9pm Saturday 21st November
The Necks (Australia) Tickets €22.50
“One of the greatest bands in the world” – New York Times
“(The Necks) draw your attention to the music instead of the means: you never get the idea that they’re playing for an hour to prove that they can do it, or to showcase a glut of ideas, but simply to give you the pleasure of focusing on music in extreme detail” – Pitchfork
Chris Abrahams – piano
Lloyd Swanton – bass
Tony Buck – drums
Australian trio The Necks are, quite simply, unique. Their oeuvre consists of the fragments and momentary glimpses heard in other music that you wish would last a little longer. Together for over 25 years and spanning 17 albums, these three musicians have developed a profoundly empathic style of improvised music, impossible to categorise, that has enthralled audiences worldwide.
The Necks create compelling soundscapes from the basic tools of the jazz piano trio – a format heavy with historic precedent and contemporary practitioners – and breathe new life into the approach. Taking these building blocks of piano, bass and drums, they construct lengthy extended pieces, which equally reward both deep listening and drifting contemplation. Playing on the audience’s heightened sensory awareness, The Necks evoke the early phase experiments of Terry Riley and Steve Reich as well as the contemporary grooves of the sadly missed Esbjörn Svensson Trio.
Necks music has a deep metaphorical resonance, like hearing the world in a grain of sand or not stepping in the same river twice, from the ebb and flow of the tides to the slowly setting sun. From the simplest of motifs, they painstakingly add colours and textures, with shifting pulses that delicately fray time, gradually coalescing into ruminative pieces that can reach the hour mark.
No two Necks concerts sound alike, and now they invite you to break further new ground.
The Necks STRUT at the Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre Dublin at 9pm on Saturday 21st November.
Tickets can be booked here