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Fis & Rob Thorne - Pyur

When:

Thu 7 Jun 2018, 8:00pm–1:00am

Where: Club 121, 126 Cuba St, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

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Listed by: Martyn Pepperell

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 tāonga pūoro - 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 tāonga pūoro, 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 Ngā Parirau o te Kārearea. 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, Ngā Parirau o te Kārearea 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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