New tape “Sri Maha Mariamman” out now on Toztizok Zoundz! Very happy to release on this awesome label, check out their other stuff and relentless work for underground music in Amsterdam. The tape features six pieces on electric guitar and objects, inspired by the colours and sounds of the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the calmness inside and the hecticness of the surroundings. Pro-dubbed C30 chrome tapes, with beautiful artwork by Helena Sanders. Get in touch for a copy, or score one at an upcoming show.
Friday Marialuisa Capurso and I play another Pulpy Blossom set at Helicopter in Den Haag. We share the night with Helved Rüm from France, and Dirar Kalash pays a tribute to Tony Conrad on violin and electronics. Really looking forward to this one!
Then, saturday, I’ll join Aloardi at the SOTU festival in the Vondelbunker, this will be very noisy so looking forward to that too ~!
After almost a year Help Me To Crash plays again! Wednesday at OT301 in Amsterdam. It’s always wonderful to play with the other members, Onno Govaert, Maria Mavridou and Gosia Haduch and I’m curious to see how they have grown the past year. I’m sure this night will be great, also because Billie Hanne is playing a set as well.
Improvisation guitar player Arvind Ganga is from The Hague, The Netherlands and quite active when it comes to playing concerts, the natural habitat of the improvisers. So far I reviewed two of his releases, a solo cassette, ‘Saraswati’ (VItal Weekly 948) and a CDR with percussionist Rogier Smal (Vital Weekly 895). This new release is a split with Tomas Tello, who is from Peru and who also plays the guitar. Ganga has three pieces on his side of the tape, in which he plays the guitar with objects. I assume this to be an electric guitar. He plays it with great care; hard to say of course what kind of objects are used. Some metal sheets, wiring or wood is placed upon the snares and Ganga adds sparse effects to that and creates some wonderfully great music. It never bursts out, becomes a drag, but it remains playful until the end. Carefully, but not necessarily silent; delicate and sketch like but without the idea something is half finished or missing. Excellent improvised music; now that’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing in concert!
On the other side we find Tomas Tello, who plays here guitar and charango, a traditional string instrument from the Andes. Along with these uses field recordings he made in Bhubaneshwar in India. In the first piece, called ‘Electric Storm – 2 Radios – 3 Cameras – Train’ it is very hard to recognize either of that, instruments or field recordings. It seems as if Tello is taping sounds through the pick-up device of the guitar. There is some thunder outside but otherwise it sounds like feedback generated through very low means. Perhaps the sound sources are indeed radios, cameras, train and electric storm? It has some great captivating quality. Here we have a highly obscured sound but it creates a lot of richness. The other piece is ‘Máquina Natural (Charango y viento)’, in which I assume to hear the Charango, coming to me with some beautiful overtones, ringing and singing, while along
we hear some distant rain falling. This is quite a moody piece, which shares a similar
loose notion as the other piece.
Great cassette altogether.
Tomás Tello and I released a split cassette on Andesground. Two times 22 minutes abstract and playful improvisations. My side contains three improvisations, free abstract psychedelic pieces, while n the flipside Tomás combines field recordings made in Bhubaneshwar, India, with analog electronics like cameras and radios and the charango, a small Andean lute. I’m very happy with this release and I hope you’ll enjoy it too .. head over to Cassette on Bandcamp to listen!