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Tongue Depressor + John McCowen

An intimate evening of towering, unplugged drone. Vereniging van Horen Zeggen presents editie nul with Tongue Depressor + John McCowen. An unamplified concert by “a humble sort of supergroup”. Buy tickets at https://verenigingvanhorenzeggen.nl

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Tongue Depressor + John McCowen
Tongue Depressor + John McCowen

Tijd en locatie

12 jan 2024, 20:00 – 22:00

Amsterdam, Bickersgracht 10, 1013 LE Amsterdam, Nederland

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Buy tickets at https://verenigingvanhorenzeggen.nl

An intimate evening of towering, unplugged drone. Vereniging van Horen Zeggen presents editie nul with Tongue Depressor + John McCowen. An unamplified concert by “a humble sort of supergroup”, whose work together “embodies glacial sonic forms that are both monolithic on the exterior and microscopically shifting on the interior.” We would love to listen together with you, cozied up in the Salon.

Tongue Depressor is a duo, consisting of Zach Rowden and Henry Birdsey, who write, improvise, and perform drone-based music with fiddles, double bass, bagpipes, pedal steel, organ, bells, and tapes—often using microtonal tunings. They have teamed up with John McCowen for Blame Tuning, released on Full Spectrum Records in 2023. Their album Bones for Time, released on Worried Songs the same year, has been awarded a spot on Bandcamp’s ‘The Best Experimental Music of 2023’ list. “Is it DIY basement folk? Experimental classical? 20th century minimalism? Neo-drone? We're not completely sure, and that's precisely why we're hooked” (Boomkat).

John McCowen’s musical life has become an obsession with discovering a polyphonic language on a historically monophonic instrument—the clarinet. This obsession has guided McCowen into an unique acoustic vocabulary that is akin to a shifting soundscape of electronic feedback. His multiphonic approach is based in drones and beating harmonics, as a means to showcase the compositional potential within a single acoustic sound source. His work has been described as “the sonic equivalent of microscopic life viewed on a slide” (The New Yorker), and as “an astonishing demonstration of pure sound and human will” (The Wire).

Line-up:

Henry Birdsey - Scottish smallpipes Zach Rowden - double bass John McCowen - contrabass clarinet

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