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Founding member of Ash Ra Tempel, the composer and musician Manuel Göttsching, revisits and reworks landmark pieces from his career for Convergence 2017.

The first half sees a rare solo performance of the enormously influential 1984 album E2-E4 from Göttsching himself. Exemplifying the Krautrock sound while also prefiguring the rise of House and Techno, E2-E4 revolves around a simple two chord synthesizer pattern and Göttsching’s astral keyboard and guitar improvisations.

For the second half the concert, Göttsching is joined by Ariel Pink(vocals and bass), Oren Ambarchi (drums) and Shags Chamberlain (keys and synthesizer) for a performance by The Ash Ra Tempel Experience, performing original titles from the Ash Ra Tempel albums Schwingungen and Seven Up (both from 1972). The Ash Ra Tempel Experience with this line-up first performed in Melbourne in 2015, and a live album of this concert is planned for early 2017.


Manuel Göttsching

Manuel Göttsching appearing at this event

As the leader of the group Ash Ra Tempel or Ashra, one of the most notable German groups of the 1970s and 80s, as well as a solo artist, he is one of the most important guitarists of the Kosmische Musik genre. He also participated in the Cosmic Jokers sessions. His style and technique influenced dozens of artists in the post-Eno ambient and Berlin School of electronic music scenes in the 1980s and 1990s. His 1984 album E2-E4 has also been influential in the development of house and electronic music in general.

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Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink appearing at this event

Lo-fi electronic pop sounds and eclectic influences, from Zappa to Orange Juice, Joe Meek, 70's funk and 60's garage and psych, utilising all the percussive powers of one man's mouth plus some more traditional instruments.

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Oren Ambarchi

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Also Appearing

Shags Chamberlain

Barbican Centre

  • Silk Street
  • London
  • EC2Y 8DS
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