Passive/Aggressive

Greg Fox – Free form drummer ventures forth with Gradual Progression (interview)

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Interview by Simon Christensen.

The recent solo efforts mark “the end of the beginning” for musician and improvisor Greg Fox. Although still partly recognized as a metal drummer from the hard-hitting band Liturgy, he is influenced even more so by free jazz, computers and sound itself. Greg Fox has been involved in an exciting series of projects ranging from electronic music with Hieroglyphic Being and Ben Frost, experimentalists like Zs, Kid Millions and Colin Stetson (as part of Ex Eye and Sorrow), and as well as playing with Marshall Allen and Milford Graves. The latter, who he considers his mentor, inspired the recording of the truly drawing solo LP Mitral Transmission from 2014, which was made as a purely digital concept.

Even though his ambitious new solo album The Gradual Progression isn’t his debut as main composer after several releases as Greg Fox, GDFX and Guardian Alien, he is standing on a threshold to a new territory, Greg Fox explains on a phone line from his native New York to Passive/Aggressive in this interview. Læs resten

Labert Oppmøte – Postkort fra Lofoten

August 28 2017

I fuldstændigt ubegribeligt smukke omgivelser i den lille by Henningsvær i Lofoten, Norge, fandt Labert Oppmøte – en festival for moderne eksperimenterende musik – for første gang sted i august i år. Festivalen blev arrangeret af den norske trommeslager Brage Tørmænen og præsenterede bl.a. singer/songwriter, solotrompet og støjmusik. Programmet talte bl.a. Mission Abort, Hilde Marie Holsen, Jenny Berger Myhre og The Holy Mountain Duo.

Tekst og fotos af Henrik Pultz Melbye.

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Jaap Vink – Netværksklange i forbindelse med alt

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Af Mads Kjeldgaard – foto: Editions Mego

For at være helt ærlig havde jeg aldrig hørt om den hollandske komponist Jaap Vink før. Jeg faldt kun over ham, fordi han pludselig indgik i østrigske Editions Megos ambitiøse og helt igennem fænomenale genudgivelsesserie REGRM. Serien har indtil nu haft til formål at genudgive og formidle den franske institution Groupe de Recherches Musicales’ arbejde gennem de seneste cirka 70 år.
Men da jeg efterfølgende slog Vinks navn op i den forhåndenværende litteratur om GRM, dukkede hans navn ikke op én eneste gang, og Mego siger da også selv i forbindelse med udgivelsen, at han ikke rigtig har noget med den franske institution at gøre. Læs resten

Honeyland Festival 2017 – En fotoreportage

August 25 2017 Honeyland Festival 2017, www.honeyland.dk. Photos af Alexander Mahathai Larsen.

Honeyland Festival 2017, www.honeyland.dk. Photos af Alexander Mahathai Larsen. Læs resten

Wolf Eyes – The demonic joy of decay (live report)

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Wolf Eyes + GOHV + Vanity Productions, Mayhem, August 14 – A live report by Wieland Rambke

For a long time the label of noise rock hasn’t really applied anymore to Wolf Eyes. They are drawing on noise, rock, free jazz, metal, experimental electronics, new composition…
The list could go on forever – in other words, trying genres to pinpoint the group is pointless. Call it “Music”, and you will get closer. Yes, tropes of many genres are applied, but they are only starting points. The secret does not lie in the application of genres: Wolf Eyes can lean in any direction without falling over. They do combine genres, but their real strength lies in their sense of context. Læs resten

By The Lake Festival – An oasis of music of all ethnicities (live report)

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Reportage from By the Lake Festival, Berlin, August 13 2017 – Photo and text by Javier Orozco

For the third summer in a row the swimming lake known as Weißensee, located just at the outskirts of the Prenzlauer Berg district, shapeshifted into an international one-day festival curated by Efterklang and the Danish radio station The Lake. Sunday appeared a notch shy, as it denied a full display of its summer potential and rather clothed itself with a patchy blue sky. The weather factor is a volatile entity during the festival season, most would choose sunny over rainy, and an arrangement as By The Lake almost pleas for a sunny day. The festival’s name is self-explanatory, it takes place at a bathing facility by a lake. The ambience was propped to deliver a beach-like sensation: sand, lounge chairs, cold drinks, and a refreshing lake to take a dip between concerts. Læs resten

P/A – Vi holder sommerferie

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R.I.P (Geri Allen 1957-2017)