OREN AMBARCHI / AU
Oren Ambarchi’s works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal. From the late 90’s his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. Ambarchi has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Sunn 0)), Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Akio Suzuki, Phill Niblock, John Tilbury and many more. His acclaimed trio with Keiji Haino and Jim O’Rourke performs in Tokyo annually, and his latest release Hubris features Mark Fell, Arto Lindsay, Jim O’Rourke and Ricardo Villalobos amongst others. His release Quixotism was listed in The Wire magazine’s top 50 releases of 2014 and that same year Pitchfork named him Experimental Artist Of The Year.