Unique Scandinavian improvising jazz/experimental rock trio ‘The Thing’ are set to unleash a powerful musical assault on audiences in Belfast’s Black Box on Wednesday November 19th, when they make a very rare Northern Irish appearance alongside spectacular Japanese turntablist/guitarist Otomo Yoshihide.
Established in February 2000 when three of Scandinavia’s most talented musicians combined forces to produce a distinctive sound, by fusing together ‘free’ music traditions from across the globe, The Thing are firmly regarded as one of the most creative, innovative and energetic musical acts of modern times and have collaborated with artists as diverse as jazz legend Joe McPhee, to noise-rock heroes Sonic Youth and acclaimed electronica duo Basement Jaxx.
Featuring expert Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Norway’s heaviest rhythm section, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, The Thing’s bewildering sound takes listeners on an exhilarating journey across musical divides, meshing the raw power and ideals of punk and rock, with the spirit and emotion of 1960’s free jazz.
The Thing’s music has been greatly inspired by free jazz pioneer Don Cherry, who lived in Stockholm for many years and had a huge influence on the Swedish jazz scene. However, this enigmatic trio also shares an identity with today’s new wave of avant/noise/punk artists, such as Wolf Eyes, Black Dice and Animal Collective, which moves them beyond the realms of simply being a jazz ensemble.
The Thing’s live performances are frenzied affairs and are largely fuelled by their own compositions, alongside free jazz standards and original interpretations of classic tracks from artists such as PJ Harvey and The White Stripes.
For this performance at The Black Box, Belfast, The Thing will be joined by Japanese composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical pioneer, Otomo Yoshihide, who will be making his Northern Irish debut.
Tickets priced £12/£8 are available from Belfast Welcome Centre - 028 9024 6609 and online from www.movingonmusic.co.uk
Powerful free-jazz/noise rock trio [b:a53c1612e5]The Thing[/b:a53c1612e5] will be appearing in the Black Box, Belfast on Wednesday 19th November at 8pm. Check out their amazing version of Iron Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6S9avM63zQ
They will be joined by pioneering Japanese guitar/turntablist [b:a53c1612e5]Otomo Yoshihide[/b:a53c1612e5] for an unmissable night of noise.
Get your tickets now from www.movingonmusic.co.uk
Looking forward to this 'un.
Ahh the same night as Genghis Tron!!!11111
One week to go!
Tickets are still available from www.movingonmusic.co.uk
[quote:ecb1919e0c="november kyle"]Ahh the same night as Genghis Tron!!!11111[/quote:ecb1919e0c]
And Pixie Saytar / Three Tales / Heliopause EP launch night too :(
Think it's gotta be this though.
I generally cant be bothered going out but I will be heading to this or Tron...tough night but I'm guessing Tron wins unless I can make Dublin...
Don't forget - The Thing and Otomo Yoshihide this Wednesday 19th November!
This amazing night of noise will open with a solo set from guitarist/turntablist Otomo Yoshihide, which will be followed by a mighty performance by The Thing and will end with the powerful combined forces of The Thing plus Otomo Yoshihide!
Any idea about stage times; I've gotta work that night.... :cry:
Approximate timings as follows...
Otomo Yoshihide Solo: 8.30pm
The Thing: 9.00pm
The Thing + Otomo Yoshihide: 9.45pm
This should be over by 11 or so?
Yep - it should all be finished up by 11pm.
Was was this on Wednesday night?
Otomo with The Thing
Up with this sort of thing!
That was fairly extreme stuff.
Fun, in a pore-opening way.
Some killer sounds and indeed, bakes outta all four lads.
Aye, oul' Mats Gustafsson looked like he'd had a nasty Esperanto's kebab when he wasn't playing
[quote:a1518f8f98="boourns"]Aye, oul' Mats Gustafsson looked like he'd had a nasty Esperanto's kebab when he wasn't playing[/quote:a1518f8f98]
More Mark E. Smith on Newsnight I thought;