"An arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds"

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Belgian whales

Ben Frost & fellow Bedroom Community Whale Watchers (Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson & Sam Amidon) - tremulous, splintering, somewhat jangling: apart from a couple of groaning/snarling minutes from around 6:30 & the occasional wolf howl later on, no match for the terrifying intensity of Frost live in Krakow at Unsound 08 - a highlight of last year when it emerged - but great to have all the same (& with a lovely yearning, clanking Leo)...

More than just a series of concerts, this tour is an extension of the ongoing musicalexchange between these diverse artists. Disparate musical backgrounds will coexist and collide as Valgeir, Nico, Ben and Sam perform music from their catalogues, as well as introducing new and previously unreleased material (and a surprise or two along the way).

The program will be constructed in true Bedroom Community fashion, where all the artists will contribute to each other's music on stage, akin to their many studio collaborations. The set will flow undivided between Nico's restless modern compositions, Valgeir's surgical electro-acoustic pieces, Ben's haunting noise-scapes and Sam's apocalyptic folk songs (mixed perhaps with liturgical dancing, projections and stories that you never know whether are true or not...)

To aid the creation of this remarkable amalgam of genres on The Whale Watching Tour will be a quartet of extraordinary musicians; Nadia Sirota (viola), Una Sveinbjarnardóttir (violin), Borgar Magnason (double-bass), Helgi Hrafn Jónsson (trombone and vocals), all of whom have all recorded and toured with the four headliners."

Whale Watching Tour 2009 from Bedroom Community on Vimeo.

Concert excerpts:

Theory of Machines

Híbakúsja (both Ancienne Belgique Theater, Bruxelles 08/11/09)

Leo Needs A New Pair Of Shoes (Effenaar Theater, Eindhoven 09/11/09)

More Whale Watching to come this year...

Ben Frost Live from The Ancienne Belgique, Bruxelles Belgium 08.11.2009

Bonus (re-up):

The Carpathians by BenFrost

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