When: 7.30pm on Friday 6 November 2009
Where: Nexus Art Cafe, Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW
Grouper is the artist name of Elizabeth (Liz) Harris from Portland, Oregon. She has put out three album, with her latest – Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill – on Type Records. She has also been involved in collaborative releases, contributing a track to Xiu Xiuâ€™s Remixed & Covered and four tracks to a split release with Inca Ore. Liz’s other contemporaries are Belong, Growing, Tim Hecker, Windy & Carl and Atlas Sound. Earlier this year, she supported Animal Collective on their US tour.
The word ‘grouper’ actually comes from the name of a fish found on warm and tropical seas – Garoupa, in the Russian dialect of the Enchained Forest region of Siberia, and not from the English word group.
This bill also features Jasper TX, aka Sweden’s Dag Rosenqvist. The former double bass student discovered recording through a borrowed four-track cassette recorder, and Jasper TX (also a small Texan town) was born. His music is mainly-guitar driven but when a layer of drums, voices, organs, toy pianos, field recordings and effects are added it becomes something quite special and unique. His music can be compared to artists such as Fennesz, Sigur Ros, mÃºm and Tape.
Leeds’ Fieldhead play too. Under this guise P Elam produces ambient/electronic music that delights in tape hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analogue loops. He is also a full time member of The Declining Winter and a part-time member of Glissando’s Fleeting Glimpse Ensemble.
Manchester’s own Danny Saul completes the bill. The former Tsuji Girl guitarist sometimes collaborates with Greg Haines (as Liondialer) and has performed live with Type Records’ Xela too.
This will be at Nexus Art Cafe, a regular haunt of ours opposite Vinyl Exchange. The staff are great, they have great music taste, and make excellent tea and cakes.
This all-ages show is a co-promotion with Room Tones.
Tickets available from the cafe, Piccadilly Records, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0161 832 1111.