Eli Keszler announces three-song EP Empire on Shelter Press, drums up some tour dates

Eli Keszler announces three-song EP Empire on Shelter Press, drums up some tour dates
Photo: Brendan Burdzinski

Avant-garde drummer, percussionist, amelerionist, violaskapa-ist, vibracelesta-ist (vibracellist? I mean, are these instruments even real?!) and generally trailblazing sound artist Eli Keszler has announced a new EP called Empire, out February 14 via Shelter Press. The brief three-song release follows Keszler’s ninth studio album Stadium, which was unveiled last October and made us collectively shit our pants, eventually landing at #11 of our favorite 50 music releases list.

Hey; speaking of Stadium: a repress of that album, currently sold out due to its unmitigated slaying, will be available on February 14 as well.

Keszler has also shared his touring/professoring/hanging out itinerary for the Spring. He will perform his own music at Montreal’s Mutek on February 23 and a couple of festivals in Europe, as a duo with Nate Boyce at the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum on February 28, and in Oneohtrix Point Never’s band in Chicago and London (check the full agenda below). Finally, he will also teach a course with Rashad Becker at CAMP in the Pyrenees in April.

Both Empire and the new pressing of Stadium can be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp. Listen to a fragment of the EP below:

Empire EP tracklisting:

01. Enter the Bristle Strum
02. Corrosion Kingdom
03. The Tenth Part of a Featured World

Eli Keszler tour dates:

02.15.18 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Midwinter #
02.21.18 - Boston, MA - Anderson Auditorium, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
02.23.18 - Montreal, Canada - Mutek, Phi Center
02.28.18 - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Modern Art Museum %
03.06.18 - Amsterdam, NL - Muziekgebouw
03.08.18 - London, UK - The Roundhouse #
03.09.18 - Brussels, Belgium - Performatik, the Brussels Biennale of Performance Art
03.16.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Ballroom &
03.29.18 - Braga, Portugal - Gnration
03.30.18 - The Hague, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
04.03.18 - Aulus-Les-Bains, the French Pyrenees - Why Do Stuff? Approaching Sound & Music from the Outside with Eli Keszler and Rashad Becker (not a performance)
04.26.18 - Malmo, Sweden - Intonal Festival
05.01.18 - London, UK - Kings Place
06.05.18 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA

# Oneohtrix Point Never
% Nate Boyce
& Carl Stone

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