Belfi/Grubbs/Pilia + Tara Jane ONeil + Elizabeth
Three-act aural bonanza featuring David Grubbs' explosive avant-rock trio, multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane ONeil, and Andy Abbott's solo guitar project Elizabeth.
Also featuring: awesome beers, Fuse DJs and stunningly good food by Bare Plume Cafe. Presented in conjunction with Recon Festival (http://reconfest.co.uk/) and M@BU (http://www.bradford.ac.uk/music)
BELFI / GRUBBS / PILIA
“This trio show that understated, oblique and sensitively paced musical narrative can still command our utmost
attention” (Julian Cowley, WIRE)
Berlin-based Andrea Belfi is a drummer, electroacoustic Musician, and composer. Recent recordings and collaborations include Hobocombo, The Swifter, evangelista (with Carla Bozulich), and Il Sogno del Marinaio, with Mike Watt and Stefano Pilia.
Brooklyn-based David Grubbs recently released the solo-guitar 10” EP Borough of Broken Umbrellas, is the author of the book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press), and has played in Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and a whole bunch of other groups.
Bologna-based Stefano Pilia is known for his solo recordings and his participation in the group ¾ Had Been Eliminated; more recently he’s been active playing with Rokia Traore, In Zaire, and Il Sogno del Marinaio.
TARA JANE ONEIL
Tara Jane ONeil's music is integrated and contextual, idiosyncratic and deeply psychedelic, akin to a lucid dream journal caught on magnetic tape. She appears to be interested in all sounds equally. In her tireless search for a music that mirrors and reflects her alchemical, deeply syncretic approach to sound, colour, language, surface and texture, she has found herself in a somewhat singular category.
Her concerns are free from fussing about form. Her albums posit some free space that owes more to improvisors and painters than singer-songwriters or new age synthesiser baths. She is still interested in songs, and she has always been a wordsmith, but her songs don't need to have words to signify. When words are utilised, she doesn't waste them. They are beautifully mystical outbursts of visionary poesis, but their narrative power is located within and informed by, the space, the harmonic colour, the context in which they are sung.
Choral voicings spread out across the stereo field like muted cloud formations split by sudden outbursts of vibrant colour, verdant mosses on ancient stones, opal sized windows of clear blue set against a vast horizon. Pump organ drones swell and respirate, patient and slow, with softly resonant gongs from the roof of the world. This is music about healing, about listening, about surviving and transmuting the strange inheritance of language. Moving towards a direct perception of apparent reality through collaboration, breath, sound and song.
Elizabeth - solo guitar and electronics project of That Fucking Tank / Nope man Andy Abbott incorporating Takoma fingerpicking, La Monte Young drones, Eno/Fripp tape delay loops and Harmonia / Neu-esque phaser-soaked widdling. Formerly made up on the spot, Andy is taking a more structured approach to live sets whilst he works up a soundtrack for an animation about a postcapitalist Utopia called Erewyrehve.