Wildbirds & Peacedrums Tour dates and reviews (posted by Harry)

Wildbirds and PeacedrumsWildbirds & Peacedrums Tour dates

Congotronics vs Rockers premiere show in Brussels which included Wildbirds & Peacedrums.

The tour C vs R tour started at the weekend with many European dates to come as well as a couple of Japanese appearances:

Thu 30 Jun 2011  Le Guess Who, Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Sat 2 Jul 2011  Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, DENMARK
Sun 3 Jul 2011  HKW, Berlin, GERMANY
Wed 6 Jul 2011  Place De La Republique, Metz, FRANCE
Sat 9 Jul 2011  Café De La Danse, Paris, FRANCE
Tue 12 Jul 2011  Barbican, London, UK
Thu 14 Jul 2011  Benicassim Festival, Benicassim, SPAIN
Sun 17 Jul 2011  Vieilles Charrues Festival, Carhaix, FRANCE
Thu 21 Jul 2011  Paléo Festival, Nyon, SWITZERLAND
Sat 23 Jul 2011  Festival Musicas Do Mundo, Sines, PORTUGAL
Sat 30 Jul 2011  Fuji Rock, Niigata, JAPAN
Mon 1 Aug 2011  Club Quattro, Tokyo, JAPAN

Buy or Listen to the Wildbirds & Peacedrums released on Leaf Label Records

  ” Wildbirds and Peacedrums make music as stripped-down as their name is convoluted. The Swedish husband-and-wife team Andreas Werliin and Mariam Wallentin weave spells with percussion and voice: Wallentin huskily intoning as her spouse attacks his drumkit with alternate restraint and abandon.

The duo’s debut, 2007’s Heartcore, won Sweden’s premier jazz prize; its follow-up, The Snake, added greater rhythmic intensity to their ethereal musings. The pair are now releasing two vinyl-only EPs, Retina and Iris, from which 10 songs were debuted here.

On vinyl, tracks such as Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood and Tiny Holes in this World can sound as mannered and precious as their titles, but live, they gain an animalistic intensity. Wallentin is a vivacious performer, clawing at the air and appearing transported when she growls the spectral love lament Under Land and Over Sea.

Recorded in Iceland, the sparse new material has a similar focus on the human voice as Björk’s equally minimalist 2004 album Medúlla, and tonight the duo are joined for half the set by the blue-smocked Schola Cantorum Reykjavik chamber choir. On Fight for Me, their phantom vocals were a breathtaking counterpoint to Wallentin’s pagan-like incantations and Werliin’s loose-wristed, tribal drumming.

The haunting Peeling Off the Layers sounded like a eulogy for every failed romance ever. For the encore, Wallentin abandoned her mic to chant a cappella as she led the crowd in a bewitching musical hybrid that might be called glacial art-gospel. It may never catch on, but it sounds fantastic.”

Written by Ian Gittens


Wildbirds & Peacedrums interview by Barbican Music


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