Sunday, October 17, 2010

Christoph Heemann "The Rings of Saturn" Tour at Chapel Performance Space: Oct 25

Christoph Heemann longtime collaborations with Jim O'Rourke, Andrew Chalk, Charlemagne Plalestine and Andreas Martin over the years has produced a wide-ranging corpus of work spanning Psychedelic Dronsescape, Surreal Ambiance, Downer Folk, Krautrock Jams and John Fahey-like acoustic guitar meanderings, many of them released through his own Streamline label but it's mostly just his adept, almost alchemical working of SOUND itself that stands most highly. Heemann's most recent work is a cinematic exploration of the themes and concepts from the literature of W.B. Sebald, aurally evoking the haunted scapes of his "The Rings of Saturn". I expect it will be this material explored in this rare (decades apart) performance by him stateside. Should be quite a night of sonic journeying not to be missed, and not just for it's rarity alone!
From Wayward Music Series: "Christoph Heemann (born 1964 in Aachen, Germany) began his musical work in 1983 as a founding member of the group HIRSCHE NICHT AUFS SOFA, who released several albums of their surreal collagemusic between 1985 and 1993, drawing inspiration from such diverse elements as musique concrete, avantgarde, krautrock and improvised music. After the group disbanded Heemann continued working solo and with the group MIMIR (with Edward Ka-spel and Jim O'Rourke), the drone projects MIRROR (with Andrew Chalk), and IN CAMERA (with Timo van Luyck). Heemann's solo compositions have often been described as "ear-movies", in which he fuses field recordings, acoustic instruments, electronics, and electroacoustic sounds into audio narratives. Aside from this Heemann has done a series of musical collaborations (with Jim O'Rourke, Lee Ranaldo, Charlemagne Palestine, William Basinski) and works as a producer (Keiji Haino, Charlemagne Palestine, Limpe Fuchs, Current 93). Since 1994 he runs the Streamline label."

Link to Nonsequitur/Wayward Music Series Christoph Heemann site