Ex-Easter Island Head

Kiezsalon w/ Ex-Easter Island Head, Ashley Paul and Nan Collider at Musikbrauerei Prenzlauer Berg / Wednesday, 04.10.2017

Kiezsalon’s second installment this autumn features three cross-disciplinary acts, each working on the borders of our understanding of what “music” can or should be.

Ex-Easter Island Head is a free-form, UK-based ensemble composing and performing music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments. On their latest release, “Twenty-Two Strings” the trio utilise horizontally-laid electric guitars and bass, while continuing to develop a distinctive musical language, eschewing digital processing and effects for a vocabulary of mechanical preparations and extended techniques, creating a sound drawing on minimalism, gamelan and process music.

Their most complex and focused release yet, “Twenty Two Strings” finds the group refining their overtone-rich string explorations around a skeleton of tuned bells and drums, bringing a new propulsive momentum to the group’s goal of “an ever changing surface over an unmoving centre”. Across these seven pieces, Ex-Easter Island Head push the boundaries of their intentionally restrained set-up, balancing austere physicality with luminescent abstraction to create a bold summation of the group’s work to date.

Ashley Paul is an American composer and performer currently based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound and clatter. A complexity of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared strings, bells and percussion create a delicate palette, uniquely her own. Her acoustic arrangements, the result of both careful assembly and spontaneous impulse, resemble a lyrical stream of consciousness.

NaN Collider is a project by João Martinho Moura (visuals) and António Rafael (music). The artists explore the mathematical concept of NaN as something impossible to calculate, and Collider for the programming language based in algorithms. In Berlin, they will be presenting the work with Miguel Pedro, aka All Flesh is Grass, with sounds which result from a research process in experimental electronic music. During these 30 minutes, the artists will travel into space, starting on earth, flying to the moon, black holes and finishing on a nano scale.

Ex-Easter Island Head (UK), Ashley Paul (USA), NaN Collider + All Flesh is Grass (Portugal)

Wednesday, 4th October 2017 | Doors 20:00 | Start 20:30 CET
Musikbrauerei | Greifswalder Strasse 23a in 10407 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg

Photo by Roland Owsnitzki.

The Kiezsalon is curated by Michael Rosen and funded by Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
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