Band : Infinite Livez vs Stade
Title : Trans Europe Excess
Release Date : Dec 23, 2014
Catalog ref. : MOD043
Format : Digital Download
ABOUT INFINITE LIVEZ
Infinite Livez (born 1972 in Bethnal Green, East London) is an MC and artist with a wide range of influences from such diverse sources as P-Funk, Sun Ra and Surrealism. His first album “Bush Meat” was released on Big Dada Records in 2004 to immediate critical acclaim in the UK and abroad. 2007 saw the release of his second album “Art Brut fe de Yoot” (Big Dada) and a collaborative project with the Swiss electro jazz outfit Stade. Recorded over a series of improvised sessions it has been recognised as a unique achievement in experimental Hip Hop. The follow up album entitled “Morgan Freeman’s Psychedelic Semen” was released in 2008. At the beginning of 2009 the live album “Live At La Guinguette”, again recorded with Stade and guest vocalist Joy Frempong, came out of a residency in Geneva. His recent recordings include “Warehouse Music” (Exotic Pylon / 2011) and “@ Glockenbachwerkstatt” Tapeworm / 2012). Infinite Livez has performed the UK and all over Europe including at events such as Montreux Jazz, the North Sea Jazz Festival and The Sonar Festival. Infinite has also worked with a wide range of other producers and musicians including David Murray, Jahcoozi, Nils Peter Molvar, Elliot Sharp and Kid Acne. He has supported artists such as Kool Keith, Anti Pop Consortium, MF Doom, Mulatu Astatke and Gold Panda.
As a visual artist Infinite Livez has also worked on a variety of other projects like making comic books, animations, prints and illustrations (for magazines such as Hip Hop Connection and The Wire). In July 2009 Infinite had his first solo exhibition “Salvador Dali Was Half Bengali” at Pebbledash Gallery in London where he presented a series of madly surrealist silkscreens referencing the aesthetics of old school comics, Japanese woodcuts and Hans Bellmer. In September 2009 he took part in the group show “7 Styles for 7 Brothers” at Archipelago Art, Scheffield. Recently Infinite launched “Glorious Mono”, his own weekly 1 hour radio show on Reboot.FM in Berlin.
In 2004-2005, several strings of meetings (including rehearsals, concerts, and studio sessions) were set up by Stade (Pierre Audétat, Christophe Calpini) and organised by Vincent Favrat (artistic supervision) with French trumpet player Erik Truffaz, New York-based free guitarist Elliott Sharp, and American-Swiss harmonica player Grégoire Maret. Stade later made slight edits to these recordings, without adding any overdubs. The result is ‘Freewheel’, a brilliant blend of Christophe Calpini’s live drumming and Pierre Audétat’s live samples and concrete sounds, a set-up that allows Stade to improvise like a conventional rhythm section with electronic devices. This brand-new electroacoustic composite is resolutely jazz, yet flirts with the syncopated vocabulary of hip-hop and the beats of electronica, all that combined to the acoustic input of the guest musicians. The heir of Miles Davis’ electric experiments, Stade creates the resolutely electronic side of improvised jazz music.
Through time, some projects get stronger than others, thanks to the musical affinities in play and the extra engagement involved. the thinking process behind Stade’s first album ‘Tactile’ developed and gave birth to ‘Tactile Session’ released on the Berlin electroclash label Kitty-Yo. the work started with Pascal Auberson developed in the studio to produce ‘Kelomès’ (2009 Icare – Disques Office). Stade’s numerous collaborations with London-based vocalist Infinite Livez led, in 2007/2008/2009, to the release of three Infinite Lives vs. Stade albums: ‘Art Brut Fe De Yoot’ and ‘Morgan Freeman’s Psychedelic Semen’ on the English label Big Dada – Ninja Tune, and ‘Live At La Guinguette’ on the Swiss label Absinthe Music. The duo’s first recordings with jazz soloists have resulted in ‘Freewheel’ released by Sub Rosa in 2009.