Eve Libertine premieres new collaboration with Mark Webber

June 25th sees the world premier of Listen, Little Man!, a new work by legendary punk/jazz chanteuse Eve Libertine and maverick electronic artist Mark Webber. Drawing on the writings and research of Wilhelm Reich this is a semi-improvised performance for voice and signal generators with back-projected, scrolling graphic score.

Libertine was one of the two female vocalists in Crass. Her works with the band include the controversial single “Reality Asylum”, as well as performing most of the vocals on the group’s third album, Penis Envy (1981), the lyrics of which have a heavy feminist content.

After the dissolution of Crass in 1984, Libertine has worked with her guitarist son Nemo Jones, performance artist A-Soma, trained as a classical singer, performed as part of Crass Agenda/Last Amendment with Penny Rimbaud, Matt Black (of Coldcut), Christine Tobin, Julian Siegel, Ingrid Laubrock, Nabil Shaban, Kate Shortt and others. In 2004 Crass Agenda released a recording of Penny Rimbaud’s Savage Utopia, a jazz and breakbeats based composition intended as a critique of consumerism and post-9/11 American culture, on which she performs vocals along with A-Soma and Christine Tobin.

Libertine held her first exhibition of artwork, entitled Head On, at the 96 Gillespie gallery in London in September 2005. She has designed album sleeves for releases by Christine Tobin and Partisans.

Mark Webber (b1965) is an electronic artist who has worked in experimental music, performance and film for the past 25 years. His eclectic back catalogue includes works such as the video portrait Sunayani (Sonic Arts Network), the live tape work Concrète Jungle (Henry Moore Institute) and Four White Walls (Opera North) a chamber opera for five singers and electronics.

Listen, Little Man! is a performance for voice, signal generators and video. Drawing directly on the writings and research of Dr. Wilhelm Reich it represents a new creative partnership between Mark and Eve. The pair are already working on an operatic adaptation of Charlotte Gilman Perkins’ The Yellow Wallpaper for voices, electronics and animation, to be staged late 2011.

LISTEN, LITTLE MAN!
25th June at Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
http://www.lesateliersclaus.com/
Based on “Listen Little Man” a book written by Wilhelm Reich in 1945.
Electronics…….. Mark Webber
Voice…………… Eve Libertine

“ONLY YOU YOURSELF CAN BE YOUR LIBERATOR.” W.R.

Tartufi open a can of whup ass on the United States of America

Our dear, dear, dear, wonderful, slightly crazy, crazily talented duo, otherwise known as Tartufi, have rolled their sleeves up and are putting America over their knees and giving it a spanking.  But you know, it hurts them as much as it’s gonna hurt America, and they are only doing it out of love.

Lynne-n-Brian have booked themselves one massive tour of the US of A and they are saddling up their van and waving goodbye to San Francisco and hello to the open road tomorrow.  And as if that’s not enough, they also have a new video for the song “Church Of Hanging Leaders”, off their stupendous album Nests Of Wave And Wire, to boot!

Wow! That was nuts, huh? I definitely want some of the drugs coffee that the director of that video was consuming! (Who btw is Emile Rosewater who is lovely.)

But THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS!!! Oh no!  Not only do you get a tour and a new video, but you get a set of steak knives as well!  Okay, that’s a lie, but you do get a BRAND spankin’ NEW record from Tartufi, yes you do.  Entitled The Goodwill Of The Scar, this record is super special.  Available on a limited pressing of 500 copies on vinyl or by download only – it’s a 30 minute journey of wonderment courtesy of Tartufi.  Recorded once again with everyone’s favourite studio guy, Sir Tim Green (of The Fucking Champs, and back in the day Nation Of Ulysses), this record will only be available direct from the band on tour.  Oh, and from our web shop for those of you unlucky enough to not be able to make it to show.  Which surely must mean you’re dead and don’t need a record anyway.  If you’re not into vinyl (please stop reading our blog now and go away quietly) then you can buy The Goodwill Of The Scar on download, also from our web shop.

Okay so that’s tour, video, steak knives, and new record.  Tick, tick, tick those boxes.  NO WAIT!  There’s more.  Yes there is also a brand new web site. It’s a true thing of beauty, it is.  It’s enough to bring a proud record label to tears.  My favourite bit is the lyrics.  You know, I always thought Lynne was just making up a bunch of nonsense – in a kind of that-mad-bird-from-Cocteau-Twins kinda way.  But no!  It turns out there are actually WORDS and she’s got some poetry going on there.  Check out this passage from the new record:

Those who flee from the fire
The birds in the trees will go hungry they’ll freeze by this pyre
The churches are closed from steeple to spire
So much to be gathered from this west facing wire
I’m sending a signal that we all have expired
Have been beaten by wasps and we’re hungry we’re wounded we’re tired
I will follow you through this ocean of blue

That explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Okay enough rambling, the drugs coffee is starting to wear off now.  It’s obvious to me that Tartufi have not been getting any sleep, busy that they have been with all this activity.  Going on tour will be like a holiday for them!

Tartufi Spring 2010 USA Tour in full:

Mar 24 – UCSD Che Cafe –w/ Writer and Swim Party La Jolla, CA
Mar 25 – Conspire Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 26 – High Mayhem Sante Fe, New Mexico
Mar 27 – Bash Riprock’s In the Depot w One Wolf / Seryn Lubbock, Texas
Mar 28 – KESSLER THEATER — Raided X+ Festival w/ Darktown Strutters / Telethon / The Great Tyrant Dallas, Texas
Mar 29 – Alabama Music Box Mobile, Alabama
Apr 1 – Static Age Records w/ The Judas Horse & Pilgrim Asheville, North Carolina
Apr 2 – The Milestone — DUO-FEST!!!! Charlotte, North Carolina
Apr 3 – Broad St Cafe — w/ Bronzed Chorus & Maple Stave Durham, North Carolina
Apr 4 – Studio B w/ The Bronzed Chorus Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 5 -The Golden West Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 6 – 119 Gallery Lowell, Massachusetts
Apr 7 – Armadillos w/ Giraffes? Giraffes! and Christopher Barry Keene, New Hampshire
Apr 8 – University of Rhode Island w/ 14 Foot 1 Kingston, Rhode Island
Apr 9 – PAs w/ Soccer Mom & Varsity Drag Somerville, Massachusetts
Apr 10 – Death By Audio w/ Starring & Thunderhole Brooklyn, New York
Apr 12 – TBA Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 13 – McCormick’s w/ The Splanchic Ganglion South Bend, Indiana
Apr 14 – Ronny’s — w/ Jared Grabb (from Scout’s Honor) Chicago, Illinois
Apr 15 – St Olaf College w/ Dewi Sant Northfield, Minnesota
Apr 16 – UMINN –The Whole w/ Dewi Sant Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 17 – Northland Studios Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 18 – HI-DIVE Denver, Colorado
Apr 19 – Astroland Boulder, California
Apr 20 – Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 21 – College of Eastern Utah Price, Utah
Apr 22 – Tonic Lounge w/ Clint Sleeper & Touques Reno, Nevada

Thanks!