Slow Music – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – April 16th, 2014

Slow Music

An intimate evening with legendary experimental jazz/rock supergroup

Slow Music

The Humans

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is 21 and over

Slow Music
Slow Music
there is a quick and less quick answer to the question: "what is slow music?"

the quick answer is that slow music is an opportunity for six pretty good and very experienced musicians to improvise and have fun playing together while experimenting within a particular context.

the longer answer is:

the idea for slow music has been floating around for a few years now. i'm not quite sure where it came from or how it started, but it came from wanting to hear a certain kind of music that i wasn't finding.

here are the main points of slow music:

a larger-than-usual number of musicians (in this case, six) play long-form improvisations working with ambient/textural/environmental music-ideas. this means live performance rather than programming. this means flexibility in the moment and freedom to respond. there is an unfolding and unpredictability. there is also a high degree of risk.

another primary feature of slow music is the use of space, or intentional not-playing. here, space is not empty, but filled with listening. it is active. openness and stillness become a part of the musical vocabulary, as well as density and activity, etc. listening/not-playing is, at least, of equal value to listening/playing.

because of the size of the group, individuals can play and work together without having always to do something. in slow music, the default contributions are to rest and listen, rather than to play. this puts playing into a new context. the energy and intensity under these conditions can be surprisingly energetic and intense.

i think that the key to all of this is active listening - for both the audience and the peformer. this may seem obvious to say and fundamental to music-making, but in practice it's always much harder, particularly in hazardous conditions like improvising. listening keeps us alert and present to the performance. if the performers are alert and present, the audience will sense this and respond in kind.

this is all largely experimental - as we cross the bridge, we are also building it.

slow music:

is slow

is music

is improvised

is based in performance

takes its time

is risky

is intense

relies on listening

features both space and sound

is process based

is experimental

is invigorating.

is fun.

slow players

Peter Buck
Fred Chalenor
Matt Chamberlain
Robert Fripp
Bill Rieflin
Hector Zazou
The Humans
The Humans
THE HUMANS were formed in 2007 after Toyah was invited by the Estonian ambassador to tour Estonia. Highly experimental, the band reflects the distinctly different musical backgrounds and life experiences of its members. This creative formation marked a radical departure for Toyah who comments: “The songs are deconstructed down to the bones of raw experience, exposing human nature and irony”. Dispensing with the conventional rock band line-up, the DNA of The Humans consists of the voice (taking much more of a role as instrument) flanked by two bass players, with no designated drummer or guitarist. Although recorded and live work can include programmed drumming, beats or guest guitar, the intention is to allow space for the vocal to sit above and alongside the soundscape rather than compete with the noise of a rock band.

To date the band have released two studio albums; We Are The Humans in 2009 and Sugar Rush in 2011. The Humans digitally release their third album, Strange Tales, digitally in March 2014, The Humans will play live gigs in support of the album release in the West Coast of America later this Spring. In a double-bill with Slow Music (Bill Rieflin, Robert Fripp, Peter Buck, Matt Chamberlain)), two live dates are confirmed for Seattle’s Triple Door Club on 14 and 15 April 2014. This is followed by dates in Portland with details to be announced soon.

The Humans - Strange Tales

Strange Tales will be released digitally worldwide on 1 March 2014.

Recorded in Seattle, seven tracks make up the third album created by the transatlantic band comprising Toyah Willcox, Chris Wong and Bill Rieflin. Rieflin once again helmed production of the album. As previously stated, this third instalment in the musical adventures of The Humans adds more instrumentation into the mix with saxophone and violin featuring for the first time.