The Necks at Philadelphia Art Alliance
Sun, February 26, 2017
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Ars Nova Workshop is honored to present the return of legendary Australian trio The Necks, following one of 2016’s most compelling and captivating concerts.
The Los Angeles Times writes, “A magic act masquerading as a piano trio, this Australian group delivers long-form improvisations that shift with such patient beauty that it casts a bit of a trance.”
The Necks convened in the mid-80s as a joint endeavor between three first-class improvisers from the Sydney scene—pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck, and bassist Lloyd Swanton. The project’s methodology could be compared to that of op artists like Bridget Riley or Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose paintings arrange static shapes and contours into illusory patterns that seem to defy the laws of physics. Over the course of eighteen albums, the Necks’ glacial meditations on deceptively simple musical themes reveal more on closer inspection. The Guardian writes, "Like seeing a world in a grain of sand, The Necks permit us to hear a whole new world of music in a sliver of sound.”...