Zaum town

The ex­per­i­men­tal Monc­ton duo brings a cross-sec­tion of artists along to cre­ate its unique show.

The Coast - - ARTS - BY JONATHAN BRIGGINS

Zaum Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9, 8pm The Sea­horse Tav­ern, 2037 Got­tin­gen Street $12

The ex­per­i­men­tal doom duo Zaum is turn­ing up the lights and bring­ing some friends on stage to wrap up a year of globe-trot­ting. Zaum has trav­elled the world in sup­port of Ei­dolon, an al­bum with two sprawl­ing, dark, am­bi­ent and med­i­ta­tive tracks that run 20 min­utes each. All the in­ter­na­tional tour­ing means the Monc­ton­based duo has played more shows in Ro­ma­nia than the Mar­itimes in the past two years.

“The idea was that it would be re­ally neat, one day, to per­form with some of the other peo­ple that ac­tu­ally play on the record. This is some­thing that we’ve been toss­ing around for awhile,” says Kyle Alexan­der McDon­ald, who plays bass, adds vo­cals and cre­ates synth sound­scapes along­side drum­mer Christopher Lewis.

Sched­ules aligned and Zaum was able to bring in vi­o­lin­ist Olive Best­vater of Saska­toon in­stru­men­tal doom band Black Tremor, clas­si­cally trained wood­wind mu­si­cian Ricky Frenette, pro­jec­tions artist Jamie McEwan and con­tem­po­rary Mid­dle Eastern dance artist Nawal Doucette to cre­ate The Rit­ual Ex­pe­ri­ence tour.

For a band that usu­ally plays in low-light sit­u­a­tions with no fo­cus on vi­su­als, this tour is com­pletely dif­fer­ent—each show, Doucette presents a rit­ual fea­tur­ing props and dif­fer­ent cos­tumes. “For a lot of that,” says McDon­ald of the vi­su­als, “I’m en­tirely leav­ing it in their hands. Just sort of lit­tle thoughts of guid­ance, but noth­ing re­ally hard-edge for the most part.”

The Sea­horse show will fin­ish off the tour, but it will live on—the band is set to re­lease a short film based on a song from Ei­dolon with Hal­i­fax film­maker Seth Smith.

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