Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platfom until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as Ptarmigan during these years.
Some of the people who were involved with Ptarmigan are now operating Temporary.
Veebruari alguses saab me oma Kodu baaris maailmast osa. Kanada mees ja USA mees on pannud pillid ühte kohvrisse ja tulnud Euroopasse kontsertmaratonile (vt http://ownness.org/2012dates.html). Dünaamilise eluviisi tagajärge, jah, seda saab näha. Kolmandal veebruaril on nad siin, saksofonis ja kopsudes veel Tampere tuuli. Niisiis:
Ownness Records presents:
The Consequences of a Dynamic Lifestyle featuring Zack Kouns (Death Jazz - U.S.A.) and Alpha Strategy (Manic Pop - Canada) live in concert.
The musicians perform new songs from 2011 vinyl releases - Muck by Alpha Strategy, and Zack Kouns' Concealed History of Coming Races. This January/February 2012 tour brings the pair of solo acts to concerts in 30 countries in 37 days.
Utilizing primitive oscillating circuits, vintage synthesizers, shouted vocals, and loops lifted from 1960s schlager, Alpha Strategy delivers music which is volatile and convulsive, yet meticulously arranged. Through the use of elements of pop structure, Alpha Strategy's music tips a hat to the frantic energy of Patrick Miller's Minimal Man, the unusual compositional directions found on the early singles of SPK, and the dark humor conveyed in the recordings of The Birthday Party.
A musician, label operator, interviewer and deejay, Rory Hinchey of Alpha Strategy has been active in these and many other capacities for over a decade.
Zack Kouns describes his music as Modern Liturgical, and Apocalyptic/Hermetic in its aesthetic. Recent work, including his Concealed History of Coming Races takes on a form of dark Appalachian bluegrass. Content to blur the lines between conventional genres, especially through the use of saxophone, harmonium, electronics, violin, vocals and many other tools, the unifying principle of Kouns' work is undoubtedly found in the soulful and passionate delivery of the songs themselves.
Undoubtedly one of the busiest and most insightful individuals in the realm of contemporary outsider art, Zack Kouns carries out activities as bandleader, performer, author, visual artist, researcher, prankster, and composer.