The Elks are
Liz Allbee, Kai Fagachinski, Billy Roisz and Marta Zappoli - four
unique and powerful presences on the international experimental
scene, each of whom has developed deeply original approaches to
their respective instruments and practices. They performed for
the first time together in Berlin in 2014. After limited edition
cassette releases their debut album "This Is Not The Ant"
is available now through Mikroton.
those Elks are exploiting their instruments for no good again.
While Marta and Billy seem to have gotten it all wrong regarding
their very strange collection of machinery, it's just a careless
abuse how Liz and Kai handle their horns. Perhaps from the experimental
music scenes of Berlin and Vienna one might expect a rather reduced
and elegant sound world, but these Elks have some other ideas
in store, and don’t mind to get their antlers a little dirty.
There is no fear here of the loud, the dramatic, or on occasion,
some boorish braying (though they may still tip-toe gently on
their hooves or whistle a delightful tune to mock some clueless
humans.) BEWARE, The Elks will take you to the sound areas you
chose to keep away from.' Soundohm
an American multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Germany.
Her work connects to numerous musical genres, including noise,
weird pop, experimental rock and free jazz. Recurring themes include
extensions and embodiments and their interplay with instruments,
everyday objects, and high and low technologies.
She has performed
at Maerzmusik, Internationale Fereienukrse f.r Neue Musik Darmstadt,
Donaueschingen Musiktage, Ostrava Days, Serralves, Bolzano Museum
of Fine Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Electronic
Music Festival, Huddersfield, CTM, Radialsystem and Berghain,
strongly narrative, imaginative sonic pieces through improvisation
with real-time tape manipulation. Besides solo work, projects
include duos with Alessandra Eramo and Emilio Gordoa, PXPRD with
Martin Kuentz, TOWA with Julie Rousse, ZAPPAROISZ with Billy Roisz,
PAREIDOLIA with Liz Allbee, and CIRCUIT TRAINING. Additionally,
she plays in Splitter Orchester - their Creative Construction
Set™ was her first release on Mikroton.
Roisz, from Vienna, is an audiovisual and music artist
who has been manipulating her video in various formations since
2000. She is a co-founder and member of NTSC / RISC (with dieb13),
AVVA (with Toshimaru Nakamura), Skylla (with Silvia Fässler)
an Ona (with Ilpo Väisänen). She works with video feedback
and audiovisual interactivity exploring the ways sound and image
Fagaschinski is a self taught clarinetist who has leapt
to prominence in the improv world with projects such as Los Glissandinos
(with Klaus Filip), The International Nothing (with Michael Thieke)
and Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone (with Kurzmann).