Me and Max Maximillion will be the Victoria Williams band when Victoria Williams plays this Saturday at Hi Desert Hukilau Music Festival at The Palms, Wonder Valley, California. A stacked bill of Hi Desert dwelling bands and musicians. If you haven’t seen Victoria perform of late you’re missing something special. Stoked to be playing music with her 🌴
I’m so psyched to have sung a duet with Arto Lindsay, a musical inspiration, on this ‘extraordinary album for extraordinary times’ - The Matthew Herbert Big Band - The State Between Us. RELEASED TODAY! “”Initially a response to the triggering of Article 50 in 2016, The State Between Us reflects upon the last two years of British politics and contemplates what it means to be British in 2019. The album was made in collaboration with over a thousand musicians and singers from across the EU over a two-year period with notable contributors such as Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Arto Lindsay, Merz, Patrick Clarke, and highly respected solo instrumentalists Enrico Rava, Byron Wallen, Sheila Maurice Gray.”” 🌍⚖️ The duet me and Arto sing is called ‘The Special Relationship’ and is based on the 2006 play ‘Drunk Enough To Say I Love You’ by Caryl Churchill which addresses the application of power by the United States and the UK’s role in that relationship - in the duet I’m representing Britain, Arto the US, lover’s lives breaking apart 💔🖤 I’m now a Green Card holding US immigrant though I still have my UK passport. From this distance I just know that everything’s going to be alright. Big love to my English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish family. One Planet One Country 🌍 Thanks Matthew for undertaking this work and for inviting me to be a part ✌🏾 This clip the Big Band and Choir rehearsing ‘Women of England’ for tonight’s performance at The Royal Court Theatre, London. Wish I could be there.......🌍⚖️
This live version of The Hunting Owl song performed by the Julian Sartorius Drum Ensemble just got released on a v. nice vinyl compilation by Nutriot Recordings 🌑 I loved playing with these guys, incredible drummers, each one significantly different in style and personality. Julian’s brilliant arrangements way ahead of the curve. We played 10 or so shows together around 2014. Link for Nutriot record in comments 👇🏾 Link to original version of The Hunting Owl (produced by Matthew Herbert) in comments 👇🏿 Drummers L-R : Lionel Friedli, Arno Troxler, Julian Sartorius, Peter Conradin Zumthor
25 Feb at Zebulon Café Concert Los Angeles Merz will be performing with Lucky Baby Daddy at this night curated by Paz Lenchantin of Pixies along with David Pajo (Papa M), Ian Svenonius (Escape-ism), Paz performing a live soundtrack for The Shadow Klick Nightshade, plus DJ Vashti Windish 🎪 Lucky Baby Daddy will be performing some songs and poems she and Merz have been collaborating on. Will be a special gathering for sure⚡️👁
Merz & Victoria Williams are performing new music as a duo at High Desert Soundings festival in Wonder Valley, California 10-11 May.👇🏾More info👇🏾 “Victoria Williams (USA) and Merz (UK) are neighbours in Joshua Tree, California. Both charting songwriters-turned-musical explorers who coincidentally play the Chinese guzheng harp. In recent years both musicians have been experimenting with the instrument’s sonic possibilities, while integrating it into their singer-songwriter fare. High Desert Soundings festival is an ideal setting to debut the musical meeting of these two trans-Atlantic innovators. They will perform a set of vocal duets and instrumental compositions with two guzheng harps, acoustic and processed electric guitars.” .……….................... “High Desert Soundings is a two-day outdoor music festival near Joshua Tree National Park in the California High-Desert. The festival is held at the Palms Restaurant in Wonder Valley, a homesteading frontier community sprawled across 180 square miles. The Palms is the only restaurant in Wonder Valley and the primary meeting place for the diverse group of artists, free spirits and isolationists who make up the valley's tiny population. Wonder Valley's natural beauty and remarkable quiet set the stage for unique and immersive performances”.
Out Feb an exclusive live version of The Hunting Owl by Merz feat. Sartorius Drum Ensemble, included on this vinyl compilation from Nutriot; also includes our friend Dim Grimm who in 2014 created a magnificent Dimlite remix of The Hunting Owl // #Repost @nutriot ・・・ here‘s another teaser for our forthcoming compilation «for the colleagues of ubu & and their authorities». in this short clip you hear music from the reboot joy confession, merz feat. julian sartorius drum ensemble, tujiko noriko, and oceaneer. the record is now available for pre-order on our bandcamp and selected record stores. • #vinylonly #music #nutriot #alternativemusic #electronica #avantgardemusic #postrock #folk #modularmusic
✌🏽6 Aug!✌🏾 “The first night of The Renderers month of Mondays residency at Zebulon Café Concert, LA. First guest playing the opening set is English psych-folk musician Merz.......🔜 You never know if you’re going to get a ghostly folk song, a free form freak out, or a psychedelic hammering; The Renderers have been doing what they do for as long as Wilco. Washington Post, Elizabeth Nelson: “Part Velvets, part Mekons, part unalloyed, indescribabley weirdness.” “Deep, dark and psychedelic” Thurston Moore. Magnet Magazine (The best of 2016, Essential Music), William Meyer: In The Sodium Light, 2016. “equal parts apocalypse and dread”…“They invite you right inside the emotional engine room, giving an opportunity to witness their raga-psychedelic psychosis up close. Bonnie Prince Billy, 2011: “Collaborating with the Renderers was a rich and rewarding venture from which I continue to reap benefits of inspiration.” New Zealand psychedelic folk group The Renderers have released nine albums on labels from both New Zealand (Flying Nun, Tinsel Ears) and the US (Ba Da Bing, Grapefruit, Meds, Siltbreeze, Last Visible Dog, Ajax Records, 3 Beads of Sweat and Merge,) and have played extensively in both countries. The Renderers feature legendary guitarist and songwriter Brian Crook and his wife, songwriter and artist Maryrose Crook, joined in LA by Dan Anderson on drums and Spencer Keizer on bass. UK’s Merz (real name Conrad Lambert) has released five albums since his eponymous debut. After huge hype and a major label release in 1999, he walked away from the deal and disappeared completely. Returning from self-imposed exile in 2005, he released second album Loveheart on UK indie label Gronland, a work that won him renewed respect, then in 2008 scaled the iTunes charts in the USA with follow-up album Moi et Mon Camion, solidifying his reputation for heartfelt tunes, intricate production and enigmatic displays of multi-instrumental talent. His fourth album, No Compass Will Find Home, was recorded in the Swiss Alps and produced with electronic music pioneer Matthew Herbert. A progressive, wild and ragged record with a unique kind of psychedelia, it was released on Accidental Records in January 2013 and subsequently gave birth to a follow up collaboration; No Compass Will Find Home (Julian Sartorius Drum and Vocal Renditions), a radical re-working of the original record by experimental drummer Julian Sartorius, released by Accidental Records and Everest Records in November 2013. In 2015 Accidental Records released the fifth Merz album Thinking Like A Mountain, mixed by Matthew Herbert and featuring notable musicians Shahzad Ismaily, Julian Sartorius, Dimlite, Gyda Valtysdottir and Ewan Pearson. Mojo Magazine called it “Merz’s brave new beginning”. The Ransom Note wrote “Merz has now reached a stage where he is a master of his art”
Tickets now available on pre-sale for 'A Monastic Gig'! A heads-up - there are limited pews 😍🙏🏼🧡 "Merz’ first project as Associated Artist of Dampfzentrale Bern is a collaborative performance with the multi-instrumentalist Laraaji, transforming the ex-power station venue into a monastic vault. This singular concert engineers an atmosphere similar to recitals in churches: calm, sublimity, respect, humility, however here free of old-world religiousness and iconography. A concert-ceremony is the idea behind «A Monastic Gig». Merz had this idea formulated for a year, ruminating on how it might work. There's hardly a musician more perfect to join this live-design than Laraaji. The American zither player, singer and keyboardist is the embodiment of the experimental interpretation of new-age ambient music. The former actor and comedian was discovered playing zither in Washington Square Park, New York by Brian Eno at the end of the 1970’s. Eno produced an album with Laraaji which became one of the seminal records of the “Ambient” series. Laraaji and Merz will spend some days together before presenting the marriage of their music in Dampfzentrale, Bern on the 13th June 2018. The set is designed by Los Angeles artist Jed Ochmanek. Known primarily for his abstract works, which expand the horizons of color-field painting, Ochmanek will create a synergetic, chromatic environment for the collaboration. «A Monastic Gig» promises to be an exceptional, unique experience. The audience will find themselves lost in an oasis of calm and serenity, surrounded by a highly influential musical and visual ambience.”