Abe Sada bass orchestra project
Abe Sada is a bass orchestra project whose main aim is to manipulate the lower end of the sound spectrum through live shows that combine installation with performance. In groups of 3 to 30 bass players from all different genres of music, they play under or around stages, car parks, in multi-story buildings, on soccer fields or in shop fronts to vibrate audiences with the extreme bass they produce. Directed by Perth based sound artist and composer Cat Hope, the Abe Sada project has a constantly evolving line up of bass players and scenarios, each epitomised in a text score in the Abe Sada Songbook, which you can download here.
The group developed out of bass duo Lux Mammoth, whose first album is available on bandcamp. They have toured Japan twice and appeared in major festivals around Australia. Abe Sada can also be an installation, as seen here
Debut album Subzilla released on Bloodstar (2007). Featuring guest chainsaw solo and vocals by Tabatha Purwell. You can preview or download a free digital edition on Bandcamp.
The Low Chord (2009) is released on Japanese label Kubitsuri Tapes International. The album features collaborations with bass players Ed Ammendola (Augie March) and Dave Brown (Bucketrider).
Tatar Steppe (2010) is a limited CDR released on Japanese Label VLZ produkt
Abe Sada: Redux is a live recording of 25 bass players on a red viynl split EP with chainsaw band Subordnance on Heartless Robot Productions. You can listen to and buy it here.
ABE SADA COLLABORATORS have included: Bassta!Pex, Kenta McGrath, Leemo, Ben Franz, Cease, Katerina Katherine Papas, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), Kevin Robertson (Diode), KFord (chainsaw and bass), Dave Brown (Bucketrider), Edmondo Ammendola (Augie March), Bruce Mowson.
Mona Foma, Princess Wharf, Hobart, Australia, 2011. With Brian Richie, Dave Brown and 20 others.
Elevator, Osaka, Japan, 2009. With 4 Australian and 6 Japanese bassists.
Spectrum Project Space, Perth, Western Australia, 2009, 25 bass guitars. you can hear this one here:
Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Arts, RMIT Carpark, Melbourne, 2010 with Ed Ammendola, Dave Brown, Robin Fox and 5 other bassists.