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Club 121: Fis & Rob Thorne announce debut performance in NZ

Press Release – Fis and Rob Thorne
Fis & Rob Thorne announce debut New Zealand performance at Club 121 in Wellington, support from PYUR (Germany)
Thu 7 June, Club 121, Wellington, doors open 8pm.

Tickets: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/8256/Fis-and-Rob-Thorne.utr

After spending the last two years performing across Europe, sound explorers Fis & Rob Thorne (composer in residence at VUW) will make their debut New Zealand performance together at Wellington’s Club 121 venue on Cuba Mall.

Backed by a reinforced soundsystem, the duo will offer a completely unique sonic dialogue between electronica and tāonga pūoro – first captured in their breakout album Clear Stones on Berlin’s Subtext Recordings. They will bookend their duo performance with solo sets – taking us from raw, unamplified acoustics of Rob’s tāonga pūoro, to the physicality of Fis’ sound system collages. Fis’ solo slot will be an AV performance with Jovan Vucinic – their first full length outing on home soil having played Modena’s NODE Festival, Portugal’s Semibreve and Berlin Atonal festivals in recent years.

Following a live commission for Berlin’s CTM New Geographies edition in 2016, Thorne and Fis were busy last year, releasing Clear Stones and touring Europe – taking in London, Leeds, Turin, Milan and Athens’ Borderline Festival, co-billing with Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, Marginal Consort, and Charlemagne Palestine.

This year, the duo inaugurated Fis’ new imprint Saplings Records with their EP Ngā Parirau o te Kārearea. In partnership with Eden Reforestation projects, Saplings are piloting a ‘bio-digital’ release format – planting at least 40 trees for every sale of the EP. Since release, Ngā Parirau o te Kārearea has funded over 8500 trees, and been named one of Fact Magazine’s favourite releases of the year to date.

Fis & Rob Thorne will be joined by German electronic musician and DJ PYUR (Sophie Schnell). Following her debut album on Hotflush Recordings, Sophie’s emerged quickly as a crucial talent in her own right, performing on Stockhausen’s Oktophonie for Berlin Atonal and sharing bills with Autechre, Atom ™, Lafawndah and Ital Tek.

Presale tickets are available via UTR (link above). More on the night. Limited capacity.

FIS: https://www.facebook.com/FisNZ/
Rob Thorne: http://www.robthorne.co.nz/
PYUR: https://www.facebook.com/pyurmusic/

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