Shigeto. West Coast Tour with Groundislava to Make Three Pacific Northwest Stops

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In support of his well-received Intermission EP, released via acclaimed electronic music Ghostly International, Michigan producer Shigeto. announced a west coast tour with Friends of Friends producer Groundislava, which will take place in late January 2016. During this tour, the two producers will be making three stops in the Pacific Northwest area, starting at Mississippi Studios in Portland, then making its way to the Nectar Lounge, and concluding at Imperial in Vancouver, B.C.

Shigeto.. was recently involved with a collaboration with Michael Cina, a performance of “Do My Thing” from Shigeto.’s recent EP Intermission. This project was inspired by A Century of Artifice, a comprehensive retrospective of Cina’s artwork for Ghostly International, and by a short film of Shigeto. on tour in Japan showcasing his explosive live interpretations of his own electronic productions. Aware that the two artists have consistently intersected on the packaging for Shigeto.’s discography, Venue wanted to provide a space for their creative interaction to be realized in a new way. The resulting film also serves as a nod to the significant contributions that Ghostly International has made to progressive culture for the past 16 years. Watch the video here.

Cina created original paintings specifically for this project in his studio in Minneapolis, with VSCO’s Brett Carlson working alongside the artist to film the pieces being made in real time. The resulting series of films captured Cina’s custom paints and unique applications not as a work-in-progress but as beautiful works in themselves. The entire process was then transferred to the performance space via a 10’ x 10’ LED installation in collaboration with set design team, Maxrelax. The LED panel then morphed the paintings through its pixelationand color application, providing a similar interaction of where organic meets digital as is seen in Shigeto.’s own live performance. The visual designer EFFIXX added another layer to the visual expression as he scored the imagery on set, developing the final accompaniment while Shigeto. also found his way through several rehearsal takes of “Do My Thing” (at the time of filming, only his second chance to perform the song live).

Shot by cinematographer Jim McMillan under the direction of Omid Fatemi and edited by Matt Hollis, the performance was recorded in Chelsea at SIR Studios, one of New York’s longest running rehearsal spaces – since ’73 a place for artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to Jay-Z to prep for shows and tours. The photography feature was shot by Alex Welsh.

Shigeto.’s Intermission EP is out now on Ghostly and available here. Michael Cina’s A Century of Artiface is available here. Full tour dates can be found below.

Shigeto.. Tour Dates (with Groundislava):
1/20 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
1/21 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
1/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
1/23 – San Diego @ Soda Bar
1/24 – Los Angeles @ Echoplex

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