Project Description

Quiet Music Festival

Curator: Chris Johanson
June 15th, 2012 – June 16th, 2012

Featuring performances by:

Dan Sasaki, Grouper, Kevin Thomson, The Lichens, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Sam Coomes, Scout Niblett, Sonny Smith, Strawberry Smog, Ural Thomas, and Vetiver
Artist Chris Johanson is pleased to present the second annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland,a celebration of quiet music and the act of quiet listening. The two-day music event is made possible with support from Generic Surplus.

“Get ready to get mellow and calm with disarmingly quiet tunes,” said Johanson. “This year’s festival will be incredible squared = a thousand percent beautiful.” The lineup features special performances by musicians and friends from across the country, highlighting this unique genre of “emotional, vibrant and low volume” music.

The Quiet Music Festival of Portland showcases many exclusive acts by musicians performing outside of their normal milieu.

Highlights include:

Rare solo performances by Penny Packer Riggs, Sam Coomes of Quasi, and Scout Niblett.

A one-man percussion journey led by Dan Sasaki of Jackie-O Motherfucker, a gospel music performance by Ural Thomas, and a special set of softly amplified songs from KevinThomson of the Enablers.

Writer and musician Sonny Smith from San Francisco’s Sonny & the Sunsets reciting stories from his play “Sees All, Knows All” and singing songs from his LP “One Act Plays.”

Multipiece acts including Northern California’s Strawberry Smog and a low-volume acousticset from San Francisco band Vetiver.

Spontaneous music from Brooklyn’s The Lichens and films by Liz Harris will accompany Grouper’s performance.

An exhibition of limited-edition Monoroid silkscreen prints by artist Neil Burke, formerly of bands Men’s Recovery Project and Born Against, will be available for sale as will collectible Quiet Music Festival of Portland posters designed by Chris Johanson. Sets by Mississippi Records DJs Callie Danger and Eric I add to the festival’s relaxed casual ambiance. The interior of the venue features one-of-a-kind ’70s and ’80s items handpicked by Johanson. “The space where the music is happening will be very relaxing. Lamps, rugs, blankets, pillows to help you calmly take in the quiet performances. Soft light and sound to envelop you. A gentle place to drift in and out of the moment. Take a nap, have a glass of wine and enjoy time off from the right angles of life. Float off into the positivity and unknown that these evenings offer,” said Johanson.

Jon Raymond wrote about Chris Johanson’s work and the Quiet Music Festival in October 2012 Artforum.

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 the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. 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.
About Generic Surplus
Founded in Los Angeles as an extension of The Generic Man, Generic Surplus aims to continually push the evolution 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.




One-day pass: $8 advance, $10 door
Two-day pass: $15 advance, $18 door