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interesting music promotions present

a 2008 CMN Tour curated and produced by NO-FI and [NO.SIGNAL] supported by The Wire magazine



Saturday 20th September 2008

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AT.

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets 12 / 10 Concessions, subject to booking fee

Available soon from Aberdeen Box Office (His Majesty's Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct or the Music Hall, Union Street) Phone 01224 641122 or http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com


Featuring some of the most innovative and exciting acts of Finlands underground with ISLAJA, KEMIALLISET YSTVT, ES and TOMUNTONTTU most represented by the label FONAL. Each will collaborate with an uncompromising host of Americans, including FURSAXA, SAMARA LUBELSKI, AXOLOTL, BLEVIN BLECTUM and the SKATERS.

Performances comprise material composed prior to the tour and worked in 2 days rehearsal taking the form of two acts with 4 groupings rotating during each act.

The night will also feature exclusive screenings curated by FONAL-founder Sami Sanpakkila which will take place before live performances.

The concerts will be recorded and later released as digital only compilations.




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Here's some stuff about all the event 'partners'...ooh!


Fonal Records was founded by Sami Sanpakkila in Tampere, Finland in the mid 90s, primarily to release his own recordings under the name ES. Since then, Fonal has become renowned on both sides of the Atlantic as a leading force in the evolution of music both ancient and futuristic, mixing folk, psychedelia, found-sound collage and ethereal hymnal.

Fonal acts now exert huge influence on both the European and North American undergrounds. Artists from the label have played only rarely in the UK as part of festivals such as Subcurrents (Glasgow), Venn (Bristol) and the only UK label showcase (produced by [no.signal]) in 2006 brought over 300 people at St Giles Church.

"The Finnish underground represents a genuine alternative dimension of dream logic, elliptical motion and subconscious soulfulness"

Derek Walmsley The Wire magazine



NO-FI is a Newcastle based music event producer and record label, which began operating in 2001. In that time, weve presented around 100 events, featuring a stunning array of international artists, including: Aphex Twin, Sunn O))), Sir Richard Bishop, Wolf Eyes, Otomo Yoshihide, Autechre, Faust, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Pan Sonic, Jack Rose, Burning Star Core, Fennesz, Lightning Bolt, Sleeparchive, Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Yellow Swans and many more.

NO-FI was born to bring the kind of artists to the area that wouldnt otherwise play here. While continuing to do that, its activities have widened in recent years: co-producing the Version and INPUT festivals, producing the Free Noise tour for CMN, co-producing a showcase at Sonar 2007 in Barcelona, and working on events for 2008 for AV08 and much more.


NO-SIGNAL is a London-based entity found in 2004 aimed at the proliferation and presentation of experimental, 'outsiders' music. Its objectives are knitted around the production of self-sustainable events to enable the finding of gaps and niches to expand upon by assuring a wide, diverse and enthusiastic audience within an appropriate social atmosphere. Through this process, [no.signal] has managed to work with artists such as Matmos, Oren Ambarchi, Tony Conrad, Leafcutter John, the Fonal roaster, Chris Corsano, Rothko, Jonathan Kane, and many UK improv artists. It has also collaborated with cultural institutions such as Pro Helvetia, the Swedish embassy and the Finnish Institute and worked with the Atlantic Waves festival 2006 (curating and producing one experimental evening at the Barbican), produced the one day acoustic/noise festival in London Sottovoce in 2007 and produced 2 of The Wire XXV festival events at the Bush Hall.


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some artist biogs for bedtime reading...

sweet dreams!


ES is the solo recording name of Fonal boss Sami Snpkkil - tagged as 'Experimental Songcycles' by The Wire's David Keenan - and one of the main figures in contemporary Finnish free folk mouvement. Sami is not only a musician but also a renowned filmaker. Sami has created 15 short films and music videos, which have been screened in various museums, art gallerys and film festivals around the world. The films and the music are 5-30 minute experimental moodscapes that explore the themes of melancholy, pathos and hope. Es has performed across North America and Europe at various festivals including Sonar 2005, Subcurrent and Itsenisyysy at the famous B2 club in Moscow.


Tara Burke of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania employs voice, guitar, organ, dulcimer, accordion, Casio and more to create her home-recorded acid folk as Fursaxa. Her debut album Mandrake was produced, engineered, and released in Japan by none other than Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple. Since that release in 2000, and over a slew of subsequent releases for ATP and others, Burke has established herself as one of the few truly groundbreaking voices atop the current wave of revived folk interest in the US. Tara has very strong ties with Sami and the rest of the Fonal crew and has spent more than 6 months living in Tampere, Finland back in 2005.


Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a young visual artist and musician based in Helsinki, Finland. She has discretely become one of the few figures hiding behind the recent fad of "folk weirdness" whilst being part of a somehow communal move of a "Finnish psychedelia" that has spread its wings within the underground sounds over the last two years. Her latest album reflects a thorough mixture of accumulated musical backgrounds and influences. She has played twice in London invited by [no.signal] and played Venn festival 2007. Islaja is also a duo with Jukka Raisanen on bass, a member of Kiila and Avarus along with his own solo project Sala-Arhimo. Islaja's recent album 'Ulual Yyy' has received much acclaim, with a lead review in The Wire magazine and in Time Out New York. A live cd "Blaze Mountain Recordings" will follow on Thurston Moores label Ecstatic Peace in late 2007.


Samara is a native New Yorker who grew up in the haze of artist infestation of Soho. Through the time of playing in various groups she has compiled an impressive resume that covers myriad of genres such as her work with the avant/psych/folk outfit of Hall Of Fame into the lair of those bohemian German musos Metabolismus and onto the indie rock interpretations of The Sonora Pine with some serious treks into the world of The Tower Recordings and off world with Jackie O Motherfucker, to name just a few.


Blevin Blectum is an electronic musician. Recently relocated from the industrial armpit of Oakland, California, to the humid lovecraftian greenery of Providence, Rhode Island, Blevin releases her fourth solo album, GULAR FLUTTER, on an unsuspecting public via the AAGOO label (New York). Blevin is one half of the recently reformed and reunited groundbreaking digital duo Blectum From Blechdom, recipients of the 2001 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Musics. Blevin moonlights with audio/video band SAGAN alongside her husband and fellow e-musician Lesser, keyboardist Wobbly, and video artiste Ryan Junell. Blevin produces continued electronics "with a more oblique slant on the basic BFB sensation of things-not-quite-right-here, clanking, creaking grooves and anti-grooves as a coal-powered spacecraft from some steampunk parallel universe potentiality.


The name of a recording project of musician Jan Anderzn of Tampere, Finland. Anderzn began recording under the name in 1995 and although he has enlisted numerous musicians over the years, most Kemialliset Ystvt recordings are solo productions. Often labeled as psych folk, his recordings have included such diverse instruments as detuned guitars, mandolins, balalaikas, toys, hand percussion, and samples from recordings by Sun Ra, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Vibracathedral Orchestra.


Axolotl is Karl Bauer, classically-trained violinist and a dedicated student of gnosticism, alchemy, astrology, and certain other materialist tendencies in psychology and philosophy. Bauer belongs to a small but potent association of young musicians, who draw upon the gestural economy and textural range of minimalism, and the visceral force of noise, while eschewing fashionable prohibitions against musicality, raw beauty, and thematic complexity. A certain postmodern timidity (offered up as boldness itself) compromises the rhetoric and methods of contemporary experimentalism. Noise, in both its reductionist and maximalist variants, too often provides the easy cover of superficial extremity to gloss over bankrupt ideas about aesthetics, ideas that essentially encourage the abandonment of extra-sonic ambitions and overtly expressive forms. Axolotl has shared the stage with the likes of Cluster, Animal Collective, Black Dice, Blues Control, Chris Corsano, Excepter, and Boris and collaborated with Mouthus, Yellow Swans, Neil Campbell, Sunroof!, both members of the Magik Markers and many more.


The visual artist and musician Jan Anderzn (1978) is one of the central figures of the Finnish underground, and his band Kemialliset ystvt has gained international popularity among fans of experimental and psychedelic music. As Tomutonttu, Anderzn constructs surreal noise bursting with colour. Tomutonttus music has been released both domestically and internationally on audiocassette and vinyl by specialist labels such as Huutomerkki, Pohjoisten kukkasten net, Ultra Eczema and Imvated.


Staggering low-grade psychedelic murk and splintered free jazz soul says David Keenan (The Wire). The skaters are from southern California and consist of Spencer Clark and James Ferraro who met in 2002. The duo say that the substance of their music is defined by the interplay of ideas and the transformation of themselves into characters while playing and while living and using the inner dialogue that comes with cognizing the symbols of the outside world as a ground for the music to stand. The music for them becomes deeply psychological because they experience hallucinogenic sensations while playing. The "thing" they think is a phenomenon can only be experienced through playing.

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Turns out not as many folk as expected have bought tickets...

Now's the time folks if you want to see more events like this in Aberdeen.

Otherwise...it's tatties.

Well like the magnifient Boredoms event this is a one off & won't be repeated,

so we would ask all, even at this late stage we would ask you to pass the word

to all you muso pals that are into something slightly different that this will be

wonderful, eclectic, strange, challenging & fully worthy of a Saturday night upstairs

in The Lemon Tree......

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