On 15th June 2013 Bang the Bore presented Displacement Activity, a concert inspired by an exhibition of work by land artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. It featured compositions by Manfred Werder and James Saunders; a publication by Neil Chapman and David Stent; a sonification of Smithson’s mirror displacement methodology by Seth Cooke; and a special edition of Compost & Height’s Wolf Notes journal. This article collects the documentation of that event.
Post-Jazz, skronk, shred, and fire from Alex Ward (the guitarist Stewart Lee calls “a compulsively creative polymath”), Dom Lash, Tim Hill and Mark Sanders.
Two sets from Predicate sandwiching a new piece by Dan Bennett for two guitarists + 1 electronicist
Predicate is led by Alex Ward (“a compulsively creative polymath” – Stewart Lee; “one of those musicians who seems to get interesting music out of anything he touches” – Nate Dorward) and features Tim Hill on alto, baritone and sopranino saxes, Dominic Lash on double bass, and Mark Sanders on drums.
Ward writes the compositions for the quartet and plays electric guitar (he is also known in other contexts as a clarinettist). The music, while often taking a high-energy free-jazz approach as its starting point, also incorporates the electric aggression of rock, the abstract interplay of non-idiomatic improvisation and a diverse range of compositional tactics into an intense and unclassifiable whole.
Predicate played their first show in February 2010, and since then have performed regularly around the UK, including a Jazz Services tour in spring 2012. Their second album, “NAILS”, is out now on Gaffer Records, and can be streamed in full at the following link: http://gafferrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nails.
Bang the Bore is proud to present the inaugural release from its download label – The Night Must Fall by After the Rain. The band are also offering this release on CD, for which they are handling distribution direct. Both disc and download are available below, or via our Releases page.
After The Rain was formed in 2009 in Southampton, UK, by instrumentalists/composers Hossein Hadisi (Iran), Ignacio Agrimbau (Argentina) and Joe Kelly (UK). They met at the University of Southampton, where they studied composition under Michael Finnissy. Originally emerging as the last mutation of The Hola, an eclectic ensemble founded by Agrimbau in 2005, After The Rain’s sound combines elements from electroacoustics, free improvisation, and DIY aesthetics. More importantly, the group uses performance practices and creative methods derived from Persian classical music, which is at the centre of Hadisi and Agrimbau’s research projects.
After The Rain – The Night Must Fall
01. Distance III (Hadisi – Agrimbau, Text: Ali Hadisi)
02. A Hunter Was Crying, He Had Fallen in Love with a Canary (Agrimbau)
03. Distance IV (Hadisi – Agrimbau, Text: Yadollah Royaei)
04. Stream Flowing Over the Rainfall (Agrimbau – Kelly – Hadisi)
05. The Night: Moxenio (Agrimbau, Text: Yadollah Royaei)
06. Distance I (Hadisi – Agrimbau, Text: Ali Hadisi)
07. The Night: Violin (Hadisi)
08. The Walk (Agrimbau – Kelly – Hadisi, Text: Ignacio Agrimbau)
09. Distance II (Hadisi – Agrimbau, Text: Hossein Hadisi)
10. The Night: Double Bass (Kelly – Agrimbau)
11. Return (Hadisi – Agrimbau)
12. Distance V (Hadisi, Text: Omar Khayyám)
Hossein Hadisi: Vocals, Violin, Tombak
Joseph Kelly: Double Bass
Ignacio Agrimbau: Director, Moxenio, Prepared Santoor, Electronics
Recorded and Mixed at ATfield Studio by Ignacio Agrimbau
Photography: Reza Hadisi
Design: Hossein Hadisi
Released by ATfield (CD) and Bang the Bore (download)
Erstwhile Records has just announced that their latest two releases are available for pre-order – detour, by Toshiya Tsunoda and Manfred Werder; and Objets Infernaux by Hong Chulki and Ryu Hankil (the first of these, detour, is one of my most anticipated records of 2014). Physical editions will be available in late March, but pre-orders each come with a lossless download for impatient people (like me). Email email@example.com if you’re interested.
Inspired, in part, by Pete Coward’s soft badgering in our BtB feature, radio free midwich’s Rob Hayler has finally begun the mammoth task of digitising and uploading the entire oTo archive of fifty cassette releases. Thirty-seven are already online for streaming and/or download, the rest should follow shortly.