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Friday 12 June 2015, 8pm

Photo originally commissioned by The Wire for its Nov 2014 issue.


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The all-female band Selvhenter is part of the bustling and sprawling Copenhagen underground. In a controlled eruption of two drumkits and distorted trombone, violin and alto saxophone they kick against rationalism and the homogeneity of welfare society – and show us that passion doesn’t have to be sung, but can flourish as collective instrumental cramps.

“An absolute rockin' Danish outfit using material from extreme noise, free jazz and creative rock to build a sound and energy that is giving new perspectives on alternative music! Gushing and pumping drums that interacts with the distorted trombone and lays the fundament for the sax to move and create within. Inyourface and without compromises - using poetic beauty and complex structures as building blocks for their music.” – Mats Gustafsson


Selvhenter are part of the art collective eget værelse and have already been active for seven years, performing with influential outfits like the Swedish-Norwegian trio The Thing and Japanese drummer Yasuhiro Yoshigaki’s Orquesta Libre.

Selvhenter honed a sound all its own - an uncompromising, boundless energetic one that blends the aesthetics of experimental rock, the sophistication of improvised free jazz and the aggressiveness of punk, noise and metal, all performed with passion and humor, sometimes even as music fit for dancing.

Blood Music

Blood Music is “original Diagonal overlord” Simon Pomery. He’s released two 12”s on Diagonal Records (Blood Music E.P. and Chicks/Badgering), as well as tapes and CDRs on his own BMR label (Febrile Disorder, and Health, Wealth and Happiness, Libations and Sensations), and text-sound compositions in collaboration with voice artist Maja Jantar. He has performed his “drum-voice- synthesis” at Soup in Toyko, Club Stomp in Osaka, as well as a bunch of Euro fests: Atonal, Elevate, UH, Les Urbaines, Supernormal. For this show he is presenting SPEED READING WITH BLOOD MUSIC: a conceptual text/sound composition made up of 4 years of his written text, from poems to song lyrics, tweets to heckles: 6000 words to be played at 200 words per minute (what Pomery calls “WPM”). As a special treat he will be joined by his brother in blood, Kenichi Iwasa. Read live if you like. If not, the letters make a kind of light feature. It’s up to you.