BREAKING THEIR OWN MOLD
The experimental artist is one who is in a constant state of flux, renewing their vision and creative impulses over the course of a career, or even from performance to performance.
Seijiro Murayama is a Japanese percussionist currently living in Paris. Active since 1982, he is a founding member of seminal noise/rock band A.N.P. (with KK Null) and Fushitsusha (with Keiji Haino). Currently he plays solo (with only a snare drum), in duo with Jean-Luc Guionnet, Eric Cordier, Stéphane Bank, Tim Blechmann, Didier Lasserre, and quartet “Off-cells” with Taku Unami (guitar), Uta Kawasaki (analog synth), Takahiro Kawaguchi (objects).
Since it’s founding in 1994, Nautical Almanac, the project of Baltimoreans James “Twig” Harper and Carly Ptak, has been hard to categorize. Using an ever changing array of hacked electronics, and sometimes (but just as often not) performing in costumes, jumping into the crowd, or not, Nautical Almanac is certainly never the same twice. "My motto is, 'Remember how it felt not to be able to play music,'" Harper says.
In YLWTR, Kurt Gottschalk and Philip Gayle explore bright and quiet currents with acoustic strings, percussion, waterphone and accidental video. Kurt is most interested in what Anthony Braxton brilliantly termed the "post Ayler/Cage continuum." His writings about music have appeared in All About Jazz, Signal to Noise, The Wire and Time Out-New York, among other publications.
Previously know as Wiseblood and more recently Weyes Bluhd, Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) once made melancholy and lyric folk, but has more recently made dark psychedelic noisy songs with a collage of tape, guitar textures, and various other sounds. Mering says “I want to play an ancient song, but through the sonic elements of tape collage and electronics, accidental sounds that rejuvenate the melodic archetype while also thrusting it into the future.”