Off The Page Bergen 2017:
Saturday 28 January
Drone metal icon Stephen O’Malley known from bands such as Sunn O))), Burning Witch and KTL, and labels like Southern Lord, presents some of his musical epiphanies.
Stephen O’Malley was born in New Hampshire in 1974, USA, spent a decade in New York and is presently based in Paris. As a composer and musician he has been involved in hundreds of concerts and performances around the world over since 1993. O’Malley is a founding member bands such as Sunn O))), Burning Witch, Khanate, KTL and others. He was also part of the formative teams which created the Southern Lord (1998) and Ajna Offensive (1995) record labels. In 2011 he created the Ideologic Organ record label in collaboration with Peter Rehberg / Editions Mego.
O’Malley’s multifaceted, multidisciplinary interests intersect on many levels. Wildly prolific, O’Malley’s oeuvre is defined by its remarkable breadth and complexity and includes collaborations with a wide range of experimental musicians, including Scott Walker, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustaffson, and Oren Ambarchi; French choreographer and theater director Gisèle Vienne; contemporary composers Iancu Dumitrescu, Roger Tessier and Alvin Lucier; American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and many others.
O’Malley has also worked together with film makers and visual artists in gallery and museum installation work, notably with the American sculptor, Banks Violette on several pieces between 2005-2008.