I am interested in soundtracks; even if I create original music I'd rather be introduced as a "musical travel agent" than a composer.
Since the early 2000s I have been performing the world, playing festivals all over Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia... Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech, Staubgold, etc... (see the section "Friends/Collaborators" above in the Menu bar for a detailed list + links).
To compose musics I use various instruments or devices, though most notably an Electric Psalterion + Hackbrett Cymbalum + Caterpillar Drum Guitars built by Yuri Landman (see right picture above) + turntables as well as a computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings. On top of those, I like to move various glasses, pieces of wood, stones, or percussive objects, as well as taking advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds.
Dealing with Electroacoustics, because I'm relying on electricity/amplification to produce, manipulate, work on sound-material, but trying my best to explore various genres and make sure that each of my albums differs from the previous one, trying to avoid routine and surprise my listeners.
A journalist for various magazines/radios since 1983, as well as a musical activist, I have celebrated 30 years of activism, sharing musical passions...
I am aso the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp.
X A M B U C A is an ongoing multimedia collective which has had help from several trusted authoritites; namely Chandra Shukla, Jason Scott Furr, RK Faulhaber, Lux Vibratus (Chrome), Elisa Faires, Larry Thrasher, Todd Mellors (Saifir), M.S. Waldron (irr. app. ext.) , Sijal Nasralla (Dunums), David Linton, Enrique Ugalde (Soriah), Andy Loebs (Balloon Animal Farm), Derek Poteat, Meghan Mulhearn (Divine Circles), David James Lynch (Reach for the Stars), Joe Moresi (Subtle Body), Kimathi Moore along with the video and audio expertise of Jason Scott Furr and the visuals of Megan McKissack. The crew has been seen if not heard sonically feeding the beast known as X A M B U C A.
X A M B U C A is not limited to any particular style or category of music and would like to establish that it not be limited to the confines of musical categorization…experimental you say? Well we’ve experimented and know the possibility of most usable sonic results. So has the rest of mankind now that we together embark upon the footprints of human unoriginality.
As the name implies, X A M B U C A, is a non-sensical arrangement of letters spelling out what most often confuse to be the Italian liqueur made from elderberries known as sambuca. In actuality, the name lacks any direct definition whatsoever, the similar spelling only a mere coincidence. Cause it’s never what you think it will be, but it might and we’d like you to start thinking it’s whatever you want it to be…even if it’s horrible.
This being indicative of the chance operational, improvisational, free-for-all element of approaching art with a naivete free from distinction, categorization, organization, limitation and imitation while also struggling with the confines of these simultaneously as we would be naive also to ignore that these phenomenon exist wherever humans are possible.
X A M B U C A strives to be just as much visually compelling as it is sonically. Moving aesthetics are as equal a prority when it comes to X A M B U C A’s presentations. Our performance rider is simple: No darkness, no video, then no music (no show).
Chandra Shukla of XAMBUCA previously played in/performed/recorded with Squim, Scribble Seven (Nurse With Wound),Genesis P-Orridge: Psychic TV / Splinter Test/ Thee Majesty, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Qluster, Tipsy, Vaccuum Tree Head, Thrasher Qawwal, Bachir Attar, Scarab, Qaballah Steppers, DiViD, Thomas Dimuzio, Saifir, Flak Bond, Larry Thrasher, RK Faulhaber, Matt Waldron (irr. app.ext.), Costa Cross, Poo Poo Shoe, Naut Humon’s ISO Orchestra, Esperik Glare, Cardinal Pecci, Paw of Zing, David Linton, and many others.