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Oren Ambarchi presents a special live version of KNOTS, the epic centrepiece of his 2012 release on Touch ''Audience Of One.'' Described by Mojo as the ''undoubted standout on the Australian guitarist's stunning new album - nothing can prepare you for its awesome power'', this version will feature Joe Talia (drums), Crys Cole (objects) and a string quartet led by James Rushford.
OREN AMBARCHI (Australia)
Oren Ambarchi is a guitarist and drummer from Australia who has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Charlemagne Palestine, Thomas Brinkmann, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Merzbow, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, John Tilbury, Evan Parker, Fire! and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))) contributing to many of their releases including their Black One album from 2005 and their acclaimed Monoliths & Dimensions release. Ambarchi has released numerous recordings for labels such as Touch, Southern Lord, Editions Mego, Kranky and Tzadik. His latest solo releases are Audience Of One and Sagittarian Domain, which was voted #1 in Spin magazine's Best Avant albums of 2012.
CRYS COLE (Canada)
crys cole is a Canadian sound artist working in performance and installation. Active listening is the fundamental core of her practice.She has performed extensively throughout Canada, Japan and Europe as well as in Seattle and NYC. She has collaborated with Jeffrey Allport, Oren Ambarchi, Keith Rowe, Christof Kurzmann, Jamie Drouin, Lance Austin Olsen, Mathieu Ruhlmann, Kai Fagashiski, Julie Rousse, Tetuzi Akiyama, Seiji Morimoto, echo ho, Tim Olive, Christine Abdelnour and Clare Cooper amongst others.
JOE TALIA (Australia)
Joe Talia is a drummer, percussionist and electro-acoustic performer based in Melbourne, Australia. He first established his reputation as a drummer in contemporary jazz and improvised music, fields in which he is now active as a member of the ARIA award winning Andrea Keller Quartet and in numerous collaborative projects, including a long-term duo with Oren Ambarchi. In the last few years a great deal of his work as a drummer has taken place alongside outsider singer-songwriters (such as Ned Collette, Yuko Kono and Francis Plagne), in groups which synthesize his adventurous, exploratory drumming with the demands of song form. His longstanding musical partnership with Ned Collette has resulted in three records, on which Talia acts as both drummer and producer/engineer, most recently the well-received 2 (Fire Records 2012).
JAMES RUSHFORD (Australia)
James Rushford is a young Melbourne-based composer, pianist, violist and improviser. Studying with artists such as Anthony Pateras, Fred Frith, Brett Dean, Liza Lim, Markus Schmickler, Iancu Dumitrescu, Pierluigi Billone and Michael Pisaro, James has developed a keen interest in electro-acoustic media and more experimental forms of music making. He has been commissioned by ensembles such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Speak Percussion, The Song Company, Ensemble Neon (Norway) and Decibel, and has featured in the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2006 and 2008), Oslo Ultima Festival (2011), Now Now Festival (2011/2012) and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2011). Other performance highlights include Café Oto (London), Instants Chavirés (Montreuil), Logos Foundation (Ghent), Café 12 (Geneva), Ausland (Berlin) and Steim (Amsterdam). As a performer, he is a founding member of the chamber music ensemble Golden Fur, premiering works by Jaap Blonk (Netherlands), Anthony Pateras, Cat Hope and Marco Fusinato. He has also given Australian premieres of works by Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Robert Ashley, Klaus Lang and Jani Christou. James collaborates regularly with Jon Rose, Oren Ambarchi, Ned Collette, Francis Plagne and Joe Talia. His music and performances have been published by Cajid Media, Pogus (US), Sabbatical (AUS), Touch (UK), Prisma (Norway), Mego (Austria), Bocian (Poland) and Kye (UK).
Premiere live performance from Mark Harwood's Astor project. His Alcor LP for Graham Lambkin's KYE label gathers together the prime of past CDr micro-editions and presents the material as a seductive and puzzling new whole. Field recordings of humble organic activity bend against a foundation of discreetly processed electronics/piano, creating sonorities that are as undefinable as they are unforgettable. Alcor is the ideal LP for fans of fringe position electro-acoustic study, Delphic audio confusion, or anyone who pines for the days when Small Cruel Party still roamed the earth.