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score for Dea Kulumbegashvili's 'Beginning'
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Nicolás has written a minimalist score for Dea Kulumbegashvili's 'Beginning'. It has been selected at Cannes 2020, and premiered at Toronto Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival this month. 

weavings @ unsound
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020

The opening show of this year’s edition of Unsound is WEAVINGS, a durational improvisation conceived and co-curated by Nicolás Jaar, structured in the manner of a long fabric of sound, with performers playing with the artists coming before and after them. Performers so far confirmed include Aho Ssan, Angel Bat Dawid, Dirar Kalash, Ellen Fullman, Księżyc, Laraaji, Ka Baird, Paweł Szamburski, Raphael Roginski, Resina, Rolando Hernández and Wukir Suryadi & Rully Shabara of Senyawa.

Sound piece at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020

On 19 September 2020, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens Lithium, an exhibition in which the eternal human search for energy is highlighted through the work of researchers, designers and artists. Nicolás worked with Godofredo Pereira for his section of the exhibit, entitled 'The Ends of the World'.

The Ends of the World addresses the socio-environmental destruction resulting from the extraction of brine for the production of lithium. Focusing on the microbial and symbiotic ecologies of the Atacama Desert in Chile, our contribution to the exhibition looks at salt lakes or salares as environments that both live and give life. More than an analysis of lithium, our contribution to this exhibition aims at re-framing the ways by which resource extraction is to be understood and debated.

'The Ends of The World' is the title of a book by anthropologists Deborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, where the authors notice how the western fixation with the end of the world is predicated on ignoring all those – human and other than human - for whom the world has already ended due to colonialism and extractivism. The end of the world also marks a politics of exception, where the end supposedly justifies all means, a justification that has been crucial to the continuation of resource extraction at a global scale.

Within the race for the underground frontier, the Atacama desert is a unique planetary attractor. Due to its mineral riches it has been systematically destroyed by the multiple cycles of mining that ravaged the desert since the colonization, from silver and gold, to nitrates, copper and now lithium. With each mining boom come new forms of land appropriation, new forms of environmental destruction, new forms of violence over the peoples and beings of the desert.

Biologist Lynn Margulis argued that instead of competition, it is alliance and symbiosis that are at the heart of creative evolution. Environmental semiotics allows us to trace some of these shifting relations of coexistence. The pink colour that permeates the exhibition is one such semiotic register, moving from mineral to bacteria, from there to algae and ultimately to the feathers of flamingos. We could say that colour is a maker for material relations of coexistence.

Symbiosis, affinity, unnatural alliances are the topics of our intervention - a multi-screen installation emerging from the work being developed by the Lithium Triangle Studio at the MA Environmental Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, and its collaboration with the Atacama Desert Foundation in Chile.

Interviews with Alonso Barros, Cristina Dorador and Rolando Humire look at the pressure of extractivism over different ecologies of existence in the Atacama. Musician Nicolás Jaar contributes with a speculative soundscape recreating the elusive ‘voices’ of bacteria that can be heard at moments of drastic temperature shifts in Salar de Llamara. At the centre of our intervention is an animation where Mingxin Li explores the unique stromatolites - sedimentary rocks produced over 3.5 billion years by the accumulation of layer upon layer of cyanobacteria - as monumental environmental architectures.

The Ends of The World is a lens through which to see the many worlds that make up the world, locating the ‘green transition’ in relation to non-western ecologies of knowledge and of existence. What worlds are ending is firstly to ask what worlds exist.

telas is out today
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Telas is out today. It was made between December 2016, and January 2020. You can find it here = https://nicolasjaar.bandcamp.com

Special thanks to Somnath Bhatt (art) , Susanna Gonzo (voice) , Milena Punzi (cello) , Heba Kadry (mastering) , Abeera Kamran (website), Mario Zorio & Anna Ippolito (custom instruments), Andrea Zarza & Matthew Kent (Mana)  and Mark Byrne (Other People) 

www.telas.parts
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020
the website { www.telas.parts } is where telas lives in its liquid form. it was created by abeera kamran and somnath bhatt with sounds by nicolás. somnath and nicolás started working on illustrations for telas in january 2018 and the website was developed alongside abeera in the last three months. 
fil mishmish tomorrow
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Local Palestinian artists as well as the Radio Alhara founders will share mixes during the 80 hour, three day anti-colonial and anti-racist broadcast called 'Fil Mishmish". Nicolás' set will feature "Telencima", "Telahumo" from forthcoming album Telas and a new song  called "Cangilón".  Here are the lyrics to "Cangilón" :

hay agua en el poso      también hay armas, restos de guerra      no me sorprendería, si habrían muertos silvando ahí adentro      

traeme el cangilón      que tengo que tomar      tengo una sed      no importa si hay sangre      

que pasó aqui?      que vamos hacer?      todo lo que puedo decir, lo dijo la mujer.

other people fund
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020

As of today, Other People will begin directing all its profit from record sales and streams towards a list of organizations battling causes we believe in. The first batch of organizations we will be donating to are active in the fight against systemic racism in the US, help the rights of protesters putting themselves on the front lines in order to demand justice for victims of racist crimes and invest resources in the health and well being of black communities.

End White Supremacy. Black Lives Matter.

Organizations:

The Bail Project / Assata's Daughters / Loveland Foundation - Therapy Fund / NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

www.other-people.net

telahora live on air for radio alhara
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020

First 'Telas' stream will begin tomorrow (May 23) at 20:00 Central European Time (2pm NY) link : https://yamakan.place/palestine/ 

telas
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020

Telas (Veils) is multiple things at once. It's a visual terrain created by artist Somnath Bhatt. It's a record by Nicolás Jaar, with key contributions from Milena Punzi (cello), Susanna Gonzo (voice), Anna Ippolito & Marzio Zorio (instrument makers), and Heba Kadry (mastering). It's a digital terrain created by Abeera Kamran where the sounds and illustrations of Telas live in their primordial states. The site was imagined by Abeera, Somnath and Nicolás as a panspermic terrain where no matter -whether existing in thought, physical form or other- has a solid or unmovable origin. 

Multiple parts of the music were first played during two shows at The Kitchen in NYC in the fall of 2017, alongside performances by Africanus Okokon and Patrick Higgins. (https://thekitchen.org/event/other-people-presents-two-shows)

Telas is Nicolás Jaar's 6th full length album, and follows Cenizas from earlier this year. 

Tracklist:

  1. Telahora
  2. Telencima
  3. Telahumo
  4. Telallás

Telas is out on July 17th on Other People. The physical edition of the album will be handled by Mana Records 

against all logic 3xlp vinyl is now shipping
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020

Available on Bandcamp: https://against-all-logic.bandcamp.com/album/2017-2019 (Illusions EP feat. Lydia Lunch and FKA twigs is also on vinyl)

all upcoming shows cancelled
Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020

All upcoming shows for 2020 have been cancelled.

cenizas
Posted on Mon, 06 Apr 2020

You can listen to the new album here

new album 'Cenizas'
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020

Cenizas is comprised of 13 songs and can be pre-ordered here: https://nicolasjaar.bandcamp.com/

A.A.L 2017-2020 is out
Posted on Fri, 07 Feb 2020
Retaining the energy but losing the image at urvakan festival in armenia between 5-9 of may 2020
Posted on Thu, 06 Feb 2020

RTE is a performance by Vincent de Belleval and Nicolás Jaar based around 10 rotating parabolic reflectors that capture and emit sound and light. The reflectors scan a building’s interior volume, creating an ever-changing ecosystem of reflections and feedback chains. Due to their parabolic shape, the reflectors emit focalized transitory sound fields, encouraging an active and ambulatory listening. It was developed with Pantxo Bertin & Adam Paikowsky. https://urvakan.com/

Other People is now on bandcamp
Posted on Fri, 31 Jan 2020
a.a.l mix
Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020

First aired on NTS Radio on January 27 2020, you can find it archived here.

a.a.l illusions of shameless abundance ep
Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2020

The EP featuring Lydia Lunch and FKA twigs comes out January 31st 2020 on OP (listen to lead single here)

nueva composición 'piedras' para los 10 años del museo de la memoria en santiago
Posted on Fri, 17 Jan 2020

Más de 4 mil personas asistieron al concierto cultural que celebró los 10 años del Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. El evento recorrió la historia de la institución durante estos diez años, artistas como Los Coros Ciudadanos, Inti-Illimani junto a Quilapayún, Grupo Congreso, Ases Falsos, Nicolás Jaar, Manuel García, Javiera Parra, Zaturno, Joe Vasconcellos, y Moral Distraída invitaron al público a reflexionar sobre la memoria, la migración, los pueblos indígenas, la diversidad y los derechos humanos a través de sus canciones. https://ww3.museodelamemoria.cl/

recording from AEAEA live at 'le guess who' played on the bbc's late junction
Posted on Sat, 23 Nov 2019

Recording starts at the 1h 18min mark https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000bgvb AEAEA is Nicolás' duo with composer Patrick Higgins

interview with 'The National' Newspaper for Sharjah Triennial Performance
Posted on Sun, 10 Nov 2019
Sharjah Architecture Triennial
Posted on Fri, 01 Nov 2019

Nicolás will be performing at the first Sharjah Architecture Triennale. The 1h 15 minute piece will consist of 16 speakers buried underground and placed in a circle around the audience in the archeological site of Mleiha Fort. More info: https://www.sharjaharchitecture.org/pages/featured/-1

retaining the energy but losing the image
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019

This is a collaboration between Vincent de Belleval & Nicolás Jaar (with help from Pantxo Bertin) and it consists of 10 large rotating reflectors. The parabolas create an ever-changing environment of interlinked reflections and feedback chains. The title alludes to light and sound diffusion, signifying how the energy of the sound and light is kept in its reflections but not in its source. Due to their parabolic shape, the reflectors can also focalize sound, creating hallucinatory surround fields. 

Production work on FKA TWIGS' new album
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019

Nicolás worked on 7 of the album's songs alongside Twigs. The album comes out November 8th. 

incomprehensible sun
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019

The light + sound piece takes over the entire 200 meter long tunnel in the basement of the former ammunitions factory. 'Incomprehensible Sun' will be on view in Zaandam from September 18th until December 21st. Tickets here: https://hethem.nl/en/Tickets

le guess who?
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019

Nicolás Jaar and Patrick Higgins will play at the opening concert of this year's Le Guess Who festival in Utrecht under the name AEAEA. (https://leguesswho.nl/)

bladerunner live in zaandam
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019

For the first time, Dave Harrington, Will Epstein, Nicolás Jaar and Tlacael Esparza bring the Bladerunner project to Europe for 8 intimate shows in the basement of het HEM in Zaandam. Starts Thursday the 10th of October. more info : https://hethem.nl/en/

Shock forest group
Posted on Fri, 30 Aug 2019

Nicolás will be working with the Shock Forest Group, an ensemble of 12 researchers from various different fields, for the next three months. They will be investigating the sounds, histories and stories in and around Hembrug, an ex-military terrain in the north of Amsterdam. A log of the operation can be found here

Rolando Hernandez is the second sound resident of the dar jacir studio
Posted on Wed, 07 Aug 2019

From August 5th-11th Rolando Hernandez will be staying and working at the Dar Jacir Studio in Bethlehem. He is Nicolás' second guest at his new residency program in the West Bank. 

pierre bastien & Tomaga LP next on Other people
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

More info at The Wire 

Drone piece and installation in bethlehem
Posted on Sun, 23 Jun 2019

For Dar Jacir's inaugural exhibition on the 21st of June, Nicolás installed a 6 meter water pipe from Hebron that broadcasts the resonant frequency of the Jacir Studio mixed with the natural droning of the pipe. This frequency was mixed with the live amplification of the naturally occurring droning of the pipe. The piece is entitled "Echorot". Other artists in the exhibit include Ayed Arafah, Duncan Campbell, Sam Durant, Jumana Manna, Tai Pomara, Mohammed Saleh and Vivien Sansour.

New Sound Residency curated by Nicolás Jaar
Posted on Fri, 21 Jun 2019

The first resident of the new Dar Jacir Studio is chilean sound artist and composer Sebastian Jatz Rawicz. From the press release: When Sebastián first entered the small square building made of stones in Dar Jacir´s garden, he perceived it as a sacred structure, a hiding place from which listening would be possible without being seen. A protected place for silence and contemplation. A place of geographical convergence, where the wind rises perfectly towards the four walls. In order to bring his experience back to Santiago, Sebastián decided to create a narrative of the Sound Studio building, tracing its coordinates through sounds and voice recordings. An archive of the work created in the studio is in the works via Other People

A new Sound Studio in Bethlehem
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019

For his residency at the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, Nicolás transformed Dar Jacir’s storage space into a sound studio for the creation of site specific sound pieces. Throughout his two weeks in the space, Nicolás met with musicians from Bethlehem, Ramallah and Haifa and also had sound workshops with kids from Aida and Dheisheh refugee camps. These sound workshops introduced children to the practice of music and sound´s creation, experimenting with instruments and tools available in the new studio. A residency program for international artists will be curated by Nicolás for 2019-2020. 

¡miércoles! Performance at CA2M museum
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019

¡miércoles! will be performing at CA2M in Madrid for their Picnic Sessions.

¡miércoles! at Sarāb festival in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019

¡miércoles! the collaboration between Nicolás and choreographer, artist and dancer Stéphanie Janaina will be performing at Sarāb festival in Wadi Rum on June 8th

9 hours
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019

Nicolás will be improvising for 9 hours at the Oude Kerk Church in Amsterdam on Sunday May 12th. A dozen+ surround speakers + two organs will be in use. (first function: 6am-9am, second function: 4pm-7pm, third function: 10pm-1am)

a carillon in amsterdam plays voula
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019

The main theme from 'Voula' a piece commissioned by the Oude Kerk church in Amsterdam will be playing every hour at the bell tower carillon for the next 5 months.

Residency at Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research دار يوسف نصري جاسر للفن و للبحث
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019

Nicolás will be the artist in residency at the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research (دار يوسف نصري جاسر للفن و للبحث) from the 22nd of April to the 5th of May 2019. 

¡Miércoles! in Rome
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019

¡Miércoles! will be performing in Rome on October 5th 2019 for Roma Europa Festival. 

TWO SHOWS AT DARK MOFO
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019

Against All Logic live for the first time and Nicolás Jaar & Group performing in Tasmania in June. 

Nicolás Jaar & Group performing new works in torino
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019

On March 26, Nicolás will be joined by Norwegian saxophone player Mette Henriette (ECM), Italian percussionist Valentina Magaletti – who will be playing new instruments created by Turin based artists Anna Ippolito and Marzio Zorio – Hamlet Nazaretyan and Ivane Mkirtichyan, who will be playing duduk and Johan Lindvall who will round out the ensemble on piano. (https://clubtoclub.it/en/other-people-night/)

Other People night in Basel
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019

Nicolás will DJ at Elysia in Basel on March 28. He will be joined by Patrick Higgins, VTGNIKE and Ancient Astronaut. http://elysia.ch/

nts mix from 2016 archived
Posted on Fri, 08 Feb 2019

6 hour NTS mix archived here, available for download 

r&s releases nymphs triple lp on vinyl
Posted on Sat, 15 Dec 2018

All of the Nymphs EPs from 2011-2015 collected in one triple vinyl. https://nicolasjaar.bandcamp.com/album/nymphs-triple-lp-pre-order

Nicolás Jaar’s ‘Network’ curated by A. Tremlett in medieval tower in Spoleto
Posted on Tue, 27 Nov 2018

Tremlett presents Nicolás Jaar’s multi-channel radio network as an installation across the rooms of a five floor medieval tower in Spoleto: http://www.mahler-lewitt.org/events/public-program-artists-books-program-2018

REWIRE, THE HAGUE
Posted on Mon, 19 Nov 2018

Nicolás will be performing new works at Rewire Festival in The Hague. 

Unsound Adelaide
Posted on Fri, 09 Nov 2018

Nicolás will be performing a live audio visual piece at Unsound Adelaide on December 14th.

¡miércoles! avant-premiere in barcelona for mira 2018
Posted on Fri, 26 Oct 2018

more info here

¡Miércoles! in chiapas
Posted on Wed, 24 Oct 2018

¡miércoles! Is a live project by dancer Stéphanie Janaina and Nicolás. The premiere, entitled "Fiesta desde el Vacío" will take place on November 21st 2018 in San Cristobal, Chiapas (Mexico) for the contemporary dance festival 4 x 4.

Some images from the Oude Kerk Residency
Posted on Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Photographer: Dirk Kome 1 / 2 / 3 /  4 / 5

against all logic + pomegranates vinyls repressed
Posted on Thu, 18 Oct 2018

you can find them here & here

Residency at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam
Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018

Nicolás will be doing a residency at the Oude Kerk from the 15 to the 21st of October. He will be working on a piece for two organs and electronics which will be premiered in the Spring 2019, alongside a piece by Philip Glass. The residency will be closed to the public. more info : https://oudekerk.nl/

unfinished
Posted on Wed, 05 Sep 2018

Farah Nayeri will conduct a live interview with Nicolás for Unfinished, in Bucharest (Sep 27-30)

Pomegranates on vinyl
Posted on Sat, 01 Sep 2018

Pomegranates, Nicolás' ambient 2015 record is out now on vinyl through specialized shops

'Music for Two Seas' with Lydia Ourahmane
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Artist Lydia Ourahmane and Nicolás present "Music for Two Seas" an underwater sound work in the coast of Stromboli

Live in Ramallah
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018

Video of Nicolás performing 'Three Sides of Nazareth' Live in Ramallah on September 30th 2017

THE KITCHEN
Posted on Mon, 07 May 2018

Nicolás will be performing at the Kitchen alongside Bush Tetras, James Chance, JG Thirlwell & ensemble, Veronica Vasicka, and Lydia Lunch on May 16, 2018.

Representation
Posted on Wed, 04 Apr 2018

Nicolás is no longer represented by WME, Windish, Geist or We Are Free. For all further requests, please email inquiry@nicolasjaar.net