Wednesday 17 February 2016, 8pm
Antwerp-based artist Dennis Tyfus curates a great line-up from his own Ultra Eczema label, featuring Bosnian-born / Belgium-based musician Mia Price – aka Miaux, fellow Antwerpian, DSR Lines, and Tyfus himself under his moniker Vom Grill, plus DJ Carrot and video projections by Nel Aerts. Dennis Tyus will also be holding 'No Choice' tattoo session in the afternoon! More details TBA.
“Miaux is the operating handle of Belgiums Mia Price. Most of her prior recordings have been issued by Dennis Tyfus Ultra Eczema label, but after catching her set at 2014s Bruismelk festival, Feeding Tube had to “have” her new record. Unlike other known works, whereon Miaux is a mistress of elaborate keyboard shenanigans that border on the gothic, Above the High Rays brims with music of a very soundtrack-y nature. It mixes Neo-Eastern percussion symbiography with floating swathes of parachute color, all of it presumably birthed from Mias hands and keys. Its easy to imagine a Jodorowksy carnival scene, shot like the opening of Welles Touch of Evil, while this album spins. It is soaked with a haunted, lonely quality that touches the edges of mystery like a torch. Cover art and one side of etchings by Mr. Tyfus, himself. The tears you shed will be your own.” – Byron Coley, 2015.
Antwerp-based nonconformist Dennis Tyfus’ dealings in unstable media—spanning paintings and illustrations, films, radio transmissions and more—reflect the freeform, sometimes parodic nature of his sonic output, which has been archived on his own Ultra Eczema imprint alongside many outsider, weirdo and noise underground artists.
Thurston Moore started Sonic Youth in 1980 and 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. With Sonic Youth, Moore turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n roll – from its inspiration on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. 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 residency at the Louvre in Paris included collaborations with Irmin Schmidt of CAN. 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, The Thurston Moore Group.