Here we come
Sebastian Rochford / Pamelia Kurstin
Ouch Evil Slow Hop is the debut album of new collaboration between drum alchemist Sebastian Rochford [Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland etc..] and Pamelia Kurstin, the woman described by Bob Moog as “one of the most important innovators of the Theremin living today.”Read More
Although aware of one another for a number of years, Seb and Pamelia first played together at the suggestion of Brighton’s Loop Festival, and subsequently recorded this album’s material in a Brighton studio, in a number of free improvised sessions then edited by Seb. Portishead’s Adrian Utley added his unique mixing angle, and ‘Ouch Evil Slow Hop’ was born.
An album that defies simplistic categorization, it veers between eerie soundscapes, locked celestial grooves and explosive workouts. Sections have variously been compared to Herbie Hancock’s ‘Sextant’ era and Soft Machine locked in a fight to the death with Aphex Twin.
Pamelia is arguably the most accomplished Theremin player of her generation, as witnessed by Bob Moog in the quote above. By fully embracing her own playing techniques along with technology as a processing tool, she has arrived at a unique sound for the instrument, blowing all preconceptions of what a Theremin should sound like back into the schlock 1950’s sci-fi films where they belong. Her sound ranges from the ‘sacred to the profane’, and visits every point in between, by turns beautiful and ethereal, ferociously aggressive and always alien and unquantifiable. She has recorded and played live with artists such as David Byrne, John Zorn, Foetus, Sebastien Tellier and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. She has previously released a solo album ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (Tzadik).
As well as his work as the drummer, driving force and composer for Polar Bear, whose recent album ‘Peepers’ (Leaf Label) has garnered widespread critical acclaim, Seb’s unique abilities both as a drummer and as an all round musical entity have seen him much in demand as a session player for the likes of Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Andy Sheppard and Brigitte Fontaine, to name a few. On this album, Seb’s extraordinary musicianship is fully on display, as he uses his drum kit both as a ferocious rhythm machine and, more unusually, as an almost impossibly expressive medium that defies conventional expectations of time-keeping and dynamics. He is also associated with Acoustic Ladyland, Fulborne Taversham and The Basquiat Strings.
- The Chris McGregor Trio
- U.T. Gandhi
- The Chris McGregor Septet
- Charles Lloyd & Maria Farantouri
- Egberto Gismonti & Naná Vasconcelos
- Andrea Vicari, Pete Wareham, Steve Waterman, Dorian Lockett & James Maddren
- Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti
- Paul Motian, Chris Potter & Jason Moran
- Angelica Sanchez