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NMC and Sled Island present: Ian William Craig
NMC and Sled Island present: Ian William Craig

In many ways, the work of Vancouver-based singer and sound artist Ian William Craig defies description. While he works primarily with sound as a composer and classically trained vocalist, he’s also an award-winning printmaker, writer, and photographer. His music, too, eludes strict classification. He is known for using broken tape machines, and his songs are a swirling, alchemic blend of majestic, manipulated vocals; well-constructed keyboard melodies; and a wash of gentle drone.

Recently, Craig has become fascinated with the notion of what the process of memory might physically sound like. By placing his own body at the centre of this exploration, he has begun to create sonic spaces that present physical deterioration as the source of the sublime.

Signing to FatCat’s imprint 130701 in February 2016, Craig’s debut album for the label, Centres, was released in July 2016 to widespread critical acclaim. The album made numerous year-end lists, including Mojo Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. His latest 2018 release,Thresholder, followed suit with more acclaim and best-of list spots. A new forthcoming album is due out in the fall of 2019.