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October 18 • 9:00 pm• $20
On Friday, October 18, InSight Presents welcomes Ekali back to the WOW Hall along with special guest 1788-L.
Ekali is more than just an alter ego for musician Nathan Shaw. It’s not only the name for an electronic production project that — just a few months after posting his first track — brought a level of recognition that most artists spend a career dreaming about. It’s also a reflection of a remarkable musical journey that’s led him far outside the crowded beat-making field. Shaw has already been playing music for almost half his life. Growing up bouncing between Vancouver, British Columbia and tiny Mayne Island (just across the Strait of Georgia from the city), Shaw absorbed his parents vinyl obsession early before picking up a violin when he was twelve. Within a couple years he’d moved on to guitar, then to bass, which he played in his school’s jazz program before dropping out at age 15 to pursue music full time. He was a session bassist and touring musician, playing indie rock, folk, jazz, hardcore and posthardcore – and along the way won a Juno award for his work with Vancouver indie group Said the Whale – before setting out on his own four years ago. Ekali has given Shaw the chance to show off the stylistic flexibility he picked up from years playing across the musical spectrum. His breakthrough single “Unfaith” mixes Ciara samples and jazzy piano chords with the sonic and emotional intimacy of the indie rock and classic singer-songwriters he grew up on. But while the self-taught musician draws from a sprawling set of influences – from Burial to Joni Mitchell to progressive metal icons Dream Theater – one constant in Shaw’s music is its commitment to analog-era ideals like warmth and texture that often go missing in modern beats. In an era of music tuned to computerized precision, Ekali’s tracks resonate with a defiantly human touch. His psychedelic-tinged single “Forever”, co-produced with Medasin and featuring vocals by alt-pop phenom Elohim, has earned millions of plays across all platforms.
Tickets are $20 in advance, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages. Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-