Bog Bodies is the collaborative project of Robert Stillman (saxophone), Anders Holst (guitar), and Seán Carpio (drums). Formed in 2015, the band’s sound breaks down distinctions between composition and improvisation, electronic and acoustic sound, abstraction and figure. Their first recorded work, Sligo is part of a larger multi-media project created jointly with experimental film artist Benjamin Rowley as part of a residency at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo, Ireland, in 2014. Rowley’s hand-made 16mm soundfilm loops form an integral electronic element of the music on the album. Shifting freely between textures of drone, noise, and lyrical melody, Sligo reflects the eclecticism of the band members’ individual careers (they have collaborated with artists such as Manuel Göttsching, Kit Downes, and Joachim Badenhorst), and to the broad range of music from which they take inspiration, which includes James Blood Ulmer, Sunn O))), Archie Shepp, and Supersilent.
Since forming, Bog Bodies has performed throughout the UK and Europe as part of programmes organised by the the Wellcome Trust/Cambridge University, the Arts Technology Lab at Trinity University, Dublin, the Turner Contemporary, Margate; and the Centre Practice Based Research at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Sligo, was released on 17th July 2017 on Migro/CISA records, is a limited edition of 200 LP’s, each enclosed in a selection of 4 double-sided riso prints by Ben Rowley, and a fragment of 16mm negative from a Sligo film. The album has received critical attention in major music publications such as the Wire and Uncut, and has received radio airplay in both the UK, EU, and USA. Click HERE for more info, and to listen/order.
Robert Stillman is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the northeast United States. His music juxtaposes the archaic with the futuristic, incorporating influences of Folk Americana, Jazz, Minimalism, and experimental electronic music to create a sound described by the Guardian as “lending an avant-garde shimmer to pre-modern American sounds.” He has released eight albums of his own work, the most recent of which, Rainbow (Orindal Records) received critical acclaim from publications such as Mojo, Other Music, and Aquarium Drunkard. He has performed his music at venues and festivals internationally, sharing bills with artists such as Hauschka, Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, Black Dice, and Yo La Tengo, and worked with a wide variety of musicians, including Grizzly Bear, Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic), Chris and Kurt Weisman, Kit Downes, and Hello Skinny. www.robertstillman.com
Born 1979 in Arequipa, Peru, and based in Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland, Seán Carpio is a multi-instrumentalist whose practice incorporates song, sound and improvisation. Since 2005 he has been active as a soloist in Europe and the USA, and to this date has featured on twenty recordings. Sean has collaborated with visual artists and practices in a number of contemporary art contexts and has performed, exhibited and undertaken residencies in a number of prestigious art venues including the Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh, the Serpentine Gallery London, the MAC Belfast, Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art Aalst, the Banff Centre Alberta, and the Model Arts Centre Sligo. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Project Arts Centre’s Project Catalyst, an initiative to present contemporary art to new and future audiences and through this initiative has premiered three newly commissioned suites of music. In 2013 he released his first album WoWos, “a determinist streak of nature loving excitability” (DIY Mag). https://seancarpio.bandcamp.com/releases
Guitarist, sound artist and composer, Anders Holst is a part of the contemporary creative music scene in Denmark. He is continuously exploring the means of expression through sound, and seeking to disclose the many sonic and textural possibilities that his instrument holds. Recent works include his album Echoes Illuminating The Dark (Blackout Music), and a duo album with Mads Emil Nielsen (Clang records). He is also a member of the six piece electric guitar project ‘Cirklen’, and recently collaborated with Manuel Göttsching in an arrangement of his 1975 ‘Inventions for Electric Guitar’ for the ensemble. “In an evocative universe full of subdued poetry, Anders Holst breaks with the common guitar aesthetic to create his own expression” (Geiger) www.andersholst.dk
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