SEBASTIAN ROCHFORD / PAMELIA KURSTIN
Slowfoot records are proud to present Ouch Evil Slow Hop, the results of a collaboration between drum alchemist Sebastian Rochford, the driving force behind acclaimed jazz group Polar Bear, and Pamelia Kurstin, the woman described by Bob Moog as “one of the most important innovators of the Theremin living today.”
Although aware of one another for a number of years, Rochford and Kurstin first played together at the suggestion of Brighton’s Loop Festival, and subsequently recorded this album’s material in a Brighton studio in a number of free improvised sessions. The results were later edited by Rochford to which Portishead’s Adrian Utley added his unique mixing angle, and Ouch Evil Slow Hop was born.
The duo since played at various festivals such as Incubate and Night of The Unexpected in The Netherlands and some UK shows at Cafe Oto and The Vortex.
Perhaps best known for his work as the drummer, driving force and composer for acclaimed experimental jazz band Polar Bear, Rochford's unique abilities both as a drummer and as an all round musical entity have seen him getting involved with some of most forward thinking and exciting bands on the scene such as Sons Of Kemet, Acoustic Ladyland, Fulborne Taversham and the Basquiat Strings. He is also much in demand as a collaborator for the likes of Patti Smith, Grace Jones, Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Andy Sheppard and Brigitte Fontaine, to name but a few. On this album, Seb’s extraordinary musicianship is fully on display, as he uses his drum kit both as a ferocious rhythm machine and, more unusually, as an almost impossibly expressive medium that defies conventional expectations of time-keeping and dynamics.
Arguably the most accomplished Theremin player of her generation, as witnessed by Bob Moog in the quote above. By fully embracing her own playing techniques along with technology as a processing tool, she has arrived at a unique sound for the instrument, blowing all preconceptions of what a Theremin should sound like, back into the schlock 1950’s sci-fi films where they belong. Her sound ranges from the ‘sacred to the profane’, and visits every point in between, by turns beautiful and ethereal, ferociously aggressive and always alien and unquantifiable. She has recorded and played live with artists such as David Byrne, John Zorn, Foetus, Sebastien Tellier and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. She has previously released a solo album ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (Tzadik).