2019 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
JOYFUL NOISE RECORDS
From Joyful Noise: We are absolutely overjoyed to announce our Artist In Residence for 2019: Thor Harris.
Thor fully embodies the spirit of our Artist in Residence series. You may know Thor as the percussive polymath extraordinaire behind one of his many projects (Swans, Thor & Friends, Xiu Xiu, Bill Callahan, Amanda Palmer, Shearwater and many others including our own Dumb Numbers and Yonatan Gat's band).
But if you're unfamiliar with Thor Harris, there is a reason for that. Thor is rarely a leading man... That's just not his style. He's an artistic facilitator - going where he is needed in service to the greater good... He's a musician's musician. And we thought it was time for the dude to get the top-billing-treatment he deserves.
The Subversive Nature of Kindness
Thor & Friends
The Subversive Nature of Kindness is the sophomore effort from, Thor & Friends, the avant-chamber ensemble formed by its namesake, polymath percussionist Thor Harris. The album was recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, produced by Jeremy Barnes from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and engineered by Jeremy and Deerhoof’s John Dietrich. It is hoped that the melodic meditations offered up on The Subversive Nature of Kindness will ease some of the terror of living in these uncertain times. Read More...
Music Without Borders for Doctors Without Borders
Since 2010 Living Music has been releasing music that focuses on crossing borders. For our 20th release, we've put together a sampler of some of the best songs from the labels' first 7 years. Featured herein are unreleased tracks by Thor & Friends & A Hawk and A Hacksaw, as well as incredible tunes from Romania's Bahto Delo Delo, Cüneyt Sepetçi of Istanbul, New Mexico's own Lone Piñon, the great desert stylings of Amor~Convertino, John Jacob Niles of Boone County, Kentucky, and the playful insanity of Dieterich & Barnes, Heather Trost's beautiful solo adventures, and Sergo Kamalov's "Armenian and Azerbaijani Kamancheh Medley." Half of the proceeds of this comp will go to Doctors Without Borders. www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Thor & Friends
This avant-chamber ensemble was formed by its namesake, polymath percussionist Thor Harris. The album was recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and produced by Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and Deerhoof's John Dieterich. Thor & Friends is being released October 7. The three core members of the band are Peggy Ghorbani on marimba, Sarah "Goat" Gautier on marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron and piano and Harris on sundry percussion and wind instruments including some of his own devising. Read More...