Talibam! & Sam Kulik (US)
+ No Spill Blood (Irl) (members of Adebisi Shank/Elk/Magic Pockets/Hands Up Who Wants To Die)
Upstairs At Whelan’s
Friday 23rd March
Tickets €11 including booking fee available to buy online now from WAV Tickets or call the Box Office [1890 200 078]
TALIBAM! and SAM KULIK DISCOVER ATLANTIS
Talibam! Goes To Bed with Sam Kulik and Discovers Atlantis is a hyper-reflective and humorous take on current events, ecological disaster, pubescent sexual experience, and corporate/political domination. It’s an avant-garde buddy movie for the ears: a 21st Century Weimar cabaret of reggae/disco/freejazz/avant-rock/poetry with impassioned soliloquies often transforming into deadpan self-reflective humor.
A 13 year old boy named Franklin is brought to the bottom of the ocean to ‘Atlantis’ by a bohemian ‘jazz fish’ named Stinge. Atlantis is flooded with a toxic oil spill that is leaking beyond control, killing all of the free minded fish of Atlantis. Meanwhile, the politicians of Atlantis use the oil for their own sexual self gratification and show little concern that Atlantis is turning into an ecological disaster of epic proportion. Stinge brings Franklin to Atlantis because Franklin has in his possession a ‘magic pillow’, built by his father and Stinge hopes that Franklin can ‘stuff the hole’ with his pillow and save Atlantis for good. In order for Franklin to comprehend this scenario, Stinge leads Franklin on a tour of Atlantis cultural hotspots; jazz spots, poetry slams and art centers in order for him to see the scope of devastation that the oil leak is causing Atlantis. Franklin feels compelled to help Stinge and the bohemain fish of Atlantis, and with some other key characters they meet along the way, make a valiant attempt to save Atlantis for good!
Hailing from New York, Talibam! Is one of the most potent and fascinating bands in contemporary music. With 17 European tours since ’06, and 20 album releases since ’05, the eight + years of interplay between Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea has created one of the most unique and exciting live shows and some of the most powerfully recorded documents of any era.
Talibam! founded in 2003 by Kevin Shea and Matt Mottel have been consistently lauded for their creative output in features from Vice Magazine, The Wire, Pitchfork, The Village Voice, Blow Up, Drowned in Sound,Tinymixtapes and many more.
They have twenty records on a variety of internationally respected vanguard labels; ESP DISK, Bo Weavil, Azul Discografica, Blackest Rainbow, Pendu, Gaffer, Holidays, Wallace and more.
Since 2006, Talibam! have been one of the most active underground American bands on the European scene, completing 17 tours since 2006, playing at the Wire Festival (2007) Dot to Dot (2007),Kraak Festival (2008),ZXZW (2008), Night of the Unexpected (2009), Ultra Hang (2010), Dis-Patch (2010).
They have collaborated across genre, and medium performing for artist Peter Coffin, at Deitch Projects in 2008, and in 2009 started an ongoing collaboration with acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage, performing with her at the Kitchen in 2009, Torino Italy, 2009, and Abrons Arts Center in 2010 and at Milano Dance Festival in Milan and at Dance Umbrella Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in 2011.
In 2011, they spent the greater half of the year in residency at LMCC Swing Space, where they have developed many projects for presentation, including this one.
Sam Kulik (b. 1982) grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York in 2004 after studying trombone with Robin Eubanks at the Oberlin Conservatory. He is known as much in the world of improvised music as he is in the world of indie rock and he has worked extensively with dance and theater companies that lie somewhere in between. He has toured to over a dozen countries with Nervous Cabaret, Talibam!, Starring, Skeletons, Amanda Palmer, Gloria Deluxe, Capillary Action, and the Mettawee River Theater Company, and has performed locally with Buckwheat Zydeco, John Zorn, Peter Evans, Walter Thompson, Ibrahim Maalouf, and a crazy old guy he met in Hoboken once. In the past year he has performed at Roulette, The Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Stone, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, Death By Audio, and Issue Project Room in New York City.
No Spill Blood are a fun new musical combination featuring members of Adebisi Shank, Elk & Magic Pockets. Expect a super entertainment music wish-party via the medium of raging vocals, scorching synths and pulverizing kraut rhythms from one of the most brilliantly exciting new bands in Dublin.