Every so often a band comes into our sights and completely blows us away. Enter stage right the utterly brilliant SONAR.
SONAR is a new Post-Minimal-Rock band from Switzerland. The name stands for Sonic Architecture, describing their intention of creating musical atmospheres, polyrhythmic soundscapes and highly structured aural spaces.
The instantly recognizable sound of Sonar is due to the special tuning of the guitars and the bass guitar to tritones (C / F# / C / F# / C / F#), an interval sometimes called the devil in music (diabolus in musica). A large proportion of the music is played using only the natural harmonics of these two notes, thereby creating a harmonically ambiguous musical microcosmos that the group calls “tritone harmonics”. Incredible live – this is visionary torch-bearing music performed by an exceptionally talnted outfit.
“A really fascinating blend of art-rock, groove-based minimalism and abstract mathematical theory, all woven together to great effect” New Sounds, New York
“You might need a moment to get used to Sonar’s idiosyncratic sound world. But once you are in, you don’t want to leave…” Nik Bärtsch, pianist and ECM recording artist
“With the guitars and bass tuned to tritones, there’s a challenging quality to the constellations of plucked harmonics that chime in orbit around each other. They create interlocking, overlapping and polyrhythmic meters, reminiscent of the early minimalist microworlds of Steve Reich and the 80s-era gamelan rock of King Crimson […] Sonar’s music firmly locates the group as a glisteningly brilliant node on the continuum of the Swiss minimalist scene alongside the ritual groove of Nik Bärtsch” Sid Smith
To win tickets simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Sonar Competition’ in subject line no later than noon on Friday 26 April.
The lucky winners will be selected at random and be offered a pair of tickets for the concert on Friday 1st February – please be sure you can attend before entering!!