Saturday 2 November 2019, 7.30pm
Hiro Kone is Nicky Mao, a New York City based musician and producer. Her full-length LP "Pure Expenditure" for Dais Records was premiered at Berlin Atonal 2018, following the release of "The Ghost of Georges Bataille", a collaborative album with Drew McDowall (Compound Eye, Coil) on BANK Records NYC in Spring of 2018.
In 2014, she released two EPs back to back. “The Unmoved Mover” (Group Tightener), seen as an extension of her previous Self-Titled EP (Bitterroots, 2012) it envisioned the factions and movements in the human psyche and soul from an indivisible prime source. While, “Fallen Angels” (Geographic North) in a nod to Wong Kar Wai, sourced Mao’s earliest memories of childhood in Hong Kong, repurposing vibrant fragments of the past through a disorienting array of sonic imagery. She followed this series of EPs with a full-length entitled "Love Is the Capital" in 2017.
Hiro Kone has participated in several collaborations, most notably a live score for Cinema 16 at The International House of Philadelphia (2012), “A Raga for Moog and Violin” with Arp (Geographic North, 2016), music for David Van Tieghem x 10 Fits and Starts (RVNG Intl, 2013), and a live re-imagining of Little Annie Anxiety’s 1984 album “Soul Possession” (Pioneer Works, 2017).
“Hiro Kone builds incredible tension with her modular synths, performing dark and pulsing cuts off her new Pure Expenditure release. Her mastery is such that there’s never a boring moment, making for a deeply cinematic set.” – Crack