Thursday, 7 May 2015
Guitar Legend David Torn To Tour US In Support Of New Album “only sky” http://www.davidtorn.net
Los Angeles - Ever-intrepid guitarist, producer, improviser, film composer and soundscape artist David Torn will embark on his first solo tour of the US since the mid-nineties (see itinerary below). The 22-city tour is in support of “only sky” - an album that explores the far sonic edges of what one man and a guitar can create, a solo recording of almost orchestral atmosphere.
“only sky” is Torn’s first ECM release since 2007’s acclaimed “prezens”, a full-band project, with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Tom Rainey, that Jazzwise described as “a vibrating collage full of shimmering sonic shapes, a dark, urban electronic soundscape – a potent mix of jazz, free-form rock and technology that is both demanding and rewarding.” Many of those same descriptors apply to “only sky”, with its hovering ambient shadows and vaulting flashes of light, its channeling of deep country/blues memories and Burroughsian dreams of North Africa. Recorded in the acoustically apt hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in upstate New York (and then sorted and mixed in Torn’s own mad-scientist lair), “only sky” is an album to get lost in, over and again.
Says David, “For the 'only' sky tour, I'll be performing as I did for the recording: playing the electric guitar, bending its effect to how I might hear it fit these early days of the 21st Century; maybe I'll even convince it to kick some ass, too! Stranger things have happened.”
Across his career, Torn has worked with jazz improvisers (Jan Garbarek, Tim Berne, Don Cherry), film composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carter Burwell) and art-pop singers (David Bowie, David Sylvian). He has also composed music for several films including “Friday Night Lights”, “Lars and the Real Girl”, “Everything Must Go”.
“Torn has a knack for creating music that is at once ethereal and gestural…Torn’s integration of ephemeral realism and celestial surrealism is palpable, providing the true ebb and flow of only sky’s dramatic arc.” - Wilbur MacKenzie – The New York City Jazz Record
“To call him a hero of the electric avant-garde would be accurate but incomplete.” - Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Go ahead and call the wily guitarist a master of chopped 'n' screwed jazz schema. Onstage the mad scientist and his new pals find a way to balance the aggression with the reflection. Wildly tantalizing textures.” - Village Voice New York
David Torn tour dates:
May 08 - New York, NY at Subculture
May 10 - Hamden, CT at The Ballroom at The Outer Space
May 11 - Marlboro, NY at The Falcon
May 12 - Dunellen, NJ at NJ Proghouse @ Roxy & Dukes
May 13 - Cambridge, MA at Regattabar
May 14 - Philadelphia, PA at Philadelphia Art Alliance
May 16 - Portland, OR at Holocene
May 17-18 - Seattle, WA at Storyville (Pike Place)
May 19 - San Francisco, CA at Slim’s
May 20 - Sacramento, CA at Gold Lion Arts
May 21 - Los Angeles, CA at Blue Whale
May 22 - Denver, CO at Walnut Room
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN at Cedar Cultural Center
May 27 - Milwaukee, WI at The Jazz Estate
May 29 - Chicago, IL at Constellation
May 30 - Cincinnati, OH at The Monastery
May 31 - Pittsburgh, PA at Club Café
June 1 - Washington DC at Union Arts
June 3 - Baltimore, MD at The Windup Space
June 4 - Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle
June 6 - Asheville, NC at Streamside Concerts
June 7 - Atlanta, GA at Red Light Café
VOYAGER 'SEASONS OF AGE' Australian Tour with KLONE (FRANCE)
Joining Voyager throughout the tour is brooding French alt-heavyweights, KLONE who’s latest album, Here Comes The Sun, was recently released in Australia via Bird’s Robe Records and is currently streaming in full on at Prog Magazine.
The local supports for this incredible tour have now been announced. Kicking things off in Adelaide are Dyssidia and Molloy with Na Maza and Despite Eviction being first up in Canberra.
Sydney fans will be treated to killer sets from Mish and Dawn Heist, while in Melbourne, Branch Arterial and Glass Empire have been given opening honours.
In Brisbane, Opus Of A Machine and Balloons Kill Babies will set things up nicely for the headliners and wrapping things up on the west coast, This Other Edenand Watercolour Ghosts will warm up the Perth crowd and Gombo will start the final show off in Bunbury with style.
Come and experience the power, the majesty, the might and the virtuosity that is Voyager live!
Thursday, May 21: Adelaide - Jive
Friday, May 22: Canberra - The Basement
Saturday, May 23: Sydney - The Factory Floor
Friday, May 29: Melbourne - The Evelyn
Saturday, May 30: Brisbane - The Brightside
Friday, June 5: Perth - Amplifier
Saturday, June 6: Bunbury - Prince Of Wales
Tickets are onsale now via wildthingpresents.com, Oztix & the Venues.
KING KING: REACHING FOR THE LIGHT DEBUTS AT NO. 1 IN AMAZON UK’S BLUES DOWNLOAD CHART ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY DATE ADDED TO OCT/ NOV TOUR
Following last night’s sold out Jazz Cafe concert, multi-award winning blues rock band King King have added a London date to their October/November UK tour at O2 Islington Academy onWednesday November 11. Tickets available from thegigcartel.com or 0844 478 0898.
Reaching For The Light hit the Amazon UK Best Selling Blues Album Download Chart at #1 this week, with additional entries in the iTunes UK Blues Chart at #2 and Amazon’s UK Physical Blues Chart at #3.
UK TOUR DATES
BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE Wednesday October 21
BURY ST. EDMUNDS, THE APEX Thursday October 22
HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS Friday October 23
TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF Saturday October 24
COVENTRY, THE COPPER ROOMS Sunday October 25
CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION Tuesday October 27
HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME Thursday October 29
CLITHEROE, THE GRAND Friday October 30
GLENROTHES, ROTHES HALL Saturday October 31
YORK, FIBBERS Sunday November 1
CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE Tuesday November 3
HULL, FRUIT Wednesday November 4
FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN Friday November 6
SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS Saturday November 7
LONDON, ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY Wednesday November 11 (NEW DATE)
BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX Thursday November 12
SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE Friday November 13
MORCAMBE, THE PLATFORM Saturday November 14
SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN Sunday November 15