Stephen O’Malley. Concert. „Les Sphères (effondrez-les)“ accompanied by Kali Malone & Solo cello performance by Lucy Railton


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Concert: Les Sphères (effondrez-les) by Stephen O’Malley accompanied by Kali Malone & Solo cello performance by Lucy Railton 

Stephen O’Malley is a guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist from Seattle, Washington, and one of the most influential drone avant-gardists of the last decades. He has conceptualised and participated in numerous drone-metal, death/doom, and experimental bands, including Sunn O))), Burning Witch, Khanate and KTL. He is also known for an extensive list of collaborators in both music and art, including Merzbow, and Keiji Haino, and theatre specialist Gisèle Vienne, sculptor Banks Violette, performance artist Nico Vascellari and filmmaker Alexis Destoop. 

It was through his work with artist, choreographer and director Gisèle Vienne, that he first came to work with Fujiko Nakaya, creating the music for Vienne's This Is How You Will Disappear together with Peter Rehberg in 2010. Nakaya, O'Malley and Rehberg later collaborated again in 2017 for Niagara Reverb, for the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou and IRCAM. While Nakaya's fog fell down the front of the building, live choreographed by the artist, O'Malley worked with and composed arrangements for Alponom, a 12 member Swiss alpine horn ensemble, accompanied by Peter Rehberg's "ecstatic and unhinged" electronics and O'Malley playing electric guitar.

For Tune, he chose to present both solo and collaborative works. On the first evening he performs Les Sphères (effondrez-les), with accompaniment from composer Kali Malone.  Drawing on a deeply informed sound practice developed by fascination with dhrupad, long wire instrumentation, drone music, phenomenological spectralism, and sound bath/healing. Channelled through several years of collaboration and inspiration via the composers Alvin Lucier & Phill Niblock, as well as his own work with Sunn O))), Stephen O'Malley here presents a long form piece of microtonal, physical sound presented in more intimate and closer spaces.

Berlin/London-based cellist Lucy Railton will start the evening with a solo cello performance. Railton has been an active performer, music producer and composer for over a decade, releasing albums on Modern Love, Editions Mego – GRM Portraits, PAN (with Peter Zinovieff) and Takuroku. Having emerged from a long-term engagement with classical and contemporary music, these recent works exist between modern instrumentalism, electroacoustic composition, improvisation and expressive musique concrète. Her work often focuses on the sonic potential of her instrument and how it serves her experiments in electronic music production and installation work.

There will be an Artist Talk with Stephen O’Malley, Kali Malone and Lucy Railton on 30.4.22 at 6 pm. Admission is free of charge with the concert ticket.