30 years of The Necks will be celebrated in style: one eight hour-long, continuous relay of performances by likeminded musicians, wholly in the spirit of the Australian cult band. For 30
30 years of The Necks will be celebrated in style: one eight hour-long, continuous relay of performances by likeminded musicians, wholly in the spirit of the Australian cult band.
For 30 years the Australian trio The Necks has been a cult phenomenon, renowned for their endlessly fascinating, hypnotic improvisations on piano, double bass and percussion. For this 30th anniversary at the Bimhuis, several kindred bands have been invited for an overlapping relay of performances. Free improvisation is the common factor.
The anniversary features nearly eight hours of continuous music in overlapping sets of solos, duos, trios and guerrilla actions. The members of The Necks will occasionally join in. The temporary line-up: The Necks – Contest of Pleasures – Vatcher/Moore/Swanton – The International Nothing – Dans Les Arbres – Axel Dörner – Vellum – The Dogmatics – The Necks and Clarinets…
In the late 1980s the three jazz musicians of The Necks sought an alternative to the busy chord progressions and solos of their contemporaries. The rhythm section on the album In a Silent Way by Miles Davis was an important source of inspiration. Every other set of The Necks is another slowly unfolding improvisation based on the interaction between piano, bass and percussion.
‘The Australian trio stirred up a sonic ocean that ebbed and flowed and swelled into great tidal waves of sound, a pulsating wash of drums, percussion, double bass and grand piano’ (The Guardian).