Monday, April 4, 2016

6th Annual (recurring) DREAMS in Arcata!!!

BPBS Arts + Media Presents: 
The 6th Annual Production of (Recurring) DREAMS

Friday, June 10th
  8pm, sharp!

@ The Sanctuary
1301 J Street

As in years past, we will project Akira Kurosawa's 1990 film DREAMS onto a large movie screen.  The film is divided into 8 short sequences (each segment is around 15 minutes long,) with each scene scored in real time by a different musical act (the movie is subtitled, so the audience can still follow the plot.)  Musicians perform from behind a screen, out of sight (similar to an orchestra pit,) which adds to the mystery and suspension of disbelief!

Dream 1...  Sunshine Through the Rain 
performed by:  Datura Blues  (Arcata/Portland)
“The alchemy of Portland experimental psych ensemble Datura Blues is loaded with disparate sonic bases that meld together Eastern European jazz, bits of improvisational noise, transitioning instrumental post-rock, psychedelic rock freakouts, and haunting ambient textures..."

Dream 2...  The Peach Orchard 
performed by:  Elektro-Kraken  (Portland)
"Bass, drums, guitars, and saxophones make up the primary colors of a nuclear mess somewhere between colorful chaos and primitive bliss..."

Dream 3...  The Blizzard 
performed by:  Beat Totem  (Portland)
"The music of Beat Totem includes everything from Garage Rock, early punk, Psychedelic Soul, and Go-Go Swing, Jazz and Folk Rock. The sound is eclectic and inspired drawing from a combination of years of musical experience and a tribal vibe..."

Dream 4...  The Tunnel 
performed by:  ORRRA  (Arcata)
"ORRRA is Hannah Rosencrans and Daniel Nickerson. ORRRA is cabin song,redwood drum and wood stove drone. ORRRA is a rock and roll band..."

Dream 5...  Crows 
performed by:  Opossum Suntrail  (Arcata)
"Opossum Sun Trail is an American primitive country experimental band form Arcata featuring members of Moon Pine and Motherload..."

Dream 6...  Mount Fuji in Red 
performed by:  Die Geister Beschwören  (Arcata/Portland/Oakland
"Krautrock collective from Portland, Oregon. Multiple textures of music with widespread arrangements. A humble but perfect journey through 70‘s underground styles.  Imagine all your favorite obscure German bands condensed into one..."

Dream 7...  The Weeping Demon 
performed by:  Jonathan Kipp  (Arcata)
"Jonathan Kipp is a percussionist living in Arcata, California. He has a BA in music from Humboldt State University. He participates in a variety of projects and styles including classical, improvised, experimental and electronic..."

Dream 8...  Village of the Watermills 
performed by:  Leone  (Eureka)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Some Kind Words About Die Geister Beschwören!

"While the sounds on Die Geister Beschwören‘s Music Feeds Stars fall within the realm of folk music, elements of blissful psychedelia, droning experimentation, and even pop-friendly melodies all sit beautifully beside each other to make an experience that is equally welcoming and challenging in its beauty. Worming through many points of culture and time, Music Feeds Stars sounds like a group of cosmic musical voyagers discovering earth’s history as a collection of its more soothing and strange sounds. Field recordings serve as the occasional segue between gaps of whimsical and sometimes jarring electroacoustic folk, which feels equally composed and improvised. The inclusion of dreamy effects and a member of the band performing on a saw serves as a nice balance to the classical guitar and softly sung vocals that drive the majority of the album. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Die Geister Beschwören perform twice now, (they’re a Portland band) and each performance was quite unique. It’s the spontaneity and clear joy of creativity that make this album a welcome burst of strangely oscillating light in these darker months. This cassette was just issued on German label Tarkosvky Green and is worth the small investment..."

Monday, October 26, 2015

New Die Geister Beschwören Album on Kartovsky Green Records!


"Krautrock collective from Portland, Oregon. Multiple textures of music with widespread arrangements. A humble but perfect journey through 70‘s underground styles.  Imagine all your favourite obscure German bands condensed into one album..."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Portland Mercury reviews Die Geister Beschwören

"Led by Oryan Peterson-Jones, the musical collective known as Die Geister Beschwören (translated as: Call Up the Ghosts) has been exploring facets of world folk music while keeping true to the calling of psychedelia. Recent recordings like Music Feeds Stars and The Great Defenestration—both available on the group's Bandcamp page—are bewitching affairs that fold in elements of droning Indian ragas, thudding gothic pop, and shimmering pop songs that evoke the spirits of Syd Barrett and the Bevis Frond..."
Robert Ham
Portland Mercury

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review of The Great Defenestration!!!

"Die Geister Beschwören translates to "call up the ghosts."  And I have to admit; I had to look up the exact meaning of defenestration, which is:  "The act of throwing a thing (or especially a person,) out of a window."  This Portland experimental folk ensemble certainly does both in this intricate 17-minute sonic spree recently released on SQRT Records.  Laden with field recordings, aching string and bass clarinet orchestrations, loops, haunting drums and vocals, it paints a lush, if not eerie, mental picture.  It's artfully-layered and quite well-paced.  Let me put it this way:  I started out doing stretches and meditation to it, but 4 minutes in, I found myself pacing the floors thinking, "This would be an amazing soundtrack if I ever have a rapid descent into terrifying madness and an eventual reawakening to my highest self!"  Both menacing and beautiful, The Great Defenestration is one intriguing fall from a window..."

Leah Brzezinski, Savage Henry Magazine