Extended guitar hero Oren Ambarchi launches his new album ”Shebang’, a long-form piece which will be premiered in a 4DSOUND version at Monom Studios on Thursday 15, September 2022, mixed by Tilo von Ketelhodt, William Russell & Oren Ambarchi. Shebang features an international all-star cast of musical luminaries, their contributions recorded individually in locations from Sweden to Japan yet threaded together so convincingly (by Ambarchi in collaboration with Konrad Sprenger) that it’s hard to believe they weren’t breathing the same studio air.
The album, released by Drag City, features Ambarchi on guitars and whatnot, with special guests: Chris Abrahams (piano), Johan Berthling (acoustic bass), BJ Cole (pedal steel), Sam Dunscombe (bass clarinet), Jim O’Rourke (synths), Julia Reidy (12-string guitar), Joe Talia (drums).
Though single-mindedly occupying its rhythmic space throughout, Shebang’s dense ensemble sound is carefully composed while drawing on the free flow of improvisation, with individual voices momentarily coming to the fore and subtle changes in harmony and texture.The ensemble surges through a slow series of harmonic changes before the whole shebang dissolves into a delirious synthetic mirage.
Bridging minimalism, contemporary electronics, and classic ECM stylings, and bringing together a cast of preternaturally talented contributors,
Shebang is unmistakably the work of Oren Ambarchi: obsessively detailed, relentlessly rhythmic, unabashedly celebratory.
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). More info: https://orenambarchi.com
Very limited number of vinyls will be available at a reduced price during the evening. Attendees are invited to enjoy a playlist selected and curated by Ambarchi that will play through the Nexo sound system in the Monom Bar through the evening and after the presentations.
Thursday 15, September 2022
Doors open at 19h30
TICKET INFORMATION / PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND DETAILS
19:30 Doors open
20:00 Shebang Session 1
21:00 Shebang Session 2
22:00 Shebang Session 3
*Each ticket gives access to its respective Session at the Studio and to Monom Bar throughout the whole evening