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Sunday 16 August 2015, 8pm

Massimo Pupillo photo by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

Massimo Pupillo / Cindytalk (Duo) + Yoni Silver (solo)

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A second perofrmance of the week for great bassist Massimo Pupillo (ZU, The Original Silence, Hairy Bones etc etc), this time in a very special duo alongside Scottish experimental artist Gordon Sharp’s long-running experimental project Cindytalk, who will shortly be releasing new album, ‘The Labyrinth Of The Straight Line’, on Editions Mego.


“Cindytalk, born into a Scottish punk explosion in 1976 (as The Freeze), finally found their feet with a name change and a move to London in 1982.Since then a desire to create "a pure music" has been the ultimate aim. Many changes through the years bring us now into dual worlds of improvisation and computer composition.Alien landscapes.Desolate spaces.Inner truths.Ornette Coleman’s words, “I play pure emotion” always at the core of this fluid being.Some recall 1989’s abstract film soundwork “The Wind Is Strong…”, others the collaboration with 4ad’s ethereal house band This Mortal Coil.But most recently, releasing work through Vienna’s Editions Mego, Cindytalk seem to have found a home much more suited to their solitary and at times difficult path.A new eMego album, “The Labyrinth Of The Straight Line” is finished and due for release whilst a collaboration with Berlin’s Ancient Methods will be issued on Diagonal Records shortly.”

Massimo Pupillo

Massimo Pupillo is a bass player and composer originally from Rome Italy. He is mostly known for his work with the band Zu. For over fifteen years, his modus operandi of straddling and abusing musical genres has resulted in over 15 album releases across labels such as Ipecac, Atavistic, Daymare Recordings and Headz (Japan). John Zorn described Zu as "a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days".

Massimo has released over 50 albums and performed more than 2000 shows throughout Europe, US, Canada, Asia, Russia, Mexico and Africa, touring with the like of Mike Patton (as the Zu/Patton quartet), also sharing the stage with Faith No More, Sonic Youth, Fantomas, The Melvins, Lightning Bolt, The Ex, Nomeansno, Deerhoof, and countless others.

He has collaborated with a vast number of musicians including Mike Patton, Thurston Moore, Stephen O Malley, Damo Suzuki (Can), Mats Gustafsson, Buzz Osbourne (The Melvins), Dälek, David Tibet (Current 93), Jim O' Rourke, FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Peter Brötzmann, Nobukazu Takemura, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), The Ex, Nomeansno, Guy Picciotto and Joe Lally (Fugazi), Toshinori Kondo, Chris Corsano, Otomo Yoshihide, Paal Nilssen-Love, Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt), Oren Ambarchi, Alvin Curran, Lasse Marhaug, Lukas Ligeti, Han Bennink, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Bobby Previte, Carla Bozulich, and in classical music with Katia & Marielle Labeque, Viktoria Mullova, and many others.

Yoni Silver

Yoni Silver - Bass-clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist Yoni Silver’s activities include hyper-spectral adventures with Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble; a bass clarinet and percussion duo with Steve Noble; a bass clarinet/violin and possessed vocals duo with Sharon Gal; Denis D’or with Grundik Kasyansky and Tom Wheatley; bass clarinet and drums duo with Crystabel Riley, and solo performances on amplified bass clarinet.
He has appeared on labels such as Creative Sources, Confront Recordings, Wasted Capital, Chocolate Monk and Edition Modern.