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Kee Avil

  • Performance
  • Album Launch Show
  • Music
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PHI Centre Espace 1
407 Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Album Launch Schedule
Doors: 7 PM
Music: 8 PM

All ages

Price in advance: $21.75
Price day of the event: $26.75

*Fees included, taxes not included

The Montreal producer combines guitar, voice, and electronic production on the tracks of her new album, Spine.

Support: Nadège Grebmeier Forget

Kee Avil

Montréal producer Kee Avil combines guitar, voice, and electronic production to forge deconstructed songs informed by a distinctive amalgam of post-industrial, avant-pop, glitch, minimalist, and experimental folk sensibilities. Catching the ear of Montréal label Constellation, Kee Avil’s debut album Crease was released on the imprint in 2022, garnering widespread critical accolades and a Juno Award nomination: “A stunning debut” (The Quietus); “A debut of fiendish creativity” (Bandcamp Albums Of The Year). Kee Avil performed extensively in solo and duo configurations, playing at Ruhrtriennale, Le Guess Who?, and Vancouver Jazz Festival among many others. 

On Spine, her sophomore album, Kee Avil strips back her heavily textured compositions, opening up a much rawer sound. This is urgent music that reflects the precarity of modern life, as well as the jarring mixture of electronic and real-world interactions that have become the fabric of our day-to-day experiences. There’s a hypnotic somnambulance to it all, using the repetition and fracturing of melodic phrases interwoven with delicate electronics to create curious and persistent hooks. While not a concept album, themes of time’s passage, remembrance, and decay crop up across multiple tracks. Within a minimalist framework, the juxtaposition of beauty and discomfort that is key to the Kee Avil sound stands out in skin-prickling relief.

About
Nadège Grebmeier Forget

Nadège Grebmeier Forget

Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist Nadège Grebmeier Forget circulates within both the visual and performing arts milieu. She has distinguished herself through the empowered and performative manipulation of her image, drawing influences from the vocabulary of feminisms, her own body and personal psyche acting as mediums of observation, research, and transformation. With multiple festivals, exhibitions, residencies, and conferences to her credit across Canada, the US, and Europe, she is better known for her durational, live, streamed, and private performances that question the labor of making and becoming; including the ways in which performance (of self or art) can be documented, shown, disseminated or exhibited. She is the first performance artist to receive the City of Montreal’s Prix Pierre-Ayot (2019), awarded in partnership with the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC).

Her work is presently on view within the group exhibition privat at Basement Raum Für Kunst Berlin (Germany). An interview by Alanna Thain about her approach to live scenography and the occupation of the screen as a moving mirror will be published in LO: TECH: POP: CULT: Screendance Remixed by Routledge (England, UK).

You may also discover her work via this artist profile produced by the PHI Foundation on occasion of her public engagement project, I WILL NEVER FINISH REMOVING ALL THESE FACES. (GUIDED REFLECTION)

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  • In collaboration with

    Constellation Records

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