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AF Presents: Rachel Shearer, K-group, Richard Francis, Rosy Parlane

Fri Nov 27th, 2020
Audio Foundation,

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AF is pleased to announce a evening of monolithic, abstracted and ornate electronic music!


Rachel Shearer is an audio-visual artist based in Auckland. Her work with sound traverses a range of fields including recording and performing experimental music, audio-visual installation, writing, research, and collaboration with other practitioners of moving image and performance. Rachel’s cross-disciplinary practice is united by a common theme, frequently featuring manipulated recordings of environmental sounds. She regularly performs sets of solo electronics and also has a history of collaboration, including a number of projects alongside the likes of Rosy Parlane, Ducklingmonster, and Richard Francis.

Since the late 1980s, Rachel’s musical projects have been published by leading labels throughout the world, with material released by the likes of Xpressway, Flying Nun, Ecstatic Peace!, Corpus Hermeticum and Family Vineyard, among others.

K-GROUP, is the off-shoot solo outing of Surface of the Earth guitarist Paul Toohey, and immerses audiences amidst minimal, monolithic soundscapes evoking the expansive and majestic landscapes of Aotearoa. These immaculate slabs of sound explore the subtlety of drone and electric hum in the vein of Gate and the Dead C, as if simulating the woozy calm of a underslept merino perched, confusedly, atop a giant floating ice berg.

“The biggest difference [between K-GROUP and] other drone outfits being they are going deeper, and know how to stop a good track and not dragging it endlessly.”
– Knotwilg Records

Richard Francis uses field recordings, modular synthesizer and computer to compose and improvise sound works. He has released solo and collaborative albums on a number of labels including Korm Plastics (NL), Monochrome Vision (RU), Aufabwegen (DE), Last Visible Dog (U.S.A.), Entr’acte (U.K.), Gilstening Examples (U.S.A.) and his own record labels 20City and CMR (NZ).

In addition to his solo work as RF and Eso Steel, Richard has performed and recorded collaboratively with the likes of Rachel Shearer, Rosy Parlane, Bruce Russell (NZ), Mattin (ES), Jason Kahn (USA) and Francisco Lopez (ES).

Rosy Parlane is a musician from Auckland who began playing music with the avant-garde rock trio Thela. He subsequently began working with abstract electronic based music, both as a solo artist and as Parmentier alongside fellow Thela collaborator, Dion Workman. Rosy’s soundscapes are comprised of field recordings, pianos, guitars, household objects and other instruments manipulated via digital means.

Rosy Parlane has released four solo albums, originally on Sigma Editions and Synaesthesia, and more recently on Touch. In addition to his acclaimed solo work, Rosy has also collaborated with artists such as Fennesz, AMM founder Eddie Prevost and avant-garde musician Mattin.

Friday 27 November @ AF, doors open 8pm
Presale tickets available from UTR // $25 at the door

art/noise, electronic, Rachel Shearer, K-Group, Richard Francis, Rosy Parlane

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