DANIEL O‘SULLIVAN (GB) — voice, electronics
MASSIMO PUPILLO (IT) — electric bass
FRANCOIS TESTORY (FR) — voice
JESSICA MOSS (CA) — violin
NEIL LEITER / ECHO COLLECTIVE (BE) — viola
MARGARET HERMANT/ ECHO COLLECTIVE (BE) — violin
In the language of the indigenous Polynesian people of the Hawaiian Islands, the word LANIAKEA means “immeasurable heaven”. That is what researchers have named the recently discovered galaxy supercluster which spans 500 million light-years and is home to the Milky Way. Thus the name of the brand new duo project from British avant-garde musician and singer Daniel O‘Sullivan and Italian electric bass virtuoso Massimo Pupillo from ZU perfectly mirrors our cosmic homeland. Laniakea is their musical homage to the perception of space and time, the artistic and spiritual inheritance of their musician friends who have passed away, constantly pursuing the secret of spiritual connections, archaic roots and emotional intelligence. While O‘Sullivan is mainly known internationally for his work in groups such as Ulver, Grumbling Fur, Æthenor, Mothlite and Sunn O))), Pupillo is an established A L’ARME! all-star and has been a guest of the festival in a variety of contexts. On the opening night of the fourth edition of the festival, they will be presenting a conceptual concert, accompanied live by renowned French singer François Testory who used to perform with Coil, Canadian violinist Jessica Moss as well as Neil Leiter & Margaret Hermant from the Belgium-based Echo Collective on the viola. Laniakea’s music is filled with mystical beauty, poetry, and spiritual power; it combines repetitive drone metal with the ethereal aesthetics of O’Sullivans’ synthesizer-inflected electronica. At the same time, their performance will also serve as the record release show for their recently released debut album A Pot Of Powdered Nettles.