NEWS

  • M.Gira Solo Tour USA and more

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    Hello!   YGR newsletter from Michael Gira:   Here’s a few things going on related to Swans:   I have written the songs for the next Swans album (to commence recording hopefully in March of 2019) and I’ll be performing many of them acoustically, along with some previously existing songs, on a brief solo tour of the West Coast USA, as well as a show in Brooklyn, commencing September 27. Long time Swans guitarist Norman Westberg will open the shows. Carla Bozulich will also play the LA show. Here’s the dates:   9/27/2018 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theatre (Fully Seated)https://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1677891 10/02/2018 San Francisco, CA The Chapel (Partially Seated) https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1763563 10/4/2018 Portland, OR The Old Church Concert Hall (Fully Seated)https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674575 10/5/2018 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater (Partially Seated)http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0F0054AEDBE8A5CC 10/25/2018 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw (Fully Seated)https://www.ticketweb.com/event/michael-gira-swans-with-very-warsaw-tickets/8403725?pl=warsaw&edpPlParam=%3Fpl%3Dwarsaw   Here’s what I said recently about performing solo:   “Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that's run through the music all along, with the simplest of means. I think I've gotten pretty good at it over time. I play the guitar my own way.......

  • Michael Gira of Swans West Coast and Brooklyn Solo Concerts (All shows opened by long term Swans guitarist Norman Westberg)

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    Michael Gira of Swans West Coast and Brooklyn Solo Concerts (All shows opened by long term Swans guitarist Norman Westberg):  9/27/2018 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theatre (Fully Seated) (with very special guest Carla Bozulich) 9/29/2018 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre (Partially Seated) 10/4/2018 Portland, OR The Old Church Concert Hall (Fully Seated) 10/5/2018 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater (Partially Seated) 10/25/2018 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw (Fully Seated)  After 8 years, 4 critically acclaimed ground breaking albums and incessant touring, the most recent version of Swans came to a close with 3 sold-out (1000 capacity) shows at Brooklyn’s Warsaw venue In November of 2017. Michael Gira immediately began writing new material for the next version of Swans. He has now completed writing the songs for a new Swans album (to commence recording in March of 2019 – personnel as yet to be determined) and he’ll be performing most of this material as well as previously existing songs on the upcoming tour. “Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that's run through the music all along, with......

  • M.Gira Solo US Tour w/ Norman Westburg

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    M.Gira will be performing solo versions of most of these new Swans songs at the following venues soon. His pal Norman Westberg will open the show... Carla Bozulich is also playing in LA... 9/27/2018 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theatre (Fully Seated) Ticketshttps://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/16778919/29/2018 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre (Partially Seated)https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/169994910/4/2018 Portland, OR The Old Church Concert Hall (Fully Seated)https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674575?utm_source=os10/5/2018 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater (Partially Seated)http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0F0054AEDBE8A5CC10/25/2018 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw (Fully Seated)https://www.ticketweb.com/event/scenic-presents-michael-gira-swans-warsaw-tickets/8403725?pl=warsaw ...

  • M. GIRA EUROPEAN TOUR

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    6 Feb – Zürich CH, Rote Fabrik 7 Feb – Geneva CH, Théâtre Casino 9 Feb – Brussels BE, Oranjerie at Botanique 10 Feb – Den Haag NL, Grauzone Festival at Den Paard (with Cabaret Voltaire) 12 Feb – Prague CZ, Divaldo ARCHA Theatre 14 Feb – Copenhagen DK, Bremen Teater 15 Feb – Stockholm SE, Slaktkyrkan 17 Feb – Hamburg DE, Kampnagel 18 Feb – Berlin DE, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 20 Feb – Newcastle UK, Boiler Shop (with Okkyung Lee) 21 Feb – London UK, KOKO (with Okkyung Lee)...

  • November 2,3,4 final shows together, at Warsaw, in Brooklyn

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    On November 2,3,4 the heroic (to us, anyway!) line up of Swans, comprised of Norman Westberg, Michael Gira, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Christopher Pravdica, Paul Wallfisch, and Thor Harris (Thor will be rejoining us for a few songs) will play our final shows together, at Warsaw, in Brooklyn. That's it. No more performances from this group, ever. Our love for each other surpasses all spiritual, aesthetic, and legal boundaries. It's been about 8 years since we first broke bread and incessantly tested each others patience together in a damp Brooklyn basement, but enough is enough. Following this, I will be rethinking Swans completely. I will continue to make music using the name Swans, with a revolving cast of contributors (and with their kind permission, the above sonic titans will also participate, as their schedules, stomachs, and whimsy allow), but as a fixed group, this, the longest consistent line up of Swans, will be finished. As of November 4 we will have thoroughly devoured each others faces, and little flesh will remain clinging to our brittle bones. And yes, we will be performing these last 3 acts of psychic pugilism wearing pink tutus and black facial polka dots... We will be......

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