There are few artists that are synonymous with an entire musical genre
and movement- Merzbow is one of them. Since emerging in late 1970's
Tokyo, Merzbow ie. Masami Akita has pioneered what would soon become
known as Noise Music. He has ceaselessly explored the extreme limits
of sound - completely disassembling the language of the avant-garde,
abstract electronics / synthesizers, free jazz, drone, rock, sound /
tape collage, psychedelia and anything else in his path. In the
process Merzbow's body of work has been vast and kaleidoscopic; with
over 400 releases his catalog is unmatched in the history of recorded
music. His numerous collaborations and performances have spanned the
globe and in the process influenced and helped lay the groundwork for
much of today's vast underground of sound artists. Even as he has
shifted and evolved through the decades, Merzbow's sound has always
been unmistakable and uncompromising.
This will be Merzbow's first Los Angeles appearance in over 16 years
and his first non-festival Los Angeles performance since the 1990's.
Kelly is a composer and pianist from Long Island, NY. Her 2017 LP, Bloodroot, received universal acclaim, garnering glowing reviews from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and was included on countless year-end lists across classical, experimental, avant-garde, and metal genres.
She is a frequent collaborator of Oneohtrix Point Never, playing in his MYRIAD ensemble, while also having previously composed alongside fellow pianist and long-term John Cage collaborator Margaret Leng-Tan (confirming Moran’s direct connection to the New York scene), the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and the esteemed percussion quartet Yarn/Wire.
Her newest LP and Warp Records debut, Ultraviolet, sees her continue to flesh out her sonic vision, an album based around compositions for prepared piano but one that also plays to a wider, more arresting array of stylistic influences: dazzling inflections of jazz and dream pop, neoclassical and black metal, darkness and light, encapsulated in a single, mystifying LP.
Ultraviolet is out November 2nd, 2018.