Taiwanese-Canadian musician and actor Alex Zhang Hungtai is something of a musical chameleon: Under the moniker Dirty Beaches, he combined dissonant indie love songs with pomade-shiny rock ‘n’ roll aesthetics. Just as the hype machine started, he shed his skin and turned into a sort of jazz musician using the name Last Lizard. Only to reappear in Love Theme, a drone trio – and as a member of a fictional band in the second incarnation of David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks. Somewhere along the way, he began playing the saxophone, practiced for four years and wrote music on the new instrument which he refers to as failed, in the sense that it does not live up to the expectations of others. Gradually, a new idea emerged: To free oneself from the limitations that exist in everyone’s own narratives of who we are and what we do – and in his case what kind of musician he was. By sampling, EQ’ing and stretching the sound waves from the saxophone, Alex Zhang Hungtai created a maze of mysterious yet inviting sounds that make up the album Divine Weight. The songs can be described as sound sculptures carved out of a few blocks of sounds: Seemingly large swells of choruses, wind instruments and church organs.
Dear friends in Europe, After consulting many friends in the EU, due to the coronavirus situation and the fear of unaffordable testing, potential quarantine hospital bills here in the US, I’ve decided to postpone the tour. Once everything is back to normal I hope to make it out to Europe again. Please be safe, and remember to extend a helping hand if you see any verbal or physical abuse against people in public due to the racism incited by the virus. In times like this, our humanity is being put to the test on full display. Love, Alex
Colombian artist Lucrecia Dalt has gone from experimental indie pop to creating deeper levels of abstraction, inspired by geology, among other things. She also lets South American rhythms, voice experiments, and innovative electronic solutions guide her way to her own very unique kind of music. Tickets
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) är ett audiovisuellt live-projekt som utgörs av den libanesiskeproducenten och musikern Radwan Ghazi Moumneh och den Montreal-baserade filmskapare Erin Weisgerber. Duons performance kan beskrivas som en omslutande upplevelse bestående av ljud och visuella element, som strävar efter att skapa en modern, experimentell arabisk musik som gifter sig med handgjorda bilder skapade på analog 16-milimetersfilm på platsspecifika skärminstallationer.
Weisgerber manipulerar de fotografiska, kemiska och materiella egenskaperna i filmen för att omvandla den värld som ramas in av hennes kamera: skapar rytmiska bilder mellan former och abstraktion, yttre vision och inre landskap. Hon framför film- och ljudslingor live på flera projektorer. Tickets
The band’s intention was to make heavily groovy Electronic Body Music in the spirit of D.A.F., but something went awry. Sure, they’ve got the primitive synth sounds and hard marching drums. But at the same time, the music of Gothenburg based trio Vanligt Folk is so far out weird that it reaches far beyond nostalgia for black-clad fans of 80’s synth. Influences from dancehall and dub mix with punky chaos and a drummer playing frantically with both shoes and head instead of sticks on occasion. Themes such as nationalism, racism and the significance of the hambo dance for the Swedish working class of the 20th century can be found in lyrics as bizarre as they are brilliant – like a fever-induced nightmare in a Roy Andersson film. This spring, Vanligt Folk release the new album Allt E’nte, a record that the group sees as a response to the demand for politicization of musical expression: “We’re hoping that Allt E’nte is as out of date in 200 years as it is today”.
A Finnish Tom Waits? Perkele blues? Swamp rock, accordion, melancholy and tango undertones. Faarao Pirttikanga’s music comes in many incarnations, depending on which of his groups happens to be joining him on stage (at Club Clandestino he is accompanied by the band Nubialaiset). However, his output is always dirty and raw. The drummer bangs on crooked cymbal while the trombone and saxophone squeeze out some sort of slippery ompah-ompah-meets-Mulatu Astatke riffs. The pharaoh’s square Bo Diddley style guitar swings along in a brutal shuffle while he spits out the lyrics in a Gollum-esque voice. And it doesn’t really matter that much whether the listener understands Finnish or not: The expression of the blues comes through nonetheless in songs that seem to life’s trials and misery, as if they were the old buddy’s.
Onipa means “human” in Akan, a language spoken by the Ashanti people in West Africa. This project was born out of a long-standing collaboration between two musicians: One calls himself K.O.G.: A songwriter, singer and virtuoso instrumentalist utilizing djembe drums as well as a percussive lunch tray. Born in Ghana but based in Sheffield, K.O.G. appears in numerous UK-based projects: house music, afrobeats and dancehall etc. The other member of the duo is Tom Excell, British guitarist, producer and songwriter also known from soul / jazz / afrobeat pioneers Nubiyan Twist – as well as collaborations with his own musical heroes Mulatu Astatke and Tony Allen. As Onipa, they have recorded a handful of EP’s: Bubbly afro-futuristic rhythms combined with magical soukous and hilife guitars, as well as influences from mali blues, South African township music, ragga, dancehall, Oumou Sangare, Konono No.1, Kokoko, Flying Lotus, Ebo Taylor, William Onyeabor and many more of our favorites. We Be No Machine, their debut album, will be released this spring.
Using the key fiddle, alto saxophone and drone synths, Siri Karlsson takes their audience on a journey through a dark, mysterious sound world. Experimental jazz, Nordic folk music, electronic sound infernos: It’s all there in Siri Karlsson’s compositions. Cecilia Österholm makes up one half of the duo: Her unique key fiddle sound has established her as a hot name on the Swedish folk music scene. Maria Arnqvist, on saxophone and synths, is known from collaborations in Swedish avant-garde jazz and psychedelia. In 2018, Siri Karlsson released the EP Ouaga Sessions, a delicate mix of Scandinavian folk jazz and West African blues sounds, recorded with Solo Dja Kabako in Burkina Faso. Siri Karlsson’s latest release Horror Vacui was partly created as a commissioning work for Sweden’s Radio P2. As a composition it is as fascinating as it is hard-categorized, drawing inspiration from the great geographical discoveries of the 16th and 17th centuries and how cartographers utilized science as well as imagination and mythology to fill the blank spots of maps.
Goat is a four piece group from Osaka, Japan. On a stripped-down drum set, thumpy bass, electric guitar and a saxophone with a coke bottle jammed into its bell, the group makes minimalist music without any lyrics, melody and subjective expression. Instead, Goat works with timbre and overtones, organized in complex rhythms – meticulously organized time, like minimal techno performed on rock instruments with an impressive precision. Guitarist Koshiro Hino writes Goat’s music, he has also been active in projects such as Bonanzas and as a live member of Boredoms. Since Goat played at the Clandestino Festival in 2016, the band has been reshaped with a new line up and has gone even deeper into an almost tribal rhythmicity. Their third album will be released during 2020, and this concert will offer tastings from it.