Dear all,

I'm booking some dates for PHILL NIBLOCK + THOMAS ANKERSMIT.

They are available in mid May + September 2013.

Territory: Europe


Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media
musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the
flames of 1968's barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the
fringes of the avant garde ever since. In the history books Niblock is the
forgotten Minimalist. That's as maybe: no one ever said the history books
were infallible anyway.

His influence has had more impact on younger composers such as Susan
Stenger, Lois V Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca. He's even worked
with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo on "Guitar two, for
four" which is actually for five guitarists. This is Minimalism in the
classic sense of the word, if that makes sense. Niblock constructs big
24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. The result is
sound without melody or rhythm. Movement is slow, geologically slow.
Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping
up on you. The vocal pieces are like some of Ligeti's choral works, but a
little more phased. And this isn't choral work. "A Y U (as yet untitled)"
is sampled from just one voice, the baritone Thomas Buckner. The results
are pitch shifted and processed intense drones, one live and one studio
edited. Unlike Ligeti, this isn't just for voice or hurdy gurdy. Like
Stockhausen's electronic pieces, Musique Concrete, or even Fripp and Eno's
No Pussyfooting, the role of the producer/composer in "Hurdy Hurry" and "A
Y U" is just as important as the role of the performer. He says: "What I
am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody,
by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly." The
stills in the booklet are from slides taken in China, while Niblock was
making films which are painstaking studies of manual labour, giving a
poetic dignity to sheer gruelling slog of fishermen at work,
rice-planters, log-splitters, water-hole dredgers and other back-breaking
toilers. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his loft
space, including Ryoji Ikeda, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke.



Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, Netherlands) is a musician and
installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. His main instruments
are the Serge analogue modular synthesizer, computer and alto saxophone.
He frequently works together with New York minimalist Phill Niblock and
electroacoustic artists Valerio Tricoli and Kevin Drumm.
"Ankersmit constructs a musical world that feels alive and capable of
going anywhere, and yet also manages to give the music a strong sense of
structured purpose, a degree of compositional control unusual in this area
of live performance. It is the fine balance between the sense of chaos
that threatens to pull everything apart and the controlled formation of
the music into clearly defined sections of differing intensities that
raises the work above that of so many of Ankersmit’s contemporaries."
Richard Pinnell, The Wire
"A dynamic performance that comes at the listener from all sides, as
unpredictable as it is self-assured … Ankersmit is adept as ever at making
transitions and staying one step ahead of himself with a keen ear for
evolution and the patience to make it effective. There can be excitement
in watching a musician grapple with sounds that threaten to escape his or
her control, but precision can be equally arresting, and Ankersmit
wrangles his material beautifully from beginning to end with a deft touch
and a canny sense of timing.

I look forward to hearing from you asap.



Some Noise asbl
C/O Alain Bolle
1050 Brussels 5

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