Sublimatus

Sublimatus

BandEDMCeltic

Music without genre or definability resulting in apocalyptic cleansing for the listener who is awakening or awake. Hamilton Art Award in Music 2007 nominee Zena Hagerty has set benchmarks for 15 years in music, that Canadian bands are still chasing, and will continue to set the bar higher and higher

Biography

First dubbed the "Queen of Underground Music" in the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area in 2000, Zena Hagerty is also the co-founder and creative driving force behind Sublimatus. While acting as vocalist, lyricist, and songwriter for the band for over 15 years, Zena has also been busy setting many benchmarks for the musical community across Canada.

Since an early age, Zena has classically trained in violin, flute, and vocals. She plays acoustic and bass guitar, and has spent years experimenting in free form jazz while blazing trails in electro acoustic improvised form.

But first and foremost, Zena is a composer of music and inspired text. Her voice is her primary tool for her musical composition and her daily journey of living fully in each moment is the impetus for her visionary lyrics.

Working in perfect collaboration with Zena, Andras Hornic is also a major influence on the compositional direction of the band and is both writer and producer on several albums.
As a "Renaissance Woman", Zena has spent many years in the performance of video, film, photography, painting, sound and dance. She has also served as the Curator of the most unique, experimental arts organization in Canada. Her cache of titles also holds "Hamilton High Priestess of Harmony", and "Fairy Godmother of Underground Music". Zena's titles could have just as easily included the "Chameleon Queen of The Transcendent Metaphysical Acoustic Experience" because she seems to be able to transform her appearance at a whim. As she desires, or so it seems, she can appear to become someone else.

This same mysterious and mystical property is true of the music of Sublimatus. Each song sounds as if it could be by someone completely different than Sublimatus except for the fact that Zena's exquisite vocal instrument is unmistakably ever present and complemented by the elaborately intricate instrumentals of Andras Hornic, Stu Griffett, Ben Leonetti and herself.

Over many years in Its various incarnations, Sublimatus has released 5 albums. And while other musicians have come and gone from the band, all of them profoundly changed by their participation, it is Zena who has been the continuous golden thread woven into the fabric of the essence of Sublimatus.

So what makes Sublimatus so unique and an experience to be sought out by the devoted music lover?

Sublimatus takes the esoteric and occult aspect of music very, very seriously. For them, all aspects of birthing music are a concept in the collective unconscious, crossing the bounds of the physical, psychological, and spiritual worlds. From the original conception of the tune and lyrics, to the final impeccable product overflowing the studio, Sublimatus has never feared to tread into the darkest of hidden alleys. For both the musicians themselves and the audience, Sublimatus acts as a spotlight into these hidden regions.

This metaphysical approach results in a most profound experience for the listener. Jeff Mahony of The Hamilton Spectator attempted to summarize it in the statement, "Sublimatus is not perhaps for the faint of heart."

Audience members have commented, "Wow. You should have a warning at the entrance." And, "I am sorry I had to leave. I was having a spiritual experience."

Myriad attempts have been made to describe Sublimatus for those who haven't heard their musical magic: vocal resemblances to many from Patti Smith to Concrete Blond; stylistic similarities to Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper. Yet any such pursuit of comparison misses the very foundational cornerstone of the essence of Sublimatus.

Sublimatus cannot and will not be confined to any one genre and to be known and even partially understood, must be experienced.

Sublimatus is an enigma. It brings magic to wherever it transpires. It will take you, the listener, beyond the limits of your imagination.

Lyrics

My Beloved

Written By: Zena Hagerty

Give me my delight
I will bend and curve in your sight
My Beloved, Beloved

Give me my delight
Your penetrating sight shines in my darkest
Join hands in awakening the serpent within
Fight not the spurious joy
My Beloved

Give me my delight
Fight not the spurious joy
My tears will fall upon your fires
Blending to your rainbow of love
My Beloved

Eve

Written By: Zena Hagerty

She walks among us here,
Where time does not end nor begin,
Her presence brought the light,
So sought after here in the darkness that does nor end nor begin
Aloft we are opened to the warmth,
Where space does nor end nor begin

Freed of the bonds of our reflection
Lost of the need of redemption
Disentangled of the lines of our deception

She sparks us on our journey from where time does not end nor begin,
Her presence wrought the process through the darkness that does not end nor begin,
Afoot we stand upon her space that does not end nor begin

Freed of the bonds of our reflection
Lost of the need of redemption
Disentangled of the lines of our deception

Unburdened of our fight for survival,
Deathless of our need to live,
Heartless of our desire for birth

She walks among us here,

Abrahadabra

Written By: Zena Hagerty

The Rosy glow in the heavens,

Does not escape the task,

Calling to the brethren to join in joy again.

Our circle called in love joy and truth
To gather all as one

Beyond beliefs and knowledge we hasten to its grasp,

To know that we do not know our wills are always fast

Abrahadabra
The holy tree is called
Abrahadabra
The elements are spun
Abrahadabra
The cleansing deed is done

Yet to grieve at our needs passing and to learn to give not ask

Of all that we think we are and to prepare fulfilments flask

Full moon glow in the heavens does not escape our task,

Calling to the brethren to join in joy again

So discard the useless baggage and empty all your thoughts

Now sing anew as children and join in truth again

Abrahadabra
The holy tree is called
Abrahadabra
The elements are spun
Abrahadabra
The birthing need in won

Discography

Whore of Babylon 1991 - Kick Records (Hamilton ON)
Orgone Accumulator 1994 - Xcreteria (Hamilton ON)
Desire equals Fear 1998 - Independent Release
Magic; Will the key 2001 - Independent Release
Evidence 2003 - Independent Release
School of Sorcery 2008 - Cyberset (San Fransisco CA)

Set List

Set List changes depending on the show. All material is original.