Project Description

Quiet Music Festival of Portland

Curator: Chris Johanson
May 31st, 2013 – June 1st, 2013

 Artist Chris Johanson is pleased to present the third annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland celebrating soothecore, a new dimension of emotional, vibrant, and low volume music honoring of the quiet act of listening. The two-day event is made possible with support from Generic Surplus.

Showcasing a new era of “ear love” for its growing circle of friends, the Quiet Music Festival of Portland will feature a variety of performances interpreting low volume, deep-sonic meditations. Many favorite artists from across the country will be returning to the festival as well as new ones to discover — all who have created performances exclusively for the event. Johanson adds, “This year’s lineup will kiss people’s ears,” and highlights include:

  • Rare solo performances by Heidi Alexander, Meg Baird and cellist Lori Goldston.
  • Unwind with legendary hip-hop musician Money Mark as he mixes beats from drum loops, turntables, and keyboards, and escape with Peggy Honeywell’s, also known as artist Clare Rojas, acoustic songs and guitar melodies.
  • Mira Billotte of White Magic leads a set of fourth-dimensional vibrations and shamanic trance, Volunteers Park transforms collisions of high and low art into dreamy ambient compositions, and Tara Jane Oneil’s multi-piece act fuses stone age technology with electronic devices, creating melodic, experimental music.
  • Michael Henrickson invokes energy with his solo performance combining different percussions. Float along with Brian Mumford and Dragging An Ox Through Water’s folk and country melodies. And a three-piece set from Sun Foot features softly amplified songs, low-volume drum kits and sane amps.An art exhibition of multi-media works by J. Patrick Walsh 3 exploring the intersection of music and cars will be on view. Walsh adds, “These autos humming us around, singing as they carry soft bodies across asphalt, we sing from these acoustic crafts, to our friends tunes, to tune our friends instruments, and our friends cars.”Continuing the tradition of the Quiet Music Festival of Portland’s relaxed, casual ambiance, the interior will feature its signature one-of-a-kind 70s and 80s items, soft lighting and sets by Mississippi Records DJs Callie Danger and Eric I. “With so much blown yang energy, people need to get into their yin energy and power, and we’re excited about the possibility of people falling asleep during the performances this year. Our mission is to find more rugs and pillows for the upcoming festival, so they’ll be even more objects to fall asleep on.” Johanson adds, “Expect to have good dreams.”
  • Read about the Quiet Music Festival and Chris Johanson in The Huffington Post and Paper Magazine.


  1. Friday, May 31, 2013:
    Lori Goldston
    Money Mark
    Heidi Alexander
    Tara Jane Oneil
    Dragging An Ox Through Water
    Michael Henrickson

Saturday, June 1, 2013:
White Magic
Volunteers Park
Meg Baird
Peggy Honeywell
Sun Foot
Michael Henrickson

The Quiet Music Festival of Portland poster art by Rob Halverson.

About Chris Johanson
Chris Johanson (b. 1968) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR where he runs his record label Awesome Vistas. Recent exhibitions include the Malmo Museum, Sweden; Vancouver Art Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; SITE Santa Fe; SFMOMA, San Francisco; and UCLA Hammer Museum, LA. Johanson’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as Beautiful Losers which toured extensively, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Deste Foundation, Athens; MOMA, NY; New Museum, NY; the Whitney Biennial, NY; the 8th Istanbul Biennial; and the 4th Berlin Biennial. For more information about the artist, please visit

About Generic Surplus
Founded in Los Angeles as an extension of The Generic Man, Generic Surplus aims to continually push the evolu tion of everyday shoe design while simultaneously capturing the spirit and aesthetic of the city’s diverse, modern-day urban landscape. From the desert to the sea and places in between, our shoes aptly reflect the authentic nature of the music, art and fashion scenes we and our wearers are so connected to. For more information visit: