Ex Easter Island Head


Ex Easter Island Head is a quartet hailing from Merseyside, which has long been home to a flourishing experimental music scene. This unique music collective performs works that explore group interplay, repetition and melodic invention to mesmerising effect. Ex-Easter Island Head composes and performs music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments, and have performed their original compositions solo, as a duo, trio, quartet and as a large ensemble across a wide variety of events from site-specific installation works to live film scores. Earlier this year they had the honour of appearing with the legendary veteran minimalist composer Terry Riley. Drawing comparisons to Steve Reich, Glenn Branca and Claude Debussy, the collective has released four albums to significant critical acclaim. Their most recent, Twenty-Two Strings, incorporated multiple electric guitars augmented through mechanical preparations. The contents are skilfully balanced between methodical precision and emotional resonance, their warmth coming from the use of mallets on the bodies and strings of horizontally-laid guitars. These primary percussive hits provide drive to their work, while the natural echoes that they produce create secondary layers that wrap themselves around that rhythmic core. The result is a listen that’s dynamic, rich and fluid despite the modesty of its parts. The group’s live performances have been praised for their hypnotic energy, compositional flair and unique spectacle, which should be brought out to the full in the atmospheric surroundings of St Clement’s. As someone recently quipped ‘Four guys with guitars from Liverpool….it’ll never work’!

Where to find them

St Clement’s Church: Sat 29, Start: 19.45 – Finish: 20.30

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