At the end of June, Oren and I gave a short performance in Brooklyn at a small private event for Issue Project Room. On this occasion we were filmed and interviewed by Ivan Weiss, a lovely documentarian from North Carolina whom Oren had met in 2014 when Nazoranai performed at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville. This led to a terrific short documentary on the group, and now it seems to other further investigations into Oren’s work. Today Chapter 2 in Ivan’s ongoing series for Big Bent Ears focuses on our duo and the work of Tyondai Braxton and his collaborators. It’s much more than this though… this is not sterile journalism, Ivan paints a picture, tells stories that are both intriguing and charming. Included are interview quotes, videos and pics woven beautifully into his personal narrative. I’m promoting this chapter here due to my involvement, but i highly recommend you flip back through the other chapters, they’re really pretty wonderful.
Ora Clementi, my duo with the fabulous James Rushford (AU), will be doing a small tour in the USA this week, Aug 11 – 16. I can’t wait to be making music with James once again and to be sharing what we do! Each one of these events has us sharing the bill with a different fantastic artist. Details here:
August 11 • NYC (NY) • Issue Project Room @ Artists Space Books – 55 Walker St. • with Vito Ricci
August 14 • PHILADELPHIA (PE) • Vox Populi Gallery – 319 N. 11th, 3rd fl. • with Mike Bullock
August 15 • ST PAUL (MN) • Crow with No Mouth @ Studio Z – 275 East 4th • with Michael Flora
August 16 • CHICAGO (IL) • Constellation – 3111 N Western Ave. • with Olivia Block
I am very pleased to have my work included in an ambitious new publication released by Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga Ontario, edited by Martin Arnold and Christof Migone. The publication Volumes is an anthology / collection of writing, images and audio from curated projects focused on artists who engage with sound and music. The exhibitions documented and discussed were presented by Blackwood Gallery in 2003 & 2013. Included in the publication is a 144-page book of essays and interviews, an image insert of works and a 10″ LP of audio excerpts. My piece sweeper is documented here in image and audio, as a lock-groove on side A of the LP.
for more details and to purchase go HERE
To coincide with the release of my first solo LP sand / layna, I am delighted to be featured in the upcoming July issue of the WIRE magazine (#377 – pictured below). I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jim Haynes for the piece, which turned our rather nicely (if i do say so…). The digital edition is available now on the Wire site with print copies available worldwide in the coming days.
My new solo LP Sand/Layna has just been released on Black Truffle Records (AU). The record features a composition originally self-released in 2009, Sand – and a new piece created in 2013, Layna. This marks my first official solo release and i am thrilled.
The LP and digital version is now available at major distributors such as Kompakt, Forced Exposure, Mimaroglu, a-musik, Metamkine and various shops worldwide. Special thanks to Joe Talia, Lasse Marhaug, Francis Plagne and (my dearest) Oren Ambarchi for all of their support with this release.
**One small hitch! The album labels state that it is to be played at 33 rpm BUT the album was actually mastered at 45 rpm for maximum sound quality. So, please listen at 45 rpm!
I was recently invited by the wonderful Russian blog Blackened Disco to create a playlist of music for their site. i selected a few key works that i love, by artists whom i admire. Each of these pieces resonates with my recent work and ideas. The mix can be streamed online at this link: https://www.mixcloud.com/blackeneddisco/blackened-disco-17-crys-cole/
The tracklist is:
1. “Blue” Gene Tyranny (composed by Phil Harmonic) – Timing (from Just for the Record)
2. Bruce Ditmas (with Joan La Barbara) – Soweto (from Yellow)
3. Luciano Cilio – Studio per fiati – originale inedito (from dell’Universo Assente)
4. Annea Lockwood – Tiger Balm (from Early Works 1967-1982)
5. Robert Ashley – The Park (from Private Lives)
On Thursday, March 26 Oren and i will perform a duo in Vancouver at VIVO as part of the Quiet City series. We’ll be sharing the bill with locals Sarah Davachi / Richard Smith duo and Australian artist Lucas Abela – should be a great night!
Presented by VIVO Media Arts, Soundscape & Panospria
Admission: $15 in advance, $18 at the door | 8 PM