Aïsha Devi, Drew McDowall, Hiro Kone + more at Recombinant Festival 2018

An incredible female-forward lineup for the Friday night of Recombinant Festival 2018.

All Ages
Cash bar for 21+

Doors Open 8PM
Doors Close 2AM

Recombinant Festival's weekend begins with a spellbinding journey led by cultural revolutionaries and spiritual sonic warriors. A evening filled with mysticism and alchemy, your guides Aïsha Devi, Drew McDowall and Hiro Kone will be joined by their Bay Area-based contemporaries Experimental Housewife and The Creatrix.

In addition, we have a very special performance from UK artist Vicki Bennett who has been a pioneering figure in the field of audio-visual collage working under the alias People Like Us.

Artists

Aïsha Devi

No one on this planet sounds like Aïsha Devi. Her voice is her most powerful tool in a repertoire that includes thumping beats and rave stabs, seraphic and guttural throat singing, mystical linguistics and corporeal sonics. Her music is spiritual and her live shows are transcendent experiences. She is a rebel and a radical alchemist who is breaking down barriers and traversing dimensions with her art.

Drew McDowall

Scottish born, Brooklyn based electronic artist Drew McDowall was born and raised in Paisley, an area just outside of Glasgow, and came of age during a time when the city was one of the most dangerous places in the world. Caught up in the prevalent gang culture of Scotland’s destroyed industrial cityscape, McDowall found a way out of the daily violence as punk took hold of the UK’s disenchanted youth. In 1978, he formed the lo-fi post-punk band, The Poems, with then wife, Rose McDowall, who would later rise to mainstream acclaim as one half of Strawberry Switchblade. Though shortly realized, the Poems allowed McDowall to network and collaborate with other local musicians in Glasgow, such as Orange Juice, and granted him access to travel down to London, thus forming friendships with Genesis P-Orridge, David Tibet and countless others, bringing Drew into the fold of the experimental cultural revolution happening in England brought upon by Throbbing Gristle and executed by groups such as Psychic TV and Current 93.

Hiro Kone

Since assuming the recording moniker Hiro Kone in 2011, New York City-based electronic artist Nicky Mao has personalized a space predicated on dark layers interacting with rhythm. With her early EPs on Group Tightener and Bitterroots, leading up to the EP Fallen Angels and the acclaimed debut full length album, Love Is the Capital (both on Geographic North), Mao’s meticulously crafted textures attracted collaborators like Drew McDowall (Coil), Little Annie, and Roxy Farman (Wetware) while driving against the grain of experimental techno. Mao’s explorations often cast themselves against danceable structures, creating a duality of crisis and escapism.

Partners

Recombinant Media Labs

RECOMBINANT MEDIA LABS (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, to research and deploy the cultural qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema and music mediated electro-acoustic surround sound. RML acts as producer, propagator, and presenter of substantive intermodal artworks for its panoramic performance platform the CineChamber. The Recombinant Festival is an annual autumn event series in SF  that showcases international immersive residencies from RML’s nomadic network ; Co-presenters have been Gray Area and Obscura Digital.

Obscura Digital

Obscura is an alliance of artists and technologists who are pioneering the future of multidimensional sensory experiences. From our beginning, we set convention aside to create entirely new encounters with light, image, sound, and motion. Our team shares a passion for inventing the uninvented, for exploring ways that technology can enable awe-inspiring moments. Our creativity is inseparable from our ingenuity. We were among the first to develop technologies that deliver unprecedented interactivity. Our exploration has led to multitouch screens, complex architectural mapping, 360-degree surround projections, and beyond.