Monday 15 July 2019, 7.30pm
FPBJPC: the group's members are Peter Friel, Jonathan Gean, Michael Pollard, and Ben Schumacher. They will play effected and uneffected electric guitars at Cafe Oto for the third or fourth show of their European tour. Their last performance was at Sean McCann's Recital label event at the Ear Inn, New York, Earth Day night 2019. Friel matched with his guitar and crawled backward to the audience (he had played the role of an instrument before). Gean did anything (with a guitar). Pollard has a solo guitar album, They Don’t Have Cheeseburgers in Europe, on Friel’s Prestige & Poverty label. Schumacher was in Berlin. Loren Connors sat and watched. I dreamt that I was in an old house: At every dream-interval, it seemed one-quarter familiar, three-quarters strange. Someone was watching me from a gloomy bullseye. I had a feeling that I was not supposed to be there—yet, with the chance to escape, I drifted past the door and deliberately meandered to an armoire in a corner. Inside, I discovered a smattering of tapes which I imaginatively identified as related to the American underground label Spite. Was this about FPBJPC? Then the time slots closed. The guitars had been so much guitars. Some of the audience seemed to hang their heads in shame for having heard them as accordions, penny whistles, synthesizers, or pianos. Others may have relished the mishearing or felt free to get a drink or a burger downstairs.
- Aaron Kaplan, June 7, 2019
Brigitte Hart is an Australian sound artist working across installation and performance. Currently based in London, her practice explores relationships between voice(s), objects, histories, and place, often drawing on text, environmental recordings, remnants and vocalisation. She holds particular interest in exploring the art of small sounds, sounds that can be imagined, and the memory of sound.
Formed in 2001, the group are Adam and Jonathan Bohman (The Bohman Brothers) and Richard Thomas, who has a fascinating musical history including collaborations with the likes of Squarepusher, Stereolab and Add N to X.
Secluded Bronte's music is hard to describe since it is so heterogenous and by extension inclusive. This is why artists as diverse as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Iggy Pop, Stephen Mulhern, Bjork, David Byrne, Felix Kubin, Robert Wyatt, Goodiepal, and Ilan Volkov regard them so highly.
Critically their music has been compared to the works of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Harry Partch, Laurie Johnson, Jack Parnell, Bruno Nicolai, The Residents, Tristram S. Cary, Hans Weissgarten, and Weissgarten's contemporaries within the neo-immortalist school of composition such as Gordon Krumholz.
Secluded Bronte are also very active within cinema, theatre, TV and radio as writers, performers and composers. In the latter part of 2018 their critically acclaimed play about infinity, in Duat, ran for three months at Denmark's Kunsthus Teater af Bedrag Odense. A feature length experimental documentary film made with the filmmaker James Holcombe is currently in post-production. And the past six months have found Secluded Bronte resident in Napoli's legendary Studio Cazzate working on the soundtrack to the cult Colombian director A. Mentiroso's psychedelic sci-fi horror fantasy Poltergeist di Hazel.
Keen eyed fans will also spot them on the screen. Adam Bohman can be seen acting in Peter Strickland's In Fabric, Richard Thomas plays an enigmatic and dangerous property developer in Butler & Mirza's social cleansing horror short, Head of Shadows. Whilst Jonathan Bohman graces the small screen as an Oxford Don in the ITV produced Inspector Morse spin-off series Endeavour.
Winter 2019 will see them take to Germany's airwaves, c/o Berlin's Deutschlandfunk Kultur, with their epic six hour radiophonic treatise on interplanetary space travel and boredom, Die Hörner von Andromeda.
Secluded Bronte's latest album Music for Sound, an equally mammoth 80 minute double LP, will be released later this year on Tim Burgess' O Genesis label.