STEIM Events | STEIM Events Archive 2010
4 November 2010 | 20.30 hrs. | Concert | 5 euros
Thursday, Nov 4 2010
New instruments don't necessarily make new music, and we've all seen cool instruments make bad music. So for musicians who decide to use unconventional or hand-made instruments, the real challenge is to develop an unique voice beyond the gadgetry, which usually takes longer than the time it took to make the instrument itself.
Established in 2004, Concern is a sound art project of Gordon Ashworth (also known for the solo project Oscillating Innards). As Concern, Gordon Ashworth strives to create beautiful, evocative music using acoustic instruments, tape manipulation, and field recordings.
The 2009 album “Truth & Distance” is entirely comprised of manipulated acoustic instruments. Strings and woodwinds are transformed into tonally rich, ethereal drones that layer and grow into organic, sublime structures and disintegrate into melancholic and nostalgic tape decay. By utilizing several means of sound capturing, Concern creates an intricately detailed palette of harmonic and spatial sound that is often inexplicably and subconsciously melodic.
“Truth & Distance” was released by the Digitalis and Iatrogenesis labels and has been described as “nothing short of immense” (Boomkat) and “essential listening for the drone inclined” (Aquarius). The 2010 album “Caesarean” delves deeper into vestigial melodies, degenerated tapes and acoustic drones, and will be released by the Arbor and Slow Flow labels on LP and CD. In 2008, Gordon collaborated with his brother Owen (aka Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) on two Bruce Springsteen covers, which was released on vinyl by People In A Position To Know.
The mediums used for Concern performances have varied from live manipulation of such objects as a lap steel guitar, an antique zither, an African thumb piano and a three-foot long, open air cassette loop. Since his first live set in 2008, Ashworth has toured rigorously as Concern, performing in over 60 cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and in 2010 will be performing in several cities in Japan, Europe and the United States.
Gordon Ashworth lives in Portland, Oregon USA.
Byungjun Kwon(1971 South Korea) started his musical career in early 90`s as a singer/songwriter and has released 7 albums ranging from alternative rock to minimal house. He creates music for records, soundtracks, fashion collections, contemporary dance, theatre plays and interdisciplinary events developing his own musical instruments and performance tools. Now he lives and works in Amsterdam.
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