We’re delighted to announce a string of live performances by the indefatigable and multifaceted artist, Alabaster DePlume, whose talents span poetry, performance, singing, songwriting, saxophone playing, and humanism. His tour includes a string of performances in the EU where he’ll be supporting Bon Iver, an incredible gig at KOKO in London for the Pitchfork Festival, and a comprehensive coast-to-coast tour of the United States. You can find the dates below, with more announcements on the way.
In addition, Alabaster has released “Child Playing in the Forbidden Ruins,” a digital-only track that serves as the B-side to his latest flexidisk, Salty Road Dogs Victory Anthem.
As with the A-side, Alabaster is backed by what he describes as “one of the most innovative and steadfast groups I’ve assembled” – Rozi Plain on bass, Momoko Gill on drums, and Conrad Singh on guitar.
About the song, Alabaster says: “Looking inward, we can meet sometimes with parts of ourselves that are in ruins, and seemingly forbidden. But upon giving ourselves agency to be who we are, we can find ourselves like naughty children, who have given ourselves permission, and sneaked into those forbidden places, to find what’s there.”
In an original discussion broadcasted on Dublab and transcribed for the inaugural issue of our zine, Tracing The Lines, Contact Wave explores the musical universe of Alabaster DePlume. His artistic trajectory is marked by profound personal evolution and a strong bond with community. Among various topics, Alabaster imparts enlightening stories from his tenure as a mental health aide, illustrating how these experiences have influenced his artistic expression and leadership style. Check out the full interview HERE.
24 May 2023: Falmouth, UK, Cornish Bank
25 May 2023: Stroud, UK, Jazz Stroud
27 May 2023: Liege, Belgium, Jazz a Liege
6 Jun 2023: Tilburg, The Netherlands, 013 Poppodium [supporting Bon Iver]
10 Jun 2023: Alentejo, Portugal, Waking Life
14 Jun 2023: Vienna, Austria, Open Air Arena Wien [supporting Bon Iver]
15 Jun 2023: Zurich, Switzerland, The Hall [supporting Bon Iver]
19 Jun 2023: Bonn, Germany, Kunst!Rasen [supporting Bon Iver]
23 Jun 2023: Somerset, UK, Park Stage, Glastonbury
7 Jul 2023: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, North Sea Jazz
9 Jul 2023: Lausanne, Switzerland, Festival de la Cité
14 Jul 2023: Ghent, Belgium, Boomtown
15 Jul 2023: Paris, France, Paris Jazz
5 Aug 2023: Eigg, Scotland, Howlin’ Fling
11 Aug 2023: Dorset, UK, We Out Here
19 Aug 2023: Buckinghamshire, UK, Stowaway
20 Aug 2023: Brecon Beacons, Wales, GreenMan
10 Nov 2023: London, UK, KOKO, Pitchfork Music Festival
26 Aug 2023: Los Angeles, CA, The Getty
27 Aug 2023: Los Angeles, CA, Zebulon
29 Aug 2023: San Diego, CA, Whistle Stop
30 Aug 2023: Ojai, CA, Deer Lodge
1 Sep 2023: Modesto, CA, The Speakeasy at Greens on Tenth
2 Sep 2023: San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
5 Sep 2023: Portland, OR, Polaris Hall
6 Sep 2023: Seattle, WA, Sunset Tavern
8 Sep 2023: Boise, ID, Neurolux
10 Sep 2023: Denver, CO, Ophelia’s
15 Sep 2023: Chicago, IL, Co-Prosperity Sphere
16 Sep 2023: Chicago, IL, Co-Prosperity Sphere
17 Sep 2023: Toronto, ON, Rivoli
18 Sep 2023: Montreal, QC, Bar Le Ritz
22 Sep 2023: Brooklyn, NY, Elsewhere Hall
Get your tickets here.