Chris Abrahams - piano
Lloyd Swanton - bass
Tony Buck - drums
Forming in Sydney Australia in 1986, over the last 30 years The Necks have built an international reputation as masters of their own musical language of long-form improvisation. Each night they step onto the stage with no pre-conceived ideas of what they will play – they and the audience will go on a sonic journey that is created in the moment and in that room.
Over their years together, they honed an assured process of building around repeated motifs through subtle shifts and layering, to produce an extraordinarily dense and hypnotic effect which builds in a mesmerising, epic fashion …. a trio conjuring an orchestral expanse.
They have been touring Europe for over 20 years, with additional occasional special projects and collaborations with Brian Eno, Swans, Ilan Volkov, Evan Parker, Karl Hyde, Leo Abrahams, amongst others, and opening for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Every Necks performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.
“the greatest band in the world” - Geoff Dyer, BBC Radio 3 Private Passions
“one of the most extraordinary groups on the planet... a sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals” -The Guardian
“Absolutely riveting... how three musicians can sound like eighteen is a mystery... extraordinary magical sounds emerged from the ensemble...the way The Necks do this with acoustic instruments is nothing short of miraculous” - Financial Times