Supernormal tour

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Starting a tour to the UK tomorrow, together with City Hands. We kick it off at Helicopter in Den Haag, then go to Antwerp and Brighton. Then we are joined by Ashtray Navigations, and we play at Huddersfield, Manchester, Leeds, and finish at the Supernormal Festival in Oxfordshire. Can’t wait to play on the island, and to drive on the wrong side of the road!

Gonzo (Circus)

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Gonzo Circus reviewed the Sri Maha Mariamman tape:

“‘Sri Maha Mariamman’ is een exploratie van de elektrische gitaar en haar versterker, niet zozeer in tonale virtuositeit maar juist in het proberen structureel te disciplineren van klanken die in eerste instantie alles behalve voortkomen uit het aanslaan van achter de fret ingedrukte snaren – wel eens verfrissend zo’n compromisloze, avontuurlijke gitaarplaat temidden van al dat rockgitaargeweld.
Experimentele gitarist Arvind Ganga leidt de luisteraar in een tocht langs onder meer de klank van de snaren tussen de brug en de stemknoppen, vervormde open EADGBE-akkoorden, stoffige potmeters en galmende gitaarversterkers, geschuur langs gitaarelementen en flasholettonen. Uiteindelijk komen we via een bluesy fase aan bij het slotstuk waarin zo’n beetje alle hiervoor genoemde meta-gitaartechnieken samenkomen en er warempel ook voorzichtig aangezette korte langs de hals gespeelde riffs de revue passeren. Geleidelijk aan komt ook het besef dat de onzichtbaarheid van deze studio-opname wel een gemis voor het oog is: in een live setting zou deze rituele gitaardeconstructie beter tot zijn recht komen.”

Two new reviews

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Two new reviews for the Sri Maha Mariamman tape:

“.. dive into the trickier realms of free improv for a series of maddeningly skittering lo-fi experiments with guitar and found-objects (..) An interesting collection throughout, and well worth your time. Give it a listen.” by Foreign Accents.

“Zes ongemakkelijke schetsen op cassettelint. Binnen in de gitaar rommelt het, in de stemkop zindert het en uit de gemangelde hals springen, vallen en struikelen miniatuurgeluiden, strepen, vegen en krassen. De kamer galmt in grauwe lofi-tinten mee: de weidse blik van Kanga die tegen de Hollandse muren omhoogploegt. De niet altijd even eenvoudig te verteren stadsblues van Dirty Beaches, de snaarexcursies van Tashji Dorji en Six Organs of Admittance onder een blakerende oosterzon: Ganga passeert ze in wandeltempo.” Dutch review in Kindamuzik.

Still a few copies left, so get in touch if you want one!

Sri Maha Mariamman Reviews

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Three reviews of the new Sri Maha Mariamman tape just came in:

Frans de Waard in Vital Weekly 1031: “Not always does Ganga use a lot of sound effects and certainly it makes much of these six pieces quite ‘dry’, but that’s something I enjoy very much. It is perhaps something that one doesn’t hear that much these days – music that is not drowning in a lot of sound effects. It makes this yet another wonderful Arvind Ganga release.”

Yeah I Know It Sucks said “(this) music is surprisingly different and even though it’s done with the help of an electric guitar and some objects; it sounds as if the artist had found new ways to use (and abuse) the semi-traditional instrument to refreshing proportions. (This) sounds like something that might get your appetite in sounds and music back again. (..) A job well done!”

And finally Tiny Mix Tapes: “a blend of asphalt and incense, with vibrant colors twisting into the nexus. (..) Each observation is a prayer challenged by disruptive thoughts, with the scratch-marks to prove it.”

Very happy to read such wonderful critique. If you’re getting interested, you can listen the whole tape or get your own copy (cassette or digital download) through my Bandcamp page!

Sri Maha Mariamman

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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.

SOTU!

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Tonight Marialuisa Capurso and I play another Pulpy Blossom set at the OCCII in Amsterdam, part of the SOTU festival. Great line up this whole evening, so come down if you’re around!

Istanbul Constantinople

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Off to Istanbul! Tomorrow Marialuisa Capurso and I play a concert in the dark with our Puppy Blossom duo. Then, on the 17th, I join 3 improvisers at the MultiRAID festival. The 18th another Puppy Blossom set at the same festival. Very excited to go the border of Europe and Asia and play there ..