Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sonic Pilgrimage | Asia

Going to the first Asian tour! Shows in Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are planned. Of course things there are happening pretty last minute, so still a few "tba" as you may see below. Anyway I'm quite excited to finally explore Eastern world! I believe this will give me better understanding of the whole world. This is nothing else, but sonic pilgrimage. 2nd one. First one was in 2013, when I went to Siberia. 
I believe this is gonna be adventurous journey. Follow me on facebook, as probably here I will rarely post something.

25.01 Quezon city, Philippines. KPR
26.01 Quezon city, Philippines. Today x Future
30.01 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Minut Init
03.03 Bantul, Indonesia, Terik Berisik #3
05.02 Cirebon, Indonesia. Suniyragi #4
07.02 Jakarta, Indonesia. Mondo by the Rooftop
09.02 Singapore, Singapore. Artistry
14.02 Seri Iskandar, Malaysia, Kapallorek

set-up for this tour

Sunday, January 8, 2017


artwork by Blu Simon Wasem

If you read this post, you probably got a tape with nothing more but a link written on the cover. 
That's right! The idea was to make this tape almost anonymous with a minimal design and to combine it with the information about it on the internet. Don't know about you, but I like this idea and probably will keep it with further releases. I didn't wanna start a new label, I like self releases and I believe many artists can do it themselves instead of looking for a label. So here are details about this tape.
The material was recorded by me, Arma Agharta, and Blu Simon Wasem on a beautiful October '16 day at Francis Pedemonte studio in Florianopolis, Brazil. We used electronics, synths, drums, vocals, percussion, and bass guitar. The first edition of this tape is 26 copies, later maybe will do the second edition. All tapes come with hand made covers. The gold paper I used for covers I bought in NYC Chinatown, tapes bought in St. Petersburg, material recorded and artwork (by Blu) made in Florianopolis and final product made in Panevėžys. ;) The name idea came just by adding one letter to "Blu" and deleting one letter from "Arma". This was our first collab and who knows maybe one day we will do it again.
Thank you for purchasing or trading this tape! You can also listen excerpt online, later will add full on bandcamp.

artwork by Blu Simon Wasem

the first made tape

Monday, January 2, 2017

new tapes

1) the tape called "Insects" was recently released in Warsaw, Poland, on Pointless Geometry label. Limited edition of 60 copies. Half of them I had are already gone, but you might still ask a label. Also below you can listen the whole tape.

2) currently i'm preparing a tape release of collaborative material we did together with Blue Simon Wasem in Florianopolis, Brazil in October 2016. The tape will be called BLUE ARM. Tape will contain 28 minutes of improvised electronics, drums, bass guitar and vocal. First edition of 28 copies will be ready next week, more copies should be ready in March. Listen excerpt below:

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 / 2017

Construction festival, Dnipro, Ukraine, 2016

What I did in 2016.
This was super active year. 2 tape releases (at least!) and 98 performances in 24 countries (North and South America and all around Europe). Not so much time at home in Lithuania, although 26 shows were done here. The plan was ambitious for this year, I was willing to visit South Africa and Asia too, but it was complicated, so I couldn't manage it. Anyway 98 shows were enough for this year ; ) and i'm really thankful to Lithuanian council for culture, Lithuanian culture institute, Lithuanian culture attache in Ukraine and Poland as well as contributors of my crowdfunding campaign. Without this I could hardly do what I did. And what I did is not just a number. I was giving maximum of my energy for each show.  Everyone who has toured knows how hard it is: sitting hours in the transport, eating fast food, sleeping not in the best conditions, loosing money, playing with the shitty sound system, meeting unfriendly people ... and the list goes on... of course there a lot's of advantages too: seeing the world, meeting nice people, seeing and sharing the art, gaining experience, making friendship, discovering new cultures, earning money and so on.
So, I will keep on concentrating on touring for the year 2017, but more about plans below.
Also I organized tours for other artists and bands, it's Holzkopf tour in Ukraine and Lithuania, Ni tour in Poland, Czech and Ukraine, Andrea Pensado tour around Baltic sea. However I stopped this activity too, cause it's just to much stress, especially when booking shows for others outside of Lithuania.

What I have learned this year:
Firstly I've become less categorical, less judging about the art done by others. On the tour I saw lot's of artists, a few hundred. Some were really amazing, some were not, some were so bad that it was so good ; ) The same with my performances, some where wow for myself, some where bad (maybe also to much self-criticism sometimes). I have seen people who hated my show, I seen who loved and were totally crazy about it. By playing in different contexts you will get different reactions. And the contexts were really different: among punk bands, in art spaces, in improvised music community, in usual underground venues or in electronic music festivals. The most comfortable context should be free improvised music community, although quite often there are conservative people and cliches and this makes this music / events not so free. Personally I love playing for people who are open minded, willing to see something new and to react to it. This I experienced in quite many places and this keeps enthusiasm of continuing.
While touring I had enough time with myself, so I was thinking why am I doing this, whats the aim. Without doing this, what you get is just a constant change of the forms, people, cultures and so on. So, now I can say that the main things for me are knowing myself and friendship with the others (which is basically friendship with yourself, cause there are no others!). Also more and more I understand that there's more of illusion than we think.
I've also learned (well, actually still learning) how to cope with the negative aspects of my life. This is very important, cause we live in dual world and so we have to cope with this always.

New passion
Playing with other people has become a new passion to me. Doing recordings, making dialogue through sounds, forming new collaborative projects. So this year I did recordings with artists from Brazil, Austria, Spain, Greece (releases are coming up!), also had a trio band in Lithuania. All that was really great experience and I plan to continue this way. I'm quite individualistic person, so for me this is quite a move.

Event plans for 2017
Besides of tour plans, which are always in work, I also plan to come back into event organizing at home, in Lithuania. After wondering all over the world I always come back with the wish and enthusiasm to do something locally. I see how people do things in other countries, what is positive and negative. So this was good monitoring.
I was organizing events since 2006. in the summer of 2016 I stopped doing it and since then was following what is happening in Lithuania. The picture didn't satisfy me, so that's why I wanna act again.
Of course through those years many things changed both in my mind and in the "scene". Some things didn't change. Even though I was always open to different genres of DIY, underground music, but today, better then ever, I know what ideas through music I want to promote and what not. Also I understand that to have community is very important as well as a more proper collaboration with local venues and promoters. Currently I'm thinking about the model of collaboration.

Tour plans for 2017
The next tour starts in a month. Before that there's a plan to do the performance at the exhibition opening in Panevėžys, the town I live in now. After that - Krakow, Bucharest and Asia! All the new places I never been. Excited!
Then, later in spring shows in the UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Czech republic, Poland, Lithuania.
In June maybe will go to Siberia, also there's idea to go to Mexico and of course all around Europe.

So for now the plan is like this:
13.01.2017   Panevėžys, Lithuania, XX gallery
16.01.2016   Krakow, Poland, Osoblivy Poniedzialek
18.01.2017   Bucharest, Romania. A1
25.01.2017   Manila, Philippines. KPR
26.01.2017   Manila, Philippines. Today x Future

2?.01.2017   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
0?.02.2017   Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 
0?.02.2017   Cirebon, Indonesia. 
0?.02.2017   Jakarta, Indonesia.
09.02.2017   Singapore, Singapore. Artistry
1?.02.2017   ?????, Malaysia
??.02.2017   ?????, Thailand.

16.03.2017   Manchester, UK. 
18.03.2017   Leeds, UK. 
19.03.2017   Bradford, UK. Fuse
31.03.2017   Rennes, France. 
01.04.2017   Nantes, France, 
04.04.2017   Prague, Czech rep.
05.04.2017   Brno, Czech rep. 
18.04.2017   Vilnius, Lithuania. Jauna Muzika festival
13.08.2017   Potsdam, Germany. Camp festival

Thursday, December 15, 2016

photos from 2016

in chronological way: 

October 1st | Kabinet Adapter | Essen | Germany

October 1st | Kabinet Adapter | Essen | Germany

August 9th | Sodų 4 | Vilnius | Lithuania

June 15th | R/RT pub | Khmelnyckyi | Ukraine
May 19th | LARGO | Kaunas | Lithuania

May 13th | KKKC | Klaipėda | Lithuania

May 6th | Garso Architektūra | Anykščiai | Lithuania

May 4th | Garso Architektūra | Šiauliai | Lithuania

April 19th | Jauna Muzika festival | Vilnius | Lithuania

March 12th | Destroy Vancouver | Vancouver | Canada

January 27th | Fluc | Vienna | Austria

January 26th | AVA loft | Brno | Czech rep.

January 25th | photo session | Praha | Czech rep.

January 25th | photo session | Praha | Czech rep.

January 20th | Vorota | Kaliningrad | Russia

January 17th | at home | Panevėžys | Lithuania

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

november news

November was full of shows. I have visited Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Poland. 
Stopped reviewing shows, cause simply left my old heavy laptop at home (need to buy a new one!), but in general brought lots of positive impressions. I will try to come back with reviewing upcoming, especially Asian shows in February.
Still I have around 10 shows this year. Three this week and next week my girl Ieva joins me for almost 2 weeks trip to Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. So, lonely touring is finally over! The schedule is hereBut ok enough about shows, now a bit more about the recordings (which is quite a different thing than my live shows):
- the new tape "Insects" will be out very soon on Pontless Geometry, Warsaw.
- the track of the upcoming tape was played at Resonance 104.4fm, London, on friday (see the pic below)
- one unreleased track called "Riot" presented at Placenta Recordings, (Detroit, US) online compilation
- another unreleased track "Through cant" presented by Associação Terapêutica do Ruído at Stress FM.
- in spring 2017 I plan to release a tape at Lithuanian label Sculdubuldu
- I also consider recording quite different stuff from what is now, and maybe even start a new project, which will show the other aspect of me, than people used to see recently at shows. Yes, i'm talking more about calm and quiet things. So lets see..

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

World tour review: Florianopolis and Pelotas

It’s a bit hard to continue reviewing Brazil shows from the European autumn reality, the grey sky and yellow leaves brings melancholy, which is such an opposite thing to Brazil experience. But I’m contrast lover, so ok I will try to concentrate on writing now, because I had a really positive experience in the cities of Florianopolis and Pelotas.

09.10 Florianopolis, house show 

I was met at the station by Blu Simon Wasem, the show promoter and the artist and his mother, who is English teacher (as my mother) and reiki healer. From the very first moment I felt that I’m in good hands and when we arrived to the house, which is in a beautiful, calm place, only ten minutes from the ocean, met Milene, his woman, and got totally relaxed. So the show, which was called in the name of famous Lithuanian cold beetroot soup had to happen here in the house. There were three planned acts. Me, local guy Diogo on guitar and electronics; and Rafael – amplified food by preparing cold beetroot soup. All sounds good. I’m getting a bit out of playing mood, because of relaxation and it’s a bit maybe too quiet and even too intimate to play my usually quite loud and noisy stuff, so I thought this time I would make something different, more quiet. But before me - local guy Diogo. He did improvisation on guitar and pedals and a drum machine. It was clearly felt that he comes from the rock music background and this play was kind of amateur, it felt like he is playing more with himself than with the environment. 
Then, at one point Rafael went to do the soup, so he began his performance while Diogo was finishing. With the help of contact mics (I guess) he processed sounds of knife through the delay on the computer, so it was minimal in sound, but more than just a food preparation. Even though the taste of the soup wasn’t the usual I get in Lithuania, just because some ingredients, like special milk, you can’t get here in Brazil. But people enjoyed it so as me. 
Then was my turn to play. I can’t remember that well now what I did, definitely it was the most quiet show of the tour, playing in the candle light, putting more attention towards visual aspects…anyway I think all was good and few people that came (could be more of course! but Sunday evening you never know) got different impressions. 
The next days with Rafael we did some recordings in a studio, which, I hope, will be released soon. In After that I thought that I wanna do more recording sessions when touring. Wanna record duo, trio, etc with someone, to have different dialogue, not only by speech. 
Also we went to the beach. There were dunes that looked like in Nida, Lithuania. Saw some little monkeys, big birds, bamboos and some insects. Later also we went to the city center, where I tried sugarcane juice (so delicious!), checked some seconds hand stuff and religion goods. Bought the first postcard which I had to send to my crowdfunding contributors, but I didn’t manage to do. Shame on me! But promise to do it from Asia. 
So all the time spent in Florianopolis was so good, made me happy about being in Brazil and was a bit hard to leave. We talked quite a lot with Rafael. He was touring Europe and Asia for 4 years. So he had lot’s of experience to share and he understood my situation. This makes me wanna come back and continue organizing shows in Lithuania, and I promise will do it the next year.

12.10 Pelotas, Estudio Ritmia

The night bus from Florianopolis to Pelotas wasn’t the most comfortable thing, but was the only option. I knew that good people are waiting me there. Even though Pelotas is not the place were experimental music shows are usually happening, but I was lucky to google (yes, to google!) one guy named Gustavo, who is a musician from Pelotas, now based in the US and who introduced me to 4 other people who were willing to organize this show. So, our facebook chat looked promising, seemed like guys were preparing everything in a really responsible way. Upon my arrival, the two organizers, Guilherme and Luca met me and we went to the flat where I could have a rest and additional sleep, so to recover before the show. Pelotas made an impression of Ukraine to me somehow. The city looked a bit poor compared to Sao Paulo and Florianopolis. It was a holiday. So the city was empty, almost like a ghost town. I like it. And I like it when in such a stopped time there is a place where something extraordinary is happening. This event was a mixture of different music and dance performance. All based in a place which looked a bit like house, a bit like garage. Not official venue, but perfect for such a kind of events. I met two other female organizers, Bruna and Pamela. After Brazilian dinner, which was quite a lot of food, interesting mixture of fried potato, rice, beans, meat and salad I had some local sweets. Pelotas is famous for that. 
On the evening bill there was a local band which plays easy music with ukulele, drums and guitar. After them there was dance performance which I didn’t see much as was preparing for my show in a dressing room. This time, with no regret to myself, I made a powerful, crazy and loud performance. Maybe it was a bit too powerful, I don’t know but I felt like I wanna give all my energy to this evening. Obviously it worked, got some good feedback, one guy, the drummer wanted to do recordings with me later, but he didn’t speak English, so… I know for music it’s not needful, but my stay here in this city was short. So, next time. 
The next day I saw more of the busy city, checked some second hands, even did a haircut, thanks to Luca for showing me around. In the evening we went to see the lagoon, and finished by eating Brazilian burger called bauru. Perfect. Met so many nice and friendly people. I felt like my part of the soul was left there. I really didn’t wanna leave, but I had to, but I know that I will come back there one day. 

sorry no photos from these shows... next post - 3 last shows in Brazil, - Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Cabo Frio.