Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months. Counting Backwards takes place at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. The first event is on Thursday 3 June 2010.

The Noise Upstairs

Wednesday 1 December – Parallax

Kro Bar, Oxford Rd. Manchester, M13 9PG.

Entry £5/4. Start 8pm

Stian Omenås (trumpet, percussion) Are Lothe Kolbeinsen (guitar, prepared gitar) Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud (drums, percussion).

Parallax is one of those rare and lucky collaborations where there is a great sense of chemistry from the very beginning. Since forming the group in 2008 they have toured and recorded extensively in Europe, and present a selection of this material on their debut album Live in the UK. These musicians are musically so far inside each other’s heads that their improvisations seem to border on the telepathic, and have forged their own unique take on improvising that seamlessly draws on an array of influences ranging from Asian folk musics to traditional jazz and abstract soundscapes. Rustling, crackling, stealthily winding and melodic, the music moves effortlessly from a mere whisper to intensely suggestive stretches of rhythmic improvising. Parallax will be on tour to promote the album in China, Poland, Norway and the UK in 2010.

Support comes from The Noise Upstairs Trio in their second outing together, Rodrigo Constanzo, Anton & Johnny Hunter playing a few different things. Possibly with a special guest, possibly not, you’ll just have to find out for yourselves.

Next week – Noise Upstairs Jam in Sheffield and Manchester

Wednesday 8 December. The Riverside, Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN 8:30pm FREE

Thursday 9 December. Fuel Cafe Bar, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 3BW 8:30pm FREE

The special guest in both cities this month is Daniele Ledda, all the way from Sardinia, Italy performing solo with his laptop. He studied wind instruments, piano, composition, electronic music, information technology and worked as a teacher, and in the field of composition, improvisation, sound recording, electronic music, music for dance, for video and theater. He has worked with, among many others; David Shea, Marc Ribot and Elliott Sharp. He says he “today explores the experience of philosophy in the practice of contemporary arts. This means the creation of works that coordinate writing, speech, vision, listening.” We say it all sounds very good, so do make sure you come along.

He’ll be playing around 9:45pm in either city. Preceding and following that its the usual melee – bring anything you like to make a bit of a racket, pop your name in the hat and wait to get involved. Bring laptops, voices, toys, antiques, instruments, furniture etc etc.


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