Alex Ward‘s musical activities are still as not as well known as they should be, despite over a quarter century of extraordinary work. As a clarinettist his virtuosity and imagination are pretty much unrivalled, and his electric guitar playing doesn’t lag behind. He’s worked with plenty of famous names (Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Thurston Moore) […]
Tim Parkinson is one of the most unassumingly fascinating composers at work in the UK at the moment. The surfaces of his music are often free of many of the usual appurtenances of experimental music, but his work continually upsets expectations and has a logic unlike any other music around. He has written for groups […]
CRISTIÁN ALVEAR performing RADU MALFATTI
Café Kino, 108 Stoke’s Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
8pm, Wednesday 30th September 2015
Bang the Bore is proud to present Cristián Alvear’s première performance of Wandelweiser composer Radu Malfatti’s “shizuka ni furu ame” (2015, for solo guitar). This first concert of our Autumn Season doubles as the final date of Daniel Bennett, Seth Cooke and Clive Henry’s mini tour of the UK, their first together since Hunting Lodge disbanded almost ten years ago.
Chilean musician dedicated to the performance, premiere and recording of avant-garde and experimental music. He serves as co-curator of Relincha Festival, venue exclusively devoted to experimental music, in Valdivia, Chile.
Since the beginning of his career he has been constantly performing in the main auditoriums and concert halls of his country as well as international festivals and concert venues.
Over recent years he has concentrated its efforts in performing educational concerts in rural areas of The Lakes region, located in southern Chile.
His work has been published by Edition Wandelweiser Records (Germany), Irritable Hedgehog (USA), Cathnor (UK), Rhizome.s (France), Potlatch (France), 1000Füssler (Germany), Lengua de Lava (Mexico), Caduc (Canada), Melange Records (Japan) and in 2016 in Erstclass (USA).
Bristol based musician interested in the boundary between abstraction and crude materiality in electronic and computer music. Currently performing with computer, synth, prepared speaker and prepared stylus.
Records solo as Skjølbrot (http://www.skjolbrot.org), plays in a duo with Stephen Cornford, and in the group Aigon DAAC with Dominic Lash and Stuart Chalmers. In the recent past he has written music for theatre and installation, played guitar in the studiously idiotic rock band Hunting Lodge and organised gigs, screenings and workshops, both for Bristol’s Arnolfini gallery and as part of Bang the Bore.
Seth Cooke is a sound recordist, drummer, improviser and process performer based in Bristol, UK.
As a field recordist he deletes, displaces and distorts material, preferring failed representation, aberrant modelling and perturbed or transient environments. He frequently overlooks microphones and omits to record the loci in which he operates.
His solo performances currently involve feedback and resonance. As a percussionist he plays traps and waste disposal sink. He sometimes enjoys the flexibility of improvisation and open composition.
He used to play drums for Hunting Lodge and Defibrillators. Current projects include a recurring duo with Dominic Lash and the Every Contact Leaves a Trace CDr label. He co-founded the Bang the Bore collective with Clive Henry in 2009.
Clive Henry’s gauntlets are inscribed with encircled triangles and a trio of runes. Inside the triangle appears the Hebrew theonym for the Tetragrammaton. Additionally, there are rings of inscribed text around the outermost circles. Barely legible, the text on the right gauntlet was believed to read “Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn, Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen” (sic) while the left gauntlet is reported to bear the legend “Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen Durch des Himmels prächt’gen Plan, Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn, Freudig, wie ein Held” (quoque sic). Accounts of more recent performances suggest that the text on the right gauntlet is now identical to that of the left. It is unclear whether Henry deploys more than one pair or had the text altered in the years since the disbanding of Hunting Lodge and the retirement of his Little Creature moniker. Henry also runs the House of Violence Harsh Noise Wall distro and the CDr label Journal of the Belgae Folk Club.
Presenting, for your enjoyment, the first two volumes of Furniture Records’ tape compilation series, Sheets of Easter Everywhere – cassette releases devoted entirely to cover versions of Oneida’s Sheets of Easter. There were originally supposed to be six editions in the series. The releases were delayed and I moved house after the second came out, forgetting to tell Furniture Records my new address. I don’t think Furniture still exist, I don’t know whether volumes three to six exist (I doubt it) and I don’t know how many of the featured bands still exist. I don’t own this music, so if you do own it and want me to take it down then please, let me know.
A number of factors have prompted me to rip, upload and post these tapes. I’m moving house again and finding things (you wouldn’t believe how many releases I own by Clive Henry and Kevin Sanders/Petals). I mentioned the tapes on Facebook and a number of people wanted to hear them. They serve as an excellent document of a vague, underdocumented international scene of sorts. And I’m at a point where I’m reassessing Bang the Bore in general and what I want it to be about, and these tapes represented some key early inspiration for the kinds of projects I originally wanted BtB to facilitate. Due to a combination of factors that emphasis became lost, and as a result we’ve spent too long just promoting shows.
Hope you enjoy the music. There are photos of the artwork in the above downloads, and full list of contributors below:
Volume 1 – Side A
Parts & Labor
Volume 1 – Side B
DJ Sony Playstation
A Pink Cloud
The Coke Dares
Volume 2 – Side A
Pit Er Pat
Volume 2 – Side B
Radu Malfatti has long been a pivotal figure in improvised and experimental music, from his early day with ensembles like the Brotherhood of Breath to his subsequent involvement with the Wandelweiser collective and radical investigations into the relationship between music and silence. Long known as a trombone player, he is currently exploring the possibilities of the bass harmonica. Malfatti’s visits to London are rare nowadays, so the Hundred Years Gallery are very lucky to be able to present this concert with a magnificent line-up of musicians. There will be two improvised quartets and a sextet composition by Malfatti.
Radu Malfatti – bass harmonica
Mira Benjamin – violin
Isaiah Ceccarelli – percussion
Phil Durrant – violin
Dominic Lash – double bass
John Lely – [unspecified]
Mark Wastell – harmonium and small percussion
Café Kino, Bristol
8pm, Wednesday 17th June 2015
when is it enough?
Cassette composer and Xerox artist Jason Zeh from Bowling Green Ohio, has spent the better part of the last decade and a half forging a unique sonic vocabulary that seeks to uncover the inherent flaws in cassette tapes and to devise processes that bring those flaws into sharp focus. Zeh forces the listener to focus on the hidden traits and materiality of cassette tape: scratches on the surface, the clicking of the machinery, the magnetic fields of the motors, layering of tape hiss, and the physical manipulation of magnetic granules on the surface of the tape all become key compositional elements instead of obstacles to be overcome in the interest of producing an unblemished recording. Zeh’s work has been variously described as “noise plus,” by Frans de Waard, and as “brutally precise non-music” by Khristopher Rienshagen, accurately addressing his tireless search for an extended technique cassette music that is often difficult to pin down.
Four CRT televisions
Stephen Cornford is an installation artist and experimental musician who works by reconfiguring consumer electronics. In 2015 he is touring a new performance which ab/uses four CRT televisions in a system in which sound produces image and vice versa. Recent solo shows include Rumpsti Pumsti (Berlin), Lydgalleriet (Bergen) & Campbell Works (London). Stephen’s work has been included in international group exhibitions at ICC, Tokyo; ZKM Centre for Media & Art, Karlsruhe; Signum Foundation, Venice and Haus der Elektronische Künste, Basel. He is also artistic director of Oxford’s Audiograft Festival and co-curates the Consumer Waste label.
Ben Gwilliam is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound medias’ reflect the ways in which we listen to and look upon the world around us. His fascination with making sound drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and Installations, film & video works and writing. On this tour Ben will perform a new process work for frozen dictaphones. He has exhibited & performed internationally in spaces such as La casa Encendida Madrid, The Cornerhouse Manchester, Artists Unlimited Bielefeld, Modern Art Oxford, & FACT Liverpool. His performance and composed works have been commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices Festival (UK 2010), Rumilingen new music (CH 2010), University of Salford (UK 2008) & IOU Theatre (UK 2003). His music and performances work has seen him collaborate with Artists such as Claus van Bebber, Helmut Lemke, Lee Patterson and many more.