Ex-Easter Island Head
Ex-Easter Island Head (EEIH) are a Liverpool based 3 piece music group who composed and perform music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments. Utilising musicians from a diverse range of musical backgrounds on project by project basis, the ensemble is directed by performer/composer/sound artist Benjamin Duvall. Incorporating multiple prepared electric guitars struck with percussion mallets and treated as an infinitely variable sound-source as well as drawing on an arsenal of cymbals, bells, prayer bowls and acoustic percussion, they devise works that explore group interplay, repetition and melodic invention through purposefully limited means.
The group have performed their original compositions solo, as a duo, three-piece, quartet and as a large ensemble across a wide variety of events. These include concerts with modern jazz ensemble Portico Quartet, award winning sound artists Philip Jeck and Tim Hecker, renowned acoustic minimalist James Blackshaw, German electronic legend Dieter Moebius and collaborations with pioneering down-town New York composer Rhys Chatham.
The group first performed for Video Jam at the Islington Mill (04/17/13) for which they produced an entrancing score for the classic Surrealist short Entr'acte (1924) by René Clair, and have since remained long term collaborators. Later the same year they scored a short section from Ron Fricke’s non-narrative documentary feature Baraka (1992) for a site specific Video Jam programme at the Lady Chapel in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral (05/11/13) as part of digital culture festival Abandon Normal Devices. A member of EEIH, Jon Herring, scored 16mm film Timbre by Canadian filmmaker Kara Blake as a solo artist in the same programme, and more recently worked with artist filmmaker Mary Stark on a new commission with his band The Aleph for Video Jam at MOSI (13/05/15). EEIH have also performed during Spaces at The Vaults (London, 08/11/14) - Video Jam's first UK tour in partnership with Slip imprint.