Two Free Hands Single, Extended Player and further shows in Autumn
I'm excited to present Two Free Hands - a song and Extended Player, and the first music to come from the last two years of experimentation and touring.
I've been touring the EP through New Zealand and Australia for the last few months, including some full-band shows, which were a rare chance to reconfigure what I've learned as a solo performer over the last two years, and see where more human bodies on stage led the music.
Now, I'm touring the music in one-person guise, to the corners of both islands. I'm playing some towns I've never played before, like Whitianga, and some that are a rare treat (and a challenge to impress) like the tiny Donovan's Store on the West Coast of the South Island.
In these multi-player and single-player shows, we'll extend what I've been doing with Two Free Hands, and preview new material.
Two Free Hands - Autumn Dates 2018
Sun, April 22 - Rotorua, The Rogue Stage, Prince's Gate
Wed April 25 - Okarito, Donovan's Store
Fri, April 27 - Invercargill, Masonic Hall
Sat April 28 - Oamaru, Grainstore Gallery
Sat, May 5 - Gisborne, The Dome
Wed, May 9 - Whitianga, The Coghill Theatre
The song was produced and recorded by Jonathan Pearce and myself, and features Anna Coddington on vocals, Stu Harwood on percussion and Octatrack, and Elizabeth Stokes on French Horn. Daniel Blackball Alexander, has made the artwork.
The EP includes a remix and collaboration with Jet Jaguar - the moniker of Wellington electronic producer Michael Upton, and a reworking of a song from Successor which has changed shape in my live set. This is an EP in the orginal, 'Extended Player' sense - a collection of songs that expand on a single song, rather than the modern, mini-album sense. More info about all that here.
For those who haven't seen the set in the last year - the song, Two Free Hands, and the recent RNZ live session below plant the flag in the ground for what the approach is. I'm taking my personal version of semi-electronic music into some refined venues, with shows to start a little earlier than the average nightclub where possible.
Above - Two Free Hands in session on RNZ
The new music has partially developed out of touring overseas as a solo performer, and looking for ways to expand the sound with strange and wonderful technology, like my home-built matrix mixer made in a workshop run by the Music Electronics Library, or my new Synthstrom Deluge.
In this new music, I've been trying hard to play with electronic elements the way I feel an instrumentalist should - in way that is fragile, different every time, and takes repetitive practice and concentration to keep together. I've never made music that is easy to dance to, and learning to use a drum machine hasn't helped. However I think I can bring electronic music into a variety of environments, and play in a way that feels like it has all the energy and danger of a instrumental band - whether I have one with me, or whether I'm playing alone, and need to get my musical communication from the audience rather than other performers.
I've taken the opportunity of the release to launch this website. You can now buy tickets and merchandise directly from me, with no middle people. You can buy some things you'll find nowhere else - like the instrumental tracks to Successor. As time goes by, I'll be populating these pages with lines of communication that feel true and necessary, while my social media presence becomes all the more dedicated to short, practical news and updates.