Thursday, April 24, 2014

EVENT: Antti Tolvi & Fursaxa






Friday, April 25th at 8PM
at
Brickbat:

Fursaxa
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






Monday, April 21, 2014

Featured: Four Photo Books





 Eikoh Hosoe
Hardcover with Dust Jacket
(out of print)



Early Japanese Images
Hardcover with Dust Jacket
(out of print)



Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo: A City Heading For Death
Paperback with Dust Jacket
(out of print)




Black Sun: The Eyes Of Four
Paperback
(out of print)



These items, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:


Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday

 

 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

EVENT: Poetry Now!



The Port Richmond Books APR reading is now taking place here, at Brickbat! 

Poet Laureate of Philadelphia Frank Sherlock
Chris and Jenn McCreary of ixnay press
Pew fellow Pattie McCarthy

Saturday, April 12th, 1:30PM
(byob)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Arrival: Keiichi Tanaami



Keiichi Tanaami, Killer Joe's Eary Times 1965-1973
Hardcover
  
"Keiichi Tanaami (born 1936) was a protagonist of Japan’s postwar avant-garde, and one of the first Japanese artists to successfully blend art and commerce. Tanaami’s artwork was appearing in advertisements and magazines as early as 1962, when American Pop art was still in the ascendant. A trip to New York in 1968 provided a transformative encounter with Andy Warhol, which encouraged Tanaami to pursue several paths at once, and he was soon producing poster designs, happenings, prints and album covers, developing an assured, erotic psychedelic style populated with butterfly women, chimneys and breasts (a meeting with Robert Crumb and an appreciation of American underground comics was also significant). Including collage, painting, silkscreen prints and animation, this volume constitutes a catalogue raisonné of Tanaami’s early work of the 60s and 70s. It includes his illustrations for the magazine Shosetsu-gendai, drawings and collages for Art Journal, album covers for the Monkees and Jefferson Airplane, stills from an animation series made for the film festival at Sogetsu Art Center, anti-Vietnam War silkscreen prints and painting series of Hollywood actresses."









Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Arrival: Tomi Ungerer




Tomi Ungerer, Fog Island
Hardcover

"No one has ever returned from the mysterious Fog Island, but when Finn and Cara get castaway on its murky shores, they discover things are not quite as they expect... Will anyone ever believe them? An imaginative tale of mystery and fear of the unknown by one of the world’s most acclaimed children’s books authors."












This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday