During May’s Beards & Tongues tour (Nathaniel Robin Mann, Dorian Wood and Sef) we performed an intimate extra show in a vaulted brick cellar in Montpelier. Here you can view the full video.Thanks to Lauren Rodz!
More videos from the recent Bosque Adentro tour (Nathaniel Robin Mann and Sef) coming soon!
Recuerdos barbudos desde Montpellier.
Durante la Beards & Tongues tour (Nathaniel Robin Mann, Dorian Wood y Sef) de mayo dimos un concierto secreto en una bodega subterránea en Montpellier. Aquí podéis ver el vídeo completo. ¡Gracias a Lauren Rodz!
Más vídeos de la reciente gira Bosque adentro (Nathaniel Robin Mann y Sef) muy pronto.
Cansadísimos pero muy contentos, Sef y Nathaniel llegan a Madrid después de una semana Bosque adentro y componen una pequeña canción para dar las gracias a todos los que les ayudaron y apoyaron durante la gira.
Exhausted but happy, Sef and Nathaniel arrive at Madrid after a week into the woods and write a small song to thank everyone that has helped and supported them during the tour.
Recién salidos del bosque (adentro)
manos cargadas de frutos (brillantes) sol que se pone detrás (adentro) guarda un secreto brillante (y entero) Se hace camino al andar (caminante no hay camino)
The Beards & Tongues Tour teaser! We are still apart but already together… Music by Dorian Wood / Sef / Nathaniel Robin Mann. Video filmed on location (Los Angeles, Madrid and London), edited by Rocío Ballesteros.
Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood is “armed with a vocal charisma that would befit a preacher and an experimental streak that would make avant-gardists swoon” (WNYC Culture). He has held audiences captive on street corners, in concert halls and performance spaces throughout USA, Mexico and Europe, carrying with him a sound that marries troubadour balladry with the avant-garde, both as a soloist and as a member of the 30-piece experimental orchestra, Killsonic.
Dorian’s debut album, BOLKA, received wide critical acclaim for its impeccable merging of folk, soul, Bulgarian choral music and experimental music. His follow-up EP, Black Pig Suite, featured a 14-piece band including horns, accordions and female vocals.
Dorian combines his music with a passion for performance art, having prepared 2011’s Athco, Or The Renaissance of Faggot Tree, incorporating over 30 performers. Dorian also performed with acclaimed artist Marina Abramović in her piece An Artist’s Life Manifesto, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on November 12, 2011. He has also performed in Sweden, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona and Paris among others.
Brutus, Dorian’s latest album, was recorded live at St. Giles-in-the-Fields in London, during his spring 2010 European tour. He is currently working on a new studio album, entitled Rattle Rattle for 2012 release.
Sef is the musical alias of Christian Fernández Mirón, spanish artist and educator obsessed with small instruments and intimacy. His sweet singing voice flutters over ukulele and baby piano, often engaging in spontaneous collaborations through backing choirs, shouts and cries produced by amused audience members. His heart-warming solo project was selected by Matthew Herbert in 2005’s greenspace and has since performed in gymnasiums, theatres, forests and hair salons.
A combination of the experimental and lyrical shades of twentieth-century pop, Sef’s influences span from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Meredith Monk, Bessie Smith to Thom Yorke. Extremes come together naturally in his often soothing, sometimes funny and sporadically sad tunes.
During 2010 and 2011 he and Nathaniel Robin Mann played extensively as a curious duo, performing each other’s songs together, along with material from The Wizard of Oz, Billie Holiday or traditional folk and work songs.
Sef’s latest projects have included singing in improvisation orchestra FOCO with conductors such as Fred Frith and William Parker, organising audiovisual workshops and performances with his collective ¡JA! or composing the soundtrack to Jelle Gordyn’s short film Dat Zal Het Zijn.
Nathaniel Robin Mann aka Animateddog is perhaps better know as one third of the UK’s finest performance outfit Dead Rat Orchestra. Described as ‘unconventional, traditional, highly liberal and subversive’ (Sam Lee Magpies Nest) his solo explorations chart diverse realms; from of the folk vernacular to the best of disney show tunes. Tipping his cap along the way from to everyone from Jacques Brel to Saul Williams, Mike Waterson to Nina Simone. From her darkest dirges to her lighter shades of puerile pop.
On stage Nathaniel uses a curious collection of instruments and objects to provide accompaniment and percussion: Phonofiddle, meat cleaver, 2x4, ukulele, guitar, stomps, bells and whistles, which provide stark contrast to his a cappella moments. All drawing from a collection of both folk tradition and original material. 2012 will see Nathaniel’s first solo releases, an EP of songs on the independent Antigen Records and a full length album on Fire Records off-shoot Critical Heights.
Within the Dead Rat Orchestra, Nathaniel has collaborated closely with Baby Dee, Marc Almond & Eric Chenuax, and in his solo guise has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such diverse artists such as Ryan Driver, Doomed Bird of Providence and Emily Portman.