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july, 2021

15julthuSix Foot Love Series presents: Thor & Friends7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Show

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Welcome back to the Six Foot Love series at The Wild Detectives. A series of live outdoor performances with numbered and limited tickets.

Tickets: $15/person

Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated “Thor & Friends” in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians.

The ensemble has three core members, Thor, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah “Goat” Gautier — with its line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. The range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are present or absent from the process at any given time. They can perform purely acoustic or shaded with hues of electronic instrumentation, as a stripped-down trio or a large ensemble.

Thor & Friends draws on classic Minimalist composers, including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe.

The group also builds upon similarities and contrasts with Harris’ past projects and continuing collaborations; these include Swans, Xiu Xiu, Bill Callahan, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Frost, Hospital Ships, and Shearwater. They embody utopian optimism by rooting their art and operation in both improvisation and the involvement of neighbors and friends in their process, making use of what and who is around at any given moment to make music with.

“Those expecting an extension of Harris’ crushingly heavy work with Swans will discover Thor & Friends to be gentler and more solemn yet intense in its own way. In some ways this music reflects its origins in the Southwest but it’s also detached from time and space, busy ambient exploration applicable to contexts both active and meditative.”
Chris Deville, Stereogum

“Impervious to overanalysing and methodical categorisation, this music is a living and pulsing thing, perfect in its imperfections, as much as the concept of togetherness behind it. If you listen carefully, you can hear the movements and rustle of the performers. The humanity of it all.”
Antonio Poscic, The Quietus


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The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas