Vialka! Southeast Asian Tour 2008!
Much-acclaimed drums’n’guitar avant-garde/post-punk duo Vialka will be heading to this region next year and Ricecooker is helping out with the tour itinerary. The current plan is to be in Taiwan for a festival (maybe stopping in Nepal first) and then come down to play Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Here’s a blurb about the band:
The dynamic duo of Marylise Frecheville and Eric Boros have been lugging their nomadic turbo folk sound and modus vivendi all over the planet since the beginning of the century, originally as the rhythm section of the performance striptease jazz-punk trio NNY, and since 2002 as Vialka.
They have resided in Switzerland, Slovenia, Canada, and are currently calling a remote village in France their home between tours. Deriving its influences from traditional and modern underground music from around the globe, Vialka’s music is based on the frenetic interaction between Marylise’s syncopated drumming and singing and Eric’s orchestral guitar playing – and is delivered with ecstatic energy, humor, lust for life, and a sophisticated musical language and subliminal connection all their own.
After releasing their first two albums “Tonight I Show You Fuck” (2002) and “Republic Of The Bored & Boring” (2003) on the mysterious Manufracture label, they founded the “VIA” nonprofit cooperative for the production and promotion of working artists (officially the Vialka Association 1901) and henceforth began releasing their own material: “Everywhere And Nowhere” (2004), a video documenting their work together over the first five years; “Curiosities Of Popular Customs” (2005), their first full-length recording; a split disc with the Israeli “klezmercore” combo Kruzenshtern I Parohod (2006 – co-released with Auris Media in Israel); and their latest album “Plus Vite Que La Musique” (2007) – their second recording with Bob Drake.
Vialka is not just a musical project, but a social scientific experiment, attempting to meet, communicate and work with extraordinary and little known musicians and artists from everywhere and nowhere – with particular interest in polluted dictatorships, bleak colonies, and monarchic democracies.
They have toured extensively in over forty-five countries (100+ concerts per year) across Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, and have collaborated with Italian saxophonist Jacopo Andreini, Macedonian artist collective OPA, French cinematographer Laurent Varlet, Swiss cinematographer S?©bastien Riond, French eco-designer C?©dric Carles, members of the Chinese punk band SDL, the legendary former-CAN singer Damo Suzuki, and New Zealand drummer Kieran Monaghan (mr. Sterile Assembly).
Anyway, get excited! We’ll keep you posted!