October 24, 2013

Making Noise: Even with the World Series, there’s music to be seen and heard

Donna the Buffalo and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan promise divergent shows in Portland.

By Aimsel Ponti aponti@pressherald.com
News Assistant

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Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, a musical performance group, will play at Space Gallery on Wednesday.

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Donna the Buffalo brings its traditional mountain music with notes of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country to Port City Music Hall on Thursday.

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Donna the Buffalo. 9 p.m. Thursday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $18; 18-plus; portcity musichall.com

AND NOW for something completely, and I do mean completely, different. Canadian performance artists AlaskaB and Ruby Kato Attwood formed Yamantaka//Sonic Titan in 2008. Ready for this? They’re a psychedelic noh-wave opera group that fuses noise, Buddhist ritual punk, metal, prop, pop and folk music together. I know, I know. What? Let me add to the obscurity. They work in multiple mediums including installation, theater, music and design. What does this mean? I ventured to YouTube for an explanation.

I watched the first that came up, the clip for the song “One,” and I suggest you do the same. First I watched and listened and then I just listened. The song starts with a multitude of chant-like sounds before coming apart at the seams with heavy guitar and a get-up-and-dance beat. I have no idea what is being sung, but it hardly matters. If this song came on my iPod on a run, my sudden burst of speed would shock even myself.

After my heart rate leveled off, I listened to “Hoshi Neko” and was right back on the treadmill sprinting, well at least in my head. But it also afforded me several breathers as it headed into slower territory. Then a spoken word part erupted with a scary tale about a spider.

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan are a tough band to describe both aurally and visually and I mean that as a compliment. Expect the unexpected and some really cool face paint.

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. Wednesday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. $8; 18-plus; space538.org

Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455or at: aponti@pressherald.comaponti@pressherald.com

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