Firework Edition Records presents a decadent February Sunday evening with: ALAN COURTIS (AR) + MUYASSAR KURDI (US) + THE NEW MOVEMENT (SE)
Photo: Daniel Caldirola
Alan Courtis (aka Anla Courtis) was born in Buenos Aires in 1972. He works in the fields of sound-art, electro-acoustic music, drone, noise, improvisation and composition. His written music has been played by ensembles from England, Thailand, Switzerland, Wales, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, The United States, Spain and South America. He has been commissioned by Phoenix Basel Ensemble (Switzerland), Český Rozhlas (Czech Republic). He has been artist in residence at EMS (Stockholm), GRM (Paris), Cafe Oto (London), USF (Bergen), etc. Alan Courtis has more than 400 solo releases and collaborations on labels like: Editions Mego, P.S.F., Pogus Productions, SubRosa, RRR, Blossoming Noise, No-Fi, Antifrost, Tonschacht, 267Lattajjaa, Quasipop, Alt.Vinyl, Riot Season, Kning Disk, Beta-Lactam Ring, Prele, Matching Head, 8MM, Public Eyesore, Musica Genera, Porter, Smittekilde, Sedimental, Mikroton, MIE, Monotype, etc. His music has been broadcast at radio stations such as: BBC (UK), WFMU (USA), SBS (Australia), Resonance-FM (UK), Ö1-ORF (Austria), CJSF (Canada), WDR (Germany), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Radio France, NRK (Norway), RTVE (Spain), WNUR (USA), Radio Nacional (Argentina), etc. Courtis has toured extensively in Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Europe, USA, Australia, NZ & Latin America, and his work has also been exhibited at Uplink Gallery (Tokyo), None Gallery (Dunedin), ARCOmadrid (Spain), BienalSur (Bogotá), Galería Nora Fisch and Cobra (both in Buenos Aires). Alan Courtis has collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock, Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Lee Ranaldo, Nihilist Spasm Band, Jim O’Rourke, Yoshimi, BJ Nilsen, Otomo Yoshihide, Stilluppsteypa. RLW, Zbigniew Karkowski, Eddie Prevost, L.A.F.M.S., Makoto Kawabata, Jojo Hiroshige (Hijokaidan), KK Null, Daniel Menche, Mats Gustafsson, Rick Bishop, Toshimaru Nakamura, Thomas Dimuzio, Rudolf Eb.Er, Kouhei, Seiichi Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Rapoon, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, The New Blockaders, Kaffe Mathews, Jaap Blonk, Gert-Jan Prins, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okyung Lee & Kemialliset Ystavat. The music of Alan Courtis always has a strong experimental sense and is usually based on high-skilled techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (eg. unstringed guitar). Courtis has made music for films/videos by Jaime Davidovich, Claudio Caldini, Greg Pope, Hang Jun Lee, Sergio Subero, Pablo Mazzollo, Guillermo Ueno, etc. He has also coordinated music workshops in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, Portugal, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, China & Japan.
In Spring 2018, Firework Edition Records will release a double-LP with Alan Courtis, entitled ’Buchla Gtr', recorded at EMS, Stockholm.
Muyassar Kurdi (b. 1989 in Chicago) is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe. A versatile improviser, Muyassar has composed and performed music for voice, harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments and sculpture into her vocal and dance performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements.
The New Movement
The New Movement is a nihilistic anti-music project from Sweden, founded by Kenny Johansson and Tony Eriksson. Inspired by ’anti-artists' like Marcel Duchamp, Luigi Russolo and The New Blockaders, TNM emerged from the intention to create a new form of anti-art with a 'nostalgic feeling’, but soon moved further into a 'philosophy of nothing' and they wrote a manifesto, entitled ’X’, even before they ever recorded anything in the name of The New Movement. With their manifesto, TNM 'stand their ground' to reject and destroy everything; being pointless is their weapon of choice.
'This is why we reject the living and resurrect the dead!'
TNM has collaborated with noise pioneers The New Blockaders on several occations, both live and on record. They have also collaborated with GX Jupitter-Larsen (US), KH12 Quartet (GER), K2 (Japan), Bookwar (RU), and many others. The latest collaboration is a record together with Anla Courtis, entitled ’Public Demise’, which will be available later this year (on a dark green translucent 12”).
K.Johansson's independent label Obskyr Records and sublabel Silent Tapes will be on location with a selection of LPs, CDs, cassettes and a few special editions as well.
The New Movement:
Firework Edition Records:
Entré: 100kr / 80kr
Card payment only (no cash) in entrance and bar.
Medlemsproduktion: Daniel Rozenhall / Leif Elggren