Live dates | Spring 2014

Mon March 31
Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi)
@ MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit
Michigan
USA
www.mocadetroit.org


Wed April 2
Oren Ambarchi presents 'Knots' with Joe Talia, Crys Cole, James Rushford, Judith Hamann, Erkki Veltheim & Sinfonietta Krakow
+ Evol
@ Unsound NYC
Issue Project Room
Brooklyn
New York
USA
issueprojectroom.org

Sat April 5
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ Lampo
Bond Chapel
1050 East 59th street
Chicago
USA
www.lampo.org/current/


Wed April 9
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Terminal Cheesecake
@ Kaserne Basel
Klybeckstr 1b
Basel
Switzerland
http://www.kaserne-basel.ch

Thu April 10
Oren Ambarchi presents 'The Counterlife' with Ensemble Phoenix Basel
+ Alan Courtis
@ Cave 12
Geneva
Switzerland
www.cave12.org


Fr April 11
Oren Ambarchi presents 'The Counterlife' with Ensemble Phoenix Basel
+ Alan Courtis
@ Kunstraum Walcheturm
Kanonengasse 20
Zurich
Switzerland
www.walcheturm.ch/


Sat April 12
Oren Ambarchi presents 'The Counterlife' with Ensemble Phoenix Basel
+ Alan Courtis
@ Gare Du Nord
Schwarzwaldalle 200
Basel
Switzerland
www.garedunord.ch


Sun April 13
Oren Ambarchi presents 'The Counterlife' with Ensemble Phoenix Basel
+ Alan Courtis
@ Gare Du Nord
Schwarzwaldalle 200
Basel
Switzerland
www.garedunord.ch


Thu April 17
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Le cercle des Mallissimalistes
@ Le Bourg
Rue De Bourg 51
Lausanne
Switzerland
www.le-bourg.ch


Thu May 1
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ James Ferraro, Peaches, Annie Sprinkle, Mykki Blanco & more
@ Donau Festival
Klangraum Krems
Krems
Austria
www.donaufestival.at


Sat May 17
Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi)
+ Evan Parker & more
@ Victoriaville Festival
Victoriaville
Canada
fimav.qc.ca


Sun May 18
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Keiji Haino solo + James Plotkin solo
@ Johnny Brenda's
1201 N.Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia
PA
USA
www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/keiji-haino-05-18-2014


Tue May 20
Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi)
@ Empty Bottle
1035 N.Western Ave
Chicago
USA
emptybottle.com


Wed May 21
Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi)
@ The Wick
260 Mesorole Street
Brooklyn
New York
USA
www.thewicknyc.com


Fri May 23
Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O'Malley perform Alvin Lucier's 'Criss Cross', Iancu Dumitrescu's 'South Pole' and more
+ Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Crys Cole & more
@ Tectonics NYC
Issue Project Room
Brooklyn
New York
USA
issueprojectroom.org


Fri June 13
Oren Ambarchi presents 'Knots' with Eyvind Kang, Joe Talia, Crys Cole & Sinfonietta Cracovia
+ Chic, Massive Attack, Richie Hawtin & more
@ Sonar
Barcelona
Spain
sonar.es

 

Live Dates | February-March 2014

Thu Feb 27
Stephen O' Malley/Jim O' Rourke/Oren Ambarchi trio
+ Stephen O' Malley solo
@ The Playhouse
Kitakyushu Performing Arts Centre
Kita-Kyushu
Japan
www.cca-kitakyushu.org/material/20140227_sw.pdf


Sun March 1
Keiji Haino/Jim O' Rourke/Oren Ambarchi trio
+ Stephen O'Malley solo
+ Crys Cole solo
@ SuperDeluxe
Roppongi
Tokyo
Japan
www.super-deluxe.com/room/3586/


Mon March 2
Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O' Malley/Oren Ambarchi)
+ Tatsuhisa Yamamoto/Jim O' Rourke/Eiko Ishibashi trio
@ SuperDeluxe
Roppongi
Tokyo
Japan
www.super-deluxe.com/room/3587/


Sun March 9
Oren Ambarchi with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
+ works by Xenakis, Scelsi, Ahern and more
@ Adelaide Festival
Tectonics
Grainger Studio
Adelaide
Australia
www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2014/music/tectonics_adelaide_grainger_studio


Mon March 10
Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O' Malley perform Alvin Lucier + Iancu Dumitrescu
+ Gravetemple (Csihar/O' Malley/Ambarchi)
+ more
@ Adelaide Festival
Tectonics
Queens Theatre
Adelaide
Australia
www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2014/music/tectonics_adelaide_queens_theatre


Sat March 29
Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O' Malley/Oren Ambarchi)
+ Television, Jonny Greenwood, Steve Reich, Bill Orcutt, Glenn Kotche, Oneohtrix Point Never, Marc Ribot, Laraaji & more
@ Big Ears Festival
Knoxville
Tennessee
USA
www.bigearsfestival.com


Sun March 30
Stephen O' Malley & Oren Ambarchi duo
+ Steve Reich, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Keiji Haino & more
@ Big Ears Festival
Knoxville
Tennessee
USA
www.bigearsfestival.com

 

Wednesday December 4th | Live in Melbourne

Oren Ambarchi & Joe Talia present Knots (duo version)
+ Marco Fusinato
+ Robin Fox
DISRUPTIONS
@ the Corner Hotel
Richmond, Melbourne
Australia

http://showsinspace.com/portfolioentry/disruptions-foxfusinatoambarchi/

 

New release | John Tilbury & Oren Ambarchi on Black Truffle

JOHN TILBURY & OREN AMBARCHI - THE JUST REPROACH LP (BT10)

The Just Reproach documents the second concert given by John Tilbury and Oren Ambarchi as a duo. When they first performed together in Reykjavik, Iceland in March 2012, the aptness of the pairing was evident. When they reprised the duo at London’s Cafe OTO in September the same year in the concert presented here, the city was in the midst of a heatwave. With the air-conditioning turned off to accommodate the low volume of the performance, the uncomfortable squirming of the audience members in their sweaty chairs becomes, alongside the occasional dropped glass and cough, an additional sonic element in the duo’s performance, providing a randomised accompaniment to the duo’s careful exploration of tonal and textural minutiae.

As always, Tilbury displays a remarkable sensitivity and inquisitiveness, investigating the unique character of specific harmonic intervals through iteration and slight variation in a way that displays the same remarkable care for the individual sonic event that he found many years ago in Webern’s Variations for piano. In Webern, Tilbury found a freedom from harmonic context that allowed normally jarring dissonances to appear ‘warm, even sensuous’ because they were transformed into timbres, into pure sounds rather than relational harmonic values. This same concentration on every individual sound allows Tilbury to breathe new life into a tap on the piano’s strings, a simple sequence of descending notes or even a commonplace consonance. Indeed, there are moments of simple beauty in The Just Reproach that remind us that, in addition to his devotion to the work of Morton Feldman, Tilbury is also the major interpreter of the piano music of Howard Skempton, with its reduced folk-forms and static airs.

Ambarchi’s guitar does not simply provide the steady backdrop for Tilbury’s articulations that we might expect, but rather engages in a more complex interaction. Gentle swells of tones, sometimes supporting Tilbury’s iterations, at other times complicating them, alternate with occasional bursts of abstract electricity. Ambarchi constantly moves his sounds around between multiple amplifiers and a Leslie cabinet to produce a subtle yet environmental whole, interacting both with Tilbury and the sound of the room, edging forwards into a clear sonic presence before dispersing back into silence. Despite the hushed nature of the performance, Ambarchi’s signature sub-bass tones are not absent, but in fact form an essential part of the texture woven by the two musicians, taking on an ominous quality like the distant rumblings of a helicopter through the night sky.

Far from a simple exercise in reductionism, the reduced volume of the duo’s performance acts like a microscope focussing the audience on an incredibly rich palette of sonic details. Like in the late works of Morton Feldman, a seeming homogeneity to the proceedings reveals itself on closer inspection to be a ceaseless investigation and reconfiguration of sonic events, allowing the listener to move freely between the lushness and warmth of the sounds themselves and the questioning, non-linear forms Tilbury and Ambarchi spontaneously construct from them. [Francis Plagne]

Deluxe limited edition vinyl designed by Stephen O'Malley with stunning artwork by Shunichiro Okada

 

Live Dates | Autumn 2013

Sun Sept 29
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Raime, The Sight Below
@ Decibel Festival
Triple Door
216 Union St
Seattle, WA
USA
http://dbfestival.com/dbx/optical/black-noise


Thu Oct 3
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Okkyung Lee/Michelle Boulé
10 Years Alive On The Infinite Plan
@ Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY
USA
http://issueprojectroom.org/drupal/event/ambarchi-lee-boule


Thu Oct 10
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Rafael Toral
@ OUT FEST
Cidade do Barreiro
Barreiro, Setúbal
Portugal
http://outfest.pt/2013/html/


Sat Oct 12
Oren Ambarchi/Neil Campbell/Michael Flower trio
+ Smegma, Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Mark Fell, Endless Boogie & more
@ Tusk Festival
Star and Shadow
Newcastle Upon Tyne
UK
http://tuskfestival.com


Sun Oct 13
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Smegma, Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Mark Fell, Endless Boogie & more
@ Tusk Festival
Star and Shadow
Newcastle Upon Tyne
UK
http://tuskfestival.com


Tue Oct 15
Oren Ambarchi with Joe Talia
+ Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang
@ Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol
UK
http://www.arnolfini.org.uk


Sun Oct 20
Oren Ambarchi presents 'Knots'
with Eyvind Kang, Joe Talia and the Sinfonietta Cracovia
@ UNSOUND
Krakow Philharmonic Concert Hall
1 Zwierzyniecka Street,
Krakow
Poland
http://www.unsound.pl/editions/interference


Sun Oct 27
Alvin Lucier's Criss Cross performed by Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O'Malley
+ Lucier's Slices, I Am Sitting In A Room, Charles Curtis
@ Musée du Louvre,
75058 Paris
France
http://www.louvre.fr/alvin-lucier


Tue Oct 29
Richard Pinhas/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi trio TBC
@ Instants Chavires
7 Rue Richard Lenoir
Montreuil,
France
http://www.instantschavires.com

 

Secret Thirteen mix

The author of the mix is Oren Ambarchi (b. 1969), an Australian electronic guitarist and percussionist who now lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Ambarchi has been performing live since 1986. Oren Ambarchi’s works are hesitant, tense and extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing, laminal improvisation and minimalism, hushed, pensive songwriting, the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier, and the physicality of slowed down and stripped to its bare bones rock music, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.

http://secretthirteen.org/secret-thirteen-mix-081-oren-ambarchi/

 

August Live Date In Canada

Thu Aug 8
Oren Ambarchi solo

Send + Receive benefit concert
@ Ace Art
2-290 McDermot Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada

 

Live Dates Coming Up...

Sat May 18
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ Sonore Festival
Run Ar Puns
Route de Pleyben, 29150 Châteaulin
France

www.penn-ar-jazz.com/item/oren-ambarchi


Tue May 28
Premiere of Lucy Guerin's new dance work
@ Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon
Music by Oren Ambarchi
Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon
France

www.opera-lyon.com


Thu May 30
Oren Ambarchi/Will Guthrie duo
@ Blockhaus
Nantes
France

http://blockhausdy10.blogspot.fr


Mon June 3
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ crys cole solo
@ Café V Lese
Krymská 273/12
101 00 Praha
Czech Republic

http://cafevlese.cz


Tue June 4
Premiere of Benedict Andrews' "The Maids"
featuring Cate Blanchett & Isabelle Huppert
music by Oren Ambarchi
@ Sydney Theatre Company
Pier 4, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay
Sydney
Australia

www.sydneytheatre.com.au


Thu June 6
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ Винзавод
4-й Сыромятнический переулок, дом 1, стр. 6
Москва, Moscow
Russian Federation

www.winzavod.ru


Fri June 7
Oren Ambarchi's Knots w/Joe Talia, James Rushford, crys cole & string quartet
@ Only Connect festival
Bla
Oslo
Norway

www.blaaoslo.no/


Wed June 12
Oren Ambarchi's Knots w/Joe Talia, James Rushford, crys cole, Ilan Volkov, Judith Hamann, Alison Blunt, Oliver Coates
+ Astor
@ Cafe Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street
London
UK

www.cafeoto.co.uk/


Sat June 22
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Jeff Mills, Andy Stott, Shampoo Boy, Mark Fell, Thomas Koner, Vatican Shadow, Shackleton, Voices from the lake + more
@ Heart Of Noise festival
Innsbruck
Austria

www.heartofnoise.at


Thu June 27
Oren Ambarchi & Eli Keszler duo
"At the moment of being heard" opening
@ South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH
UK

www.southlondongallery.org


Sat July 6
Nazoranai - Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi
+ Sic Alps, Sir Richard Bishop, Laurel Halo, Holy Other, Killer Mike, Madteo, Mika Vainio, Mission of Burma, Chelsea Light Moving, Negative Approach, Andy Stott, Lydia Lunch & more
@ Kuudes Aisti Festival
Kaikukatu 4,
00530
Helsinki, Finland

www.kuudesaisti.org


Sun July 7
Nazoranai - Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi
+ Kraftwerk, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Rihanna, Sigur Ros, Slipknot, Animal Collective, James Blake, Dead Can Dance, Chelsea Light Moving, Kreator, Kris Kristofferson, Kendrick Lamar, Bobby Womack, Marcos Valle & more
@ Roskilde Festival
Roskilde
Denmark

rroskilde-festival.dk


Tue July 9
Nazoranai - Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi
+ Nicholas Bullen
@ CBSO - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Centre
Berkley Street
Birmingham B1 2LF
UK

www.cbso.co.uk


Wed July 10
Nazoranai - Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi
@ Stereo
22-28 Renfield Lane
Glasgow G2 6PH
UK

www.stereocafebar.com


Thu July 11
Nazoranai - Keiji Haino/Stephen O'Malley/Oren Ambarchi
+ Corsano/Flower duo
@ Scala
275 Pentonville Road
London N1 9NL
UK
www.scala-london.co.uk/scala/

 

Spring 2013 Live Dates

Tues April 30
Oren Ambarchi
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA
USA
www.therotunda.org


Thu May 2
Oren Ambarchi
+ KTL, Prurient, Body/Head, Jim Sauter, Alan Licht & more
@ Drone Activity In Progress
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Queens,
New York
USA
www.knockdowncenter.com


Sun May 5
Oren Ambarchi
+ Marco Fusinato
@ Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn,
New York
USA
http://www.silentbarn.org


Wed May 8
Oren Ambarchi + Norbert Moslang
@ Palace
Zwinglistrasse 3
9004 St. Gallen
Switzerland
www.palace.sg


Sat May 11
Oren Ambarchi presents Knots (w/James Rushford, Joe Talia, Judith Hamann & others)
+ Stuart Braithwaite/Aidan Moffat/Hildur Guðnadóttir
@ Tectonics
The Old Fruitmarket
Glasgow
Scotland
www.glasgowconcerthalls.com


Sun May 12
Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O'Malley perform Alvin Lucier's "Criss-Cross" for two electric guitars and pure wave Oscillators (World Premiere)
+ Alvin Lucier Music for Cello and One or More Amplified Vases
Alvin Lucier Still Lives, for piano with slow sweep pure wave oscillators
Alvin Lucier Bird and Person Dyning for performer with microphones, loudspeakers and electronic birdcall
Alvin Lucier Nothing is Real (Strawberry Fields Forever), for piano, amplified teapot, and miniature sound
@ Tectonics
Grand Hall, City Halls Candleriggs,
Glasgow
Scotland
www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/events/1369

 

Black Truffle | 2 new releases

MERZBOW & OREN AMBARCHI - CAT'S SQUIRREL LP (BT08)

‘Cat’s Squirrel’ presents a live recording of Masami Akita and Oren Ambarchi’s performance in Campbelltown, Australia in May 2012. Although Akita and Ambarchi have known one another since 1993 and performed together as part of larger ensembles, this was their first performance as a duo. Together they create a massive wall of sound that moves from the cavernous to the blisteringly psychedelic, laying down shifting low-end structures over which pointillist details ricochet across the stereo field. Akita and Ambarchi’s voices blend together into a sonic morass, Ambarchi’s set-up expanded to include extra electronics and a spring reverb unit in addition to his signature guitar textures, and Akita utilizing both analogue and digital sound sources. Moving through a number of episodes, from deluges of reverberated metal screeches to rapid-fire iterations of visceral electronic tones, the record reaches a high point mid way through the second side, where Akita’s electronics gradually thin out into a stream of skipping chirps and screeches while around him Ambarchi builds up a dense mass of phasing low end guitar tones, the duo patiently developing an impenetrable wall of ecstatic, psychedelic noise. [Francis Plagne]

Deluxe, limited edition vinyl with artwork by Shunichiro Okada and design by Stephen O' Malley.


KEIJI HAINO/JIM O'ROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI - NOW WHILE IT IS STILL WARM LET US POUR IN ALL THE MYSTERY LP/CD (BT09)

Following on from last year’s acclaimed ‘Imikizushi’ (BT 07), ‘now while it's still warm let us pour in all the mystery’ is the fourth release from the established power trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, recorded in January 2012 at their yearly concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo. While the trio’s two previous double LP releases featured sprawling, side-long performances, the music here is presented in six shorter pieces, each one displaying a different side of the trio’s interactions, from holy minimalism to cave-man rock.

The record begins with the trio joined by special guests Charlemagne Palestine and Eiko Ishibashi, conjuring ghostly tones from wine glasses as an accompaniment to Haino’s angelic vocals. This ten-minute piece, which moves from near silence and the sound of onstage footsteps to a stunning passage of clean guitar work from Haino, is steeped in the same mysterious atmospherics as Haino’s great folk-drone project, Nijumu. When Haino turns to the flute on the LP’s second track, a performance that clearly demonstrates the importance of the special concept of space and silence (ma) that Haino has developed from traditional Japanese aesthetics, O’Rourke and Ambarchi transform into the delicate and probing rhythm section of a classic 70s fusion side.

When the trio return to the crushing free-rock of their last two records, O’Rourke’s heavily effected bass rolling alongside Ambarchi’s tumbling rhythms as Haino’s guitar squeals and slashes above them, their performances display a new purposefulness and concision. Now truly operating as a band after a number of years of playing together, the pieces here feel like instant rocks songs, O’Rourke and Ambarchi instantly locking into solid riffs over which Haino alternates between jarring no-wave chords, intense soloing and his signature vocalisations. When the trio slow down and stretch out, the rhythm section plods like an abstracted Crazy Horse on the brink of collapse, and Haino elicits long, mournful solos reminiscent of the first classic Fushitshusha double live LP.
Perhaps more accessible than the trio’s previous recordings because of its range and concision, ‘now while it's still warm let us pour in all the mystery’ exudes the dark, alien quality of Haino’s greatest recordings and testifies to the strength of the musical bond that has developed between these three players. [Francis Plagne]

Released as a 6 panel digipak CD and as limited edition LP in a lavish gatefold with a printed inner sleeve.

Design by Stephen O'Malley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning artwork by Shunichiro Okada.

 



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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Discography

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

Please contact Regina Greene for all live bookings

 

Performances Archive 2000-2007

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Collaborations

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Downloads

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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