Entries tagged with: Kieran Hebden
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Omar Souleyman - playing BVCMJ, walking around NYC
Syria's Omar Souleyman, now in Europe for more shows, has been keeping busy around the world and in NYC. Most recently he visited the Big Apple for CMJ and to promote his new Kieran Hebden-produced album (out today), and also recently to film parts of his first-ever video, which you can watch along with another set of pictures from the BrooklynVegan CMJ show he played, below...
Four Tet at Creators Project in October (more by Ryan Barkan)
Four Tet was just in NYC to DJ at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and has a few more shows in December, including ATP Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK. In March he'll return to NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 10. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Four Tet's Kieran Hebden teamed up with Steve Reid (RIP) and Mats Gustafsson to play a one-off concert together in London on June 20, 2009 and released a double LP/CD of the concert, Live at the South Bank, earlier this month (11/15) via Smalltown Superjazz. You can purchase the album at the Smalltown Superjazz webstore and check out a video from the show below.
All dates and video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Laurie w/ the dogs in Australia (more by Roberta W.B.)
Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday [June 5th].Laurie Anderson, queen of this year's Mermaid Parade, performed her piece "Music for Dogs" at Sydney's Opera House on June 5th accompanied by Eyvind Kang, Skúli Sverrisson, and Colin Stetson. The event was part of the two-week Vivid Live Festival, which is being curated by Laurie and Lou Reed (king of this year's Mermaid Parade).
Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced around as Anderson entertained them with 20 minutes of thumping beats, whale calls, whistles and a few high-pitched electronic sounds imperceptible to human ears.
"Let's hear it from the medium dogs!" Anderson called out from the stage, as a few dogs yipped in return. "You can do better than that -- come on mediums! Whoo! WHOOOOOO!"
The concert was originally billed as a performance for dogs' ears only, and was going to be largely limited to electronic noises played at a frequency too high for human ears. But Anderson changed things up when she decided she wanted people to have some fun, too.
"We didn't want to do something that humans couldn't hear," she said. "We brought the octaves down into our hearing range so we could all have the experience." [AP]
Laurie Anderson will be performing her new work Delusion this fall at BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival. That show will go on tour as well.
Before then, Laurie's new record, Homeland, comes out June 22nd on Nonesuch. It's streaming in full at NPR (up till the release date) - check it out. She'll play songs from that album on a very short tour this July. Stops include on-air sets at World Cafe Live and Late Show with David Letterman, and a Tuesday, July 13th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.
The album has some alright guests (including Laurie's male alter-ego Fenway Bergamot)...
On Homeland, Anderson is joined by a diversity of collaborators, from the Tuvan throat singers and igil players of Chirgilchin to New York experimental jazz and rock players including Rob Burger (keyboards), Omar Hakim (drums), Kieran Hebden of Four Tet (keyboards), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion) Eyvind Kang (viola), Peter Scherer (keyboards), Skuli Sverrisson (bass), Ben Witman (percussion and drums) and John Zorn (saxophone). Antony Hegarty contributes additional vocals.Beyond those projects, "Anderson is also preparing a major retrospective of her visual work that will open in Sao Paolo in August 2010 and a book of her stories that will be published in 2011."
Videos from the "Music for Dogs" performance and tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Four Tet - Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix) (MP3)
Four Tet will be releasing a new 12" single for his song "Angel Echoes" to feature a pair of remixes. One is the above track cut up by Caribou (who will be playing Governors Island with Phantogram on July 16th), and the other side is a remix by Londoner Jon Hopkins. It's out July 19th in the UK and Europe, and August 3rd in North America, and the cover is above.
Kieran Hebden will be taking Four Tet on the road this summer to Europe, and in October to North America. He headlines Webster Hall on Friday, October 22nd. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
All dates are below...
Domino are very sad to hear the news of the death of Steve Reid, who passed away in his sleep last night after a battle with cancer.RIP Steve. Check out some videos below...
Steve Reid was a giant of a drummer, who began playing professionally at the age of 16. His first recorded work was with Martha And The Vandellas, working in the Apollo Theatre House band, under the direction of Quincy Jones. Over the years Steve recorded and played with artists such as Miles Davies, Fela Kuti, James Brown and Sun Ra, amongst other musical legends.
Domino had the pleasure of releasing The Steve Reid Ensemble's Daxaar album in 2007 and Steve's groundbreaking works with Kieran Hebden, the albums The Exchange Session Vol. 1, The Exchange Session Vol. 2, Tongues and most recently, NYC. Our thoughts go out to Steve's family, friends and 'musical soul mate' Kieran Hebden who had these words to say: "Steve was one of my great friends and the most wonderful musician I have ever encountered. The music and adventures we shared have been some of the most happy and meaningful experiences I've ever had. A true inspiration. He lived a great life and gave us incredible music. I'll miss him forever."
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
some of the stars of ATP NY 2009
What's almost the exact opposite of a soothing set of Seven Swans performed by one of the most delicate singers in indie rock? Try nine drummers (including Hisham Bharoocha, Zach Hill, and Kid Millions among other notables) bashing your fucking skull for so long that the stage manager has to come out to unplug their gear and remove toms from underneath them! That's how I started my ATP Day 3... with the Boredoms blowing my mind.
Starting off with sparse chords on the monstrous multi-neck guitar/percussive device, Eye set a calm and reflective mood... and then the cymbals. And then the toms. And then eight drummers pummeled away led by Yoshimi P-We. And then the synced rimshots that recalled an Animal Collective beat. All of this happened before a ninth drummer was carried into the show like an emperor while doing a call and response with the other eight.
Within about 10 minutes, I knew that Boredoms would take the prize as best show at Kutsher's that weekend. The sheer power of the coordinated drums, along with pregnant pauses and killer synth effects performed via keys, CD-DJ tables, and broomsticks (!) were beyond jaw dropping.
Following Boredoms, I poked my head into Oneida's Ocropolis for the first of many times. For 10+ hours, Oneida basically had the small and very decorated room all to themselves for a long jam session with their friends. Reportedly, the band had tape rolling the whole time (Ocropolis is the name of their Brooklyn recording studio) and had visuals provided by the Mighty Robot AV Squad. With local standbys like BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor/Shooting Spires fame, Chris Weingarten (ex P&L), Todd P, and many others spotted in the Sportsman's Bar, it seemed like Brooklyn in the Catskills. Unfortunately, I missed every single special guest appearance (word is, and in part according to a sign on the door, Soft Circle, Yoshimi, Aaron from Tall Firs, Zach Hill, Steven Drozd and many others all popped in) but the band was very interesting to watch, alternating between songs, and droney ambient jams.
Caribou was next in the main room and the 16-piece(!) band including Sun Ra Arkestra member Marshall Allen, Koushik, Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and many others. I had no expectations heading into the set and was pleasantly surprised, although I found the mix to have waaay too much low end.
I ducked out of Caribou early to catch the last twenty minutes of Hopewell who was billed to be playing "The Desperation Suite," "complete with a female choir and avant-garde saxophonist Mark Marinoff". From what little I saw, the three person "choir" did little but coo, ooh, ahh, and coordinate a dance, but the band did close with a rousing cover of Jane's Addiction's classic "Of Course".
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Thursday night I went to the Plant Music party at 105 Rivington. The music was great, but the party could have been a little more crowded, though in all fairness it was still early. A little before midnight I had to head out to make it to Le Poisson Rouge to see Black Strobe and Arnaud Rebotini...or so I thought. When I arrived there a little after midnight the bouncer was telling everyone that they had just canceled and also said that perhaps if we had been there earlier it wouldn't have happened...
So...I went back to 105 Rivington. The music was still great. The Golden Filter had just dropped Zongamin's remix of Playgroup's "Make It Happen" as I walked in. Throughout the night pretty much everyone was playing great mixes of super current electro along with some oldies but goodies like that one. The place had also filled up considerably...though the crowd was a very weird mix of people. All in all a good night, despite the Black Strobe hiccup. On to Saturday night (5/16) and beyond...
by Andrew Frisicano
Four Tet (aka electronic musician Kieran Hebden) has announced six dates in US and Canada, including a NYC performance (UPDATE: DJ SET) at The American Museum of Natural History's monthly One Step Beyond party on Friday March 13 (tix here). The gig, with Jon Hopkins and Mapei, is the first time Hebden will play a NYC "Four Tet" set (UPDATE: DJ SET) since canceling his June 2008 Studio B show.
Opening for Four Tet at the AMNH (and two other shows) will be Domino signee Jon Hopkins, a British "composer, pianist and self-taught studio wizard," who is releasing his third record, Insides, on May 5 - free single "Wire" is up at Domino Records. Hopkins also plays Pianos on 3/14.
You may know Four Tet's Madvillainy remixes - released by Stones Throw and as part of the Domino released Four Tet Remixes 2xCD - well, Hebden and other remixers should have new source material soon, as Lex Records reports that it will release (MF) DOOM's new CD, Born Like This, on March 24, 2009. We reported last Fall that DOOM might be preparing his MM..FOOD follow-up for an unexpected release. The new disc is currently available for pre-order, and tracks "That's That" and "Ballskin" are now streaming on DOOM's Myspace.
All tour dates, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Four Tet remix video, and Born Like This track list below...
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
Reid and Hebden have made several albums together by now, including the excellent Tongues in 2007. Those sea legs seem to have a mighty short half-life, though: Reid's creative phrasing and pulse games are, as always, a fascinating contrast to the rigid rhythmic grids typical of Four Tet constructions, but on NYC [their album releaesd November 3rd by Domino] the pair doesn't seem to find a happy middle ground anywhere. With Reid on tap, ready to dive in headfirst with limbs flailing and very few responsibilities, you almost have to wonder whether Hebden just found himself in over his head; the album may have been considerably more focused if Hebden had sampled Reid's performances and woven them in as loops. But that would defeat the whole point of the project, now wouldn't it? [Popmatters]Kieran and Steve play (le) poisson rouge in NYC tonight/Friday December 12th. Later that night is a Glitch Mob party at the same venue. All Kieran dates below...
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Fake Blood is not Soulwax
I took two nights off after my early start Wednesday night, leaving me eager to hit the B Saturday night for a party that featured a nice mix of deejays that were both familiar and new (to me). I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Van Scott's set which featured a dancey Lykke Li remix, a super-voded mix of Little Boots' "Meddle" (which I later found out was by Treasure Fingers), and lots of other recent tracks.
Franki Chan followed with an excellent mix of some tracks I didn't recognize along with some new favorites including Whomadewho's "TV Friend" (one of the remixes that just came out at the end of last month) and a lovely hybrid version of the Soulwax remix of the Chemical Brothers' "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" that featured the original "super star deejays" vocal sample instead of "2manydj's" but as far as I could tell, retained all the instrumental parts from the Soulwax remix.
Princess Superstar took the evening in a highly dancey meets retro direction, dropping some current stuff mixed with some updated, oldie but goodie classic 90's tracks. Her set segued into Larry Tee's with the pair performing a live version of their hit "Licky" that's had dancefloors freaking out since last winter. Larry's set had everyone getting down and remembering what an innovator the pioneer of electroclash was and continues to be.
The night ended with a bang that unfortunately, hardly anyone was left to see: Nadastrom absolutely killed it. I'm not sure what specifically was great about their set ...it might have been the song selection, excellent mixing, just the right amount of wobbly bass...but one of the most satisfying elements of their set was the enthusiasm the pair maintained as the not too big to begin with, Studio B crowd dwindled down to a few handfuls of people:
The next free Ben Neil-curated free show at the World Financial Center Winter Garden happens Tuesday (July 22, 2008). On the bill this time: Kieran Hebdan (Four Tet) and Steve Reid. "Hebden and Reid create an abstract sound that incorporates elements of hip-hop, electronica, jazz, and folk music with live drumming & percussion."
But that's not the only chance to see Kieran perform this week (see flyer above if you didn't already) (RSVP email). All Kieran dates below...