05 01 2011

Mamiffer will be part of Sunn O)))‘s curated event at RB2011

We are pleased to announce that our dear friends Mamiffer will be playing at O)))s curated day at Roadburn April 15th 2011.

Faith Coloccia has evolved this formerly solo/personal project into a grand piece of experimental growth.

And a beautiful flower emerges: Mamiffer's imminent album "Mare Decendrii" was recorded and co-produced by the one and only Randall Dunn in 2010. The architecture of this album struck me as being ambitious, brave and quite delicate... it's a courageous piece. The album also has an amazing caste of some of the west coasts finest minds of experimental music: Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Timba Harris, Don McGreavy... and last but not least Aaron Turner.

Aaron is one of our longest held comrades, ISIS and KHANATE shared the stage many times in the early 2000s (and O))) in the mid-late 000s), Aaron's label Hydrahead (sub label 2XH NOISE) initially released the first 2 O))) albums in fact, the 3rd and 4th (final) KHANATE albums, and the notorious Burning Witch / Goatsnake split.

Besides this Aaron and I have collaborated on music as well, together with Sir James Plotkin, under the guise of LOTUS EATERS. LE was and is our reflection of the great impression made on our souls by bands such as MIRROR and NURSE WITH WOUND. And Aaron and I have also shared camaraderie by both wearing two hats as musician/composer and also art director/designer of musical endeavors. These 2 albums have/or are about to, be issued on vinyl via TAIGA.

We are pleased to have them!

Here's Mamiffer's announcement for RB. Also, EARTH flyer is posted.


Mamiffer will be part of Sunn O)))‘s curated event at Roadburn Festival 2011, set for Friday, April 15th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. Also appearing on the bill are Winter, Corrosion of Conformity (“Animosity” lineup), Earth, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Scorn, Beaver, Hooded Menace, Menace Ruine, Aluk Todolo, The Secret, Atilla’s Csihar’s Void Ov Voices and Sunn O))).

The process of experiencing a musical composition is like decoding a puzzle. The mind registers the emotional implications within a melody, the timbre of the instrumentation, the tempo of the music, and the subject matter of lyrics. Listeners then must decipher this relatively complex code and project their own meanings and feelings to that particular pattern of sound. As a culture, we’ve also come to ascribe connotations to formulas and clichés.

These are reference points, a context, and a shorthand method of leading the listener to a certain conclusion. Mamiffer exists with little in the way of context. The musical project, spearheaded by pianist Faith Coloccia, speaks in a new language whose roots are harder to trace. Consequently, the music is intriguingly foreign. A patient listener shouldn’t have any difficulties rendering the deep, vibrant human pulse in the compositions, though a Rosetta stone in the form of the project’s history and operational tactics will undoubtedly help untangle Mamiffer’s cryptic dialect.

Faith Coloccia’s early work as co-founder of the avant-guerilla sound experimentalists Everlovely Lightningheart was an exercise in re-examining traditional concepts of performance. Shows took place in sewers, art galleries, desert landscapes, and, on rare occasions, scattered about the corners and floor space of rock clubs. The shows were hypnotic, transcendent, and occasionally violent. Recycled scraps were turned into instruments; instruments were turned into groaning organisms.

After the disbanding of Everlovely Lightningheart, Faith began composing new material on piano. Navigating the creative process as a solo artist, she moved away from her more improvisational past and took a structured approach to her new compositions. The result was Hirror Enniffer, her debut under the moniker Mamiffer. Recruiting an assortment of musicians from the Seattle area, including drummer Chris Common, bassist Brian Cook, cellist/vocalist Annie Hozoji Matheson-Margullis, guitarists Aaron Turner and Ryan Frederiksen, Faith took her fractured neo-classical compositions and infused them with ambient electrical hums and a reductionist metal dirge.

Two years later, after splitting her time between the perpetual gray of the Pacific Northwest and the sun-baked deserts of Southern California, Coloccia began the process of drafting up her second full-length, Mare Decendrii. With co-conspirator Aaron Turner and ongoing collaborator Travis Rommereim on board, Coloccia no longer works under the insular role of a solo artist. Consequently, the material on the follow-up was subjected to heavy scrutiny, with the songs going through a myriad of metamorphoses over the course of an extended drafting and recording process.

Over the course of Mare Dencendrii’s five songs, Mamiffer travels between moments of minimalist tone worship, choral meditations, syncopated funeral marches, elaborate odd-time classical passages, and deconstructed doom metal. At its core, it’s a melancholic and occasionally vengeful exploration of texture and melody. It’s a sonic journey, a dynamic, living, breathing experience, a labor of love, and a bold new language.

As curator, Sunn O))) (Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley) are personally selecting the bands that will play during their special event, as well as performing a headlining show. Sunn O))) is Roadburn’s fourth curator, following David Tibet in 2008, Neurosis in 2009 and Triptykon’s Tom Gabriel Warrior at this year’s festival in April.


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