Sunday 18 June 2017, 7.30pm
A welcome return to OTO from the no-holds-barred quartet of Alan Wilkinson, Kim Johannesen, Ola Høyer and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen – aka AKØDE.
Black Spirituals is a collaboration between two soloists who have found a new platform for the intersection of tone-generating electronic technology and the heart-thumping technology of acoustic percussion. This duet features a new tradition in conversant, duo vernacular dynamics that sparked a revolution in our conceptions of space, stage, ritual, performance, geography, praxis, brotherhood, relationships, rockin’ out, and more.
Multi-Aesthetic percussionist Marshall Trammell’s STTRCRFT platform articulates his commitment to the study of the worlds’ percussive arts in his multi-limbed Improvisation system. Utilizing super bananas electronic and guitar sounds, live processing, and heavy-heavy percussion Mr Watkins “weaves…undulating dronescape(s), of deep sonic swells and muted electronic buzz, utilizing analog synths, guitars, drums and percussion, cassette, Casio, bass, and of course electricity(!)“
ALAN WILKINSON (alto, baritone saxophones, bass clarinet) has for many years been a leading figure in the British Improvised Music Community. His reputation of a full blast, take no prisoners approach was cast in the Leeds based trio Hession/Wilkinson/Fell. Based in London since 1990 his current groups include a long standing trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble, the quartet The Founder Effect with John Coxon, Pat Thomas and Noble, and many collaborations past and present with among others Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, J.Spaceman, Chris Corsano, Konstrukt and Talibam!
"At its highest points, this session unleashes some of the most preposterously powerful energy jazz heard since Peter Brötzmann's Yatagarasu trio with Takeo Moriyama and Masahiko Satoh" - Daniel Spicer, The WIRE
KIM JOHANNESEN (guitar) mixes the speed and dexterity of a Jazz player with a flair for abstraction, noise and experimentation. His impressive list of collaborators includes work with Raymond Strid, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, John Butcher, Pat Thomas and Roger Turner.
OLA HøYER (double bass) is a highly versatile and busy musician active in Classical, Jazz and Experimental Rock, all elements which inform his rich and multi layered approach to Free Improvisation. In constant demand he tours regularly in Japan and the USA as well as Europe.
Akode came together in autumn 2010 after an invitation took British saxophonist Alan Wilkinson to Norway to play with 3 of its brightest young improvisers, guitarist Kim Johannesen, bassist Ola Høyer, and drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen. Their immediate rapport resulted in an improvised music of blistering intensity, speed and creativity. They have since toured regularly in Scandinavia and Britain as well as Holland, France and Japan, and played on festivals in Norway (Kongsberg, Molde), Denmark (Copenhagen) and the UK (London), releasing one CD in 2012 with another, North and South, released on Confront last October.
DAG ERIK KNEDAL ANDERSEN (drums) is a dazzling musician, voted "Talent of the Year" at Molde in 2010, again bringing a Jazz fluidity, speed and precision to a wide variety of playing situations mostly in the field of Free Improvisation and Noise. He combines flamboyance, a hyperactive personality, and instinctive creativity, to place him among the finest European drummers.