The duo PIVIXKI, a combination of two different talents, are a unique mixture of two talented musicians: two veterans of the Melbourne (and international) music scene. Multi-instrumentalist and keyboard player within the band, Anthony Pateras, has a CV big enough to fill three press releases. Working within the musical realms of modern composition, improvisation, electronics, avant-rock and noise, he’s composed for major orchestras, played with a multitude of collaborators (including the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Tony Buck, Han Bennink, Dave Brown and violin virtuoso Richard Tognetti), performed in everything from seedy dives to concert halls the world over, released his music on a multitude of labels (including two acclaimed CDs on John Zorn’s Tzadik imprint) and is currently the composer-in-residence at the Australian National Academy Of Music. Max Kohane started playing in bands at the age of 12 and has been touring since he turned 16. Max Kohane is well-known for his fast, technical and dynamic drumming style. He has been referred to as the “best skin-hitter” in Australia’s hardcore rock scene. He has played with the likes Of Far Left Limit, George W. Bush and Terra Firma as well as grind kings Agents Of Abhorrence, Cut Sick and crust-punkers ABC Weapons. He’s been able to perform shows in countries as far as Japan, Indonesia, Macedonia and the U.S. The beauty of PIVIXKI is in the clash between these two musical cultures. However, Pateras’ and Kohane’s willingness to experiment has ensured that there is not any clash. Gravissima is PIVIXKI’s debut album, and was recorded by Casey Rice, a U.S. expatriate. It shows an incredible melding of sensibilities. The band is a piano/drums combo. However, they expand their sound with percussive flourishes as well as the inclusion of an organ and electronic keyboards. Some songs are brief, short and to the point. Others develop organically over many minutes, much like soundtrack pieces. Last.fm

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