performance, and education with a goal of uplifting, expanding, and celebrating the female, non-binary, and trans electronic music community.
TUFFEST is funded by the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle, and is partnering with Northwest African American Museum which is a TUF Workshops location! This all-ages event is free and open to the public! Judkins Park will be filled with visual art installations, musical performances, workshops, and TUF talks.
MCs Sassyblack and Jenn Green (RWD FM)
Featuring music by….
<<Elysia Crampton>> [Blueberry Records / Break World Records / Seattle Debut!]
Elysia Crampton is a Bolivian-born, U.S.-based producer. Her album “American Drift” (on FaltyDL’s label Blueberry Recordings) re-examines American narratives and gives trans-ontologies a voice and resonance. Blending sounds from critically marginalized sources, with heavy emphasis on Latin genres, Crampton creates captivating music deeply embedded in ideas. TUFFEST will feature Elysia’s “Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Time Slide into the Future,” an audio-visual play that unfolds as a DJ production and live performance, bridging the oral history tradition and theater legacy of the Aymara people with Elysia’s own trans-femme abolitionist grasp of futurity.
<<Patricia Hall (of Soft Metals)>> [Portland, OR]
In Soft Metals, an electronic music duo from Portland, Oregon, Hall is inspired by a diverse array of synthesizer music. Her sound lies somewhere between dance music, austere synthetic pop, and experimental electronic composition. Soft Metals’s debut self-titled album came out in July of 2011. FACT magazine called them “one of the most accomplished and ambitious of the myriad new synth-pop acts coming out of the States.” For TUFFEST, Hall will perform new solo material live in front of an audience for the first time.
<<Kaori Suzuki>> [Magic Echo Music / Oakland, CA]
Kaori Suzuki is an electronic musician who primarily uses synthesis, acoustic recordings, and custom-made machines produced through her company, Magic Echo Music. Currently based out of Oakland, California, Suzuki is pursuing her MFA in Electronic Music at the prestigious Mills College. Her studies have led her to work with the open source audio programming language, SuperCollider, which will be the basis of her performance at TUFFEST. Suzuki’s oeuvre includes music for film, installation, and improvisations, which have been performed or displayed in Berlin, New York city, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle. She and her partner, Jonathan James Carr, have a forthcoming release on Further Records.
<<DoNormaal>> [Seattle, WA]
“Without a doubt, the award for “hardest hustle in Seattle” goes to Christianne Karefa-Johnson, aka DoNormaal. In the past eight months since her incredible debut LP Jump or Die came out, Karefa-Johnson must have played something close to 50 or 60 shows. That’s all on top of spearheading her own artist collective (69/50), playing a raved-about, sold-out opening set for Santigold two weeks ago, and heading to New York to study with the Underground Producers Alliance after winning the organization’s first Andreas Robbins Scholarship. That hard work has paid off—the MC is one of the most buzzed-about new artists in town, and rightfully so. Her left-field, experimental approach to hip-hop, full of woozy, eerie textures and inimitably playful poetics, is a shot in the arm to the local scene.” – Seattle Weekly
<<Nightspace>> [Seattle, WA]
“Skye sounds like a multitude, uses a keyboard and a drum machine to make moody beats they dub “dreamcore,” and their able to sing in both very high and low registers and self-harmonize with their samples, which had me looking for a second band member. Nightspace’s sound is somehow both languid and frenzied—their performance a carefully choreographed series of movements and expressions that involve their entire body.” – Seattle Weekly
<<Red Alder>> [Seattle, WA]
Red Alder is the solo project of Kelsie Brown from Seattle. Under this moniker she creates emotive, atmospheric music influenced by ambient, dream pop, and classical music. Her newest works bring in elements of techno and house music to make the listener feel uneasy and hypnotized, and reminisce about their own anxiety. She has self-released 2011’s Dissociation EP and 2012’s well-received Empty Staircases full-length, and has a forthcoming release coming later this year.
& more to be announced.
Featuring art by…
Hannah Therese Eberts and Shaana Hatamian
TUF FEST welcomes you to our workshops + panels + talks!
Brought to you by funding from Office of Arts & Culture Seattle, as well as through partnership with Northwest African American Museum!
Please allow women/trans/non-binary individuals access to workshops first. Panels + discussions are open to all.
11:30AM – 1:00PM – Judkins Park
LIVE AUDIO & PA SET UP Seattle Sound Girls!
Learn about PA set-up, signal flow, and live sound trouble shooting in this fun, hands-on 90 minute workshop.
SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/290OJIv
Note * Extremely limited space remaining *
11:30AM – 12:30PM – Judkins Park
MARKETING YOUR ART WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL OR FEELING LIKE AN ASSHOLE
Taught by Seattle writer Sonya Vatomsky, this
workshop empowers artists to promote, network, and distribute without draining the energy needed to create.
SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/29zPiL4
12:00PM – 1:00PM – Northwest African American Museum
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU USE THE WORD ‘SOUNDSCAPE’?
Panel lead by Rebecca Zweig and Dylan Tupper Rupert discussing experiences in music journalism with local and national female/non binary writers.
SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/295j8ZL
12:00PM – 2:00PM – Cafe Weekend
SOUND-MAKING AND ABLETON: TOOLS FOR ENHANCING AUDIO WITHOUT READING THE WHOLE DAMN MANUAL FIRST
w/ Kayla Selene. Using Ableton as a platform, Kayla will show participants how to use some concrete tools to enhance or manipulate audio samples. Field recordings and music samples will both be treated in this workshop. The workshop is intended for beginners to Ableton who want to start making quality audio samples for music production or DJing right away.
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12:30PM – 1:30PM – Judkins Park
Kaori Suzuki will be giving a talk to share her experiences using SuperCollider for synthesis and performance. It will include a live coding demo and a discussion about the SuperCollider community over web media.
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Note * this workshop is now closed to cis-men only *
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Northwest African American Museum
AMERICA’S IMPRESSIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM a.k.a AMERICA’S OPPRESSIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM
Presented by Powerful Voices‘ Zaria Diggins: This workshop about how disparities and social inequalities, such as racism and classism, present in the education system. Participants will gain a general understanding of the idea of privilege and connect it to their personal experiences, and other aspects of social inequality.
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1:30PM – 2:30PM – Judkins Park
TO ALTER OR ABANDON? DISRUPTING THE CULTURAL ESTABLISHMENT
As people of color in Seattle, when is working within institutional power worth the struggle, and when is it advantageous to organize alternatives with your communities? Join TUF Members Minh Nguyen & Leena Joshi in a candid conversation with Alaina Caldwell, host of the local podcast Hella Black Hella Seattle; Renee Jarreau Greene, DJ and organizer of Darqness, a dance party for queer and trans people of color; and Hollis Wong-Wear, musician in The Flavr Blue, Seattle city commissioner and frequent collaborator with Macklemore.
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1:45PM – 2:45PM – Judkins Park
INTRO TO DRUM MACHINES
w/ Emma Olsen aka UMFANG
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2:00PM – 3:00PM – Northwest African American Museum, Studio Room
DEEP LISTENING WORKSHOP
w/ Pauline Oliveros and Ione (Artistic Director, Deep Listening Institute)
SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/29ytFLg
12:00PM – 5:00PM – Judkins Park
SYNTH PETTING ZOO
Presented by Patchwerks
PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR WORKSHOP OR PANEL. We can’t wait to see you there : )
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