by / October 28th, 2010 /

U:mack presents Merzbow – Crawdaddy, Dublin

(Japan)
accompanied on drums by Balazs Pandi
Thursday October 28 Crawdaddy
Tickets Online or on the Door

Japanese noise god Merzbow makes his Irish debut with a one off performance in Dublin’s Crawdaddy on Thursday October 28. For this show, he will be accompanied by Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi, who has previously worked with Flying Lotus, Venetian Snares & Justin Broadrick.

Merzbow is Masami Akita, the noise god from Tokyo, Japan. Starting 1979, he has released numerous albums and formed two record labels. The name “Merzbow” comes from German artist Kurt Schwitter’s artwork, Merzbau. This was decided upon to reflect Akita’s dada influence and junk-art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of influences from various progressive rock musicians such as Frank Zappa and King Crimson over to Japanese bondage. In 2000, Extreme Records released the 50 CD boxset known as the Merzbox. Since 2004 he has been a supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which has influenced a number of animal-themed releases as well as Akita becoming vegan. As well as being a profilic artist, he has also written a number of books and has been the editor of several magazines in Japan. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about art, avant-garde and post-modern culture. So far Masami Akita produced over 200 releases since 1980, and Merzbow has to be regarded as one of the “most important artist in noise”.