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Oren Ambarchi

Oren Ambarchi’s works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal. He has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, such as Fennesz, Haino Keiji, John Zorn, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Suzuki Akio and Evan Parker. Since 2001, Ambarchi has toured Europe, North America and Japan regularly and performed at major festivals. He has released numerous recordings, and his album Quixotism was listed in The Wire magazine’s top 50 releases of 2014. He was named Experimental Artist of the Year in 2014 by Pitchfork magazine.