The legendary Japanese instrumental band MONO, who has been pushing the limits of post-rock further and further for 20 years now, will pay us a visit in April with its characteristically intense live performance, in honour of its eminent anniversary as well as its fresh tenth album. Nowhere Now Here was produced by the band’s long-time collaborator Steve Albini and released via Pelagic Records. The evening will be opened by Jo Quail, one of the most exciting and promising cellists of the younger generation.
MONO have been regarded as tireless explorers of music for two decades already, rejecting simplified genre labels not just with words but with their output as well, finding inspiration for their compositions in experimental, avant rock and classical waters. Since their minimalist, noise-tinged beginnings, their sound has flourished into more complex orchestral grandeur, characterised throughout by dynamic guitarscapes expressing the entire range of emotions in the eternal battle of light and dark. The album Nowhere Now Here, released in January, again showcases new developments, this time by expanding the instrumental repertoire with electronics and a hint of vocals. The band will perform in Šiška just a little over a week after taking to the stage at the famed Dutch Roadburn Festival.
MONO will be joined on tour by internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail, whose beautifully evocative music combines mastery of her instrument with innovative looping techniques. The academically trained musician has collaborated with Roger O’Donnell (The Cure) and John Ashton (ex-Psychedelic Furs), among others. In the past year, she’s warmed up for Myrkur, Amenra, Boris, Winterfylleth and others, as well as released an excellent new record, Exsolve.
Tickets on sale online and at Eventim outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.