Ben Frost to Bring 'A U R O R A' to St. Paul's Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 10/30
"Best Independent Producer" Kate Nordstrum and "Best New Venue for Classical Music" Amsterdam Bar & Hall (Star Tribune, Best of Minnesota 2014) team to bring Reykjavík-based electronic musician and composer Ben Frost to Saint Paul on the heels of his recently released, acclaimed album A U R O R A, out now on Mute / Bedroom Community. Already a critics' favorite, A U R O R A has been featured heavily in the "Albums of the Year (So Far)" lists and is described by The Wire as "Frost's most fully realized work to date." Resident Advisor called A U R O R A "the darkest and most powerful recording of his career."
A U R O R A was created by Ben Frost with collaborators Greg Fox (former Liturgy), Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson) and Thor Harris (SWANS), largely written in Eastern DR Congo. Starved of all the adornments of its predecessor (2009's BY THE THROAT), A U R O R A is wholly absent of guitar, piano, string instruments and natural wooden intimacy. Instead, it offers a deant new world of fiercely synthetic shapes and galactic interference, pummeling skins and pure metals.
The October 30 Saint Paul engagement will feature Frost solo, a rare U.S. appearance by "one of the most interesting and groundbreaking producers in the world today... showing us the future of electronic music" (Boomkat).
Ben Frost's music is about contrast, influenced as much by classical minimalism as by punk rock and metal. It has a visceral presence, felt as much as heard. Muscular yet cerebral, ambient yet urgent, Frost's compositions merge guitar-based textures, musique concrète samples, and building-shaking amplified electronics into sweeping digital soundscapes. Increasingly in demand for his exorbitant electronic production work, Frost has collaborated with Björk, Brian Eno, and celebrated Bedroom Community label mates.
Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005 and working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with ?erce, rupturing dark metal. In 2010 Frost was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program for a year of collaboration, one of the outcomes of which was Solaris; a re-scoring of the Tarkovsky classic for Poland's Sinfonietta Cracovia. The pair continue to work together on a range of projects.
Frost regularly collaborates with other musicians and artists; in the production of albums such as Tim Hecker's Ravedeath 1972 and Virgins, SWANS' The Seer, Colin Stetson's New History Warfare and on various Bedroom Community releases. On the stage Frost has produced scores for choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move, and German Director Falk Richter. In film he composed the score for the Palme d'Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason). And in the visual arts, where, with artist Richard Mosse, Frost traveled deep beyond the front lines of war-torn Eastern Congo to produce The Enclave; a multi-channel video and sound installation that premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2013.