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Fis and Rob Thorne Announce Debut New Zealand Show

Fis and Rob Thorne Announce Debut New Zealand Show

Monday 14th May, 2018 11:40AM

New Zealand sonic voyagers Fis and Rob Thorne will perform together for the first time in New Zealand this June at Wellingtons' Club 121, following an acclaimed run of recordings and high profile collaborations at the likes of CTM Berlin and Borderline Festival Athens. Electronic producer Fis is well known internationally for his excursions well beyond the conventional boundaries of drum and bass, while Rob Thorne is currently composer in residence at VUW and has performed his contemporary approach to Taonga Puoro across the globe. They'll be supported by Germany's PYUR (Hotflush Recordings), who is collaborating with Fis at this year's Hobart experimental music festival Dark Mofo. Fis and Thorne will play a joint set as well as individual solo sets for what's sure to be a captivating evening of innovative sounds, check out the details below...

FIS and Rob Thorne, with DJ support from PYUR
Thursday 7th June - Club 121, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to 'Wooden Lung' from Fis and Rob Thorne's 2017 album Clear Stones...

Press release:

After spending the last two years performing across Europe, sound explorers Fis & Rob Thorne (composer in residence at VUW) will make their debut New Zealand performance together at Wellington’s Club 121 venue on Cuba Mall.

Backed by a reinforced soundsystem, the duo will offer a completely unique sonic dialogue between electronica and taonga paoro - first captured in their breakout album Clear Stones on Berlin’s Subtext Recordings. They will bookend their duo performance with solo sets - taking us from raw, unamplified acoustics of Rob's taonga paoro, to the physicality of Fis’ sound system collages. Fis' solo slot will be an AV performance with Jovan Vucinic - their first full length outing on home soil having played Modena's NODE Festival, Portugal's Semibreve and Berlin Atonal festivals in recent years.

Following a live commission for Berlin's CTM New Geographies edition in 2016, Thorne and Fis were busy last year, releasing Clear Stones and touring Europe - taking in London, Leeds, Turin, Milan and Athens' Borderline Festival, co-billing with Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force, Marginal Consort, and Charlemagne Palestine.

This year, the duo inaugurated Fis' new imprint Saplings Records with their EP Nga Parirau o te Karearea. In partnership with Eden Reforestation projects, Saplings are piloting a 'bio-digital' release format - planting at least 40 trees for every sale of the EP. Since release, Nga Parirau o te Karearea has funded over 8500 trees, and been named one of Fact Magazine’s favourite releases of the year to date.

Fis & Rob Thorne will be joined by German electronic musician and DJ PYUR (Sophie Schnell). Following her debut album on Hotflush Recordings, Sophie's emerged quickly as a crucial talent in her own right, performing on Stockhausen's Oktophonie for Berlin Atonal and sharing bills with Autechre, Atom ™, Lafawndah and Ital Tek.


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Thu 7th Jun
Club 121, Wellington

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