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The First 2008 Alt.Music Event: The Necks



FEB 29TH, 8 PM, $25.00
Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets, Auckland

Tickets through Ticketek
Free workshop at The Silo, Feb 28th, 7pm


“For those unfamiliar with The Necks… their approach is to take a musical idea, sometimes a seemingly inconsequential musical idea, with a short life expectancy, and develop it, slowly transform it, roll it around for approaching the hour mark, riveting your attention throughout”
The Wire - David Stubbs

Chris Abraham (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton(bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

These three musicians are among the most respected and in-demand in Australia, working in every field from pop to avant-garde. Over 200 albums feature their presence individually or together, but the music of The Necks stands apart from everything else they have done.

Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most intoxicating fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, The Necks stand up to listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

“Australia's the Necks defy conventions about making and listening to music. Each performance … is an hour of unbroken improvisation, each one different to the last. So if you are a Necks fan, you cannot be sure you will hear your favourite Necks moment again. After 20 years, there are no "greatest hits", only what is next.”
The Guardian – John L Walters

Organised by the Audio Foundation, is an ongoing series of audio events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary and avant-garde sound art from around the world to New Zealand. Previous Alt.Music artists include Keith Fullerton Whitman, Peter Rehberg, Pauline Oliveros, Voice Crack, Sachiko M, Francisco Lopez, Pierre Bastien, Oren Ambarchi, Metamkine, Richard Nunns and the Dead C.

Vitamin-S was devised as a place where those interested in 'improvised music' could meet, perform, listen to and discuss, and generally interact with, all aspects of this complex and largely misunderstood art form

The Audio Foundation and is supported by Creative New Zealand, ASB Trust, THE EDGE® and STAMP, and VIT S


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