Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dumitrescu/Avram and Stephen O'Malley join forces

Romanian classical composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram will team up with Stephen O'Malley from noise/metal/doom act Sunn o))), for a couple of concerts in Israel this coming week. Dumitrescu and Avram are well known for pushing the boundaries or making a classical ensemble use the instruments in very untraditional manners. O'Malley is certainly well established within the experimental parts of rock, so this meeting can be very exciting for anyone around those parts.

O'Malley solo performance, Jerusalem Uganda (17 January) Dumitrescu/Avram with separate performance from O'Malley, Jaffa Hateiva (19) Dumitrescu/Avram collaborating with O'Malley, Tel Aviv Levontin 7 (22).

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Releases and tracks

It's been a while since I have promoted myself here, so i figured it was about time. Last summer the Split LP (above) with me and Jo the Gardener was released on Pure Pop For Now People. It was released only 100 copies, and very few still available from the label. Image by Ian Land.

Tape Rape Records has recently released a few good tapes. One compilation called Think Before You Act!, with a wide range of noise artists from Norway. One track by me here. Another gem is the debut of the trio Origami Kaførnåkka, the new combo with me, Kjetil Hanssen and Petter Flaten Eilertsen. The self-titled tape (below) is from a session that was recorded in Brugata in Oslo, November 9th, 2009 on a beautiful day. The trio decided to sit inside fumbling with trash and electronics to make some noise. The tape comes in a zipper bag with an info card. The tape is white with yellow hubs and it's sprayed spotty yellow, so all copies looks unique.

More than a year ago I was in Oslo and teamed up with Kjetil Hanssen (actually the day after we recorded with Origami Kaførnåkka) for a live gig at Sound of MU. The gig was recorded and a CDr (below) was released just after the gig. Handpainted covers and a limited edition of 30 copies. All releases mentioned here is available from Looop.

More about tracks: Gould Soundz released a CDr compilation called "With friends like these", consisting of 99 short tracks. Four tracks from me there. I also entered the International Email Audio Art Project, curated by Hal McGee, who proposed an international EMAIL audio art project in which contributors will send to him a one-minute miniature audio work. I submitted one track that entered Volum 1, and my alter ego, Origami Emergencyka submitted one track for Volume 6. All free download, and still possible to submit as the project will terminate on April 1, 2011.

All Ears festival starts today

Another festival year is upon us. As usual one of the first to notice is All Ears Festival for improvised music in Oslo. This tenth festival in a row marks this year as something to celebrate. With names as Kevin Drumm, Maja Ratkje, Peter Brötzmann and Zeena Parkins amongst many, anyone near should pay the festival a visit during this weekend. More info at the website.