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.

 

CRYS COLE & OREN AMBARCHI

"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

 

OREN AMBARCHI/NEIL CAMPBELL/MICHAEL FLOWER

"LIVE AT TUSK FESTIVAL 2013" LP (TUSK, UK 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.

 

KEIJI HAINO/JIM O'ROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI

"Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen"
CD/LP Black Truffle BT011

"Begun as a one-off collaboration in 2009, the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi has now become a solid working group, refining its craft through a series of annual concerts at Tokyo's legendary SuperDeluxe. Much of their recorded work has focused on their intense, ritualistic take on the rock power trio of electric guitar, bass and drums. Presenting the entire first set of the trio's March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe (the second set will follow on Black Truffle later this year), Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen is their fifth release and blows the instrumental palette wide open for a single continuous piece focused on acoustic strings, synth, flute and percussion. Featuring one of Haino's most delicate and moving recorded vocal performances, the opening section of the record takes the form of a spare duet between O'Rourke's 12-string acoustic guitar and Haino's kantele (a Finnish variant of the dulcimer), behind which Ambarchi provides a hovering backdrop of wine glass tones. While on previous releases the listener has often sensed that Haino was firmly in the driver's seat, here O'Rourke takes center stage with an acoustic guitar performance that takes the lyricism of John Abercrombie orRalph Towner and refracts it through the free improvisation tradition of his mentors Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser. The atmosphere of meditative, abstracted song is reminiscent of some of Haino's greatest recordings, such as the legendary Live in the First Year of the Heisei volumes recorded with Kan Mikami. After this stunningly beautiful opening sequence, the performance moves organically through a number of episodes, including a dramatic central passage in which Haino moves to synth and drum machine, crafting a current of raw electricity that unfurls slowly over the gently pulsing foundations of Ambarchi's cymbals and builds to heights of manic intensity. When Haino later turns to wooden flute, Ambarchi answers him with nimble hand-drummed percussion in a passage that calls to mind Don Cherry's liberated combination of free-jazz improvisation and non-Western musics. The trio's move away from the power trio dynamic bespeaks a risk-taking and questing spirit that refuses to be satisfied with repeating past glories, and yet the organic, immersive flow of this single improvisation attests to the intuitive bond that has formed between them over the last five years. Exuding the signature mystery and emotion of Haino's greatest works, this release is perhaps the strongest statement yet from this acclaimed trio, and holds out a tantalizing promise for everyone hooked on their continuing exploration of 'those things said to be as of yet unseen.' --Francis Plagne; Design by Stephen O'Malley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning artwork by Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug.

 

Oren Ambarchi & Eli Keszler - Alps

Vinyl Album - edition of 500
Instant free digital download on purchase.

PRE-ORDER NOW - due out 25th August 2014
Digital downloads will become available on the 25th.

ALPS by Oren Ambarchi & Eli Keszler is a seemingly inevitable collaboration of two musicians kicking against limits and genre definitions, recorded and presented with a similar disregard for anything but quality.

Two vinyl-side-long pieces that mix improv, noise, rock, and drone, this is never an easy listen but always a compelling one. Both musicians are compulsive collaborators, with individual oeuvres that span all those genres and others yet to be labelled, and this album reflects and distills their hard-working heritage.

Listening to ALPS is a discomforting, uneasy and massively rewarding exercise, which denies the listener any steady ground on which to stand.

The LP insert features liner notes by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core).

A very limited number of cover art posters is available for separate purchase. They measure appx 31.5 x 62 cm and are screenprinted on heavy 300 gsm Heritage White paperstock. Suitable for framing. These will be shipped in sturdy cardboard tubes.

For more information on this release click HERE.

 

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/

 



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

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Live Bookings

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Performances Archive 2000-2007

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Collaborations

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Downloads

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"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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