Explosions In The Sky – Tickets – Iron City – Shows – Birmingham, AL – April 9th, 2017

 
 
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Explosions In The Sky

Explosions In The Sky

Thor & Friends

Sunday, Apr 9th 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Iron City - Shows

Birmingham, AL

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

Explosions In The Sky
Explosions In The Sky
Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The quartet originally played under the name Breaker Morant, then changed to the current name in 1999. The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, what they refer to as "cathartic mini-symphonies," and their enthusiastic and emotional live shows.[1] They primarily play with three electric guitars and a drum kit, although band member Michael James will at times exchange his electric guitar for a bass guitar. The band has later added a fifth member to their live performances. The band's music is almost purely instrumental.
Thor & Friends
Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated "Thor & Friends" in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project was intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians.

A crafter of musical instruments and stylistic polyglot Harris is returning home with Thor & Friends and the resultant music is an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop and the instruments his hands shape and bring to life.

The ensemble has three core members, Thor, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah "Goat" Gautier, with its line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. The range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are present or absent from the process at any given time. They can perform purely acoustic or shaded with hues of electronic instrumentation, as a stripped-down trio or a large ensemble.

Thor & Friends draws on the classic Minimalist composers including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe.