Monday 17 December 2018, 7.30pm

Negative Days Presents: CZN – ALBUM LAUNCH + Rupert Clervaux + Erna + Tomaga (DJ)

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CZN stands for Copper, Zinc and Nickel, the raw materials used by percussionist and sculptor Joao Pais Filipe to make gongs and bells in his portuguese studio. CZN is also the alchemical sound of Joao in collaboration with percussionist Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin, uuuu). The duo create rich tapestries of hypnotic rhythms, evolving the sound of drums and percussion into vivid textures: visceral timbres and telescoping rhythms that surround and beguile, and which hint at the meditative states of spiritual jazz as much as the cerebral counterpoint of Minimalist Composition. Beginning with a one off recording session in Porto in Spring 2018, the duo have crafted a debut LP that will be released as a collaboration between Porto’s Lovers & Lollipops collective and Tomaga’s Negative Days label.

The Lp will be available on the night at Cafe Oto and can be preordered here:

Rupert Clervaux

Rupert Clervaux is a musician, audio-engineer and writer, based in London and Mallorca. He was a founder member of Sian Alice Group (2007-2012), and since then has collaborated on numerous projects with, amongst others, Beatrice Dillon, Ben Vince, Spring Heel Jack, About Group and the Radiophonic Workshop. His mastering credits over the past decade include releases by a wealth of acclaimed experimental, electronic and improvisational artists. Working as his CVX alter-ego, he released the first two instalments of his ‘Zibaldone of CVX’ series in 2017 (on Laura Lies In), and the third in 2018 (on Berceuse Heroique). 2019 sees the release of his first solo-LP, ‘After Masterpieces’––a collection of six poems set to music, which features two collaborations with Anna Homler.


Erna's music is created on drums and percussion, placed point blank facing each other in a loud performance of mania and meditation. By way of instrument preparation and processing the duo creates underlying coherent harmonies and melodies of synthetic and organic sound in an acoustic pandemonium with amplifiers and obscure electronics. Erna is Anders Bach on drums and Kristian Paulsen on percussion.

Erna is a drums and percussion noise-duo based in Copenhagen. They play amplified, cyclical music that is improvised, ritualistic and industrial. Their first release “Pan” is the first of two releases by the band in 2018, both of which mix occult and voodoo musics with the dynamic intensity of free jazz and the elastic monotony of contemporary experimental club music. This EP was released on cassette and digitally on February 19th 2018 via the duo's own experimental Copenhagen label Wetwear. The second EP will be released in late November with an upcoming full-length coming in the spring of 2019.

“Pan” is thematically centered on sagas and mythology; how myth achieves eligibility or physical space through the ritual. The musical rites on “Pan” are enacted through the cyclical movements of improvisation and rhythm-mantras with a concise yet frenetic sound. The A-side of the cassette offers a panic, erratic pulse to its narratives while the B-side is an extension of time.