In January of 2013 miRthkon -- Oakland, California's premiere avant-progressive chamber-core ensemble -- received the prestigious honor of an invitation to perform at the 2013 Rock In Opposition Festival in Carmaux, France. This was soon followed by another invitation to perform at the Freakshow Art Rock Festival in Würzburg, Germany just one week later. Once we were able to confirm both invites, it was a no brainer that we should try to mount a European tour around the two festival dates.
Within a matter of weeks we had a rough itinerary in place: 14 dates, 5 countries including Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. The opening concert of the tour will be on Saturday September 14th in Milan, Italy -- home of our record label AltrOck Productions. We will be sharing the stage with the flagship act on that label, the mind-glowingly amazing ensemble YUGEN. And if that weren't enough, this show will also be the release show for our second full-length album with AltrOck!!
Then we make our way through Southern France with a possible quick stop in Barcelona, Spain and then back across the border to Carmaux for a headlining slot at this year's Rock In Opposition festival! We're deeply honored to be sharing the stage with such acts as Univers Zero, Present, Cheer Accident, Korekyojinn, Soft Machine, Faust, and many others.
After a quick day off to enjoy the last day of the festival we head north into Switzerland with a quick return to Italy and a hop-skip-and-jump over to Germany for a show in Munich. And finally, our final show in Wurzburg at the Freakshow Art Rock Festival.
We've managed to secure enough guarantees to cover most of our flights, but in order to make all this a reality we need your help to pay for a couple more plane tickets, van rental, gas, tolls, hostels, cargo fees, and insurance.
We cannot thank you all enough for your support. If you know miRthkon, you know how much blood, sweat, tears, (and money) we put into concocting our particular brand of insanity. Therefore we can only assume that by donating to our little cause you'll get far more than you paid for…and then some.
Current Itinerary (some dates subject to change and/or TBD):
9/14 - Milan, Italy w/ Yugen + CD RELEASE SHOW! venue TBD
9/15 - Italy/Southern France
9/16 - Marseille, France @ Upercut
9/17 - Toulouse, France @ Amanita Muscaria w/ Stabat Akish
9/18 - Tarbes, France @ Celtic Pub
9/19 - Montpelier, France w/ PoiL (pending)
9/20 - Southwest France or Barcelona
9/21 - Carmaux, France Rock In Opposition Festival (!!!!)
9/22 - Day off
9/23 - Lyon, France w/ Fat 32 (pending)
9/24 - Switzerland...
9/25 - Trento, Italy @ Trentino Jazz Festival @ Univ. of Trento
9/26 - Switzerland or Germany...
9/27 - Munich, Germany @ Kafe Kult
9/28 - Würzburg, Germany FreakShow ArtRock Festival!
Visit miRthkon.com for up-to-date tour info, etc!
Risks and challenges
Any tour -- especially one on a foreign continent -- is full of risks and challenges. Although this tour will be the first of its kind for most of our members, we're blessed with a couple seasoned pros to show us the ropes as well as several incredibly supportive fans and promoters assisting us all along the way.
The biggest challenge for us (aside from successfully performing some of the most rehearsal-intensive 'rock' music currently in our repertoire) is:
1) Finishing the album in record time without sacrificing the extremely high production value and depth of content we're known for.
2) Rehearsing our current repertoire and stage show to the point of effortless execution with all limbs anesthetized and all senses obstructed. AKA: tight as a duck's arse.
2) Ensuring all bandmembers are in top physical, mental, and emotional shape in order to avoid another devastating medical mishap of our US tour last summer (Wally ended up in a Chicago operating room with a massive, un-passable kidney stone... Ouch!).
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