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Altmusic Presents: Zaïmph (NYC) with Teen Hatersan Scythes

November 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm NZDT


Altmusic is proud to announce a nationwide tour for New York psychonaut, Zaïmph.

Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Zaïmph’s recordings and performances shimmer with a dense, dissonant and often unsettling electronic aura, shot through with flashes of meditative beauty. Her preferred sonic toolkit includes prepared guitar, keyboard, cracked drum machines, custom-built noise/drone boxes, processed environmental sounds and tabletop effects.

As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un, tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, and the psych-folk drone trio GHQ, Bassett is deeply entwined with the American noise underground and has mapped regions still only dimly understood by subsequent sonic travellers. From 2003-2008, Bassett joined Matthew Bower in Hototogisu, where her mastery of cacophonous eardrum shred achieved monolithic proportions.

Bassett’s releases have appeared on a variety of independent labels including Hospital Productions, Utech Records, Volcanic Tongue and No Fun. Although Bassett has released a number of recordings on her now retired Heavy Blossom imprint, she continues to showcase Zaïmph and other aesthetically allied projects on Yew, a label she founded in 2012.

“It would be tough to write a history of the last two decades in underground music without including Marcia Bassett … and any angle would have to include Zaïmph, Bassett’s solo project. Through small-run releases on numerous labels including her own, Heavy Blossom), Zaïmph has carved out a unique take on decaying feedback, assaultive fuzz, echoey ambience, and abstract expression.” – Marc Masters, Pitchfork, The Out Door

“…blasting a hole through the flimsy wall that separates ‘dark psychedelic’ and ‘free drone-rock’.” – Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic

Zaïmph New Zealand Tour Dates:

Wednesday 14 November – Auckland – Audio Foundation with Rachel Shearer and Rosy Parlane
Friday 16 November – Palmerston North – Snails – with DSLB and Distance
Saturday 17 November – Wellington – the Pyramid Club – with Thomas Arbor and Ludus
Friday 23 November – Christchurch – Dark Room – with Teen Haters and Scythes
Saturday 24 November – Dunedin – Jutland St – with Eye and Gate
Wednesday 28 November – Auckland – The Wine Cellar – with Psychick Witch and Astrolabe


November 23, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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