Mutual Benefit

Collective Concerts Presents

Mutual Benefit

GABI

Mon, December 3, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm

The Garrison

Toronto, ON

$15.00

This event is 19 and over

Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes 

GABI
GABI
EmptyMe,GabrielleHerbst’ssecondalbumasGABIandfirstforDoubleDoubleWhammy,isacelebrationofdiscovery,collaborationandcommunity-andaleapintoboldnewterritoryforthesingerandcomposer.Afterreleasingherdebutalbum,Sympathy,onSoftwarein2015andtouringNorthAmericaandEurope,Herbstfoundherselfinanintense,transformativetime.She’doftenwakeupinthemiddleofthenightneedingtowritenewsongs,improvisingwhilehalf-asleepatherkeyboard.Intheyearstocome,theseideas,feelings,andexperimentswouldleadhertoanewsound,tohealing,andthemostdirectmusicshehasevermade–including“Sleep,”EmptyMe’sstatementofpurpose.“Iwasnotinterestedinvirtuosity,really.Iwasdrawntomusicthathadthatelementofnecessitytoit.Iwantedtofindthatinmyselfandstripeverythingelseaway.”Whenshewasn’tapplyingtotheYaleSchoolofMusic,whereshewillbepursuingaMasterofMusicdegreeincompositionthisfall,writingclassicalpiecesfortheNouveauClassicalProject,orworkingonhernewestopera,Ashes,commissionedbyRouletteandtheJeromeFoundation,shewasexploringhernewsongsinsessionswithDaleEisingerinthespringof2017,focusedprimarilyonpianoandvoice.However,whenshebeganarrangingthesongswithharpistMariluDonovanandbassclarinetistMaraMayer,shemadeamajorbreakthrough.“Itwaslikefindinganewsound-andIgotreally,reallyintoit.”HerbstandproducerEricLittmannthenworkedtirelesslybetweenfull-timejobstobringthesongstolifeoverthenextsevenmonths,constantlyfindingnewpathsalongtheway.Shedescribesmomentslikethechoralharmonieson“Let’sNotExist”astheresultofbeingonthevergeofheatstrokeonadeathlyhotsummerdayinLittmann’sbedroomstudio.Shedetailshowleadsingle“WholeWithYou”changedmanytimesbeforebecomingwhatitisnow:“Ithasanelementoflosstoit.Asearchingforsomething.It’saboutcomingintoyourselfandfightingbackforyourself.It’scomefromanintense,personalplace,andhasbeentransformedthroughcollaboration.EricandIputthelovein.”It’sarecordofecstaticmomentsbroughtintotheworldthroughexperimentationandopenness.ContributionsbyviolistJacobFalby,flutistLauraCox,percussionistMattEvans,andsynthsbySteveHauschildtaren’tjustfrills.Theseparts,likemulti-instrumentalistAaronRoche’shornson“WildSunflowers,”aresourcesofpowerintheirownright.“Everyoneputtheirstamponitinareallymeaningfulway.Everyonewantedtogivetoit.”HerbstseesEmptyMeasahopefulrecord–thesoundofchartingherownpath,popmusiconherterms,andthebeginningofanewchapterinhermultifacetedcareer.EmptyMewillbereleasedbyDoubleDoubleWhammyon10/05/2018
Venue Information:
The Garrison
1197 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M6J 1X3
http://www.garrisontoronto.com/