Violinist Jessica Moss is a well-known fixture of the Montreal underground and independent
music scene. Part of the Constellation family since it’s beginnings, she is best known as a
permanent member of Silver Mt Zion. She was also a founding member of Black Ox Orkestar,
an integral part of Vic Chestnut’s albums on the label, and featured on Carla Bozulich’s
She has collaborated extensively with New York based film maker Jem Cohen and his Gravity
Hill project, along with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White) and
Matana Roberts among others.
In the last 18 months she has been invited to perform solo at Le Guess Who festival in Utrecht,
ATP festival in Wales, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Pop
Montreal, the Biennale, and Suoni Per Il Popolo festivals in Montreal, and has supported Julia
Holter, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Stars of the Lid, and Jerusalem In My Heart.
A sought-after guest live and in studio, notable most recent examples are Big Brave for their
previous and upcoming releases with Southern Lord, and Zu for their critically acclaimed recent
release Jhator out on House of Mythology.
She released her debut solo record Pools of Light recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh on
Constellation Records May 2017.
Sarah Davachi (b. 1987, Calgary, Canada) holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Calgary, and a master's degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California where she studied with Maggi Payne, James Fei, and David Bernstein. As a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Davachi's projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity and natural resonances. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including analog synthesizers, piano, electric organ, pipe and reed organ, voice, analog samplers, orchestral strings, and woodwinds, with mutual idioms often layered in textural and timbral counterpoint. Similarly informed by minimalist tenets of the 1960s and 1970s, Baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspensions, and experimental production practices of the studio environment, in her sound is manifest an experience that lessens apprehension of consonance and dissonance in likeness of the familiar and the distant.
Her work as a researcher considers aspects of organology, archival study, phenomenology, and hermeneutics and has been published and presented in North America and Europe. Since 2007, Davachi has also had the unique opportunity to work for the National Music Centre in Canada as an interpreter and content developer of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. She has held artist residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada), STEIM (Amsterdam, Netherlands), WORM (Rotterdam, Netherlands), EMS (Stockholm, Sweden), OBORO (Montréal, Canada), and MESS (Melbourne, Australia) and is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and SOCAN. In addition to her recorded output, including 2017's All My Circles Run on Students of Decay and 2016's Vergers on Important Records, Davachi has toured extensively across the globe and has shared the stage with artists such as Donald Buchla, Morton Subotnick, Aki Onda, Grouper, Arnold Dreyblatt, John Bender, Alessandro Cortini, Oren Ambarchi, Aaron Dilloway, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Loren Connors, and filmmaker Paul Clipson. She is currently a doctoral student in musicology and is based in Los Angeles, California.