Date(s) - December 18, 2018
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Albion Beatnik Bookshop


Erna is a drums and percussion noise-duo based in Copenhagen. They play amplified, cyclical music that is improvised, ritualistic and industrial. “Pan” is the first of two releases by the band in 2018, both of which mix occult and voodoo musics with the dynamic intensity of free jazz and the elastic monotony of contemporary experimental club music. This EP was released on cassette and digitally on February 19th 2018 via experimental Copenhagen label Wetwear. Their second EP will be released in late November with an upcoming full-length coming in the spring of 2019.

Erna’s music is created on drums and percussion, placed point blank facing each other in a loud performance of mania and meditation. By way of instrument preparation and processing the duo creates underlying coherent harmonies and melodies of synthetic and organic sound in an acoustic pandemonium with amplifiers and obscure electronics. Erna is Anders Bach on drums and Kristian Paulsen on percussion.

Their EP “Pan” is thematically centered on sagas and mythology; how myth achieves eligibility or physical space through the ritual. The musical rites on “Pan” are enacted through the cyclical movements of improvisation and rhythm-mantras with a concise yet frenetic sound. The A-side of the cassette offers a panic, erratic pulse to its narratives while the B-side is an extension of time.

Kristian Paulsen and Anders Bach both hold graduate degrees from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory and the IT University in Copenhagen. They started their soon 10 yearlong collaboration in the witchhouse-trio Ice Cream Cathedral together with Anja Tietze Lahrmann (Excelsior). Since then they have both worked as artists and musicians in a variety of different projects (Bisse x Keiji Haino, UKI Viral), as producers in the underground scene (SVIN, Sleep Party People) and in installation art, movies and games (Five Apartments, Annika Berg, Mighty Moth).

As ever, there will be music also from Oxford Improvisers.

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