Maria Chávez
Mar 13, 2024

Abstract Turntablism with Maria Chávez

In-person at InterAccess - Register here

Join sound artist, DJ and abstract turntablist Maria Chávez ahead of her performance at the Music Gallery for this workshop on abstract turntablism, using turntables and vinyl records as instruments for improvisational performance.

Participants are encouraged to bring vinyl records to break.

About the Facilitator

Born in Lima, Peru and basedin NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist & DJ. Coincidence, chance & failures are themes that unite her books, visual works & installations with her improvised solo turntable performance practice. Chavez’s work is known for taking the detritus of vinyl & repurposing them into sonic sculptures that can be compared to improvised musique concrete pieces, or, conceptually, sonic sculpture sessions. Chavez’s 2012 book on abstract turntablism, Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, is both an academic resource & a foundational text for a new generation of turntablists.


Thursday, March 14 | Doors 7:30PM, Concert at 8PM
The Music Gallery (918 Bathurst Street)

Maria Chávez returns to the Music Gallery for an evening dedicated to the subtle grit and contours of recorded and repurposed sound.

Drawing on her ongoing practice as an abstract turntablist and sound artist, Maria will present a solo live set, deconstructing and reimagining the close-up materiality of the vinyl record.

Toronto artist Debashis Sinha joins the evening with a new solo percussion set, playing with the circular motion and surface tension of tabletop bass drum.

In the gallery, we feature works from Maria Chávez’s visual art practice—exhibited in Toronto for the first time—alongside new installations by Montreal artists Lina Choi + Robin-Dimitrije Gosselin-Monasevic that explore the movement of the vibrating loudspeaker cone as a delicate, percussive force.

Curated by Sara Constant.


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Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: We are unable to accommodate attendee cancellations or refunds less than 1 week prior to a workshop or event. InterAccess reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this workshop if necessary.

InterAccess’s Winter 2024 Education Programming is made possible through the support of EQ Bank.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Maria Chávez. Header image courtesy of the Music Gallery.

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