postcomodity Postcommodity performance (GJFC 2014)

We Lost Half The Forest, And The Rest Will Burn This Summer was one of three improvised musical performances co-presented by Musagetes, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and IICSI at the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival. Following the performance, the members of the Postcommodity collective discuss their noise making practice.

The American Southwest arts collective Postcommodity collaborated with Musagetes and the Guelph Black Heritage Society on a project titled People of Good Will. Through visual arts and performance, Postcommodity members Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young forge new metaphors for the shared experiences of this increasingly challenging contemporary environment. They promote constructive discourses that challenge the hegemonic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and they bring Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination to the broader public sphere. Also working as an improvised music/noise ensemble, with custom acoustic instruments as well as modified analog oscillators, deer antlers, sine tone generators, and hunting calls, Postcommodity performed nine structured noise-songs from their (then), upcoming LP “We Lost Half The Forest, And The Rest Will Burn This Summer”, a 16-song concept album recounting the ever-cycling decay of a desert drought from the view of its flora and fauna.