The band GRGL (pronounced "gurgle") will bring us their “sound of the future”. “In a city smothered in multiple air pollutants, GRGL-ing will soon become our default method of communication. Throats coated under layers of chlorine, arsenic, COVID-19, and other particulate matter will burble and rasp, begging pittance from the few that have escaped the maw of unchecked property values still able to afford the dusty luxury of drywall. GRGL is a band that makes use of ample volume and distortion combined with slow tempos, odd-time signatures, and low tunings to create brooding, grooving, doom-y music. The dynamic-less duo's debut, ‘Street Weepers’ - a collection of songs about homelessness in Salt Lake City - may be available by the time of this 12MM concert.”
Shawn Francis Saunders & Alexander Woods will be screening a film they wrote and directed titled Nothing New Under the Sun. “Gus, a photographer, is trying to process the death of his father through his work. He encounters a peculiar woman who challenges his ideas about the purpose of his picture-taking.” Another project that the writer/director pair had in motion was blindsided by the pandemic in 2020. They pivoted and created this piece. The constraints of shooting outside in the Uinta National Forest culminated in the film’s time-bending, memory-like tone. Brett Merritt & Carolyn Hartvigsen star in the film.
Courtney Mazeika will be sharing an improvisation solo with music by Jonathan Starr. “The method of this practice focuses on three things: imagination and memory recall/invention/archiving, the range between ambiguity and clarity, and the timing of decision-making. My practice asks questions like: How does one maintain their tenderness without shying away from effort and ambition? Can the practice embolden both my soft-hearted instincts and my inner feminine, brutal ferocity?” Courtney is a movement artist, maker, collaborator, and educator who received her BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin; then trained under Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and later was on the faculty of that institution. www.courtneymazeika.com
12 Minutes Max is a curated monthly performance series, presented by the Salt Lake City Public Library, featuring original experimental works by local artists in many disciplines, including dance, music, film, and more. Each event includes three varied performances, with a short Q&A after each piece. It is modeled after the program originated by On the Boards in Seattle.