About

Publik Secrets is the umbrella for a constellation of multi-disciplined projects convened by George Rahi, Robyn Jacob, and Adrian Avendaño. In residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse since 2015, our work has included a variety of public space interventions, performances, installations, and ephemeral gatherings connected thematically to ideas of the soundscape, or acoustic commons, as a participatory space. Our projects frequently involve collaborating with artists and community members in open ended activities, and have included a 24-Hour Karaoke marathon, sound-walks, experimental musical instrument building workshops, improvisation workshops, outdoor films, gamelan music workshops, listening parties, and festivals for creative sonic loitering.

we are located in unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver, British Columbia

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MEMBERS

Robyn Jacob

Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer, composer and educator who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has toured Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, who have released three albums to date, and are currently collaborating with sound designer Nancy Tam on a multi-media production called Double Happiness: Detour This Way. Her recent composition projects explore writing for unusual ensembles, as well as collaborations with visual artists and instrument makers. In 2019 she was commissioned to write a piece for percussion quartet by Grammy winning Third Coast Percussion as part of their Emerging Composer Project. In early 2020 she celebrated the release of Earth Leaps Up on the label elsewhere music with her duo The Giving Shapes in collaboration with harpist Elisa Thorn. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver. In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and has since been co-leading Gamelan Bike Bike. Robyn has received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Joya AiR in Spain. She has been teaching music and piano privately for over 10 years.

George Rahi

George Rahi is a composer and sound artist based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. He uses self-created and altered instruments as a method of exploring the intersections between acoustic and digital technologies, modes of listening, and spatial and architectural thinking. His work includes large-scale installations, compositions for pipe organ, solo & ensemble performance, and works for radio, theatre and public spaces. He has presented throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds an MFA from Simon Fraser University and is the recipient of the 2018 R. Murray Schafer Soundscape award.

more at  www.georahi.com

 

Adrian Avendaño

Adrian Avendaño is an environmental technician, percussionist, sound artist, recordist, and interdisciplinary artist based in Surrey-Vancouver, Canada [stolen lands of the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), Semiahma (Semiahmoo), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples]. He is a performer in Vancouver’s creative music scene and is constantly engaging in collaborations across the experimental sound communities locally and abroad. He is interested in the intersection of ecology, sound thinking, open-source technology, community engaged art, and ecological restoration.

I Putu Swaryandana Ichi Oka

I Putu Swaryandana Ichi Oka, known as Ryan, is originally from Tabanan, and grew up in Ubud, Bali. He studies Balinese gamelan music, having earned a B.A. in 2019 and Master’s degree in 2022 at the Institute of the Arts (Denpasar). He also a member of Cudamani, a well known performing arts group based in Pengosekan, Ubud. As a Balinese musician, teacher, and composer, he has taught and composed actively all over the island, and toured abroad several times. His last two compositions are “Legong Swatika” for Cudamani East Coast tour 2021 and “Anglelana Lamuk” for Bali Arts Festival 2022. He is the recipient of UBC’s 2022/2023 Andrew Fellowship in Creative and Performing Arts and is a guest composer in residence with Gamelan Bike Bike at the Hadden Park fieldhouse.