Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Antonio Gramantieri invites Hugo Race and American multi-instrumentalist Bill Elm (Friends of Dean Martinez) to perform their material with Italian avant rockers Sea of Cortez in a kind of live workshop at the Strada Blu festival. Shows in the Romagna lead to a trip south to the Abruzzo mountains where the 8 piece line-up strips back to Hugo, Bill, Antonio and drummer Diego Sapignola. The final show at a festival in the high city of L'Aquila was smudged by drifting smoke from rampant local forest fires. Its not out of the question that recordings of these concerts surface in the near future.
Photos by Patti:
JUNE 22, 2007.
Koszalin, Poland. "Mwodzi i Film".
With Marta Collica - we flag a train out of Alexanderplatz across the flatlands headed east with a couple of guitars and a few effects. The landscape transforms after the border - as if we're going back in time. We're playing the afterparty at the Koszalin film festival.
Sepiatone shows are semi-acoustic duets, very minimal - we leave the loops and soundscapes behind when we play live.
We've been preparing the album Introduction to Sepiatone for U.S. label Minty Fresh Records. It's a compilation of our two albums, "In Sepiatone" and "Dark Summer", and Minty Fresh set the release for November 2007. Michelangelo Russo just completed a new video of Sepiatone for the U.S. debut...
Looking forward to the show tonight because amongst other things we'll be supported by the phenomenal Jacaszek. His "Lo-Fi Stories" album came out last year on Gusstaff Records, and we love its strange cosmos of hard editing and exotic melodies.
We changed trains at the border but there was no exchange - just a strange all-pervading sense of low-key chaos - so with no money and no food or water we kick back for the 5 hour journey to unfold...
Race, Brokaw and Eckman recording live at Sono.
The Dirt Music album is taped, but as yet unfinished.
The band plans to regroup in september.
Dirt Music work their way around central Europe rain and shine.
Three guys driving one large van with Slovenian plates.
Plenty of room to stretch out and contemplate the landscapes passing.
Songs are taking shape in a nebulous way.
Find ourselves ultimately in Unhost Amerika...
DIRT MUSIC is Chris Eckman, Hugo Race and Chris Brokaw
Digging back to their roots in search of the raw urban folkblues, Eckman, Race and Brokaw converge paths in the European spring for full immersion in the journey of a brand new collaborative project: DIRT MUSIC
Three multi-instrumental artists from diverse backgrounds - three voices discovering a mutual language in the legacy of the frontier. Six strings, some keys, "found" percussion, steel bottleneck, roots feels, acoustic storytelling illuminated by an electronic vein. Dreams and memories carved from hard bedrock reality: DIRT MUSIC - a road movie in evolution...
Following the May 07 tour in Central Europe, Dirt Music will begin recording an album in Prague...
HUGO RACE is leader of TRUE SPIRIT. Collaborations include SEPIATONE, THE BAD SEEDS, ROGALL'S ELECTRIC CIRCUS, TRANSFARGO, SONGS WITH OTHER STRANGERS, THE MEROLA MATRIX.
CHRIS ECKMAN leads the acclaimed American band, The WALKABOUTS. His collaborations include CHRIS and CARLA, the STRANGE, HOST, MIDNIGHT CHOIR, TOSCA, and WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY.
CHRIS BROKAW's bands include COME, CODEINE, THE NEW YEAR and more. Collaborations include EVAN DANDO, THE WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, THALIA ZEDEK, STEVE WYNN and KARATE.
Sat 19.05.07 Murska Sobota (SLO) MIKK
Mon 21.05.07 Ljubljana (SLO) Sax
Tue 22.05.07 Vienna (A) Chelsea
Wed 23.05.07 Innsbruck (A) (location tba)
Thu 24.05.07 Stuttgart (D) Laboratorium
Fri 25.05.07 Erfurt (D) Museumskeller
Sat 26.05.07 Berlin (D) Maschinenhaus
Sun 27.05.07 Beverungen (D) Glitterhouse OBS Festival
Fri 01.06.07 Prague (CZ) Akropolis
Sat 02.06.07 Singwitz (D) Kesselhaus Lager