The Necks

Interactions: The Necks

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 Time: 7.30pm


Chris Abrahams - piano  

Lloyd Swanton - bass  

Tony Buck - drums


Forming in Sydney Australia in 1986, over the last 30 years The Necks have built an international reputation as masters of their own musical language of long-form improvisation. Each night they step onto the stage with no pre-conceived ideas of what they will play – they and the audience will go on a sonic journey that is created in the moment and in that room.

Over their years together, they honed an assured process of building around repeated motifs through subtle shifts and layering, to produce an extraordinarily dense and hypnotic effect which builds in a mesmerising, epic fashion …. a trio conjuring an orchestral expanse.

They have been touring Europe for over 20 years, with additional occasional special projects and collaborations with Brian Eno, Swans, Ilan Volkov, Evan Parker, Karl Hyde, Leo Abrahams, amongst others, and opening for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Every Necks performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.


“the greatest band in the world” - Geoff Dyer, BBC Radio3 Private Passions

“..seem to push at the boundaries of space and time..” - Mojo 2017

“among the world’s greatest forces in music… was one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen… I can’t overstress how important and rich the band’s work is. Certainly there are other important instrumental bands in the world (sort of), but nobody else does so much with so little”  - LA Times

“music of gorgeous unanimity …the music itself was radiant and almost motionless for long stretches ..the music ascended again to a stratum of rippling, tinkling piano and gradually receding cymbals, back to its rarefied bliss” - New York Times

“one of the most extraordinary groups on the planet... a sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals” -The Guardian

“Absolutely riveting... how three musicians can sound like eighteen is a mystery... extraordinary magical sounds emerged from the ensemble...the way The Necks do this with acoustic instruments is nothing short of miraculous” - Financial Times

“…spontaneous mutual decision-making and intuitive aesthetic logic simply take your breath away.” - The Blue Moment

…” one of the high points of my career, is to say ‘I performed with The Necks’.” - Karl Hyde, Underworld

“ The Necks are singular... Yielding things no one else does” - The Wire

“strangely comforting atonality and staggering hive-mind beauty” - Jazzwise


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