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“Wisdom that will bless I, who live in the spiral joy born at the utter end of a black prayer.” • — Keiji Haino
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“… It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others.” • — The Marquis de Sade

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Keith Rowe, tabletop electric guitar from The Renaissance Society on Vimeo.

A seminal figure in improvised music and founding member of the AMM, Rowe helped define the genre not simply on stylistic but ideological grounds--improvised music as a way of thinking, a libratory practice, and a social model. It has been forty-five years since he adopted his signature approach to the prepared, tabletop electric guitar, shaping its inherent electro-magnetic resonances and frequencies into fields, volumes and textures of varying density. Having influenced two generations improvisers with latter day performers being versed in electronics, Rowe sounds fresher and more prescient than ever. His return to Chicago will be marked by a performance of a 1988 work written for him by our very own Frank Abbinanti.

Nazoranai (Documentary) from Ivan Weiss on Vimeo.

In March 2014, Nazoranai came together for their U.S. premiere, at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. This documentary, part of the Big, Bent Ears series (www.bigbentears.org) on The Paris Reviews, goes behind the scenes, spending time with members Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi, and Keiji Haino.

Produced by Rock Fish Stew (www.rockfishstew.org)

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