Vereniging van Horen Zeggen


Editie één van Vereniging van Horen Zeggen
met Ghosted (Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin). 

Presented by BIMHUIS, The Rest is Noise & Vereniging van Horen Zeggen.

On Wednesday, February 14th, 20.30, 
Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam.

Ghosted found its genesis in Studio Rymden in Stockholm, in the fall of ‘18. Or was it early ‘19? The project’s three members—Oren Ambarchi, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin—can’t accurately recall the exact moment, as “that time doesn’t really matter anymore”. What does matter is that the music of Ghosted still exists with the intention of improvising and sharing. All three members have extraordinary track records on their own. They, *breathe in*—have played in ensembles as Fire! and Wildbirds & Peacedrums, have collaborated with the likes of Charlemagne Palestine, Jim O’Rourke, Mette Rasmussen and Alvin Lucier, and run record labels Black Truffle and Häpna—*breathe out*. So, what remains of that time? That time when Ghosted first let itself be heard? That time when the fall or winter light glistened through windows of Studio Rymden and when Ambarchi stumbled upon the best-sounding Leslie speaker he had ever heard? Minimal avant-garde jazz, “with the terse flow of krautrock jams—closely observed percussive riffs and repetitions that build continuously with subtle shifts as they move forward, with the small details flying expansively in and out across the stereo spectrum” (Drag City). It’s “endlessly repetitive, yet born anew with every bar” (Pitchfork).

Oren Ambarchi - guitar & electronics
Johan Berthling - double bass
Andreas Werliin - drums

Editie nul van Vereniging van Horen Zeggen
met Tongue Depressor + John McCowen.

On Friday, January 12th, 20.00,
at Salon de IJzerstaven,
Bickersgracht 10, Amsterdam.
Tongue Depressor is a duo, consisting of Zach Rowden and Henry Birdsey, who write, improvise, and perform drone-based music with fiddles, double bass, bagpipes, pedal steel, organ, bells, and tapes—often using microtonal tunings. They have teamed up with John McCowen for Blame Tuning, released on Full Spectrum Records in 2023. Their album Bones for Time, released on Worried Songs the same year, has been awarded a spot on Bandcamp’s ‘The Best Experimental Music of 2023’ list. “Is it DIY basement folk? Experimental classical? 20th century minimalism? Neo-drone? We're not completely sure, and that's precisely why we're hooked” (Boomkat).

John McCowen’s musical life has become an obsession with discovering a polyphonic language on a historically monophonic instrument—the clarinet. This obsession has guided McCowen into an unique acoustic vocabulary that is akin to a shifting soundscape of electronic feedback. His multiphonic approach is based in drones and beating harmonics, as a means to showcase the compositional potential within a single acoustic sound source. His work has been described as “the sonic equivalent of microscopic life viewed on a slide” (The New Yorker), and as “an astonishing demonstration of pure sound and human will” (The Wire).

Henry Birdsey - Scottish smallpipes
Zach Rowden - double bass
John McCowen - contrabass clarinet