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Benoît Pioulard, Caspar Sonnet, Jordan Dykstra

Fri. July 26th 2013 8PM - 11PM doors at 7PM The Cobalt (No Minors) 8PM - 11PM doors at 7PM
$9 adv / $11 door
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Presented by: A.R.P.
Benoît Pioulard

Caspar Sonnet

Jordan Dykstra Music

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Since a young age, Thomas Meluch has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. A veteran drummer of a half dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the bases for his work as Benoît Pioulard.


It is said that an impressive environment will birth an impressive artist. This adage is proven true with experimental composer, D. Reuben Snyder (aka Caspar Sonnet). The multi-instrumentalist, singer-song writer currently resides in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in the rolling hills of Southeastern Washington, under the shadow of the Hanford nuclear site. His unusual song structure and haunting vocals have been inspired by eclectic sources, including: Native American mythology and music, 16th century, Italian composer, Carlo Gesualdo, and contemporary, American, minimalist composer Morton Feldman. In April 2013, Snyder, as Caspar Sonnet, released his debut album, Identify, on the Marriage Records’ label.

Snyder is a musician of many talents. In addition to his solo work; Snyder records and preforms with experimental electronic collective, Rob Walmart. The group includes Adam Forkner (White Rainbow) and poet Tom Blood. In 2010, Snyder collaborated with Jona Bechtolt, of YACHT, as a keyboardist and backup vocalist on the European LCD Sound System tour. Currently, Snyder is working on his second album as Caspar Sonnet, entitled, Kennewick Man. Kennewick Man, and two forthcoming albums, comprise a triptych that will pay homage to the deserts of Southeastern Washington, where Snyder was raised.


Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, Jordan Dykstra is a film composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and studio engineer. A violist and violinist since the age of 4, his work has been featured with such artists as Dirty Projectors, Gus Van Sant, Valet, Adrian Orange, Christina Vantzou, Davis Hooker, Jared Mees and the Grown Children as well as a number of installations, short films, and live performances. Jordan Dykstra was the VP of the Portland indie label Marriage Records for three years, and, in 2008, he founded the Business of Composing for Strings (BCS), which is a compositional studio aimed at making new compositions and arrangements for strings and small ensembles.
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