Ben Frost

Musician, composer, and producer Ben Frost's stark, sweeping soundscapes are appropriately coated with metaphoric rime, striking in frozen beauty yet harrowing. Frost, an Australian who (fittingly) now lives in Iceland, taps a wide array of influences — metal, punk, folk, classical, industrial noise, avant-garde minimalism, electronics — that conspire to forge emotionally complex instrumental forays. It's ambient, but with a volcanic undercurrent that can swamp the unwary. On 2009's By the Throat, for example, melodies (sometimes acoustic and quite lovely) lurk far beneath harsh drones, electronic waves stretching from whispery to titanic, the clanking of metallic fury, and the actual sounds of marauding wolves. In this rare U.S. appearance, Frost will lead a trio featuring Liturgy's Greg Fox on acoustic drums and Paul Corley on synths and electronic drums. The repertoire will include older material as well as fresh stuff destined for a 2013 album. (Photo by Bjarni Grímsson)
Sat., Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 2013

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