Sat Jun 22 2013

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside)

3969 W Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago, IL 60630

Ages 21+

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J.R. ROBINSON is a Chicago-based sound artist who works under the name WREKMEISTER HARMONIES to explore the darkest corners of minimalistic synth, drone, and ambient music, combined with visual projections he creates. His Thrill Jockey debut, You've Always Meant So Much To Me will be released on June 11th. The recording is an album-length composition spread over two sides of vinyl, featuring some of Chicago's most infamous minds in the metal and experimental worlds, including SANFORD PARKER, BRUCE LAMONT (YAKUZA, BLOODEIST), JEF WHITEHEAD aka WREST (LEVIATHAN), MARK SOLOTROFF (ANATOMY OF HABIT), JAIME FENNELLY (MIND OVER MIRRORS), FRED LONBERG-HOLM, and more. WREKMEISTER will be celebrating the release of the record by performing You've Always Meant So Much To Me in its entirety on June 22nd at the Bohemian National Cemetery of Chicago, where ROBINSON will be joined by the musicians that perform on the record, as well as DYLAN O'TOOLE and RON DEFRIES of INDIAN and ERIC CHALEFF of BLOODIEST. Opening will be ACTEURS, an unexpected newcomer of sorts comprised of BRIAN CASE (DISAPPEARS, THE PONYS, 90 DAY MEN) and JEREMY LEMOS (WHITE/LIGHT). We were delighted by the release of their debut, self-titled mini-album on England’s Public Information label this past February, a record that's filled with dark-ish, razor-sharp synth trance-outs that'll be perfect for a cemetery. The NUMERO GROUP's ROB SEVIER will be DJing between acts.

The event will take place near the Mausoleum at the south-east corner of Pulaski and Bryn Mawr. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and WREKMEISTER HARMONIES set will begin at 9:30, one hour after sunset. Check out more information at the Facebook event.

List of performers with WREKMEISTER HARMONIES:
Bruce Lamont (Yakuza)
Jef Whitehead (Leviathan)
Ron DeFries (Indian)
Dylan O'Toole (Indian)
Eric Chaleff (Bloodiest)
Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit)
Sanford Parker (Corrections House)
Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors)
Nandini Khaund (Bloodiest)
Anne Patterson
Esther Shaw

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Wrekmeister Harmonies / Acteurs / Rob Sevier [Numero Group DJ set]

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    You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me was composed by JR Robinson and joins together some of the most revered musicians in the black metal and experimental music worlds : Jef Whitehead aka Wrest (Leviathan), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit), Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors), Sanford Parker (Twilight, Nachmystium), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

    The album features incredible artwork from UK artist Simon Fowler (Sunn O))), Boris, Earth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Ensemble Pearl). This LP-only release is pressed on virgin vinyl and presented in a super deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jacket. A free download coupon is included.

    JR Robinson has been writing and recording music as Wrekmeister Harmonies in various incarnations since 2006. You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me was written to accompany a film Robinson shot in decimated Detroit locations, the desert of Joshua Tree and decaying forests of Tasmania. In 2012 he brought together some of the most revered musicians in the black metal and experimental music worlds (Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Sanford Parker and Andrew Markuszewski of Nachmystium, Jamie Fennelly aka Mind Over Mirrors, Mark Solotroff of Anatomy of Habit, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, and more) to perform the 38 minute composition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to much acclaim and a sold out theater. The collaborators for the live performance joined Robinson at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio later that year to record the composition in full. 

    The beauty and darkness of the visuals are reflected in the music, which seeps from the ether with great melancholy. Reflective drones grow and decay, forming waves of overlapping sound that evolve into a gigantic roar of distorted guitar. Searing, disembodied howls and pummeling drums signal a shift from mournful to harrowing as Robinson and his ensemble lurch forward into the abyss. As the metal elements dwindle, electronics return to the fore, accompanied by a softly plucked harp signaling gentle finality. 

    Robinson began Wrekmeister Harmonies by recording sonic templates in museums in the US and Europe. These include recordings made at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Gugenheim Museum and PS1 in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, SF MOMA in San Francisco, the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Art Center Berlin as well as site recordings at Joshua Tree National Park in California and both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. Robinson has taken these recordings and by collaborating with musicians Ken Vandermark, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Mark Shippy and Pat Samson (US Maple), Matt Carson, Nate McBride, Fred Lonberg Holm, John Herndon & Jeff Parker (Tortoise), and Azita has created a unique hybrid of sound art and avant garde music. 

    The end result of that first incarnation of players and those recordings was dubbed Wrekmeister Harmonies: Recordings Made in Public Spaces and was released by Atavistic Records in 2009. This cd/dvd set received a top 10 honor that year from a journalist for the Village Voice’s esteemed Pazz & Jop polls for the year

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    Acteurs is Jeremy Lemos & Brian Case.

  • Rob Sevier [Numero Group DJ set]

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Empty Bottle Presents

Wrekmeister Harmonies / Acteurs / Rob Sevier [Numero Group DJ set]

Sat Jun 22 2013 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside) Chicago IL
Wrekmeister Harmonies, Acteurs, Rob Sevier [Numero Group DJ set]
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Ages 21+

J.R. ROBINSON is a Chicago-based sound artist who works under the name WREKMEISTER HARMONIES to explore the darkest corners of minimalistic synth, drone, and ambient music, combined with visual projections he creates. His Thrill Jockey debut, You've Always Meant So Much To Me will be released on June 11th. The recording is an album-length composition spread over two sides of vinyl, featuring some of Chicago's most infamous minds in the metal and experimental worlds, including SANFORD PARKER, BRUCE LAMONT (YAKUZA, BLOODEIST), JEF WHITEHEAD aka WREST (LEVIATHAN), MARK SOLOTROFF (ANATOMY OF HABIT), JAIME FENNELLY (MIND OVER MIRRORS), FRED LONBERG-HOLM, and more. WREKMEISTER will be celebrating the release of the record by performing You've Always Meant So Much To Me in its entirety on June 22nd at the Bohemian National Cemetery of Chicago, where ROBINSON will be joined by the musicians that perform on the record, as well as DYLAN O'TOOLE and RON DEFRIES of INDIAN and ERIC CHALEFF of BLOODIEST. Opening will be ACTEURS, an unexpected newcomer of sorts comprised of BRIAN CASE (DISAPPEARS, THE PONYS, 90 DAY MEN) and JEREMY LEMOS (WHITE/LIGHT). We were delighted by the release of their debut, self-titled mini-album on England’s Public Information label this past February, a record that's filled with dark-ish, razor-sharp synth trance-outs that'll be perfect for a cemetery. The NUMERO GROUP's ROB SEVIER will be DJing between acts.

The event will take place near the Mausoleum at the south-east corner of Pulaski and Bryn Mawr. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and WREKMEISTER HARMONIES set will begin at 9:30, one hour after sunset. Check out more information at the Facebook event.

List of performers with WREKMEISTER HARMONIES:
Bruce Lamont (Yakuza)
Jef Whitehead (Leviathan)
Ron DeFries (Indian)
Dylan O'Toole (Indian)
Eric Chaleff (Bloodiest)
Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit)
Sanford Parker (Corrections House)
Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors)
Nandini Khaund (Bloodiest)
Anne Patterson
Esther Shaw

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