Live Shows North America | March 2015

Mon March 2
Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole duo
9500 Gilman Dr,La Jolla
San Diego

Thu March 5
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Carlos Giffoni
+ Ora Clementi (James Rushford & Crys Cole)
@ Jewels Catch One
4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles,

Wed March 11
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Visiting Nurse
@ The New Vintage

Thu March 12
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ Fairchild Chapel
Oberlin College

Sat March 14
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Swervedriver
+ more
@ Levitation Chicago
Thalia Hall
1807 S. Allport St.
Chicago, IL

Tue March 24
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Tim Hecker
@ The Independent
San Francisco

Thu March 26
Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole duo
+ Sarah Davachi
@ VIVO Media Art Centre



Live show:

Wed Dec 3
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Robin Fox
+ Marco Fusinato
@ Everybody Talks About The Weather
Corner Hotel, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia

Oren Ambarchi - guitars and percussion
Thomas Brinkmann - computable drums with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem (Parts 1-5)
Matt Chamberlain - drums & electronics (Parts 3 & 4)
Crys Cole - contact mics & brushes (Part 4)
Eyvind Kang - bowed gender (Part 1) & violas (Part 5)
Jim O' Rourke - synths (Parts 4 & 5)
John Tilbury - piano (Parts 1 & 2)
U-zhaan - tabla (Part 5)
Ilan Volkov & the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra (Parts 1 & 3)
Recorded 2012-2014 in Cologne (Max Ernst Studios), Reykjavik (Harpa), Melbourne, Seattle (Avast! Studios - session co-produced & engineered by Randall Dunn, London, Los Angeles (Cyclops Sound Studio) and Tokyo (Steamroom - engineered by Jim O'Rourke)
Mixed Dec 2013 & March 2014 at Chinatown, Melbourne by Joe Talia and Oren Ambarchi
Mastered at Moose, Melbourne March-April 2014 by Byron Scullin
Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker & D&M, Berlin, June 2014
Photography by Estelle Hanania
Design by Stephen O' Malley

Recorded with a multitude of collaborators in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA, Quixotism presents the fruit of two years of work in the form of a single, LP-length piece in five parts. Ambarchi’s work in recent years has evinced an increasing fascination with the possibilities of combining abstract sonic textures with rhythm and pulse, whether in his drumming with Keiji Haino, the subtly driving ride cymbals provided by drummer Joe Talia in their work together, or the motorik grooves of Sagittarian Domain (Editions Mego, 2012). Quixotism takes this aspect of Ambarchi’s recent work to the next level: the entirety of this long-form work is built on a foundation of pulsing double-time electronic percussion provided by Thomas Brinkmann. Beginning as almost subliminal propulsion behind cavernous orchestral textures and John Tilbury’s delicate piano interjections, the percussive elements (elaborated on by Ambarchi and Matt Chamberlain) slowly inch into the foreground of the piece before suddenly breaking out into a polyrhythmic shuffle around the halfway mark, being joined by master Japanese tabla player U-zhaan for the piece’s final, beautiful passages.

The pulse acts as thread leading the listener though a heterogeneous variety of acoustic spaces, from the concert hall in which the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra were recorded to the intimacy of Crys Cole’s contact-mic textures. Ambarchi’s guitar itself ranges over this wide variety of acoustic spaces, from airless, clipped tones to swirling, reverberated fog. Within the complex web Ambarchi spins over the piece’s steadily pulsing foundation, elements approach and recede, appear and reappear, in a non-linear fashion, even as the piece plots an overall course from the grey, almost Nono-esque reverberated space of its opening section to the crisp foreground presence of Jim O’Rourke’s synth and Evyind Kang’s strings in its final moments. Formally indebted to the side-long workouts of classic Cologne techno, the long-form works of composers such as Eliane Radigue, and the organic push and pull of improvised performance, Quixotism is constantly in motion, yet its transitions happen slowly and steadily, so that they are often nearly imperceptible, the diverse elements which make up the piece succeeding one another with the logic of a dream.

Anyone who follows Ambarchi’s work knows that it has many facets: explorations of the outer limits of rock with Keiji Haino, psychoacoustic interference and sizzling harmonics in his solo performances, delicate improvisations with Keith Rowe or John Tilbury. To all these projects, Ambarchi brings his particular sensibility, patiently allowing sounds to develop on their own terms without forsaking their intrinsic physical and emotional power. Similarly, although Quixotism is shaped by its many contributors, the resulting sound world is unmistakably Ambarchi’s own. His most substantial solo release since Audience of One (Touch, 2012), Quixotism represents the summation of Ambarchi’s work over the last few years while also pointing to the future.


Live Shows | Autumn 2014

Thu Oct 23
Okkyung Lee,/Jim O'Rourke/Oren Ambarchi trio
@ Playhouse
Kita Kyushu Performing Arts Center
Kita Kyushu

Tue Oct 28
Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke/Oren Ambarchi trio

Sat Nov 1
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Eiko Ishibashi & the Already Dead, Seichi Yamamoto, Alan Licht, Akira Sakata & more!
@ SuperDeluxe - Car and Freezer festival 2014

Sun Nov 2
Okkyung Lee & Oren Ambarchi workshop
@ Yangjiri Village
South Korea

Sat Nov 8
crys cole & Oren Ambarchi duo
+ Robert Piotrowicz, Goh Lee Kwang, Arnont Nongyao
@ Bangkok Art & Culture Centre


Live in LA | October 13th 2014

Oren Ambarchi solo
+ William Basinski, Matthew Sullivan
@ Jewels Catch One
4067 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90019, USA

Tickets - Jewels Catch One


Upcoming Gigs | September 2014

Wed Sept 3
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ crys cole, Rosa Reaper
@ Windsor Hotel

Tue Sept 9
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ Rönnells Antikvariat
Birger Jarlsgatan 32
114 29 Stockholm

Thu Sept 11
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Rashad Becker
@ 90db Festival

Sun Sept 14
Oren Ambarchi & Johan Berthling duo
+ lll人, Rie Nakajima, Shelley Parker, Part wild horses mane on both sides
@ Dear Serge
De La Warr Pavillion

Sun Sept 21
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Ex Easter Island Head
@ Corsica Studios

Sat Sept 27
John Tilbury & Oren Ambarchi duo
+ Jon Hassell, Naqsh Duo
@ Glatt und Verkehrt Festival
Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche



12" (Black Truffle 2014)

Two raw, ecstatic, face-melting guitar solos recorded in one take in the Ambarchi "Stacte tradition." This time around, Ambarchi is backed up by a badass rhythm section from Texas, and together they ride the endless riff into the goddamn sunset.



"TIKKUN" CD/DVD (Cuneiform, USA 2014)

Richard Pinhas, the founder of 70s progressive legends Heldon, is one of the most uncompromising artists on the international rock scene, having remained constantly innovative and true to his personal artistic vision for 40 years and some 35 full length releases.

Oren Ambarchi is a guitarist, drummer and sound-artist who has performed and/or recorded with a huge array of artists, including Fennesz, John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, Evan Parker, Merzbow and others. Since 2004, he has worked with the avant-metal band Sunn O))), contributing to many of their releases and side- projects.

Pinhas and Ambarchi first recorded together when Ambarchi contributed to recordings that were eventually tied together with other contributors into Pinhas' 2013's release Desolation Row. Since that time they have been working on ideas, recordings and concert / live collaborations.

The personnel for Tikkun is: Oren Ambarchi-guitar Richard Pinhas-guitar, synth guitar, effects Joe Talia-drums, effects Masami Akita (Merzbow)-loops, noise, effects Duncan Pinhas-sequences, effects, noise Eric Borelva-additional drums Interestingly, Richard specifically thinks of this album as a duo project that was conceived as a duo project for himself and Oren, despite the very effective contributions of the other four musicians. The music on Tikkun, which consists of three very lengthy tracks, comes across as a very tasty cross between the heavy, synth-driven, sequencer beats of classic Heldon and the much more noisier aspects of Pinhas' work over the last decade. In addition to the studio album, physical CD+DVD version also includes a DVD of a live performance of the duo. It was filmed at Paris' main venue for experimental music, Les Instants Chavires, October 29, 2013.




"Shade Themes from Kairos is a new iteration of the dream for all the guitar freaks out there, bringing together a couple of singular players together, just to see what happens. In this case, the players were old friends and collaborators Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley, playing in a space engineered and co-populated by Randall Dunn. From the top, Shade Themes from Kairos is resonant as a collective inquest in sound, with all the players deeply immersed within the panorama they are creating. 'That Space Between' blows in from a distance, rolling rhythmically, with synthetic percussion chattering, before it settles into a stately pace, as the guitars wind ethereal around the procession. Under the beat lies always space, and as the cadential clusters drift off, metal chimes and keys sputter and dig deep and clean through the abyss." Housed in a gatefold sleeve.



"Sonja Henies vei 31" LP (Planam, Italy 2014)

Recorded during a week-long sojourn in Norway, Sonja Henies vei 31 is a profoundly moving document of the personal and artistic union between Crys Cole and Oren Ambarchi. Abandoning their usual instrumental artillery, both performers make themselves vulnerable to the listener, undertaking a committed exploration of pure physical gesture. Surrounding an explicitly intimate duo performance is a hazy collage of field recordings, tape hiss, metallic clinks and wandering voices. This forces the listener to hover in a disorienting psychological space between a confronting real world, and a swirling dream-world. While the latter's abstraction cannot penetrate the former's emotional directness, both environments function to obscure one another's meaning. What is most affecting for the listener is how he/she inadvertently becomes part of the record's scenery: a dreamer, narrator and voyeur in equal parts. Sonja Henies vei 31is a brave personal statement, a celebration of the idyllic, and a tragic theater of emotional longing." --James Rushford, Melbourne, 2014




Every year, TUSK Festival puts together a first-time trio selected from the assembled genii performing that weekend.

Over the 3 festivals so far, this simple trick has produced some pretty incredible results. 2011 saw Alan Bishop, Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano throw down together for the first time, a union they enjoyed so much that they've since repeated it elsewhere. 2012 saw us merge the awesome talents of Michael Morley (Dead C, Gate), Gary Smith and Steve Noble for more revelations in sound and slack-jawed wonderment.

And in 2013, we managed to devise a trio that without question produced one of the most incredible performances of TUSK (or any) Festival to date - the stratospheric trio of Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell and Michael Flower. Ambarchi starts out on guitar and effects through a vintage Leslie speaker, Campbell exploring his astral table-top network and his Vibracathedral Orchestra colleague Flower's guitar taking Canned Heat into outer space. Into side 2, Ambarchi moves onto drums and we truly have lift off!

The 3 members of this trio each come with exquisite pedigrees: Ambarchi with his run of solo albums via the great Touch label and collaborations with everyone from Keiji Haino and Jim O'Rouke to Fennesz, Stephen O'Malley, Keith Rowe, Voice Crack and more; Campbell with his intergalactic Astral Social Club and Vibracathedral Orchestra output and collaborations with Richard Youngs, Deacer Pinga, Matthew Bower and others, and VCO ally Flower's work solo, as half of Flower-Corsano Duo, plus his many albums as part of MV&EE.

So - pouring 3 musicians of this calibre into one 12" piece of vinyl would be expected to produce some highly flammable results, and this searing record without doubt lives upto all expectations.


Touch & TouchRadio | Publishing & Licensing

Oren Ambarchi is exclusively published by Touch Music [MCPS]. His work is also released on Touch, one of the most influential independent labels based in the UK [founded 1981/2].

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Here are Oren Ambarchi's releases with the titles linked to the relevent page in the TouchShop. Reviews of all of Oren Ambarchi's releases can be read here

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Biography & Photos

Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK).

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Features & Press Coverage

Reviews of all of Oren Ambarchi's releases on Touch can be read here

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Live Bookings

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Performances Archive 2000-2007

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Exclusive Download:

"Simon" and "Strategem", from his 1st solo album, Insulation [Touch # T33.16, 1999] are free for download. The album is now deleted and more tracks will be added here in future.

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