With several months and an entire season sitting between now and the High Zero Festival, the High Zero Foundation organized a stellar fundraiser at the 5th Dimension last week featuring some awesome music and art in an intimate setting (although I’m being quite generous here describing the 5th Dimension).

KLB_DanDeacon2

Dan Deacon’s Equipment, waiting to melt faces.

 

After celebrating its 15th year last year, High Zero will host one of the biggest improv festivals in the world welcoming musicians from around to globe to partake in the Red Room Collective’s programming for the 16th year. This year the festival lands mid-September, with a line-up already consisting of local Wendel Patrick and musicians like Okkyung Lee (Korea) hailing from afar.

KLB_DanDeacon4

Dan Deacon

MC’ed by the charismatic Lexie Mountain, attendees of the High Zero fundraiser were welcomed with some booty-shaking and a silent auction to jams by DJ Jason Willet, in an aura reminiscent of an old college frat (with obviously better music). With performances from several artists including Horse Lords, the highlight of the night, albeit a short one, was Dan Deacon’s one-song set.
KLB_DanDeacon11

Dan Deacon

 In typical Dan Deacon style, he set up camp  in the center of the 5th Dimension with his Macbook and wave generators on a table amid the crowd. Sans his keyboard due to the elevator’s refusal to cooperate, Dan Deacon put on a half hour long improv set akin to the likes of the  non-idiomatic improvisation of the High Zero Festival itself. While some were disappointed at the prospects a show at the 5th Dimension could provide, Deacon’s performance was beautifully entrancing and captivating even without his keys. While it did leave a bit to be desired, there’s comfort in knowing a festival is on the horizon with a bigger offering.

KLB_DanDeacon6

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon5

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon3

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon8

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon9

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon10

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon1

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon12

Dan Deacon

 

KLB_DanDeacon7

Dan Deacon

KLB_DanDeacon13

  • Anon

    Imho this piece could have been a little more critically-engaged. However i appreciated the frat comparison (i chose to read it as a dig and not a compliment).