Jan 012019
 
Norwegian visionary artist MORTIIS proudly announces his
return to North America in 2019! The godfather of dungeon synth is set
to embark on a 10-date trek from March 28th to April 7th 2019.

After playing in Europe (including several festivals), Russia,
Australia, Mexico and South America, MORTIIS will perform his Era 1
material in USA and Canada for the first time in almost 20 years.

"It’s been almost 20 years since I toured the US under the
Era 1 version of Mortiis, so it seems like it’s about time to do it
again. I’ve been traveling around Europe and parts of the rest of
the world, performing the re-invented ‘Ånden som Gjorde Opprør’
(The Rebellious Spirit) album, and at long last I’m bringing it over
to North America as well".

MORTIIS 2019 US TOUR

Mar. 28
– Baltimore MD
Metro Gallery

Mar. 29 – New York
NY
Brooklyn Bazaar

Mar. 30 – Worcester, MA
The Raven

Mar. 31 – Montreal QC
Petit Campus

Apr. 01 –
Toronto ON
Velvet Underground

Apr. 02 – Joilet, IL
The
Forge

Apr. 04 – Seattle, WA
El Corazon

Apr. 05 –
Portland, OR
Hawthorne Theatre

Apr. 06 – Oakland
CA
Oakland Metro

Apr. 07 – Los Angeles CA
Lodge
Room

Tickets on sale
NOW:
https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/5204-mortiis

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william@newdarkagespr.com with your publication name for more info.

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Aug 312017
 
Organ Reframed 2017
Friday 13
– Sunday 15 October 2017
Union Chapel, London, N1 2UN
Tickets
Free – £20 adv + booking fee
Eight innovators come together to
create cutting edge new music for a unique organ at one of London’s
most loved venues
Performances by Low, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
(Stars of the Lid), Claire M Singer, Gordon Monahan, James McVinnie
& London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir
With new commissions
written by Tim Hecker, Phill Niblock, Mira Calix, Emily Hall &
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Releasing the organ from its traditional
roots
Organ Reframed will challenge artists and audiences to
rethink the organ. It will invigorate this remarkable instrument and
embed it in the music of the 21st century. The 3 day international
festival features 8 new commissions and rare performances from
musicians/artists from the UK, US and Canada.
The festival
programme is curated by composer Claire M Singer:
“Curating Organ
Reframed 2017 has been an incredibly exciting process. To have the
opportunity to build on the organ’s rich history and bring it to the
attention of a new generation of artists feels important. It may not
be the most portable of instruments, but like any other it deserves a
life. It deserves that life to be continued and its music to be
developed, and that’s what I’m trying to do over three days with
Organ Reframed.”- Claire M Singer

Friday 13 October
Organ
Reframed: Six new works
Composed by Mira Calix, Emily Hall, Tim
Hecker, Gordon Monahan, Phill Niblock and Kaitlyn Aurelia
Smith.
Performed by James McVinnie, London Contemporary Orchestra
plus special guest Gordon Monahan
The opening night of Organ
Reframed features six world premieres from composers at the forefront
of new music. Each with their own unique voice, from the legendary
avant-garde pioneer Phill Niblock to the classical/electronic composer
Emily Hall, these works show just how versatile the organ
is.
“I’ve always wanted to compose for a pipe organ and am
honoured to have been given the opportunity to do so. When I was
studying composition in college, I remember reading that Stravinsky
would always say that one’s composition isn’t complete until
they’ve heard it on a pipe organ. It’s where you can truly hear
how the harmonics play with each other. ” – Kaitlyn Aurelia
Smith
World Premiere / Commissioned by Organ Reframed.
In
partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Tickets £12.50
| £10 UC members adv + bf
Ticket & listing link:
http://bit.ly/or131017

Artist Bios &
Images

Saturday 14 October
Organ Reframed: Daylight
Music
After the transformative opening night of Organ Reframed
settle down for a lazy afternoon of music, tea and cake. Expect
remarkable organ music curated by Arctic Circle, plus the warm welcome
and touch of fun the Daylight Music series is famed for.
“The
incredible quality of the music is foremost. When you couple that with
the welcoming, almost homely, atmosphere and the stunning venue,
it’s impossible to not fall in love with Daylight Music.” – A
gig goer
Pay-What-You-Can. Suggested ticket price £5.
Listing
link: http://bit.ly/or141017dm

Saturday 14 October

Organ Reframed: Low
with support by Claire M Singer
For the
second night of Organ Reframed we are proud to present a new organ
work, written and performed by Low. In their 25 year career to date,
Low have garnered an array of praise from critics and artists alike.
Their exploration of minimalist soundscapes and harmonies have
inspired covers from the likes of Robert Plant and Mavis Staples, and
their most recent album ‘Ones and Sixes’ was heralded as “one of
the most impressive albums of their career” by MOJO.
As their
first commissioned work for organ this is a new departure and further
step forward for the band.
“As a band, we are currently writing
and recording, experimenting with new voices and extremes. We are very
excited about the chance to compose something new – something that
will challenge us and allow us to further explore Union Chapel which
we have loved for so long.” – Alan Sparhawk
World premiere /
Commissioned by Organ Reframed.
Support on the night comes from
Claire M Singer who will be performing works from her debut album
Solas.
‘..each piece is timeless and genuinely magical’ – The
Quietus
Tickets £20 | £17.50 UC members adv + bf
Ticket link:
http://bit.ly/or141017

Artist Bios &
Images

Sunday 15 October
Organ Reframed Cinema: The
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with new score by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
(Stars of the Lid & A Winged Victory for the Sullen)
Plus James
McVinnie, LCO Soloists and the LCO choir
Organ Reframed 2017 closes
with a night of classic silent film accompanied by a new score from
the ambient drone mastermind Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie.
Considered the
quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, prepare for a
spine-tingling experience in the grand Victorian Gothic setting of
Union Chapel.
World premiere / Commissioned by Organ
Reframed.
In partnership with the London Contemporary
Orchestra.
Tickets £12.50 | £10 UC members adv + bf
Ticket
link: http://bit.ly/or151017

Artist Bios &
Images

13-15 October
Organ Reframed: Sound installation
by Dawn Scarfe
Throughout the festival artist Dawn Scarfe’s
site-specific installation will be in place exploring sensitivity and
resonance – Accessible at all Organ Reframed events.
World
premiere / Commissioned by Organ Reframed.

Artist Bios &
Images

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Full Festival
Info: http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/about-us/organ-reframed

Supported by: Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Spitfire
Audio, Wire, London Contemporary Orchestra, Union Chapel Members &
Friends of Union
Chapel.

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Notes
to Editors

Press Information
For any further information,
images or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Emma
Stell
Union Chapel Marketing
emma@unionchapel.org.uk
020 3373
6013
Socials:
#OrganReframed
@OrganReframed
@UnionChapelUK
AND
@Daylight_Music if talking about the Sat lunchtime
concert
https://twitter.com/OrganReframed
https://www.facebook.com/organreframed/

About Union Chapel’s 1877 Organ
The Organ at Union Chapel is
considered to be one of the finest in the world. Designed and built
specially for the size and acoustics of the Chapel in 1877, Its
position in the heart of a building, allows for a clear, powerful
sound with a huge range of textures and tones.
Built by Henry
“Father” Willis, who was also responsible for the organs at St
Pauls and the Royal Albert Hall, it is the only organ in England with
original, functioning hydraulic (water powered) bellows.
Fully
restored between 2012 and 2013 The Union Chapel Organ Project and
later Organ Reframed have bought it back to life. Finding new and
innovative ways for it to be used, introducing new generations of
composers to the sheer range of the organ and opening up to new
audiences.
In this, its 140th year it continues to surprise gig
goers, composers and performers.

About Union Chapel
Union
Chapel is an award winning music venue in Islington, North London. But
it’s more than that, it’s Victorian Gothic architectural jewel,
that’s still a working church, home to an incredible organ and the
base for The Margins Project, which works with people facing
homelessness and isolation.
Coming to an event at Union Chapel
supports the conservation and development of the building. Union
Chapel operates as a charity dedicated to looking after the space and
opening it to a diverse group of people. In the past 30 years the
Chapel has gone from facing demolition to being Grade 1 listed and
from being virtually abandoned to welcoming tens of thousands of
visitors a year. Union Chapel has been voted London’s favourite
venue an amazing three times, in 2002, 2012 and 2014.
2017 marks 25
years of our venue and the 140th anniversary of our building.

About the London Contemporary Orchestra
Organ Reframed partners
2017
One of the UK’s most highly sought after interpreters of
contemporary repertoire, the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) has
established an unparalleled reputation within the British classical
music scene since they were formed in 2008 by violist and conductor
Robert Ames and conductor Hugh Brunt.
Straddling both the classical
and commercial music arenas the LCO has worked with a distinguished
catalogue of composers and artists including Secret Cinema, United
Visual Artists, Biosphere, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Vivienne Westwood,
Matmos, Belle & Sebastian, Conrad Shawcross, Nike, Jimmy Page and
Foals.
The orchestra has performed at the UK’s most prestigious
venues including the Royal Opera House, Roundhouse, The Old Vic
Tunnels and Southbank Centre as well as at the Latitude Festival, on
BBC Radio 3 and Sky Arts. In 2010 the LCO was recognised by the Royal
Philharmonic Society Awards for its work in audience
development.
www.lcorchestra.co.uk

About the Artistic
Director – Claire M Singer
The work of Claire M Singer has been
widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and
North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition,
fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. In
recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, ‘cello and
electronics with performances and commissions including Union Chapel;
Sound Festival Scotland; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez
Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; Fylkingen Institute
Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Norwich Arts Centre;
Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne; Muziekgebouw Aan’ t ij Amsterdam
and the Barbican.
In June 2017 she was a recipient of the inaugural
Oram Awards from the PRS Foundationand New BBC Radiophonic Workshop
for her innovation in sound and music.
www.clairemsinger.com

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May 022017
 
FESTIVAL FORTE
MONTEMOR-O-VELHO CASTLE
24 . 25 . 26 AUGUST 2017
Opening A/V Show
Lydia Lunch, Mia Zabelka & Zahra Mani present ‘Medusa’s Bed’

Adriana Lopez, Amulador, Apart, Blawan, Byetone, Clark, Danny Daze, Dasha Rush, DVS1, Ex Continent, In Aeternam Vale, Jeff Mills, Kangding Ray, Lucy, Lussuria, Manu, Michael Mayer, Nathan Fake, Ninos du Brasil, Oscar Mulero, Peder Mannerfelt, Phase Fatale, Ron Morelli, Shifted, ShlØmo, T Raumshmiere, Traversable Wormhole, Jaygo Bloom . Olga Studio

Four years ago Festival Forte was launched. Since then, the festival has taken the world of electronic music and art by storm and has included numerous incredible performances, unique collaborations and timeless moments.

Inside the unique Castle of Montemor-o-Velho, Festival Forte promises to be better than ever before, hosting a mix of true techno icons and a lineup of the freshest international acts around.

Prepare to be seduced by darkly beautiful, restless visuals, immersive audiovisual performance and large-scale generative artworks in one of the most spectacular locations in the world. Enter a 360 degree festival experience, spiraling and spinning out of control, where boundaries between performance and audience coincide and explode. Experience the unique spaces that are made for social encounters, the adventures and discoveries that lie within, where the festival and its people come to life.

For the opening show of 2017, Festival Forte proudly presents ‘Medusa’s Bed’Lydia Lunch, Mia Zabelka & Zahra Mani with a highly rare 2017 AV act from a legendary poet of the underground revolution, who has collaborated with other highly acclaimed figures such as Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten and Michael Gira.

‘Medusa’s Bed’ fuses Mia Zabelka’s avant violin stylings to Zahra Mani’s psycho-ambient soundscapes, creating an otherworldly surround, the perfect illustration for the nocturnal spoken word vocals of Lydia Lunch. ‘Medusa’s Bed’ is reminiscent of a murder mystery or a hypnotic late night tale (evocative, simultaneously suspenseful and implicating something devious), crawling out of the dark, as sharp as a knife edge and whispering to your shadow. 
Adriana Lopez is one of techno’s most prominent and in demand female artists, performing sets that are technically outstanding and which explore a wide range of powerful basslines with hypnotic, driving, rock solid techno beats.

ShlØmo, the Parisian Taapion boss, balances feel and function – lifting techno from mere emotion with his finesse for detail and attention. He will be presenting his live show that only takes to very special occasions.

As an original pioneer, Adam X is highly respected in the techno scene. His naked panels of sound have created a basilisk like effect; converting many listeners to the dark side of electronic music. Each progression becomes a distorted simulacra of the latter – a constant modulation between crisp and heavy that unearths ancient appetites. Back in the 90s (New York City), Adam X teamed up with his brother Frankie Bones to run the first all-techno record shop in America ‘Groove Records (later named ‘Sonic Groove Records‘). For Festival Forte 2017 he brings forth his ultimate project, Traversable Wormhole – a manifestation of subterranean lows and pragmatic, rhythmical formulas that promise to enlighten any techno pilgrim. Be prepared for his data-farm of sonic intricacies to flood the festival with a sensation of existential bliss.

The darker side is tainted with soundscapes and collages, featuring Ex Continent, Lussuria and Phase Fatale, that all coexist in the domain of Hospital Productions.

Ex Continent is a solo project of Barcelona based artist Arnau Sala Saez, defined by synthesis and magnetic tape collage that draws upon social and political issues to materialize ideas.

Lussuria is an ambient industrial project formed in 2007 by Jim Mroz. Heavily inspired by early dark ambient and industrial music, Lussuria’s atmosphere is created through a combination of sound collage, sampled loops, and deconstructed musical sections.

Phase Fatale is an artistic endeavour that serves as an outlet for his own interpretation of darker and industrial-influenced techno. Brutal productions confronted by sinister atmospheres create a sound imprint that has mutated into a new electronic identity. Phase Fatale released two outstanding EPs last year on Jealous God, the label co-run by Regis, Silent Servant and James Ruskin. While this year so far, he has debuted with an EP on Unterton, the sublabel of Berghain’s in-house Ostgut Ton.

The prominent Danny Daze maps a unique and varied journey through the spectrum of electronic music, resonating with an eclectic selection of floor filling sounds. Heavily praised for his versatility, DJ and producer Danny Daze smashes expectations driven by freeform selecting and mercurial mixing guarantees the only thing audiences can expect is a musical experience where everything is up for grabs.

T.Raumshmiere, started his musical career as an inventor. First, he invented a framework and then himself. May 2017 sees Cologne’s Kompakt releasing his new, epic solo album called Heimat. Back to the roots – but also into heaven!” This new full-length presents another side of T.Raumschmiere, which has always been present, but rarely heard: the artist, the author, the composer with the crystal-clear sound.

Kompakt’s co-owner Michael Mayer, returns to play the defining closing act for Festival Forte 2017, a slot that he truly deserves as the icon figure that he is. As the last vestige of sunlight sinks into the distance, magic shall occur once again with the best possible finale to a memorable event.
Amulador and Manu are two of the most remarkable Portuguese DJs at the moment, they will be in charge of warming-up the castle. Apart presents his new live act, switching intense melodies broken by powerful forces that develop enigmatic and seductive environments.
Digital dreams and video visions of epic proportion will be brought to you by a very special visual team: Jaygo Bloom, lead AV developer at Festival FORTE for the Generative Garden and Olga Studio for the main stage.

Jaygo Bloom is the talent behind GABBA.TV. Resident VJ for Luke Slaters Planetary Assault Systems and regular collaborator with Festival FORTE. Jaygo has a profile that spans performance and media art at an international level, creating digital encounters that blur the boundaries of the analog and the digital and that utilize networks, colourfields, mapped constructions, video synthesis, intrusive entertainments and banging digital AV performance.

Olga Studio is a crossmedia studio based in Lisbon defining the intersection of concept, movement and visual techniques. Experts in the production of visual content and video mapping, Olga Studio presents a versatile communicating path through visual content that catches the audiences with sensory experiences driving them to a memorable  and unique world of moving images.

Here are the explorers, the place-makers, the creative, culture engineers.

Driven by a desire to fill the void left by an over-saturated world of normalization, fusing, music, art, nature and code. Open your ears to new soundscapes and escape from the boredom of the real world. Join in the epic moments of Festival FORTE. See you in the castle!


Tickets

The general three day admission is on sale in limited quantities for 100€ online and 105€ at participating outlets.

Online tickets are available at Festival Forte website, Sonicgoods, Ticketswap, Resident Advisor and BOL.

Booking charges apply except on purchases through Sonicgoods.

All tickets include free access to the campsite located within walking distance from the castle.

Due to the limited capacity of the castle, attendance is limited to 5000 spectators per day.

Dec 082016
 

Just a quick note to say thank you to Mick at The Magic Net who is wrote some kind words about us in his online magazine… some names here go way back in the way back machine 😉

The Magic Net - http://www.mickmagic.net/

The Magic Net – http://www.mickmagic.net/

You can click on the image below or click the link above to read the whole post.

Jun 022016
 
Festival Forte reveal the final artists for the festival’s upcoming edition.

In the continuity of the festival’s identity, Forte are proud to add two more acts to close the 2016 line-up: Giegling co-founder, Konstantin and influential industrial outfit Orphx [Sonic Groove / Hands].

Konstantin, co-founder of Weimar-based imprint Giegling, one of the most respected contemporary electronic music labels, will bring his unique touch to the castle’s walls, with lengthy hypnotic beats and depth-pursuing selection.
One of the most highly respected acts in both techno and industrial circles, Orphxhave been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for the past twenty years. Using modular and analog synthesizers, software, location recordings and feedback circuits, Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of electronic dance music and combine these elements with the experimental aesthetics and themes of early industrial music.
Daily lineup announced
Thursday 25th August (10pm – 9am)

Ben Frost w/ MFO (OPENING ACT)
Apparat
Cabaret Voltaire
Daniel Miller
Marcel Dettmann

Friday 26th August (10pm – 9am)

Ancient Methods
Ben Klock
Helena Hauff
Manu
Rrose
Shcuro
Trade

Saturday 27th August (10pm – 9pm on Sunday 28th August)

Amulador
Apart
David Rodrigues
Drumcell
Kobosil
Konstantin
Michael Mayer
Orphx
RØDHÅD
Rui Vargas
Sebastian Muellart & Ulf Eriksson
Silent Servant
Truncate
Vil
Vril

Festival Forte 2016 Lineup Video
Daily Tickets
The general three day admission is on sale in limited quantities
for 90 €, online and 95 € at participating outlets.

Daily tickets are now on sale in limited quantities
for 40 € online and 45 € at participating outlets.

Online tickets are available on Resident AdvisorDigitickBOL and SonicGoods.
.
Booking charges apply  except on purchases through Sonicgoods.

Physical tickets may be purchased in participating outlets
FNAC, Worten, BEP Agency, El Corte Inglés, CTT and Masqueticket.

All tickets include free access to the campsite
located withinin walking distance from the castle.

Due to the limited capacity of the castle,
attendance is limited to 5000 spectators per day.

Festival Forte vs Be-At TV Berlin pre-party
Before taking over the sprawling Portuguese castle of Montemor-o-Velho this coming August, Festival Forte team up with BE-AT TV for the festival’s first international pre-party, held in Berlin on June 23rd in Ipse.

The pre-party will be a taster of what the Forte audience can expect from the festival’s 2016 edition. The lineup features three of the most visceral techno artists from the fesitval line up past and present – Ancient Methods (aufnahme + wiedergabe / Ancient Methods), Subjected (Vault Series / Electric Deluxe) and festival founder Expander [Soniculture].