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Ex-Easter Island Head

Plus special guest Kelly Jayne Jones

Experimental four-piece return to the Music Room following their sold-out headline show in 2016.

Ex-Easter Island Head are a UK-based musical collective composing and performing music for solid body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments. The group incorporates multiple electric guitars augmented through mechanical preparations and extended techniques to create works that explore group interplay, repetition and melodic invention through purposefully limited means.

They have performed their original compositions solo, as a duo, trio, quartet and as a large ensemble across a wide variety of events from site specific installation works to live film scores. Their records Mallet Guitars One –Three, Large Electric Ensemble and Twenty-Two Strings have been released to significant critical acclaim from the likes of The Wire, Pitchfork, The Quietus and The New York Times. The group have received airplay on the BBC, ABC and more with their music favourably compared to the likes of Steve Reich, Glenn Branca and John Cage.

The group have also undertaken collaborations with up to thirty musicians in large scale performances ranging from 18-piece guitar ensembles to string and wind ensembles. Collaborators include the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Arnold Dreyblatt, Immix Ensemble, experimental instrument builder Yuri Landman, artist/choreographer Kei Miyata and kinetic sculptor Shun Ito.

'Churning pulses, alternate tunings and dense harmonic worlds...all the strings being heard at once'
The New York Times

'Free flowing genius'
The Guardian

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