Mice Parade (Acoustic Trio), Mr Sila, Kira Kira

Mice Parade (Acoustic Trio)

Mr Sila

Kira Kira

Fri, July 27, 2012

Doors: 11:00 pm / Show: 11:15 pm


This event is 21 and over


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Mice Parade (Acoustic Trio) - (Set time: 12:45 AM)
Mice Parade (Acoustic Trio)
Mice Parade was originally the solo project of New Yorker Adam Pierce, who has also played in Swirlies, The Dylan Group, HiM, múm, and Philistines Jr.

From its outset, Mice Parade showed a boldly inventive, highly individual take on instrumental music / electronica. Following 1998’s Bubble Core album, ‘The True Meaning Of BoddleyBaye’, their first FatCat album, ‘Ramda’ (‘99), forged a distinctive, immersive audio space of piled-up percussion and atmospheric, hook-laden melodics.

2001 saw the release of a third album, ‘Mokoondi’, which marked a shift in the Mice Parade sound, including the increased influence of Eastern harmonics and African beats, and the formation of a proper band of musicians. What started out as a studio project has since developed into a full touring band, based around a two-drumkit rhythm section, with HiM’s Doug Scharin on the other kit. Also in accompaniment are vibes, violin, classical guitar, rhodes piano and old synths, and a variety of acoustic / world instruments, forging Mice Parade into a seriously talented, energetic live unit.

‘Focus On The Rollercoaster’ was released in December 2003, followed sharply by the LP, ‘Obrigado Suadade’, the following month. This album, Mice Parade’s third for FatCat, saw the band moving into poppier, more accessible terrain, with Pierce introducing full vocals for the first time, including contributions on several tracks by Kristin from múm. The subsequent LP, ‘Bem-Vinda Vontade’ expanded this theme, albeit with more sonic emphasis on FX driven indie-rock guitars.

Featuring guest vocals from Letitia Sadier and Kristin Valtisdóttir, Mice Parade’s June 2007 eponymous offering, could be seen as a refined take on the ground made over the previous two, merging folk-tinged electronica with the ‘Loveless’ era swoon of My Bloody Valentine, the rhythmic subtlety of Can, and the opaque melodic experiments of Brian Eno. Yet as ever, Mice Parade’s sound is essentially modern, informed by an esoteric palette, retaining a familiar acoustic presence via an uncliched take on folk/world influences.

Mice Parade released a new album - the frolicking, giddy-paced and critically acclaimed ‘What It Means To Be Left-Handed’ - in September 2010, followed by an extensive tour of the UK and Europe.
Mr Sila - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
Kira Kira - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
Kira Kira
Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual prankster from Iceland. She is a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a label and collective based on experiments in music, creative collaboration and the melting-together of art forms. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in year 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart -a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists.
At first Kira Kira played solo but since year 2008 she has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians, mostly trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson, Finnish percussionist Samuli Kosminen, contrabass wizard Borgar Magnason and artist Alex Somers as well as guitarists Hilmar Jensson and Pétur Hallgrímsson.

Kira Kira has composed music for theater, film, dance and art installations. Recently she composed music for Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky which is currently playing at the Schaubühne Theater in Berlin.

Her first feature film, Grandma Lo-fi -The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir is just out and is currently touring festivals around the world.

She has released 2 albums, Skotta and Our Map to The Monster Olympics. Her third album, Feathermagnetik will be released on Afterhours in Japan in May 2012 and Morr Music’s Sound of a Handshake moniker for the rest of the world in June 2012.