Almost perversely skilled in the Jansch-ian school of acoustic guitar picking, Mike Wexler snake-charmed the Brooklyn underground in the mid-2000s with his free-form songs and druidic Robyn Hitchcock voice. A startlingly affecting and spare debut released on I and Ear Records in 2005 immediately placed Wexler far above his dronier freak-folk peers (...)
Denki Udon is a trio composed of Norberto Lobo, Giovanni Di Domenico and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto.
Norberto’s case is that of the artist-illusionist that suggests a ground zero for tradition, conjuring several ghosts while leaving them at his door step. It appears that he’s single-handedly changing the relationship between Portuguese music and the guitar (...)
Norberto Lobo is a prodigious acoustic and electric guitar player from Lisbon with a career hitting upon his first decade. He’s done his profound reading of the most auspicious and melancholic melodies (a place where Steve Reich, Jim O’Rourke, Paulinho da Viola and Carlos Paredes all make sense together unto one existence), has been deeply enriched by the harmonic depth & richness of the samba/bossa heritage (which he knows by heart), and his composition in both short and longer-form is nothing short of remarkable - a sense of structure, narrative and storytelling complete by a total absence of any tics or theatrical antics, in which every turn is revised and remade for maximum fascination for both musician and audience (...)
Matt Jencik is a musician based in Chicago who currently plays guitar in the band Implodes that released the album Black Earth on Kranky in 2011.
Jencik has been performing and recording since the early 90's with bands such as Hurl, Don Caballero, Thee Speaking Canaries & Taking Pictures as well as playing bass on the 2007 Slint Spiderland tour and guitar for the 2009-2010 Papa M Live from the Shark Cage tour (...)
Silencio is a musical project created by Julien Demoulin in the early 2000's and presently based between Brussels, Belgium, and the north of France.
The project focuses mainly on ambient music and its different expressions; be they post-rock, field recording, or drone influenced. Mixing electronic and electroacoustic elements, it explores themes such as absence, distance, memory and sleep (...)
Larkian, aka Cyril Monnard, is a Lausanne based guitarist who uses his instrument as a sound generator. With the help of real-time loop-samplers and various effect processors, he constructs a musical world made of deep, powerful and intense soundscapes, with a fluctuation of atmospheres between the symptomatic pain and the feverish excess of an underlying madness.
Since the project started at the end of the nineties, several Larkian albums and EPs (solo works & collaborations) were released on different labels, such as Tricycle Evolutif, Dead Vox, October Man, Cathedral transmissions, Silent flow, Adozen, Three:four and Basses Fréquences (...)
maninkari is an instrumental duet combining improvisation and original composition, with a hint on ambient, gloomy, minimalist, jazz, rock and surreal sounds. Their music delivers instrumental organic layers made of ancestral, dark and repetitive tunes that blend percussion instruments, viola, cimbalom, keyboards, and samples to reach mysticism at its climax.
Rooted in Bathyscaphe, maninkari also wrote the score for two short-movies: 'Des nuages au bout des doigts' from Simone Massi and 'Call baker' from Dan Salzmann (...)
absent without leave is the solo project of George Mastrokostas, based in Athens, Greece. Recording everything mostly by himself or sometimes with assistance from some good friends, he produces a sound that has at times been described as a mix of shoegaze, post-rock, ambient and electronica.
To date, he has released his music on labels such as distant noise records (uk), unlabel (uk), chat blanc records (canada), awkward silence recordings (uk), thisquietarmy records (canada), symbolic interaction (japan), october man recordings (uk), friend of mine records (japan), duotone records (japan), bsbta (denmark), fuzzy panda recording co (...)
We don’t know much about Richard Youngs – apart from the fact that he’s British and that he’s been living in Glasgow for 20 years – but we are much aware of his musical works. Either as a solo artist or with side projects, Richard Youngs writes very different kind of music, simply impossible to label under any specific genre (...)
Swiss composer and guitarist Julien Baillod (aka Bio) was born in 1972. After being involved in post-rock and jazz-punk bands, he is now evolving on different kinds of underground scenes, from post-rio to contemporary and electronic avant-garde.
He is also writing music for plays, performances and movies and is involved in contemporary art, working on sound installations and soundtracks with/for Arthur de Pury, Martin Widmer, Jeroen Visser, Anthony Bannwart and Eric Thomas.
Larkian, aka Cyril Monnard, is a Lausanne based guitarist who uses his instrument as a sound generator (...)
scott cortez does not consider himself a guitarist, but uses the guitar to generate textural colors, dronefields, soundscapes, and loop environments. scott cortez was behind the pioneering post-shoegaze, ambient band [lovesliescrushing] and has released music on various comps and labels over the past two decades (...)
Who else than its manager, Daniel Fontana, can better speak about the Bad Bonn ?
"Bad Bonn is a small, tan-colored and homely restaurant, surrounded by a sparely gritted parking lot and meek cows on wild meadow. From the veranda, you have a view on the Fribourg Prealps, and a small walk from there leads you to the shore of the Lake Schiffenen, the natural border between French and German-speaking Switzerland (...)
Behind the ali_fib moniker (a little wink to Robert Wyatt's 1974 classic Rock Bottom) is a crew of programmers founded in 2003 by music critic and curator Maxime Guitton, later joined by Benjamin Tellier in 2006, and Jérôme Boutinot in 2008. Within the past five years, ali_fib has organized some fifty shows and four festivals in Paris, in a dilettant fashion, nomadically and independently, and in a variety of spaces: music venues, squats, churches, crypts, art galleries, and museums (...)