October 21st, 2015 | Published in Artifacts
Bang the Bore is proud to present streaming video of Cristián Alvear’s première performance of Wandelweiser composer Radu Malfatti’s “shizuka ni furu ame” (2015, for solo guitar). The video was taken from the first concert of Bang the Bore’s Autumn 2015 Season, which doubled 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.
The art accompanying this documentation is by Rachael Elwell, from her original poster design for the Todmorden 25/09/15 date of the aforementioned tour.
CRISTIÁN ALVEAR performing SHIZUKA NI FURU AME by RADU MALFATTI
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).
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.
Dan Bennett records solo as Skjølbrot plays in a duo with Stephen Cornford and in Aigon DAAC with Dominic Lash and Stuart Chalmers. In the recent past he played guitar in noise rock group Hunting Lodge, wrote music for theatre and installation (including for Mark Fisher and Julien Barton’s installation On Vanishing Land), and organised gigs, screenings and workshops with Bang the Bore and for Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery. This performance was for computer, synth, prepared speaker and prepared stylus.
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.