CAM DEAS (UK) och JACK ALLETT (UK)
Spelar live till Bill Morrisons film DECASIA
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Cam Deas & Jack Allett will right now on a litttle tour in support of a new collaborative LP ‘Outgrowing The Wretched Cradle’, due out on Blackest Rainbow Records. Concerts will be a mixture of duo and solo performances, generally soundtracking Bill Morrison’s film, Decasia, for the duo performances.
CAM DEAS (UK)
English 12-string acoustic guitarist Cam Deas explores the rich space between contemporary composition and free improvisation. His sonic exploration through a variety of extended techniques can be reminiscent of Derek Bailey, but Deas constructs his pieces in a formulated fashion, shifting between expansive sections of great sensitivity, through melodic climaxes, to stabbing atonal onslaughts. His most recent record ‘Quadtych’ (on Present Time Exercises) combines all three approaches in a mammoth 70-minute work. He has released over a dozen albums on labels including Blackest Rainbow, Great Pop Supplement, and Dead Pilot. Deas has extensively toured across Europe, resulting in collaborations with Chie Mukai, Steffen Basho-Junghans, and Paul LaBrecque (Sunburned Hand of the Man), among others.
‘His command of sustained silence and sudden tone violence would situate this major outing somewhere between the aforementioned string-thinkers and the high-wire improvised actions of the Masayoshi Urabe/Chie Mukai axis, making this a major UK guitar statement.’ David Keenan
‘focusing on a far more spare, pointillist music utilizing the guitar as a resonant, sculptural wooden frame inasmuch as an extension of the physical / musical though process… to my ears this really does sound like a quantum step forward after a decade of straight fahey acolytion’ Keith Fullerton Whitman
JACK ALLETT (UK)
Jack Allett is a 26 year old Londoner who writes and performs primarily for acoustic guitar and electronics. His solo work takes the right hand of Takoma school guitarists (John Fahey, Robbie Basho…) as a starting point for compositions that encompass modal fantasias, english folk song adaptations, minimalism, elements of neo-classicism and plenty besides. In a single piece, open-string psychedelic reverie can meet endlessly repeated polymetric figures, and lurch suddenly into wild harmonic excursions by way of blues stomp. Solo, and as member of tape loop/sound poetry duo Towering Breaker, he has released records on Blackest Rainbow, Chocolate Monk, Great Pop Supplement, Psykick Dancehall and many others. New LP/CD ‘The Collapsing Middle’ was released in May 2011 on Blackest Rainbow.
‘a stirring display of fluid finger picking and swirling, psyched-out space noises flowing and sweeping against each other in a distinctly individual style…a stretch of sustained, silvery drone and re-emerging to a more propulsive, cantering folk mode. Unusual and unique.’ Boomkat
‘there is a mysticism, an almost Japanese tinge to the sound mix that recalls Shinji Masuko and the aforementioned Kawabata Makoto. The loosely palindromic piece swirls in ever-thickening layers towards an apex that excites with an intricate repetition…This is a truly evocative and enchanting record.’ Foxy Digitalis
DECASIA av Bill Morrison, 2002, 67 min
Decasia, a meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, is an artful collage of found archival footage, all of it shot pre-1950 on a cellulose nitrate base and most of it in advanced stages of decay. The footage is slowed to allow a greater appreciation of the effect and character of the visual damage to the original materials, which include everything from fragments of silent melodramas to ethnographic studies, travelogues, newsreel footage and wildlife documentaries.
“One of the top ten movies of 2003″ - J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“Founded on the tension between the hard fact of film’s stained, eroded, unstable surface and the fragile nature of that which was once photographically represented, Decasia is an avant-garde movie with universal appeal, as well as an apocalyptic subtext unavoidably tied to the catastrophe of 9-11.” - J. Hoberman, Village Voice