An Evening with Ian Svenonius
Trumpet Blossom Café — Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m.
Acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based musician Ian Svenonius is headed to the chill midwest to take part in Mission Creek Festival’s artist-in-residence program. Best known for his work with bands Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up and Weird War, Svenonius’ residency here will include the recording of his very first solo album, at Flat Black Studios, which has partnered with Mission Creek on this initiative for several years. He will be in the area from the evening of Sunday, Jan. 24 until Saturday, Jan. 30.
The highlight of the week-long residency will be Friday’s event at the Trumpet Blossom Café. Billed as “An Evening with Ian Svenonius,” the festivities will feature Svenonius reading from his recent book Censorship Now!!, which was released this past November. He will also perform some of the new solo work that he’ll spend the week recording.
The evening will also feature Jarrett Mitchell, who will be premiering a new video for Cobra Verde which features “The Ballad of Cobra Verde,” a new song by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and the puppet stylings of Miss Pussycat. The DJ for the event will be Nicholas Ray, who will be working closely with Svenonious over the course of this week to produce his work at Flat Black Studios.
The party will run from 9 p.m. until midnight; cost is $7.
Chris Wiersema, residency coordinator for Mission Creek, credits Luke Tweedy of Flat Black studios for drawing Svenonious here. The residency works in coordination with Flat Black to decide on an artist to invite, and then offers them studio time in exchange for engagement in the community and a shout-out to Mission Creek and Iowa City in the materials released with the recording. For the artist, they walk away with a recording they own free and clear, making it easier and cheaper to find label support.
For Flat Black and Mission Creek, says Wiersema, “it highlights that Iowa City is not just a town with an audience for an artist to perform their work, but a supportive community in which to make art.”