Justin Vernon will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2009 AIDS Walk Wisconsin.
Additionally, Vernon will perform and address an expected crowd of over 5,000 walkers at the opening ceremony of AIDS Walk Wisconsin on Sunday, October 11 at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. During the summer, Vernon will also promote registration and fundraising activities for AIDS Walk Wisconsin.
“The enthusiasm for Bon Iver and the passion he brings to the fight against AIDS are a tremendous help as we raise funds to assure health care for all HIV patients, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Doug Nelson, President and CEO of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) which produces AIDS Walk Wisconsin. “This is an AIDS Walk you won’t want to miss.”
This year marks the 20th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin which is expected to surpass a total of $10 million raised since its inception to support AIDS prevention, care and treatment services in the state. A major beneficiary of AIDS Walk Wisconsin is the ARCW Medical Center, the state’s largest provider of HIV medical, dental and mental health care services.
Register early for the AIDS Walk at its website aidswalkwis.org or by calling 1-800-348 WALK.
Unmap marks the debut full-length from Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Collections of Colonies of Bees and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Volcano Choir is an assembly of Wisconsinites Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, and Thomas Wincek. You might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under different monikers, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. The collaboration predates the meteoric rise of Justin
Vernon's Bon Iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005, right around the time the Bees first toured with Vernon's previous band DeYarmond Edison.
While entirely a studio record, the collection doesn't suffer from the overburdens of a digital pile up or over-thinking. Rather it breathes and convulses in equal measure, radiating an inherent dynamism found only in the voluntary bondage of intimacy. With influences ranging from David Sylvian and Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson and Tom Waits, it might be more accurate to say the group's influence is music itself. You can hear it in the care and real love generously applied to each moment of Unmap. With the vibe of some intimate backwoods gospel, plus a spirit of patience and thoughtful repetition, the music of Volcano Choir is as dynamic as it is lovely.
Unmap ultimately came together over a weekend in November 2008 in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, at Justin and Nate Vernon's recording studio. And while it is at its heart a record about the allure of being with people you need and making something with them, it is also a document created by musicians with rare gifts getting together to exorcise their ideas about beauty. This scaffolding of loops and off grid tempos for choral style vocals offers a state of continual surprise, call it unexpectation.