Argentine musician Alan Courtis visits Iceland

On his first visit to Iceland experimental musician Alan Courtis will be running workshops/lectures organized by List án landamæra at the The Nordic House, the Arts Academy and with institutions people with disabilities on February 3rd and 4th. He will be also playing a concert on February 5th at Mengi. Courtis is known for his over 300 releases worldwide including projects like “Unstringed Guitar”, “Geyzer Music”, a composition for “Ensemble of Newspapers”, etc.  and also for his work with people with disabilities in projects like: Reynols, Mumbly Wolfs, Les Harry’s, DNA? AND?, Amplified Elephants, etc. Courtis has toured extensively in Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, all around Europe, USA, Australia, NZ & Latin America and has collaborated with musicians like: Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock Nihilist Spasm Band, Yoshimi  (Boredoms), BJ Nilsen, Otomo Yoshihide, RLW,  Zbigniew Karkowski, Eddie Prevost, L.A.F.M.S., Makoto Kawabata,  Jojo Hiroshige (Hijokaidan), KK Null (Zeni Geva), Daniel Menche, Mats Gustafsson, Uton, Kemialliset Ystavat, Rick Bishop, Culver, Aaron Moore, Lasse Marhaug and also with the Icelandic duo Stilluppsteypa.Alan Courtis- photo by Nora Lezano2
List án landamæra
Pósthússtræti 3-5, 101 Reykjavík
Sími: 691-8756 og 411-5534
Óðinsgata 2 101 Reykjavík
Tel: +354 588 3644
Alan Courtis (aka Anla Courtis) was born in Buenos Aires 1972. He has been working in the field of sound-art, electro-acoustic music, drone, noise, improvisation and composition. His written music has been played by ensembles from England, Thailand, Switzerland, Wales, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, United States and SouthAmerica; he was commissioned by Phoenix Basel Ensemble (Switzerland), Český Rozhlas (Czech Republic) and was artist in residence at EMS (Stockholm), GRM (Paris), Cafe Oto (London), USF (Bergen), etc. He has more than 300 solo releases and collaborations on labels like: Mego, P.S.F., Pogus, SubRosa, RRR, Blossoming Noise, No-Fi, Antifrost, Tonschacht, 267Lattajjaa, Quasipop, Alt.Vinyl, Riot Season, Kning Disk, Beta-Lactam, Prele, Matching Head, 8MM, Public Eyesore, Musica Genera, Porter, Smittekilde, Sedimental, Mikroton, MIE, Monotype, etc. His music has been broadcasted at radios like: BBC (UK), WFMU (USA), SBS (Australia), Resonance-FM (UK), CJSF (Canada), WDR (Germany), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Radio France, NRK (Norway), RTVE (Spain), WNUR (USA), Radio Nacional (Argentina), etc. Courtis has toured extensively in Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Europe, USA, Australia, NZ & Latin America and has collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock, Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Lee Ranaldo, Nihilist Spasm Band, Jim O’Rourke, Yoshimi, BJ Nilsen, Otomo Yoshihide, Stilluppsteypa. RLW, Zbigniew Karkowski, Eddie Prevost, L.A.F.M.S., Makoto Kawabata,  Jojo Hiroshige (Hijokaidan), KK Null, Daniel Menche, Mats Gustafsson, Rick Bishop, Toshimaru Nakamura, Thomas Dimuzio, Rudolf Eb.Er, Kouhei, Seiichi Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Rapoon, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, The New Blockaders, Kaffe Mathews, Jaap Blonk, Gert-Jan Prins, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okyung Lee & Kemialliset Ystavat. His music always has strong experimental sense and usually based on high-skilled techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (eg. unstringed guitar). He holds a degree Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, where he runs an Music Workshop and Seminar with Fundación Artistas Discapacitados (Disabled Artists Foundation) andhas also worked on worldwide music projects integrating people with disabilities, to mention a few: Reynols (Argentina) Mumbling Wolves (England), Les Harry’s de l’Hôpital de jour d’Antony (France),  DNA AND? (Norway), Creahm (Begium), Club Théo Van Gogh (Begium), Institut René Thône (Begium), Ampliflied Elephants (Australia), Electroability Stavanger (Norway), Daddy Antogna y los de Helio (Argentina) Bergen Superorkester (Norway), etc. Courtis has composed music for films and has also been coordinating music workshops in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, China & Japan.
Quotes about Courtis:
“…one of the most active musical minds around” THE WIRE (UK)
“ a composer with an insatiable thirst for experimentation and different forms of expression” TOKAFI ( Germany )
“a true mastermind of noisescapes and sonic abstractions”
IEM Magazine ( Russia )
“Courtis has produced brillant work with the relative primitive tools at his disposal” THE WIRE (UK)
“Objet de convoitise outre-manche, la masse sonore ou le bruit sous tout formes, est également un marque de fabrique d’Anla Courtis. Ce disque est tout simplement formidable“ REVUE ET CORRIGÉE (France)
“Already a renowned experimental music collaborator, The Torrid places Argentina ’s Alan Courtis in the company of some of the world’s most reputable noisemakers” ROCK-A-ROLLA (UK)
„This guy has one of the most prolific catalogues of any musician living or dead“
”…one of the best pieces of music I’ve heard all year. Absolutely stunning. 9/10 – FOXY DIGITALIS ( USA )
COURTIS/MOORE “Brokebox Juke” ( No-Fi , UK ) was included in THE WIRE Top 50 Records of 2009.
ANLA COURTIS “TRIBUTE TO CALCIUM” Tonschacht. 7” . „Sprung from the bowels of Reynols, guitarist Anla Courtis has produced an incredible melange of guitar,toba violin and tape music called Tribute to Calcium. The sounds roll on like ducks down a cement mountain.Squeedles of upper register amp noise curl along the edge of clouds on one side, the other is more low-down – like elephants on the killing floor. It’s a really great record, and probably the manifestation of a new sort of guitar sound ”Bryon Colley.THE WIRE.June 2005
„COURTIS/MARHAUG “North & South Neutrino” CD. Antifrost (afro2021) The Antifrost label has put out some of the most challenging records of recent times…“  Keith Moline. THE WIRE. May 2004
„Good sturdy experimental music, just the way it should be.”
Frans de Waard  VITAL WEEKLY ( Netherlands ) #413
this is the best Courtis solo joint I’ve encountered, or at least the most memorable. ¬ typical rough and ready gtr onslaught noise looping and splatter slopped efforts. “not” “bad”. THURSTON MOORE . FF reviews 2001
Selective Discography :
Poliestireno Expandido. Matching Head. K7. 1996
Pauline Oliveros in the arms of Reynols. JDK. CD. 2000
Blank Tapes (w/ Reynols). Trente Oiseaux. CD. 2000
North & South Neutrino (w/Lasse Marhaug) Antifrost. CD. 2004
Culver-Courtis. Riot Season. LP. 2004
Antiguos Dolmenes del Paleolitico. Sedimental. CD. 2005
Tape Works. Pogus Productions. CD. 2006
Return of the Stone Spirits (w/ RLW). Beta-Lactam. CD. 2007
Las Sales Fundentes. Om Discos. CD. 2007
Unstringed Guitar & Cymbals. Blossoming Noise. CD. 2008
Live at Kanadian (w/Yoshimi & S.Yamamoto) Public Eyesore. CD. 2008
Brokebox Juke (w/Aaron Moore ) No-Fi. LP. 2009
Musica Acouscousmatica (w/L’Autopsie…)Chien Secret/Komma Null. LP. 2010
Yaguá Ovy (w/ Daniel Menche) MIE Music.LP. 2011
Air Aum (w/ Tabata & Masami Kawaguchi). P.S.F. CD. 2011
The Torrid. Porter Records. CD. 2011
Cold Burn (w/ C.S. Yeh/O.Lee/J.Wesseltoft)Feeding Tube. LP. 2012
<+> (w/Gert-Jan Prins). Little Maffia. LP. 2012
Flokka Kur (w/Uton). Musik Atlach. CD. 2013
Live at Namba Bears (w/Makoto Kawabata) Blackest Rainbow. LP  2013
Aseleuch Tendrradero (w/RLW). Hate and Noise/Ultra-mail. CD. 2013
Nijmegen Pulse (w/BJ Nilsen). Brombron/Korm Plastics. CD 2013
Cassetopia. Ini.Itu. LP  2014
Naranja Songs (w/Tetuzi Akiyama) Public Eyesore. CD 2014
KPPB (w/Aaron Moore). Earbook Recordings. CD. 2014
Golden Circle Afternoon (w/BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa) Editions Mego. LP. 2014
Aurantium Lumino (w/Kazuya Ishigami) Neus-318. CD. 2015
B-Rain Folklore. Yogoh Records. CD. 2015
Bring Us Some Honest Food (w/Aaaron Moore) Dancing Wayang. LP. 2015
One Day (w/Lasse Marhaug). TWR Tapes. K7. 2016
Antofagasta. Beartown Records. CD.2016
Crystal Faisa. Kiks/GRFR. 10″. 2016
Monk Style or Scream (w/Thomas Dimuzio) Monotype. LP. upcoming
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