13 Apr 2016
SUNN O))) has been invited to perform at the Ruhrtriennale under the artistic direction of the Dutch director Johan Simons. We will perform in the Turbinenhalle at an old power plant called Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. The theme of Mr. Simons’ programme is “Seid umschlungen” (be embraced) – a gesture of social, political and geographical embracement.
Festival announcement in English.
Sunn O))) turn sound into a physical experience. The leading
American drone or doom metal band made their name with their exaggerated
use of drones, low frequency sounds of extended duration. The band
position themselves between the first Western drone compositions of
American composer La Monte Young and a heavy metal aesthetic, which they
subvert with the extremely slow tempo of their playing. Their focus on
extreme bass frequencies creates an extraordinary physical experience
for the listener. Sunn O)))’s music can be just as intensely felt as
heard. Their concerts are well known for being staged in a ritualistic
Last year the band caused an international sensation by collaborating with The Walker Brothers’ singer Scott Walker. Their joint album ‘Soused’ gained worldwide acclaim. This year the band will present their new album ‘Kannon’ at the Ruhrtriennale. While Sunn O)))’s previous work has been characterized by abstract and atmospherically orientated approaches, ‘Kannon’ references religious concepts of Asian origin: ‘Kannon’ is one aspect of the Buddha, personified as the Goddess of Mercy, and can be understood to hear the sounds or cries of the world.
SUNN O))) will join several other EU dates in early-mid September, including a very special concert at “Labirinto della Masone” (Masone Labyrinth) opened in Fontanellato, near Parma in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna. More news soon on all of that.
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