They use their instruments of rock in ways that incorporate jazz, electronic and truly experimental textures to create something unlike the standard. Alarmist’s music spins and pivots in motion and colour...– Nialler9 on Alarmist
Saturday night at SPECTRUM is an double header of two thrilling live bands, one from Ireland, one from Finland, but both whose musicians have trod the the 12 Points stage, with all the freshness and originality that the festival programme imbibes.
As the name implies, intense musical magnetism is the driving force for multi award winning Finnish saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen’s quartet Magnetia Orkesteri. Lyytinen is THE current Finnish jazz musician to follow if woodwinds are your penchant, and even if they are not.
With his Magnetia Orkesteri he has assembled four of the best Finnish jazz musicians working today. Three of them have performed at 12 Points with their own equally impressive ensembles. Celebrated trumpeter, Verneri Pohjola with Ilmiliekki, bassist Eero Tikkanen with crowd favourites Mopo and Lyytinen with avant pop trio Elifantree. Pohjola himself has been described as one of the most original artists of his generation, while Lyytinen is a recent winner of the Ted Curson prize at the Pori Jazz Festival.
With a sound that could be described as Art Ensemble of Chicago meets Henry Threadgill, this is a fierce and controlled cornucopia of 21st century free jazz meets western chamber music, with Lyytinen’s tightly woven compositions creating a framework for these four equally strong free spirits to perform intensely personal music.
Its music with attitude and bite music that alternatively grooves, slips and slides, driven earnestly by a rhythm section that underpins some extraordinary trumpet saxophone interplay before u-turning in typically chameleonesque fashion. Almost a definition of 21st century music, this 4-piece expertly compiles all of the harmonic and rhythmic grammar of 100 plus years of jazz to create something entirely new, magnetically linked to the indie avant garde scenes of the 60’s and 70’s but rooted in the now.
"There’s definitely something that connects Chicago to Northern Europe in terms of this particular blend, and it’s a damn good one" - The Wire
Alarmist are one of Dublin's most exciting live acts, and their blend of experimental rock, jazz, math and electronic elements has found them an international fanbase. Currently in the midst of recording their second full-length album, Alarmist present a quasi orchestral approach that allows their music to hover in its own instrumental space, gravitationally pulled toward a rock aesthetic but constantly implying other philosophies.
Their music contains both frenetic energy, playful melodicism and constant experimentation blending a sophisticated palette of sounds.
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ALARMIST are an instrumental four-piece from Dublin, consisting of Neil Crowley, Elis Czerniak, Osgar Dukes and Barry O'Halpin.
Alarmist's March 2015 single 'Morning, Kepler' gives a glimpse of their upcoming full-length LP due for release in Autumn 2015; analogue synths, electro-acoustic percussion, processed voices, guitars and winds are densely compacted into a unique and colourful soundworld. Following on from 2013's widely acclaimed Pal Magnet EP, it continues the band's genre-blending fusion of the melodic and the experimental which has caught the ears of listeners of post-rock, jazz and electronica alike, and has gained Alarmist a growing international following, shown by their consistent presence in Bandcamp's top 50 experimental rock, math-rock and Staff Picks lists worldwide.
Alarmist’s music spins and pivots in motion and colour– Nialler9
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