Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present
BLACK TO COMM (U.S. debut)
with John Twells (Xela)/Matt Christensen (of Zelienople) duo and special guest, DJ Ning Nong
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $15
“Black to Comm successfully probes the depths of ambient, drone, and modern classical composition with both restraint and imagination.” - Pitchfork review of Alphabet 1968
Listen to Black to Comm’s brilliant 2009 release, Alphabet 1968
Marc Richter (aka BLACK TO COMM) is no newcomer to the experimental music scene. As the figurehead of the Hamburg-based Dekorder label, the musician and designer has brought countless oddities to the attention of rabid music fans in the last few years, but it is with his own compositions that he has made the biggest splash. He has released records on Digitalis, Trensmat, Type, and his own label, pioneering a new, organic drone sub-genre, using tape loops, vintage organs, and an inexhaustible swamp of found sounds. His last album, the critically acclaimed Alphabet 1968, represented a more song-oriented approach, with references ranging from Moondog to Basic Channel by way of Bernard Herrmann.
John Twells (aka XELA) is probably best known for heading up the Type Records imprint. Now living in Massachusetts (having kissed the salty shores of the UK goodbye) he produces music using a cache of synthesizers, wires, boxes and occasionally his own voice.
Matt Christensen is the singer, guitarist and lead songwriter in Chicago mainstays Zelienople. In their estimable career the three-piece has notched up a number of releases on a multitude of labels, most recently the acclaimed Give It Up on Type Records.
In the Spring of 2008 the two sat down and decided to record together, and using a decrepit analogue synthesizer, guitar, voice and a variety of effects they came up with Coasts, an LP which will be released in October on the Digitalis imprint. This will be their first performance together and using synthesizer, guitar and vocals, they intend to fashion a blissful symphony of drones.