photo by Lindsey Rewuski

respectfulchild (敬兒) is the solo instrumental project of Gan from Saskatoon on Treaty 6 Territory. Their music is both “electronic” in nature while being acoustically created, building experimental ambient soundscapes through slow progressions of meticulous improvisation. With a sound that has been likened to artists such as Brian Eno, Nils Frahm, and Owen Pallett, the lone presence of respectfulchild is able to bring quiet to even the noisiest of rooms.

The name respectfulchild is the literal translation of Gan’s Mandarin name 敬兒[jìng er]. This name was given to Gan by their grandmother when they were born, a name and a culture they’ve become estranged from having lived their whole life in the predominantly white world of the Canadian Prairies. The music of respectfulchild is Gan’s quiet way of seeking meaning in 敬兒 again


– 在找::searching:: (2017) released on Coax Records

Notable Shows

– Hailu Mergia, Sled Island 2017
– FOONYAP, October 2016
– Leif Vollebekk, PopMontreal 2016
– Merganzer and Julia Holter, Sled Island 2016
– Rae Spoon, February 2016

– long listed for top 10 Saskatchewan albums of 2017

Feature in “Bridges” – Star Phoenix
New Canadiana :: respectfulchild – [demos] – Weird Canada

“The tour’s other highlight came from respectfulchild, a solo instrumental project from Gan of Saskatoon, which, as they acknowledge, is on Treaty 6 territory. Gan stood alone on the stage, conjuring loops from their violin, vocalisations, and breath, fusing the organic and the electronic. Performing in the Landr offices as the sun set over Mont Royal, their performance drew a feeling of calm over the entire space, a moving moment of meditation and clarity in an otherwise hectic weekend.” – M for Montreal – The Line of Best Fit

The album says so much, without a single word. Layers and loops overlap and intertwine, all one humble human’s intricate creation, to crescendo at peaks with the power to remind us of emotions we thought we’d forgotten.” – album review on BeatRoute

“respectfulchild describes 在找::searching:: as “…opening more questions than it can answer”, to which I would add it also fills previously undiscovered voids in the Canadian musical landscape.” – album review on DOMINIONATED

“Equipped with nothing but a violin and loop pedals, Gan builds ethereal tracks that are part field recording, part avant-pop.” – What We Saw at Sled Island: Part 1

“The music played like a more pleasant version of Owen Pallett’s violin experiments, capturing the strange childhood feeling of curiosity.” – Photo recap Sled Island Day 2

“Encapsulated by a mystic menagerie of sounds, melodies, and gleeful bits,respectfulchild composes ornate music that is hyper-detailed, down to every ping and pop, yet somehow never manages to feel cluttered.” – The Best New Music of 2016 – Ominocity

“Beguiling melodies, mystic atmospheres, and a collection of tiny glimpses of ornate musicianship. With the release of one song in 2016, respectfulchild has managed to capture the ambient dreams of audiences across Canada.” –  Our favourite music that came from Saskatchewan in 2016 – Ominocity


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