John Chantler + Byron Westbrook + Ellen Arkbro
D. 2016.22.09 Kl. 19:30
Launch concert for John Chantler’s new LP ‘Which Way To Leave’ (out 26 August on ROOM40) with live performances from Chantler, Byron Westbrook (USA) and Ellen Arkbro.
John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden.
This August Chantler releases 'Which way to leave?’, his latest LP for Lawrence English’s ROOM40 label. The self-reflexive sequencing that tracks the sub-harmonic series in the opening blast of 'Falling Forward' positions the record as Chantler's most explicitly melodic. These melodies however do not exist in a mono-dimensional vacuum, rather they co-exist in a meshed framework of dynamic timbral layers.
The record’s abrupt cuts, deft variations of density and unexpected diversions are happily explored with headlong dives into ravishing texture and extended stretches of surface stasis. The music draws on a domestic reimagining of the traditions of studio based electronic music/musique concrete and 20th century minimalism and delivers this with brash revitalized energy.
This new LP follows ‘Still Light, Outside’ an extended suite that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the pipe organ’s register with striking explosions of colour; massed chords shot through with heavy distortion and electronics that operate according to their own dream logic. It was described as ‘strikingly beautiful’ by The Guardian.
Byron Westbrook is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He works with listening, perception and awareness, often pursuing routes that involve social engagement. His electronic sound interventions explore dynamics of perception of space, sometimes manifesting as multi-channel audio performances or as installation work using video or lighting. His work has been shown at ICA London, Cafe OTO (London), Clocktower Gallery, ISSUE Project Room, Abrons Arts Center, LMAK Projects, Roulette, Diapason Gallery, Eyebeam (NYC), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Instants Chavirés Art Space (Paris), The LAB (San Francisco), International House (Philadelphia), VIVO (Vancouver), O' (Milan), LOOP Festival (Barcelona), Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago) among others. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He has been an artist in residence at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Clocktower Gallery, Wassaic Project, Diapason Gallery for Sound. He has audio releases published on Sedimental, Los Discos Enfantasmes, Perfect Wave, Three:Four Records and Root Strata. He is currently visiting faculty at Pratt Institute.
Ellen Arkbro is a composer and sound-artist from Stockholm. By way of tuning, Ellen’s work slides into existence in the form of compositions for early music ensembles and long duration performances of synthesised dream music. Her work has been described as an oscillation between the pop music of the ’90s and the American minimalism of the ’60s. Ellen’s sound work is heavily informed by her studies in Just Intonation with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in New York and Marc Sabat in Berlin. Her work has been presented in public at places such as the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, Sound of Stockholm, Berlin Atonal and Norbergfestival in Sweden.