Brian Eno has invited esoteric and avant garde maestros Cyclobe to play their third concert (!) since their formation in 1999.
Cyclobe, co-founded by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown, create music that leaps from cavernous electronic cacophony to moments of blissful delicacy. With the incorporation of folk instruments such as hurdy-gurdy and tulum they conjure intense unfolding landscapes, both psychotropic and Pagan.
The duo released their haunting debut album Luminous Darkness in 1999 followed by its unearthly successor The Visitors in 2001. Their most recent album, the immersive pan-psychedelic dream-warren Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, was released to excellent reviews in 2011. Its epic centrepiece ‘The Woods Are Alive with The Smell of His Coming’ was commissioned in 2010 by the Tate St. Ives for their exhibition “Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art”.
In 2012, Cyclobe specially recorded new soundtracks for three beautiful and alchemical Super-8 shorts, Tarot, Sulphur and Garden of Luxor, by the artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, premiering at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall at the invitation of Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons.
Thrower and Brown are well known for their work in the legendary esoteric music group Coil, internationally celebrated for their sustained exploration of the musical avant-garde. Thrower was a member of the group from 1985 to 1993, contributing to the highly regarded albums Scatology, Horse Rotorvator and Love’s Secret Domain; Brown joined in 2000 and remained until the group’s demise in 2004, performing in their live shows and contributing to a number of albums including The Remote Viewer, ANS, The Restitution of Decayed Intelligence and The Ape of Naples.
Punkt will see Cyclobe perform only their third concert since forming in 1999. For this rare appearance Thrower and Brown are joined by Cliff Stapleton (Hurdy Gurdy), Michael J. York (duduk/pipes), Ivan Pavlov (electronics) and Dave Smith (percussion). Projections are provided by acclaimed visual artists Fred Tomaselli and Alex Rose, and the British avant-garde filmmakers Anna Thew and David Larcher as well as a number of specially made films and artworks created by Cyclobe for the evening.