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Roy Montgomery // Andrea Belfi Utmark presenting:   Landmark  Concert


Please join us for Utmark with concerts by Roy Montgomery (NZ) and Andrea Belfi (IT) on Wednesday, 8 November.

Doors open: 20.00.
Concert starts: 21.00.
CC: 100,- / 50,- (members of nyMusikk and Borealis Listening Club).
Free for our members and KMD students.

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ROY MONTGOMERY (NZ)

Roy Montgomery is a guitarist and academic from New Zealand. Across an array of peerless solo and collaborative releases on labels like Kranky, Siltbreeze and VHF he is the architect of a widescreen drone aesthetic exploring psychedelic abstraction and pastoral minimalism that has proved to be highly influential.

A key protagonist in the Christchurch 80s noise rock scene, his minimalist post-punk band The Pin Groupwere the first act to release on Flying Nun and lead to other explorations in short-lived drone project The Shallows and the gloriously open-ended freedoms of noise pop outfit Dadamah.

After a quiet spell, he returned in the late 90s, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond(Hash Jar Tempo), and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions.

A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple of thematic variations serving as soundtracks for films.
He unexpectedly re-emerged in 2016 with R M H Q (also know as Roy Montgomery’s Headquarters) on Grapefruit/Ba Da Bing, four albums of new material released simultaneously that marked a return to his distinctive pastoral guitar style but added the rare sound of his singing voice. Like all of his catalogue listening to his work is a visceral experience with repeating phrases swelling and decaying, immersing the listener in the cyclical narrative of his compositions.

ANDREA BELFI (IT)

Italian-born Belfi is a drummer, composer and experimental musician. Artfully blending the acoustic with the electronic, his performances are equal parts energetic and hypnotic, featuring long-arching soundscapes that are rich and immersive.

Inspired by the likes of instrumental post-rock group Gastr Del Sol, seminal dub outfit Rhythm & Sound, and Pierre Schaffer protégé Éliane Radigue, Belfi’s music pulses on the exploration of deep and mysterious nocturnal spaces. Strikingly atmospheric and replete with vivid timbres, his music is oftentimes rhythmically complex but also pure and reductive.

A live performer at heart, Belfi’s music comes to life on stage where he’s built a reputation for electrifying drum solos and off the cuff improvisations. He’s been refining his current live set for a decade now, consisting of just his noble Saari drum kit from Finland, a Nord modular, and a sampler.

Having performed at the likes of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Cafè Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), GAS festival (Göteborg) and Artplay (Moscow), Belfi’s become known for his charismatic and engaging performances. His extensive experience includes both solo and group tours across Europe, notably touring with Nils Frahm’s band nonkeen in 2016.

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