Latest Live Shows Spring Summer 2016

Sat April 30
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Dopplereffekt, Awesome Tapes from Africa & more
@ Nowhere Festival
Rome
Italy
nowherefestival.it/about.html


Mon May 2
Oren Ambarchi & Thomas Brinkmann duo
+ Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler duo
Inner Spaces #5
@ Teatro Auditorium San Fedele/ Duomo San Babila a Milan
Milan
Italy
-eventi.it/innerspaces-5-rs-peter-rehberg-marcus-schmickler-oren/60215


Tue May 10
Oren Ambarchi and Will Guthrie duo
@ Cafe Oto
London
UK
www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/oren-ambarchi-will-guthrie/


Wed May 11
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Heather Leigh
@ The Glad Cafe
Glasgow
UK
www.thegladcafe.co.uk/tickets.html


Thu May 12
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ The Jimmy Cake
@ Bello Bar
Dublin
Ireland
bellobardublin.com/


Fri May 13
Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie duo
+ Flamingods & Corridor
@ Wine Nat White Heat festival
Nantes
France
wine-nat-white-heat.blogspot.it/


Sun May 15
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Mark Fell solo, Crys Cole solo
@ Cave12
Geneva
Switzerland


Fri May 27
Oren Ambarchi / crys cole / Giuseppe Ielasi trio
@ Standards
Via Privata Angiolo Maffucci, 26
Milano
Italy
www.standardstudio.it/


Sat June 4
Ash Ra Tempel Experience (Manuel Gottsching, Ariel Pink, Shags Chamberlain, Oren Ambarchi)
@ Kilbi Festival
Bad Bonn
Switzerland
kilbi.badbonn.ch/2016/_rubric/index.php?rubric=Programm#1


Thu June 16
Menstruation Sisters (Nik Kamvissis aka Rizili & Oren Ambarchi)
Lodgers #6 Ultra Eczema
@ AIR Antwerpen
Officierswoningen Brialmont
Kielsevest 23 - 25 / 31 - 33
Antwerp
Belgium
www.airantwerpen.be/nl/samenwerkingen/lodgers-6-ultra-eczema


Sun June 19
Menstruation Sisters (Nik Kamvissis aka Rizili & Oren Ambarchi)
+ crys cole solo
@ Standards
Via Privata Angiolo Maffucci, 26
Milano
Italy
www.standardstudio.it/


Tue June 21
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Common Eider King Eider & Gabriel Saloman
@ Bunker, via Paganini 0/200,
Torino
Italy
www.variantebunker.com/


Fri July 1
Oren Ambarchi / Mark Fell / crys cole / Sandro Mussida / Olivia Salvadori / Rebecca Salvadori / Jan Hendrickse collaboration
@ Orto Botanico
Rome
Italy
www.tuttoquestosentire.com/2016-Edition


Tue July 19
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ more!
@ Studio Strauss
Jerusalem
Israel
www.facebook.com/Studiostraus/


Thu July 21
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ Levontin 7
Tel Aviv
Israel
www.levontin7.com/?post_type=events&p=16290


Sun July 24
Fire! with Oren Ambarchi
Konfrontationen 2016
Jazzgalerie
Nickelsdorf
Austria
www.konfrontationen.at/


Wed July 27
Fire! with Oren Ambarchi
+ Sarah Neufeld solo + Massimo Puppilo/Daniel O'Sullivan duo
@ A'L'ARME festival
Berghain
Berlin
Germany
alarmefestival.de/


Thu July 28
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ TBC
Warsaw
Poland

 

Live Shows | Spring 2016

Sat March 3
Oren Ambarchi & Tetuzi Akiyama duo
+ Nik Kamvissis, Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Cor Fuhler, Jim Denley & more
@ Tectonics
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide
Australia
www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2016/music/Tectonics_Adelaide


Sun April 3
Oren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke / Joe Talia / Tatsuhisa Yamamoto quartet
+ Darin Grey / Eiko Ishibashi duo
@ SuperDeluxe
Tokyo
Japan
www.super-deluxe.com/room/4073/


Wed April 6
crys cole/Oren Ambarchi duo
+ crys cole/Seijiro Murayama duo
+ DJ Jim O'Rourke
@ SuperDeluxe
Tokyo
Japan
www.super-deluxe.com/room/4086/


Thu April 14
Oren Ambarchi solo
@ The Exploratorium
San Francisco
USA
www.exploratorium.edu/arts/resonance

 

Live Shows Early 2016

Sat Jan 9
Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi duo
+ Francis Plagne band
@ Eastmint
Melbourne
Australia
facebook.com/events/1685730511638635/


Fri Jan 15
Fire! with Oren Ambarchi
@ MONA FOMA fest
Hobart
Tasmania
www.mofo.net.au/lineup/mona-pass/fire/


Sun Jan 17
Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie duo
@ MONA FOMA fest
Hobart
Tasmania
www.mofo.net.au/lineup/mona-pass/oren-ambarchi/


Tue Jan 19
Fire! with Oren Ambarchi & Mariam Wallentin
+ Joe Talia/Mats Gustafsson duo, Wildbirds & Peacedurms
@ Make It Up Club
Bar Open
Melbourne
Australia
makeitupclub.blogspot.com.au/

 

Live Shows Autumn 2015

Thu Oct 8

Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Biosphere/Deathprod
@ Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
Brussels
Belgium

www.bozar.be/en/activities/101572-bozar-electronic-arts-festival-2015


Sat Oct 10

Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Matana Roberts
@ TRAFÓ KORTÁRS MŰVÉSZETEK HÁZA
1094 Budapest, Liliom
Budapest
Hungary

trafo.hu/hu-HU/matana_roberts-oren_ambarchi


Sun Oct 11

Rhys Chatham, Oren Ambarchi, Sam Shalabi trio
+ Stephen O’Malley/Richard Pinhas, Klara Lewis, Aaron Dilloway, Sleeparchive & more
@ Tusk Festival
Newcastle
UK

tuskfestival.com/


Mon Oct 12

Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Heather Leigh, Tim Coster
@ The Glad Café
Glasgow
Scotland

www.musicglue.com/the-glad-cafe/events/12-oct-15-oren-ambarchi-the-glad-cafe/


Thu Oct 15

Oren Ambarchi presents ‘Knots’ with Will Guthrie
+ Arnold Dreyblatt, Philip Jeck
@ St Johns Sessions
St John at Hackney Church
London
UK

stjohnsessions.co.uk/


Sun Oct 18

Oren Ambarchi + ? duo
@ ______ Festival
Krakow
Poland


Wed Oct 28

Oren Ambarchi presents ‘Knots’ with Will Guthrie
+ Bill Orcutt
@ Kantine Am Berghain
Berlin
Germany

berghain.de/events/


Thu Oct 29

Oren Ambarchi (solo)
@ Jazz Ao Centro
Coimbra
Portugal

jazzaocentro.pt/


Sun Nov 1

Oren Ambarchi (solo)
+ Klara Lewis, Powell, Heatsick, Tim Hecker, Vessel, Roedelius & more

@ Semibreve Festival
Braga
Portugal

www.festivalsemibreve.com/en/artists


Wed Nov 4

Phew/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi trio
@ CCA Live
Playhouse
Kitakyushu
Japan

cca-kitakyushu.org/?lang=en


Tues Nov 10

Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi/U-Zhaan trio
+ crys cole
@ SuperDeluxe
Tokyo
Japan

www.super-deluxe.com/room/3998/


Wed Nov 11

Keiji Haino/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi trio
+ Eiko Ishibashi
@ SuperDeluxe
Tokyo
Japan

www.super-deluxe.com/room/3999/

 

Live in London | 15th October 2015 St John At Hackney

More information can be found here

 

Live Shows Summer 2015

Thu June 18
Nazoranai - Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi trio
+ Duran Duran, Die Antwoord, A$AP Rocky, FKA Twigs, Autechre, Arthur Baker, KTL, Mika Vainio, Powell, Lorenzo Senni, Evol, Klara Lewis, Russell Haswell, Lee Gamble, Robin Fox & more
@ Sonar
Barcelona
Spain
sonar.es/en/2015/prg/ar/nazoranai-%28stephen-o%E2%80%99malley-oren-ambarchi-keiji-haino%29_553


Tue June 23
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Keith Fullerton Whitman
+ Eli Keszler
@ Wayward Sounds
3S Artspace
319 Vaughan St.
Portsmouth, NH
USA
www.3sarts.org/performances/performance/Wayward-Sounds:-Oren-Ambarchi,-Keith-Fullerton-Whitman-&-Eli-Keszler?performanceid=1009


Thu June 25
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Drab Pony
@ The Space Gallery
538 Congress Street,
Portland,
ME
USA
www.space538.org/events/oren-ambarchi-drab-pony


Sun June 28
Oren Ambarchi solo
+ Little Black Egg Big Band: Yo La Tengo & friends
@ Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
Brooklyn
New York 11231
USA
issueprojectroom.org/event/little-black-egg-yo-la-tengo-oren-ambarchi


Mon June 29
Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole duo
@ Invite-only event
Brooklyn
New York
USA


Sat August 8
Manuel Göttsching presents the music of Ash Ra Tempel with:
Manuel Göttsching, Ariel Pink, Shags Chamberlain and Oren Ambarchi
@ Supersense Festival
Melbourne
Australia
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/supersense


Sat August 8
Oren Ambarchi's "Audience of one" featuring Joe Talia
@ Supersense Festival
Melbourne
Australia
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/supersense

 

OREN AMBARCHI - 'QUIXOTISM'




Live show:

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


Oren Ambarchi - guitars and percussion
with
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.

soundcloud.com/editionsmego/oren-ambarchi

 

OREN AMBARCHI - 'STACTE KARAOKE'

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.

 

RICHARD PINHAS/OREN AMBARCHI

"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.

 

AMBARCHI/O'MALLEY/DUNN

SHADE THEMES FROM KAIROS 2LP (Drag City, USA 2014)

"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.

 



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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