16–17 June 2018
Please note that these are matinee performances – doors will open at 2pm and the show will start shortly after.
Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. He has worked with Yoko Ono, John Zorn, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust, Glenn Branca and many others. His recent guitar symphony ‘Galaxies’ which premiered at The Barbican in April included 12 electric and 12 acoustic 12-string guitars. His residency at the Louvre in Paris included collaborations with Irmin Schmidt of CAN and Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))). Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974. Thurston also teaches music at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium) in Copenhagen.
Presently he performs and records solo, with various ensembles and in his own band, Thurston Moore Group (with mbv’s Deb Googe, Steve Shelley & James Sedwards). In 2017, the band released ‘rock n roll consciousness’ which critics described as “his most concise, transportive record to date.” His latest songs are expansive, anthemic and exploratory with lyrics that investigate and herald the love between angels, goddess mysticism and a belief in healing through new birth.
Thurston Moore / 12-string electric guitar
James Sedwards / 12-string electric guitar
Jen Schande / 12-string electric guitar
Alex Ward / 12-string electric guitar
Jem Doulton / percussion