Music and Poetry of the Kesh is the documentation of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, and the soundtrack of famed science fiction author, Ursula K. Le Guin’sAlways Coming Home.
This past Monday, January 22, Ursula passed from this realm to another leaving a life spent building and exploring other worlds while challenging social concepts of the real word she inhabited.
Freedom To Spend had been working under Ursula’s enthusiastic endorsement and with Todd Barton, her musical collaborator on Kesh, to give the music that accompanied her 1985 epoch a new life. With the Le Guin family’s encouragement to move forward with our planned release, we are humbled to play this small role in sharing Ursula’s work.
As Pete Swanson, one third of Freedom To Spend, stated, Ursula’s “legacy is her work which transformed the world, and this is another piece of the universe that her imagination birthed becoming real.” Listen to “A Teaching Poem / Heron Dance” below.
Ursula’s daughters Elisabeth and Caroline Le Guin, Barton, and Moe Bowstern will join Visible Cloaks with song, readings, and recollections to celebrate Ursula and this new edition of Kesh in Portland, Oregon on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Leaven Community Center, with a special screening by Vanessa Renwick.
After breathing life into Breadwoman at CTM Festival in Berlin & in the UK this past winter, Anna Homler & Steven Warwick will perform the music of Breadwoman this June at Pitchfork’s Northside Festival Showcase in Brooklyn, NY (6/11) and will open for Grouper at ‘Beyond The Gate’ in Chicago, IL (6/18).
Holly Herndon has been invited as the main support for Radiohead at their European shows later this month.
Holly will join Radiohead for the entirety of their sold out 8-date tour. Herndon’s critically acclaimed album Platform married emotional and political critique with innovative club music. The interactive and ecstatic experience of her live performance has now evolved into a group which includes the artists Colin Self and Mat Dryhurst. The trio plan to work on new Holly Herndon material, due later this year.
Holly Herndon will also be appearing at festivals in the UK, Europe and US this summer.
HOLLY HERNDON LIVE DATES:
May 20 – AMSTERDAM, Heineken Music Hall (w/ Radiohead)
May 21 – AMSTERDAM, Heineken Music Hall (w/ Radiohead)
May 23 – PARIS, Zenith (w/ Radiohead)
May 24 – PARIS, Zenith (w/ Radiohead)
May 26 – LONDON, Roundhouse (w/ Radiohead)
May 27 – LONDON, Roundhouse (w/ Radiohead)
May 28 – LONDON, Roundhouse (w/ Radiohead)
June 1 – LYON, Les Nuits des Fourviere (w/ Radiohead)
June 3 – BARCELONA, Primavera Festival
June 4 – PARIS, We Love Green Festival
June 8-9 – PORTO, Primavera Festival
June 11 – LONDON, Field Day
July 16 – CHICAGO, Pitchfork Festival
July 17 – CHICAGO, Constellation
July 18 – ST. LOUIS, Luminary Center for the Arts
August 5 – AMSTERDAM, Dekmantel
August 12 – HELSINKI, Flow Festival
introducing a new mix series from our Commend home. Sides will explore the collections of our favorite heads from the Commend space and beyond.
first up is John Also Bennett (JAB), a NYC-based synthesist and sound designer, member of the band Forma, and one half of Seabat. he also works behind the scenes for RVNG Intl. and Commend. peer into this sonic psyche below: