Tim Hecker &
The Konoyo Ensemble CA+JP
November 22, 2019
Canadian composer, electronic musician and sound artist Tim Hecker, Japanese musicians Motonori Miura, Fumiya Otonashi and Takuya Koketsu.
Abstract electronic, Minimal ambient, Instrumental drone.
Anoyo (Sunblind music, 2019)
Kranky, 4AD, Sunblind music.
Blurring borders between musician and machine, Tim Hecker creates environments of sonic craters and mountains, awash in storms cracked with sunlight. From bleak soundscapes to melodic explorations of acoustic instruments and choirs run through with digital dexterity, Hecker resists languishing in any genre. While traveling extensively in Japan, Hecker became obsessed with the intricacies of Japanese Gagaku court music, letting its silent intervals, harmonic direction and inherent patience guide his newest electronic compositions, which incorporate the 17-pipe horn shō and ryuteki instruments, cello and open tuning distorted electric guitar. For albums Konoyo and Anoyo, the recording process positioned Hecker as a band leader surrounded by his machines, collaborating with Japanese musician Motonori Miura and several gagaku musicians, cellist Mariel Roberts and Canadian composer and organist/synth musician Kara-Lis Coverdale (also on a quest to blur the lines between human and machine, sacred and sampled). Konoyo means roughly “the world over here”, Anoyo “the world over there.”
Continuing the dialogue in live performance, Hecker and the Konoyo Ensemble weave natural and treated sound sources to turn the MUTEK MX stage into a concert hall of new proportions and ancient/modern revelations. Lighter and looser in a live setting, the Konoyo/Anoyo sound is set free to roam physical space and become its own captivating entity, moving from gentle and organic to brutal and blissful.
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