THE AUDIO FOUNDATION IN COLLABORATION WITH VIT S PRESENT
THE FIRST 2008 ALT.MUSIC EVENT
FEB 29TH, 8 PM, $25.00
THE CIVIC WINTERGARDEN
Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Tickets through Ticketek
Free workshop TBC
“For those unfamiliar with The Necks… their approach is to take a
musical idea, sometimes a seemingly inconsequential musical idea,
with a short life expectancy, and develop it, slowly transform it,
roll it around for approaching the hour mark, riveting your attention
The Wire - David Stubbs
Chris Abraham (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton(bass)
conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.
These three musicians are among the most respected and in-demand in
Australia, working in every field from pop to avant-garde. Over 200
albums feature their presence individually or together, but the music
of The Necks stands apart from everything else they have done.
Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most
intoxicating fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep
groove, The Necks stand up to listening time and time again.
The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on
each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient,
nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.
“Australia's the Necks defy conventions about making and listening to
music. Each performance … is an hour of unbroken improvisation, each
one different to the last. So if you are a Necks fan, you cannot be
sure you will hear your favourite Necks moment again. After 20 years,
there are no "greatest hits", only what is next.”
The Guardian – John L Walters
Organised by the Audio Foundation, Alt.music is an ongoing series of
audio events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary
and avant-garde sound art from around the world to New Zealand.
Previous Alt.Music artists include Keith Fullerton Whitman, Peter
Rehberg, Pauline Oliveros, Voice Crack, Sachiko M, Francisco Lopez,
Pierre Bastien, Oren Ambarchi, Metamkine, Richard Nunns and the Dead C.
Vitamin-S was devised as a place where those interested in
'improvised music' could meet, perform, listen to and discuss, and
generally interact with, all aspects of this complex and largely
misunderstood art form
The Audio Foundation and Alt.music is supported by Creative New
Zealand, ASB Trust, THE EDGE® and STAMP, and VIT S