Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt in duo and solo configurations this March in London!

 Upset The Rhythm presents…


Saturday 17 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 |

Sunday 18 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £12 |

CHRIS CORSANO and BILL ORCUTT have spent the last five years flaying eardrums and blowing minds worldwide with a wildly polyrhythmic, high-register wail that splits the difference between rock, noise and jazz. As a co-founder of free-punk demolition crew Harry Pussy, Orcutt inspired entire genres of noise rock, and a decade after Harry Pussy’s demise, re-emerged as a solo performer, creating a singular guitar lexicon suited for both discursive improvisation and cracked reinvention of the American songbook. Chris Corsano is the rim-batterer of choice for some of the heaviest contemporary purveyors of both jazz (Evan Parker, Paul Flaherty, Joe McPhee) and rock (Björk, Sir Richard Bishop, Jim O'Rourke), and is a formidable solo performer in his own right. When playing as a duo their avant drum-and-guitar improvisations provide the illusion of chaos. The longer you listen however to the onslaught of drum rolls and pock-marked notes, the more the communication (and, what’s more, control) become abundantly clear. Their explosive mayhem has been documented on Orcutt’s Palilalia label over the course of several live releases, most recently on the double LP "Live at Various/Various Live". Their first ever studio recording is scheduled for release later this year.

CHRIS CORSANO is arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, for this rare solo set he strips things back to just the bare minimum. His amplified hi-hat set-up first debuted at the No Fun Fest in 2009 and has resurfaced only rarely since. Tiny Mix Tapes described the performance as “nothing short of hi-hat surgery. The hats stood alone, contact-mic'd, amped, and ravaged with distortion; Corsano tore in with sticks, mallets, and metal rods, prying tones from the bowels no one knew existed”. His work with Mick Flower, Paul Flaherty, and others is well known; alone, though, Corsano answers to no one, and his clinic realigned every facile give-the-drummer-some heuristic underwriting our approach to percussive or non-tonal technique.

BILL ORCUTT has been developing an open source computer music program called "I Dropped My Phone the Screen Cracked" since 2014 and has employed it to record two recent LPs, 2016's "Cracked Music" and 2017's "An Account of the Crimes of Peter Thiel and His Subsequent Arrest, Trial and Execution" which Wire magazine described as "maddening",  "hypnotic" and "oddly pleasant." For this solo performance, Orcutt will present the UK premiere of a new algorithmic piece for Cracked entitled 'Neu Bros/OK Phone/Rural Beatles'.

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