Always willing to collaborate with eclectic artists, Mike Patton will team with experimental Austrian musician Christian Fennesz for a 12-date tour this summer, beginning May 28 at the Moers Festival in Germany.
“I’m a fan of his work and mentioned that it would be fun to do sometime,” Patton tells Billboard.com. “Next thing I know his manager got offers for a couple shows, then he built a tour around it — it just appeared. Like the way most collaborations started, it was mutual admiration.”
So fair the pair has “traded ideas” and is planning to play after “very little rehearsal,” according to Patton. The collaboration is currently planned solely for the stage, but Patton doesn’t rule out a future album between the two. “No plans at the moment, but you never know,” he says.
2007 will see several new Patton-released releases, two of which arrive in July: Tomahawk’s “Anonymous” (which includes re-workings of traditional Native American songs) and Eyvind Kang’s “Atlantis” (classical-sounding compositions for which Patton supplied vocals).
Additionally, there will be a yet-to-be-titled DVD of a Kaada/Patton performance, as well as a Patton-penned soundtrack for the film “A Perfect Place.” The release schedule for Patton’s Ipecac label is similarly crowded through the end of the year, including projects from Hella, Dälek, Unsane, Young Gods, Goon Moon, Robert Pollard’s Circus Devils, Northern State, Imani Coppola, Rahzel and a CD/DVD package with animation by the artist Dalek and music by Tom Hazelmeyer.
A week after the Patton/Fennesz dates wrap up, the singer will play several shows with Peeping Tom in New Zealand and Australia.