The Necks

The Necks

© Camille Walsh Photography

Concert
Sonic Arts Lounge

The Necks

Sonic Arts Lounge

The Australian trio The Necks is among the most advanced improvised music formations to encounter. Especially in Berlin, the exceedingly fertile turf of real-time music, which was established in the 1990s. What pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Lloyd Swanton conjure on stage can hardly be described in words. Their music is hypnotizing; the audience perceives the hour-long works as a labyrinth-like, never-ending dream. “Open”, their youngest CD production, is viewed as a masterpiece by those encountering improvised music with open ears. The seeming simplicity of their music is based on a process in which a complex sound carpet gradually unfolds from a single musical entity both continuously and sometimes barely noticeably until it peaks at the highest intensity. They captivate the listeners every moment they play with the charming groove that accompanies it. Neither entirely avant-garde nor minimal, neither ambient nor solely experimental jazz: The Necks’ music is an exception, a jewel in contemporary music.

Chris Abrahams, piano
Tony Buck, drums
Lloyd Swanton, double bass

In cooperation with Berghain