Los Angeles-based avant-garde musician Alex Zhang Hungtai performs at Plug'd Records on March 24.
Formerly known as Dirty Beaches, he's grown in maturity and stature as an artist in the years since Beaches' breakthrough Badlands in 2011. Adept at performing meditative piano, or violent free jazz, he's even popped up in an episode of the third season of Twin Peaks.
The concept of 2018 album Divine Weight, derives from Zhang’s “failed” attempts of saxophone compositions and recordings accumulated over the last 3 years. In his words, "From there it became the actual stem tracks that were heavily digitally disfigured until it no longer resembled the sound of saxophones. Like dreams, visions often come to us without us having the capability to measure or understand fully what they mean. Similar to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic, dreams and visions take on the roles of witnesses inside the uncharted labyrinth of the personal sub-conscious. To witness, is to believe. To believe, is to project a certain reality onto the external world. The projection then, has nothing to do with reality. Perhaps it’s where dreams go, after it dies."
Supporting are Cork experimental electronic duo Senior Infants.
Admission costs €12. Doors open at 8pm.