Dylan Carlson will perform a solo set as part of Emma Ruth Rundle’s The Gilded Cage

Dylan Carlson’s solo work – including that under the Drcarlsonalbion moniker – is a departure from his output with Earth, and yet it retains a distinctive minimalist quality easily identifiable to fans. We’re delighted to announce that as well as performing a huge celebration in honour of thirty years of Earth, Dylan will also be performing a solo set as part of Emma Ruth Rundle’s The Gilded Cage curated event.

Material from his 2019 album, Conquistador is likely to feature heavily and for the first time ever, Dylan will be joined on stage by Emma Ruth Rundle to perform the material they recorded together for that album. The album’s cover star, Holly Carlson, will also be making an appearance; an accomplished dancer and performer, she will be adding a visual layer to Dylan’s set.

Dylan says: “It’s an honour to be asked to perform twice at this year’s Roadburn. In addition to celebrating 30 years of Earth, I am excited to be performing Conquistador with Emma Ruth Rundle, as heard on the album. We have wanted to perform together for some time, and now we will finally have the opportunity to do so. Joining us will be dancer Holly Carlson (who played percussion on the album) with a special visual performance for this event. I have long thought of music and dance as inextricably linked, especially with my exposure to the possibilities of dance, courtesy of Holly. It seems they have been separated (especially in the realm of rock/hard rock music) for too long now. This will be a very special set, and I am so glad to be joined on stage by two phenomenal performers.”

Emma adds: “Now that we have Earth presenting their 30 year retrospective for us, how could we not ask Dylan if he would be so gracious as to grant us some of his solo works performed live, especially considering my contributions to his last solo album, Conquistador? I am happy to announce Dylan Carlson’s solo set featuring my accompaniment on guitar, as heard on the record and with live movement by Holly Carlson. Dylan is my hero and I’ve been so lucky to come to know him in real life and to get a chance to record and now, finally for the first time, to perform together. It’s an overwhelming privilege and I am both humbled, grateful and looking forward to it. I hope you will be too.”

Wordlessly telling a story is one of Dylan’s greatest gifts and an attribute that we cherish dearly. Creating his own language to inject passion and drama into an unwritten, unseen tale has us eagerly anticipating his solo set in April. Don’t let this one get away from you – highlight it on your schedules as soon as you’re able.

Becky Laverty / February 2020

Date: April 17

Time: TBA

Stage: Koepelhal