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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SLOOWJOB FESTIVAL

Sloowjob - Festival



Sloowjob - Psychedelic Dreams At Play

EMBRYO [d]
JULIE MITTENS [nl]
PETER WALKER [us]
GNOD [uk]
GEOFF MULLEN [us]

+ films by Matt Valentine, Heidi Diehl, Roberto Opalio, Marja Mikkonen en Erik De Jesus

Sat 28 march 2009, Netwerk / centrum voor hedendaagse kunst, Aalst (16:00 7-10 EUR)

Ever since their debut "Opal" from 1970, seen as a master piece of psychedelic music, EMBRYO traveled around the world for the last 40 years with a mix of kraut rock, psychedelia, jazz and in recent years lots of ethnic music. Music as a life style, and open ears and minds for unexpected meetings with exotic surroundings and headstrong musicians such as Mik Quantius and No Neck Blues Band.

PETER WALKER is a monument. In the sixties he released two legendary albums, "Rainy Day Raga" (1967) and "Second Poem to Karmela" (1969) on which he combines the eastern influences of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan with American folk. He teached Jim Gurley (Big Brother and the Holding Company) his first guitar chords and cooperated with LSD guru Timothy Leary. In recent years Walker mainly focussed on flamenco. Expect an instense trip with one of the masters of nylon strings.

GNOD is a cosmic collective from Manchester who are constantly looking for new boundaries. In a swirling universe full of delay, distortion, wahwah and fuzz they destroy minds and reap souls. Dudes jammed with White Hills and stuff. Gnod bless Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind, Sun Ra and Acid Mothers Temple. Expect the unexpected. Gnod have mercy.

JULIE MITTENS still is The Netherland's best band, which was noticed by labels as Rococo and Holy Mountain. The intrumental jams of this guitar/bass/drums trio send loud feedback blues, hammering rhythms and hypnotic bass lines to the point where their free rock disolves in an intoxicating psychedelic harmony of electric spheres. Slow drones spread their tentacles over deserted grey landscapes, a scratched surface of resonating strings and buzzing amps.

GEOFF MULLEN brings together guitar, banjo and analog synth to psychedelic abstractions, New England reverb and weird noises. He has cooperated with Family Underground, Kris Lapke and Pumice.

FILMS

Eric de Jesus (USA): Born Of Jackals (2008)/ My Heart And I Agree (2007)/ History of WHH (2007)/ Easy Commercial (2007)Dreams and reality become one during a lazy afternoon in the fields. Taking it easy.



Marja Mikkonen (FIN): Rondo (2006) / Marraskuun Lohtu (2005) / Lyömätön Perhe (2005) Abstract, experimental films with soundtracks by Musta Hevonen, Boris Morgana en Horst.

Heidi Diehl (USA): Moon Void Of Course (2006) Tour diary of a 13 week long American tour of Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, including jam sessions in the desert. (I've seen this - and it's really excellent! - Kek)



Matt Valentine/Erika Elder/Gabriel Walsh (USA): The Temptation Of Zoology (2003)Surrealistic and psychedelic short film referring to the same abstract mythology and visions in which Matt Valentine's lyrics and music unfold.

Roberto Opalio (IT): Light_Earth_Blue_Silver(2008) Existential journey of an alien in the mountains. Soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien.

HEATHEN UPRISING