Publik Secrets is the umbrella for a constellation of multi-disciplinary art projects. Currently in residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse, our work includes a variety of public space interventions, performances, installations, and ephemeral gatherings. We support and enable artist-led initiatives that spark critical conversations and risk-taking through new configurations of artists, audience, and community. Within our projects we seek to assert music as always much more than a time-based medium of aesthetic interest, but as a material extension of our thinking and interaction with the world, and thus as a form of world-building that can bring new communities into existence.
we are located in unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver, British Columbia
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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 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
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 is 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.
Adrian Avendaño (1993) is an emerging sound artist, musician and recordist based in Vancouver / Surrey, Canada [unceded First Nation territories]. His work explores the connection between sound, space, and place through linear and non-linear time. Recent projects include Sonic Symbiotic with Roxanne Nesbitt, performing alongside the instruments of Harry Partch, Parallel 03 with experimental music duo ENDLINGS (Raven Chacon and John Dietriech of Deerhoof) and musicians of the Vancouver creative music community. He was a collaborator in the Rudiments for Hexadrome performance and installation project for the 2021 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. He returned to perform at the festival in 2022 playing with experimental music project LITTLES at the Ironworks. He was a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts: Digital Originals for his project Port Parallels – Acoustic Meridians. He currently plays with Gamelan Bike Bike and studies traditional Korean drumming with Dr. Peter Joon Park.