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Icarus Night: International Piano Day
Dominique Lawalrée
Bar Mirwaar, Burgstraat Gent
29/03/2019
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Icarus.fm brings you a different Icarus Night this time...
Piano only this time, as 29/03 it is International Piano Day, an initiative started by Nils Frahm.
Our guest this time is Dominique Lawalrée. Who? Dominique Lawalrée. One of the greatest little known minimal composers Belgium has ever known! As his performances are rather

Dominique Lawalrée (b. 1954) is a Belgian composer and keyboard player, often associated with the New Simplicity movement, with over 500 compositions and 29 albums of hermetic, euphonic minimalism to his name. While pursuing a career as a music educator in his native Brussels, Lawalrée founded the Editions Walrus imprint in 1976 as a vehicle for non-commercial music, privately releasing a string of intimate solo records throughout the ‘80s featuring his own multi-tracked piano, synthesizers, tape, percussion, Wurlitzer, organ, and voice. Littered with references to forebears like Erik Satie (“Musique Satieerique”), Brian Eno (“Listen To The Quiet Voice”), Morton Feldman (“Morton A Fait Peur À Karlheinz”), and The Beatles (“Now Peace For Beatle John”), Lawalrée’s whimsical music of this period makes no secret of its influences. Yet while the elegant consonance of his recordings owes much to ambient or furniture music, a more apt metaphor would be that of wallpaper. Ornate and repetitive, its casual patterns can invite careful admiration from the willful listener or provide a subtle, comforting framework for domestic life.


Following a mystical experience in 1994, Lawalrée’s work took a turn for the liturgical, embracing a formerly latent spirituality in the form of religious concert music written until 2016. Although Eno once expressed interest in publishing Lawalrée’s recordings on his legendary Obscure Records, dissemination of Lawalrée’s output has until recently remained limited, its reception as personal as the work itself.
In 2017, a selection of his music was compiled on 'First Meeting', Lawalrée’s first stateside release compiling recordings from the Editions Walrus years.
Last year, Dominique played a Icarus Session in cooperation with IPEM, you can listen to it here.

There’s a beautiful nuance of consonance to his music that tantalises the ear with its warbling harmonic complexity and elegant pacing, yet it’s never challenging; always with a careful pop-ness that points to his equal appreciation of Satie, Feldman and Stockhausen as much as The Beatles or Led Zeppelin, the latter of whom he’s currently working on a series of books analysing their music second-by-second, and has led him to meetings with The Beatles’ engineer, Geoff Emerick, where he pointed out mistakes in the classic recordings which nobody else has ever noticed.
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Past Icarus Night


Aaron Moore & Erik K Skodvin,
Bar Mirwaar, Burgstraat Gent
24/1/2019

Aaron & Erik have been fans of each other’s work for many years. From Erik's work as Svarte Greiner, and with the groups Deaf Center and B/B/S, to Aaron's work with Volcano The Bear, Gospel Of Mars and his duo with Alan Courtis. They have created a large and eclectic body of work between them. Their duo album 'Instead of Rain I Bring a Hat' (Hands in the Dark 2018) sounds unique amongst their output. It brings together vast amounts of instruments and techniques to form a surreal and melancholic piece of work. The record was conceived after over 6 years of back and forth, mailing sound clips and compositions while they were working on compiling the massive Volcano The Bear’s 20 year anniversary box set “Commencing” that came out on Erik´s Miasmah label in 2015.

In a live setting they improvise around numerous known and unknown sound sources. Aaron plays percussion, tapes, trumpet and voice and occasionally uses strange instruments to interact with the audience. Erik plays with sound collages, drones, electronics and feedback. For their 2019´s winter tour they have also produced a limited edition cassette release entitled "Hovering Mink", which is a collage of improvisations recorded in Berlin 2016, made into it´s own multi-section piece.

Our Live Sessions

Upcoming sessions: Bow , Bruno C.

Icarus Live Session #58: Christina Vantzou, 17/03/19
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Christina Vantzou is a Missouri native of Greek descent who resides in Brussels, Belgium. A composer
& experimental filmmaker, she works with space, sound, and image on a level of curiosity and refinement. Over the course of fifteen years she has built an audiovisual language very much her own. Vantzou has composed and released four albums of ambient-classical music on Kranky and has developed a form of graphic musical notation influenced by abstract minimalists. Her many collaborations have included performing with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), co-founding The Dead Texan, creating abstract films for renowned musical artists, and performing with ensembles across 4 continents.




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Best Albums of 2018

Anenon-Tongue
Catherine Christer Hennix-Selected Early Keyboard Works
Kajsa Lindgren-Womb
Anteloper-Kudu
Masayoshi Fujita-Book Of Life
Lucy Railton-Paradise 94
Embassador Dulgoon-Hydrorian Remnants
Lea Bertucci-Metal Aether
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet-Landfall
Jon Hassell-Listening To Pictures: Pentimento Volume I
Eliane Radigue-Oeuvres Electroniques
Abul Mogard-Works
Oneohtrix Point Never-Age Of
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay-Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability
Laurel Halo- Raw Silk Uncut Wood
Skee Mask-Compro
Jenny Hval-The Long Sleep
Poltrock-Mutes, Moods & Machines
Ogon Batto-Hedoro
Ben Chatwin-Drone Signals
Aux Field-Square Landscapes
The Necks-Body
Jan Jelinek-Zwischen


 

10 Years Icarus Radio

Interview with Enola Magazine: Read
Interview with Tumult: Listen

Icarus Night NTG, Gent, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Our radioshow celebrated its 10th birthday and we celebrated this 08/03/18 at NTGent in coop. with Democrazy!
We were so happy with our line-up: Andrea Belfi, Greg Fox and Dictaphone!

Review by ENOLA


Andrea Belfi (IT)

Italian-born Andrea Belfi is a drummer, composer and experimental musician. Artfully blending the acoustic with the electronic, his performances are equal parts energetic and hypnotic, featuring long-arching soundscapes that are rich and immersive. A live performer at heart, Belfi’s music comes to life on stage where he’s built a reputation for electrifying drum solos and off the cuff improvisations.

Having performed at the likes of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Cafè Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), GAS festival (Göteborg) and Artplay (Moscow), Belfi’s become known for his charismatic and engaging performances. His extensive experience includes both solo and group tours across Europe, notably touring with Nils Frahm’s band nonkeen in 2016. His latest and critically acclaimed studio album called Ore came out in 2017. He made us a mixtape, listen to it here.



Greg Fox (USA)

Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. He has toured, recorded and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson and Ben Frost. Fox’s solo work is concerned with finding and creating gestural points of procedural interaction that reconcile seemingly unrelated interstitial spaces, using sound to create and describe emotional and geometric architectural territories. Using the drums as a main interface of communication, in tandem with Sensory Percussion, Fox describes, animates and accesses hidden synesthetic landscapes.

The Gradual Progression  (2017), his most recent album, is a transformative collection of new music by Greg Fox. The seven pieces of The Gradual Progression activate spiritual states through physical means, Fox’s rigorous inner rhythms the mandalic vessel for unbound expression and arrangement. On the album, Fox uses tonal palettes, or virtual instruments invented for each piece, in an intuitive and expressive way through Sensory Percussion’s hardware/software system that overlays sensors onto acoustic drums.

"Fox’s interlocking meters and melodies shape a pinwheel sort of gamelan, spinning forever into new moments of wonder... A true musical polyglot.” Grayson Haver Currin, Pitchfork

“One of the most exciting drummers I’ve seen recently in any kind of music.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times

 

Dictaphone (D)

Dictaphone, already formed in the late nineties in Berlin is back with a new album after five years of silence.
The new album ARP 70 features the three Dictaphone core members Oliver Doerell (electronics, bass, guitar), Roger Döring(saxophone, clarinet) and Alex Stolze (violins) and has been composed and produced over the course of three years. It feels as if each of the uncountable layers of which the intricate arrangements are made has just the right amount of contrast to be visible, but there are only very few moments where one of the elements noticeably dominates the others. The cool jazz bits, analogue flourishes, hypnotic rhythms and refined electronics feed a dark serpent-like creature meandering in ever-changing morphologies through shapeless landscapes. "APR 70" is the perfect cocoon for the hazy days and the serene nights. A new
incarnation, maybe even definition, of purity.

 




Call for demos

We are looking for experimental/electronica artists who want to release their album on vinyl. Do you think your music would be suitable for our label? Please send us a copy to Bromeliastraat 13, 9040 Gent, Belgium or send it digitally to jeroen(at)icarus(dot)fm.


Release i007: Otto Lindholm (BE)

Official release date: 27/05/16.
Limited release, edition of 220-black vinyl only.

Mastered by Fred Alstadt
Artwork by Jeroen De Wandel for Bless You
Screen Print by Marijke Loozen

Double bass player and electronic producer Otto Lindholm comes to light with his project and debut LP simply called ‘Otto Lindholm’, set for release on Icarus Records | Vynilla Vinyl in May 2016.
In the mood of bands and projects as Mohammad (PAN) or James Ginzburg & Yair Elazar Glotman’ Nimbes for Subtext, Otto Lindholm debut LP proposes an intense and noir three track LP, comprised by stand-alone experiments coming from a unique producing process elaborated by the artist where each track was played and recorded in one shot. The double bass dialogues in the dark with blinking analogue machines creating beatless but dynamic music, fully habited by plate-shifting bass drones.
The debut-album by Otto Lindholm is released on a limited vinyl edition by Vynilla Vinyl/Icarus Records, mastered by Frederic Alstadt. Photographer Jeroen De Wandel designed the record sleeve, resulting in a beautiful silkscreen by Marijke Loozen.


« At once dangerous and stunningly beautiful » (FACT magazine)
« An absolutly incredible piece of music » (Mary Anne Hobbs / BBC)
« An incredible odyssey. A great year for classical deconstruction/detonation/disintegration with records by Roly Porter, Paul Jebanasam and Otto Lindholm » (The Bug)
« Stunning » (Rob Booth / Electronic Explorations)
« WOW » (Throwing Snow)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Icarus Radio

Our radioshow grows with an hour. We will broadcast one extra hour on Urgent.fm, so now you can listen every Sunday from 21 till 23h via streaming or near Ghent at 105.4 FM!
This season we will have some guest musicians who 'll make us mixtapes every two months. Coming up in the next few months: Kevin Verwijmeren.

We celebrated our 300th episode with a mix of our favourite tracks.

Icarus #300: 22-11-15 by Icarus Records on Mixcloud




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Icarus Album Of The Month.

This month's album is the album Velcro Bird by Leverton Fox.

The new album features the three Dictaphone core members Oliver Doerell (electronics, bass, guitar), Roger Döring (saxophone, clarinet) and Alex Stolze (violins) and has been composed and produced over the course of three years. While the vibraphone and the more easily distinguishable guitar among other things gave a certain presence to the tracks on the previous album "Poems from a rooftop", "APR 70" leaves the listener with a much more muffled impression. It feels as if each of the uncountable layers of which the intricate arrangements are made has just the right amount of contrast to be visible, but there are only very few moments where one of the elements noticeably dominates the others. The cool jazz bits, analogue flourishes, hypnotic rhythms and refined electronics feed a dark serpent-like creature meandering in ever-changing morphologies through shapeless landscapes. "APR 70" is the perfect cocoon for the hazy days and the serene nights. A new incarnation, maybe even definition, of purity.

Dictaphone never make music for the sake of it, they always want to create something which was missing before. And they did.

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