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Rotten Bliss is the violent, warm and weird visions of London based avant-garde cellist, vocalist and instrument inventor Jasmine Pender. Featuring a skeletal electric cello played through a host of home-made effects and a toe-operated iPad controller, Rotten Bliss presents powerful and hypnotic vocals voyaging through noise, drone, folk, blues, and sound collage, with traces of Nico, Laurie Anderson and Arthur Russell.

Jasmine's hand-made instruments and effects include music boxes controlled with a head torch, a cello-operated cut-up poetry machine, and sonic manipulators such as the Anti-Harmonising-Three, an augmenter that morphs cello and vocals into dissonant chords. Field recordings from the Isle of Barra, Leicester Square and the South coast provide an organic counterpoint to the high tech weirdness and the combination of both elements lends Rotten Bliss a disorienting and dreamlike quality.

Performances are accompanied by projected visuals spliced together from old American home movies and documentaries. A woman summersaults in slow motion whilst Jasmine sings about hurricanes to a backdrop of radio noise. Anywhere but here, any time but now.

In 2017 Rotten Bliss was invited to Paris to perform at the Palais de Tokyo for the Do Disturb festival and to Supersonic festival to perform a live soundtrack for a doom yoga class held by Yoga in Black. Jasmine's first album, The Nightwatchman Sings, is due out on the Reverb Worship label and online in September 2017 with a release party and gigs planned for September & October.

Jasmine also plays with Jowe Head (ex-Smell Maps) in 11th Hour Adventists and with classical cellist Tim Bowen (ex-Chromehoof) in False Echo. Jasmine is the founder of Losers Club, an international network of musicians who collaborate on remote, chance based compositions and her previous projects include an arrangement of Leonard Cohen's songs for acapella voices, an interactive sound installation at the National Theatre, and an audio visual performance triggered by light sensors aboard the M S Stubnitz as part of Kinetica's performance festival and exhibition.

Endlessly exploring the outer limits of the electric cello and the relationship between data and sound, Jasmine is currently working on new sounds and instruments for the next chapter of Rotten Bliss.

Press enquiries: please email info@rottenbliss.com

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