A woman wearing a dark coloured shirt is standing in front of an electronic music setup. Her left hand is adjusting a knob on a mixing station. She is faintly lit by a blue light.

In The Grand Luxe Hall and Solo Electronics

Mar 18, 2023
  • Marina Hasselberg
  • Sarah Davachi



2:00 p.m. (Doors at 1:30 p.m.)


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


By donation (Suggested donation $15 - $35)



Join us for a concert of works by Sarah Davachi, including In The Grand Luxe Hall and a solo electronic performance.

In The Grand Luxe Hall is a composition for amplified cello and sine tones that was commissioned by Western Front in 2016. The piece will be reperformed within the space for which it was originally intended by Marina Hasselberg on cello and Sarah Davachi on electronics. Following this, Davachi will also perform recent electroacoustic works in the form of an extended solo set.

The event will be live streamed for free here.

About the Artists

Sarah Davachi is a Canadian composer, performer and researcher currently based in Los Angeles, California. Her work is concerned with the close intricacies of timbral and temporal space, utilizing extended durations and considered harmonic structures that emphasize gradual variations in texture, overtone complexity, psychoacoustic phenomena, and tuning and intonation. Her compositions span solo, chamber ensemble, and acousmatic formats, incorporating a wide range of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Similarly informed by minimalist and longform tenets, early music concepts of form, affect, and intervallic harmony, as well as experimental production practices of the electroacoustic studio environment, in her sound is an intimate and patient experience that lessens perceptions of the familiar and the distant. Davachi is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at UCLA, focusing on timbre, phenomenology, and critical organology.

Marina Hasselberg is a cellist based in Vancouver, Canada who has played for various orchestras, chamber music ensembles, theatre and dance productions, and films. As a solo artist, Hasselberg incorporates extended techniques, electronics, and a variety of bows and accessories in compositional and improvisational work.


The Grand Luxe Hall is located on the second floor, which is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs. The second floor is not currently accessible to wheelchair users. Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here.


Thanks to Aram Bajakian. Presented with the support of the Government of Canada and SOCAN Foundation.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.