Heather Leigh (US), Annelie Koning + Luc Ex
The daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas to Scotland where she’s lived for over a decade, Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with psychedelic folk and industrial-strength progressive rock.
With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and dramatic single note ascensions.
2015’s critically acclaimed I Abused Animal (Ideologic Organ) was a breakthrough album that marked her first venture into professional studio recording. Throne (Editions Mego) is her latest record is a contrast to its predecessor: late night Americana and heavy femininity.
In addition to her work as a solo artist, Heather Leigh has worked extensively with a long list of unique collaborators, most recently with saxophonist (and WORM friend), Peter Brötzmann. The duo have released five highly idiosyncratic albums: Ears Are Filled With Wonder, Sex Tape, Crowmoon, Sparrow Nights and South Moon Under.
“She is summoning the spirits of the ghost-women of rock ’n’ roll past who were perceived as the sponges of the love-cloaked-violence and guitar-death-gazes of the almighty rocker.” TINY MIX TAPES
Annelie Koning | Luc Ex
This Amsterdam duo, (Luc Ex on acoustic bass and Annelie Koning on vocals), create vibrant, mercurial compositions based round poetry, song and spoken word. Their new work, ‘Love Is A Dog From Hell’ is a powerful musical interpretation of the poems of Charles Bukowski.
Annelie Koning is a Dutch singer and composer. In her work she combines compositions with improvisation and is continuously experimenting with all the possibilities of the voice. She studied vocals with Simin Tander and Elena Vink as well as improvisation with Wilbert de Joode and Wolter Wierbos. In 2015 she formed the band LIE where she combines Dutch poetical songs with improvisation. ac. bass, composer, soundartist
Luc Ex has been performing on stage since 1983. Long resident in The Ex (1983-2002) he later performed with his own projects – ROOF (w/ Tom Cora); 4Walls (w/ Phil Minton) and SOL6 & SOL12 – and with varioous artists such as Belgian absurdist Kamagurka, Franz Hautzingers Regenorchestra (w/ Christina Fennesz & Otomo Yoshihide) and singers Sidsel Endresen. (Speeq) and Isabelle Duthoit (Bouge).