Since the beginning of June, Northern New Mexico has been plagued by forest fires. In the beginning the wind carried the smoke across the desert into the city of Albuquerque, where I currently reside. For two weeks smoke hung over the city shrouding the horizon and subtly gesturing towards an imminent doom. Perhaps it was this gesture or the surreal change in our static environment but we drew a little closer to each other. For a moment we could forget the fears that always betray our hearts. One day the wind changed it's direction and the sky was suddenly bright and clear again. Though the fires grew in number and intensity, their reality no longer choked our lungs. As quickly as the smoke cleared our vision we returned to the former callous patterns.
released 05 September 2011
Luperci is the music/aural project of New Mexico based artist Joseph Angelo. Born in the empty wilderness of the New Mexico desert, Luperci has performed and recorded trance inducing drone music since the winter of 2007. The most recent release being 'Jahator' from the Sonic Meditations label. To say this release is epic would just scratch the surface, the spectrum Luperci explores through the chosen instrumentation is very vast, taking the sitar and forging between light eastern-influenced ambiance to blown out noise and back, easing the listener's mood by shifting textures with melodic, yet doomed-out compositions. A brooding journey sure to lift you into another world free of society, creating a full body experience through vibrational sound.
Joseph Angelo merges his love of classical north Indian ragas, industrial noise soundscapes, 60's psychedelic rock, doom and black metal with an interest in both altered and meditative states to create the basis and direction of Luperci. The strange magic of the sitar has become the core of his minimal compositions, sometimes embellished with synthesizer, field recordings, percussion, tanpura, and voice. Each element is electronically treated, manipulated, layered, and designed to provide the listener access to an introspective or trance-like space. Each piece of music is intuitively arranged with a focused intention. Song structures are present, but left open and fluid enough for chaos to take hold in live performances. Notable Luperci performances have taken place at the Minima per Maxima Festival at L'an Vert gallery in Liege, Belgium, Salon Bruit in Berlin, Germany, the Spectre Series at the University of New Mexico Arts Lab, a live radio performance on the 'No Other Radio Network' show in Berkley, California and Basement Films Audio/Visual Festival 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Luperci is currently booking tour dates for September and October 2011 in Europe and the UK.
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LUPERCI has had the honor to perform with AARON MARTIN, EXPO '70, ALMS, HEDIA, DAVE PHILLIPS, ANTOINE CHESSEX, THOMAS DIMUZIO, FATHER OF THE FLOOD, THE BODY, DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN, JEFF GBUREK, YANNICK FRANCK, ETTRICK, WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS and RAVEN CHACON.