Thursday, April 24, 2014

EVENT: Antti Tolvi & Fursaxa

Friday, April 25th at 8PM

Antti Tolvi

Antti Tolvi (Finland)

Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. He has played in numerous bands including Lau Nau, Rauhan Orkesteri, and Lauhkeat Lampaat. Born in ’77 in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored. From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music. On returning to his native Finland, he became embroiled in Free Jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation – deriving inspiration from, in Antti’s own words, “harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace”. - Fonal Records

"Tolvi’s fascination with harmonies creates a lush texture of gradually shifting sound portraits, like a Dali painting that comes to life and sings its own requiem. The exquisite tones are, in a sense, a happy accident—the piano hadn’t been played in 40 years and, save for a few choice keys, the piano wasn’t tuned back to a standard pitch. The microtonal irregularity creates a sense of poignant nostalgia, evoking the affective distortions of memory that comfort and torment us. Furthermore, it’s astounding to realize this was recorded live, with no overdubs or effects: Tolvi made use of an innovative recording technique by attaching microphones to his ears, creating what he calls a “flanger effect” as he moves his head around. The focal point of sonic input was constantly shifting, and the effect we hear is one of infinite loops and ebbing echoes. It’s exquisite to hear him craft this sonic space with a constantly shifting center of gravity, a swirling foray into kaleidoscopic bliss."- Diego Aguilar/Decoder

Fursaxa (Pennsylvania)

"Fursaxa is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Silbreeze band UN, Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after UN disbanded. Since then Fursaxa has released seven full length albums on the Acid Mothers Temple label, Ecstatic Peace, Time Lag, Eclipse, Last Visible Dog, and ATP. In addition there have been 3 self released CD-Rs and a CD on the her own Sylph recordings. In addition to recording, Fursaxa has played live music at venues in the US, UK, and Europe, touring with Bardo Pond, Black Forest/Black Sea, Christina Carter, Jack Rose, Spires That in The Sunset Rise, and Brightblack Morning Light, to name a few. Over the last couple of years Fursaxa has been collaborating more and more with other musicians as well. Espers member Helena Espvall and Tara have a duo called Anahita, and Sharron Kraus and Tara have the duo Tau Emerald. And in September of 2006 Fursaxa became part of "The Valerie Project", which was a live soundtrack for the 1970 Czech film "Valerie and her Week of Wonders". – ATP

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