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Avant Garden ft. Ex-Easter Island Head

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 7:00pm
 
UCLan Music would like to announce the return of Avant Garden, now in it’s 5th year.  With previous performances from Chris Corsano, Phil Minton, and Darbukabeat, this year we are delighted to welcome Liverpool based collective Ex-Easter Island Head as our headliners.  As with previous years, we will also be showcasing composition and performance work from our 1st and 2nd year undergraduates. 
 
The event will take place on 6th April 2016 at 7pm at The Continental, Preston with a £3 suggested donation.  All proceeds will go to Music in Hospitals.
 
/// Ex-Easter Island Head ///
 
With recent residencies with Samarbeta and the BBC Philharmonic ensemble and an upcoming performance at ATP curated by Stewart Lee, Ex-Easter Island Head (2009-) are a Liverpool based musical collective composing and performing music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments.  Primarily performing as a trio, the group incorporates multiple prepared electric guitars struck with percussion mallets to create works that explore group interplay, repetition and melodic invention through purposefully limited means.
 
They have performed their original compositions solo, as a duo, trio, quartet and as a large ensemble across a wide variety of events from site specific installation works to live film scores.  Their records Mallet Guitars One –Three and Large Electric Ensemble have been released to significant critical acclaim from the likes of The Wire, Pitchfork, the Quietus and the New York Times. The group have received airplay on the BBC, ABC (Australia) and WQXR (New York) with their music favourably compared to the likes of Steve Reich, Brian Eno and Claude Debussy.
 
Performances have taken place in venues ranging from the tiny Scottish island of Iona to the largest cathedral in Britain and include concerts with William Basinski, Dieter Moebius, Colin Stetson, Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine, and collaborations with up to thirty musicians in large scale performances ranging from 16-piece guitar ensembles to string and wind ensembles.  
 
"Churning pulses, alternate tunings and dense harmonic worlds... 
all the strings being heard at once" The New York Times
 
“Repetition and rumbling resonances bringing to mind Rhys Chatham's seminal works with tone and John Cage's rhythmic sensibilities” Pitchfork
 
“A three chord punk mission statement turned into a neo-classical manifesto” The Wire
 
“Free flowing genius ” The Guardian
 
“Percussive drones that would make the likes of Steve Reich and Brian Eno proud” Noisey
 
/// Vector Humans ///
 
Vector Humans is an interdisciplinary collaboration between poet Winston Plowes and UCLan’s 2nd year undergraduate ensemble. The ensemble has engaged with Plowes’ poetry, interpreting and realising it as composition. 
 
During 2014-15 Winston Plowes surveilled the streets of Halifax, Calerdale hunting for words.  He caught busses and trains, waited in libraries and roamed the markets.  Drank in pubs and queued in the post office and bank.  All the time listening, and ready to record overhead conversations.  These strangers’ captured fragments have been made into short form poems, one line per unknown donor.
 
/// Structure ///
 
Opening the evening we have groups of musicians who are premiering compositions born of structural analyses of objects.  Employing a variety of analytical techniques ranging from qualitative reflection to geometric quantity, realisations include live instrumentation and electronics influenced by the likes of Thurston Moore and Tim Hecker. 
 
Wednesday 6th April. 7pm doors open. £3 suggested donation on the night. 
 
 
 
 
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