by Doug Moore
Stephen O'Malley (1/3 of Nazoranai) at Big Ears Fest (more by Joshua Ford)
Its pure improvisation, I'm going to try and avoid as many clichés as I can here, in talking about improvisation. That's the whole thing though, its not a cliché, the idea is that I don't know what the idea is. The idea is in the present, so everything that happens is happening right then, and will probably never be repeated. Even stylistic tendencies, I've noticed, have been completely different every time we play together...It's an interesting exercise in patience, in trance, in timbre and in alertness as a player.As briefly mentioned in our Stephen O'Malley interview post (quoted above), Nazoranai -- a perplexing improvisational trio that features the prolific and influential Japanese experimental musician Keiji Haino, SunnO))) / Khanate guitarist Stephen O'Malley, and Australian multi-instrumentalist / occasional SunnO))) contributor Oren Ambarchi -- will be embarking on a brief North American tour in May, which will include a NYC stop at The Wick on May 21. Tickets for that show are available now.
A few days later, O'Malley and Ambarchi will play a duo show as part of the NYC edition of Tectonics Festival. This reprisal of a May 2013 Tectonics Glasgow performance will go down on 5/23 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. No advance tickets, $20 at the door. Full Tectonics schedule here.
All of O'Malley's dates (including a few solo appearances) are listed below...
STEPHEN O'MALLEY -- 2014 TOUR DATES
5.3 - Stephen O'Malley (solo), donau festival 2014, Krems, Austria
5.17 - NAZORANAI (Haino, Ambarchi, O'Malley trio), FIMAV, Victoriaville, Canada
5.19 - Steve Noble & Stephen O'Malley (duo), New Paths Festival / St. Francis Church, Philadelphia, USA
5.20 - NAZORANAI (Haino, Ambarchi, O'Malley trio), Empty Bottle, Chicago, USA
5.21 - NAZORANAI (Haino, Ambarchi, O'Malley trio), The Wick, Brooklyn, USA
5.23 - Stephen O'Malley & Oren Ambarchi (duo + ensemble), Tectonics NY / Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, USA
5.31 - THIS IS HOW YOU WILL DISAPPEAR (directed by Gisèle Vienne) La Filature Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France