Eccentric percussionist performs stunning improvisations on countless instruments
Thor Harris’ greatest claim to fame is his role as percussionist in the world-renowned experimental rock band Swans, although he has also played and continues to do so with many others, including Bill Callahan and Shearwater, Xiu Xiu and Devendra Banhart. Thor & Friends is where this eccentric musician carries on his experiments. He surrounds himself with a vast array of instruments that boggle the mind, from xylophone and marimba to oboe and home-made instruments. The result is a sound with a characteristic timbre inspired by both classical music and minimal music’s greats, such as Steve Reich, as well as contemporary artists including Aphex Twins. As yet, which friends will be joining him on stage is being kept secret, since this virtuoso performer is all about heeding the moment.