Digital Arts Festival

Oren Ambarchi


Since the late 1990s, Australian multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi’s guitar experiments and extended technique have given rise to a highly personal soundscape, incorporating a wide palette of instruments and sensitivities.

His works are extended, hesitant, and tense songs, found in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminar improvisation and minimalism; quiet, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers like Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock, slowed down and stripped down to its essence, abstracted and replaced by pure signal.

Ambarchi has performed and recorded with artists such as Fennesz, Charlemagne Palestine, Sunn 0)), Thomas Brinkmann, crys cole, Keiji Haino, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Curran, Loren Connors, Manuel Gottsching/Ash Ra, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Keith Rowe, David Rosenboom, Julia Reidy, Akio Suzuki, Phill Niblock, John Tilbury, Richard Pinhas, Evan Parker, and Fire! and has released recordings for labels such as Touch, Editions Mego, Drag City, PAN, Southern Lord, Kranky, Tzadik and his own, Black Truffle. His latest release was Shebang (2022), which features Chris Abrahams, Johan Berthling, BJ Cole, Sam Dunscombe, Jim O’Rourke, Julia Reidy, Konrad Sprenger, and Joe Talia.