I like to believe you are allowed one disaster for each evening. Each performance, that is. On Thursday night at ArtXChange Gallery, I arrived half dismantled and an hour late, getting into costume with my make up artist, Michelle Mai Smith, dabbing eye shadow over my lids as I changed vigorously from one dress to another deciding what to wear. I’m such a woman. Even worse, I misplaced the three XLR 1/4″ adapters for Sammy Chien, beloved sound artist I’d dragged from Vancouver earlier that month. “I promise,” I’d told him earlier that week. “You’ll have just what you need.” And so I did. I packed my bags and there they were, the adapters, in my pocket or purse or somewhere. And somewhere is all I knew. I decided on a dress, the colorful one to be precise, like a rainbow when the storm has cleared.
All disasters aside, the sound came clear as a bell. Sammy Chien and Anny Lin, straight from Vancouver BC, are top of the line in their craft: experimental, electronic artists in laptop and violin media and composition. Sammy, also known for film and multimedia composition, works often with Anny, whose violin is a harmonious, strong and energetic instrument.