Check me out, 2 posts in 2 days. Amazing, it’s not like I’m trying to avoid finishing my Masters Thesis or anything….
Anyway, me Hanna, Gus and Alex have just got back from our spring tour as Silence Blossoms, we played all over Norway, Sweden and Denmark and had a truly rewarding experience. The tour started in Trondheim (after Hanna, Gus and Alex drove over 1000km to get here then got a flat tire 15min from my house at 4am….) playing at the cosy Antikveriatet to a lovely crowd then we headed off to Oslo, Karlstad, Vesterås, Linköping and Stockholm where we had a few days off to hang, then continued to Skurup, Malmö and Arhus. We recorded most of the gigs and I’ll attach some highlights below. Also, we started our own CD sweat shop, basically, whoever wasn’t driving, made CDs. Some of them even turned out to be true art ;-) I have had several requests for more information about the poetry we use and the authors of it, if you follow this post to the bottom I’ve tried to track down some that are available online, feel free to brows them!
This is something I’ve been working with on and off over the last couple of years and I thought is was about time I put something about it out there on the wonderful world wide web. Inspired by my Manchester noise colleagues Anton Hunter and Rodrigo Constanzo (The Noise Upstairs gang) I was sent down the dark path of circuit bending and general electronic sound goooodness. Since then I’ve been busily soldering away in various closets across Scandinavia and have finally got myself a set-up that I think (at least to my ears) has some potential. So here it is, my first solo performance using an entirely analogue electro-acoustic sax set-up. Also some nice pictures of the guts of the thing. Also big thanks to Arnfinn and the Lydeksperiment guys here in Trondheim, it’s a fun and inspiring club to go to. Also check out Peter Blasser and Ciat-Lonbarde for his fantastic “paper circuits” which are ideal for an electronics newbie like me.
Efpi’s photographer of choice Martin Wilson (you’ll find his work on the inlay to Walking Walking Falling, as well as some live Beats & Pieces Big Band shots 18 months ago) is featured in what looks to be an interesting photography exhibition at Victoria Baths in Manchester tomorrow till Wednesday.
Echoes – a photography group show opening on the 9th May 2011 within Victoria Baths, Manchester. The images explore ideas of life, death and photography and are a unique chance to view this new work within the incredible setting of Victoria Baths, a unique building in itself, steeped in history.
The photography will be sympathetically hung throughout the baths, inviting viewers to explore the many intricacies of the building, experiencing each artist’s use of the space, and listening to the echoes.
Preview: 9th May 2011
General view: 10th and 11th May 2011
Part of an exciting lineup of bands for the Matt & Phred’s stage at this festival – we’ll be on early so don’t do too much partying the night before or we’ll wake you up with a bang! For more info click here
Really pleased to have been asked to play at the first night of this festival – the lineup for the rest of it looks amazing! More details about the festival itself here, and get tickets for our gig here – 10.30pm, tickets £10
Brand new duo consisting of trumpeter, composer, arranger, DJ, producer and bandleader Matthew Halsall and vocal sound sculptorist/human beatboxer, DJ and percussionist Jason Singh. Music inspired by Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff, Madlib and Flying Lotus.