Urban Space Epics evolved out of a series of projects and adventures, including work with psychedelic light show artists, 20th century composers, and live street music in North Africa and Spain.
Sometimes perceived as a non-musical project the efforts have been directed towards live performance that stay and reside in the viewers mind differently from what is usually on the bandstand. Projections, costumes (particularly masks) were originally used in an effort to surface the sleeping animism in contemporary urban experience.
Hypnotic chant combined with narratives, and gamelan like sounds generated from electrified Kalimba’s were often employed. Combined with this music-concret passages were often mixed live from; field recordings, tape loops, and poetry chanted in various world languages. Although some of the original material was sung in the streets and fire fueled home music sessions in Spain and Morocco, by the time it took to the stage elsewhere it had been influenced by significant collaborators Susan Rawcliff, Ron George as well as years of discussion and listening with mentor in North Atlantic ancient chant the late Hreinn Steingrimsson.
California Outside Music Association [C.O.M.A.], the Northern Light Artists Guild, the late Elfreide Fischinger and William Moritz played no small part in encouraging and helping build the Urban Space Epics’ vision.
Now based in Prague, variations of the Epics can be heard sporatically in conjunction with projects by Extraterrestrials, Birds Build Nests Underground Orchestra, Pronefoal and other forward looking artists. Performances now are in the planning for later in 2010.