Daniel Higgs(of Lungfish) + Paul Wallfisch
Freitag 15. Juni
Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It’s not that his artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings – simply eludes classification, it defies it. Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of Daniel Higgs the maxim rings truer than ever. His art is of the cosmos, we on Earth merely lucky that it happens to be confined to our atmosphere, in our lifetime.
Higgs is known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band Lungfish, a four-piece dedicated to charting, in this listener’s estimation, nothing short of the evolution of all species, known and unknown. That the band has undertaken this pursuit in the guise of a humble rock outfit, in the absence of any public relations fanfare, metanarrative, or manifesto has been enough to endear them to tens of thousands. They are enshrined as one of America’s last true folk bands, and Higgs anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity.
In recent years, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that can only be described as the ultimate in isolation, worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band. On Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot, Higgs weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp, recorded entirely at home on cassette recorder. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro.
Higgs has wedded his music and his visual art into a singular being, meant to be encountered as a conjuring force similar to that of the tarot experience. The yggdrasil is the great tree of Norse myth that connects all worlds of cosmology. Passing into Christian folklore, the tree is said to connect heaven and earth. In his relentless pursuit of the indivisible, Higgs travels up and down this spine and hatches a new transubstantiation of sound and image into life-form.
Paul Wallfisch has spent several decades staring out the windows of planes, trains and tour buses, occasionally cracking open a book. In between, he managed to produce eight albums with his band Botanica and perform and/or record with Firewater, Love & Rockets, Congo Norvell, Angela McCluskey, Syl Sylvain, Stiv Bators, Anne Pigalle and Johnny Halliday, among others. Paul's music can be heard on countless American TV shows and several feature films, including Dummy, (2003 Artisan), starring Adrian Brody and Milla Jovovich, which he scored and also appears in. His latest scoring effort, Amorous, directed by Joanna Coates, won "Best British Feature" at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is the long-standing writing, production and performance partner of underground tortured soul legend Little Annie. From 2010-2015 Paul was Music Director at Theater Dortmund in Germany where his original productions included "Republic of Wolves", a musical theatre piece based on Anne Sexton's adaptations of Grimm's Fairy Tales. The music, performed live by "The Ministry of Wolves": Paul, Alexander Hacke, Mick Harvey and Danielle DePicciotto was released on Mute Records in 2015. Paul joined Swans in 2016.