The june night at the Kiezsalon is surreptitiously expansive: Heather Leigh playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. The Swifter folds tidy and repetitive high notes into slowly encroaching percussion before breaking off into an imposing drone.
Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar with a rare combination of sensitivity and strength; Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions. In late 2015, Heather Leigh released her first proper studio album, ‘I Abused Animal’ on Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg’s Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego labels to widespread acclaim.
In 2016 Heather Leigh will be touring extensively as a solo artist in support of ‘I Abused Animal’. Additionally, Heather Leigh performs in a duo with Peter Brötzmann. Their debut release ‘Ears Are Filled With Wonder’ will be available soon on Not Two Records (CD) and Trost Records (limited edition vinyl LP).
The Swifter – a trio featuring Andrea Belfi (drums and percussion), BJNilsen (electronics) and Simon James Phillips (piano) – give careful attention to capturing the unique resonant acoustic offered by the airy, stone building, exhibiting the broad palate of aesthetic qualities the group are able to create. Subtly evolving sound worlds that evoke, at times, the loneliness within a ship’s hold; a relentlessly driven wall of harmonically rich sound or a sonic fog that lifts to reveal a delicate instrumental discourse.
From April until October 2016 the Kiezsalon will once again offer a forum for innovative musical activity beyond genre boundaries and provide a meeting point for friends as well as loners, conversation and party, lovers and those who are just curious. As an interface between pop music and avantgarde the series presents compact performances by artists from diverse genres, origin and popularity – initiated by Digital in Berlin and taking place at one of the last authentic locations in Prenzlauer Berg, the 120 year old Schneider Brewery.
Heather Leigh & The Swifter LIVE
Wednesday, 22th June 2016 | Door 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET
Musikbrauerei | Greifswalder Strasse 23a | 10407 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg