|****************** NEW ALBUM OUT NOW on STARLIGHT FURNITURE CO. / REVOLVER USA!!! *******************|
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JEAN-MARC MONTERA
“Since the late 1990s MCIAA have successfully renewed a commitment to psychedelia as a revealing factor of the soul. Brothers Roberto and Maurizio Opalio’s interest in John Cage’s thought and in free improvisation is hardly a secret; hence the attraction toward architectures based on the concept of instantaneous composition, created from extended practices.
|||||||||||||| MY CAT IS AN ALIEN invited to open the 57th VENICE ART BIENNALE 2017 (May 10-12) |||||||||||||||
My Cat Is An Alien will open the 57th Venice Art Biennale 2017 during the Preview days (May 10-12), invited by visual artist Xavier Veilhan and co-curator Christian Marclay to activate Veilhan's "Studio Venezia" project for the French Pavilion. The installation project is conceived as a sculpture-recording studio, an "immersive environment taking in the entire pavilion so as to alter the public's perception of space;
>>>> Eleonore Desnos explores French audio oddities and delights "a la carte". This week: a short trip across the border with Italian brothers duo My Cat is an Alien, offering a look at their work which fits in the avant garde and experimental categories
>>>> Eleonore Desnos explores French audio oddities and delights "a la carte". This week: more on My Cat Is An Alien, featuring their recent album with Joelle Vinciarelli, 'Eternal Beyond' - experimental, noise and avant garde on the menu!
|************************************************* NEW ALBUMS OUT NOW! *************************************************|
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
"RE-SI-STEN-ZA!" LP + DL / Digital
"Metallic Gold Wax" color LP + DL / Digital
"the summa of 20 years of sonic explorations!"
>> Double-Disc ART EDITION Ltd.50
"[..] The theme of resistance is one that has arguably shaped MCIAA’s entire career, as there are few other artists who have been so unwaveringly challenging and iconoclastic for as long as the Opalios. The average My Cat is an Alien album has absolute zero common ground with anything happening in the mundane world of the masses, as Maurizio and Roberto seem to exclusively look to the stars or search inwardly for their inspirations instead.[...]
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JOËLLE VINCIARELLI
> ETERNAL BEYOND > LP + DL / Digital
"Marble Stone" color LP + DL / Digital
(Arsenic Solaris /Opax Rec/Up Against The Wall Motherfuckers!)
>> Double-Disc ART EDITION Ltd.30
"I am always especially eager to hear the Opalio brothers’ collaborative endeavors, as My Cat is an Alien is such a singular and hermetic entity. As such, it presents quite a unique challenge for any artist attempting to merge with their aesthetic, which generally leads to some intriguingly bizarre results. Also, I am often unfamiliar with the other artists who enter the Alien orbit, so it can be a potential opportunity for me to discover some similarly outré minds.
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN // FESTIVAL NUIT D'HIVER #14 // 15.12.2016 // GRIM // Marseille, France
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & ROBERTO OPALIO @ OVER THE REAL / November 17-20, 2016
OVER THE REAL - International VideoArt Festival Viareggio-Forte dei Marmi (IT)
November 17-20 @ GAMC (Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani) Viareggio
ROBERTO OPALIO (MCIAA) "The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness" 4'20 (2016)
Saturday, November 19 @ Fondazione Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN exclusive live performance
http://overthereal.com/ | Facebook event
|************************* COMING FALL / WINTER 2016 + EARLY 2017... AND MORE SOON! *************************|
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "RE-SI-STEN-ZA!"
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & NAD SPIRO - 'La Casa Encendida' cassette
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JEAN-MARC MONTERA
FORTHCOMING LIVE PERFORMANCES:
November 17-20, 2016
Thursday, December 15 @ NUIT D'HIVER FESTIVAL, Marseille
*** January 2016 *** BRAINWASHED review >> MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "The Dance Of Oneirism" 2LP+artbook***
"The Dance of Oneirism masterfully continues the distillation of MCIAA's ever-evolving and singular vision, weaving its eerie, lysergic, and wonderfully disorienting spell.
*** OUT NOW ***
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
"[...] The Dance Of Oneirism is
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN – The Dance Of Oneirism 2LP >> available as:
-DELUXE EDITION- LTD ED of 80 copies. 3-Sided LP. LP 1 on COLOR vinyl, LP 2 on black vinyl. SIDE D screenprinted in COPPER. Comes with a 24 pages Art Book & poem postcard by ROBERTO OPALIO, plus foreword insert by DAVID KEENAN.
"Let yourself floating upon this while reading the perspectives of the two poets on their music, the Alps and the Mediterranean amongst various topics." - THE CRAB
LISTEN to My Cat Is An Alien by The Crab on Mixcloud >>
||||||||| ROBERTO OPALIO & MCIAA @ "Over The Real" |||||||| FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE di VIDEOARTE VIAREGGIO
Festival curator, videoartist and professor LINO STRANGIS presents:
full program: http://overthereal.com
|||||||| MCIAA & DIVINITÉS IRRITÉES Private Press ||||||||
International première @ SPRINT _\|/_ MILANO 2015
INDIPENDENT PUBLISHERS AND ARTISTS' BOOKS SALON
Saturday 28-Sunday 29 November 28, 2015 @ O', Milan, Italy
A brief bulletin for all those who patiently waited for the release of the new double album of MY CAT IS AN ALIEN entitled "THE DANCE OF ONEIRISM", initially planned for April 2015 on BACKWARDS and previewed on Wire Tapper CD last March. The street date has been pushed back to September 30.
The complexity of sound has been meticulously transferred on 3 sides of audiophile vinyl, with side D featuring a silkscreened artwork in four different colours. The first 100 copies come with a coloured LP. The deluxe, heavy cardboard pocket jacket houses a gorgeous 24-page, 30x30 cm full-colour photographic art book, plus a poem art card. The art book will also be available separately from the record, in limited and signed edition.
"The Dance Of Oneirism" is accompanied by an extended foreword insert by DAVID KEENAN, claiming that “it is MCIAA’s greatest long form work”.
Backwards and MCIAA in particular are overwhelmed by the massive feedbacks and emails received during these past months, and want to thank the myriad fans and supporters all around the world for their extraordinary enthusiasm.
INFINITE ALIEN FAITH + LOVE!!! ---------------- MCIAA & Backwards Records
WIRE TAPPER 37 CD featuring
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JUPPALA KAAPIO
***NYC legendary WFMU radio - ROBERTO OPALIO Aurora Coelestis "Record of the Day" Oct 29, 2014***
"In February 2014 brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio aka My Cat Is An Alien recorded a long studio session in Brussels with Belgian electronic composer and recent Fennesz collaborator Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk)" - THE WIRE
"[...] subtly blooming tone fields that build to the kind of beautifully vibrating monoliths that would reconcile the percussive American fantasias of Harry Partch and Moondog with the gravity devouring industrial force of Kluster. Repeating tones give the set the feel of a heady modern minimalist working but with a klanging Neubauten edge, with ringing tones and voids of blistering feedback suspended over deep pools of pitch black electricity. Long, multi-movement tracks allow for full tonal immersion.
CAT IS AN ALIEN
Out August 2013 ***
"[..] Well, what to say – brave move
by fratelli d'Italia!"
"[..] Over the course of two side-long tracks Roberto and Maurizio Opalio stretch and warp the fabric of time itself with their burbling, hypnotic soundscapes, with guitars, zither, wordless wailing and all manner of toys and percussion building a surprisingly dense, busy tapestry of noise which is constantly shifting, with weird looped guitar flourishes melting into shrieking radio static and feedback or chirruping, broken sounding electronic primitivism." - Norman Records
"My Cat Is An Alien abandon guitars and space toys for home made strings..." - The Wire (read Wire's article)
READ REVIEWS: The Wire, Arthur, Rumore, HIS Voice, etc
"Aurora Coelestis sounds like a golden shower delivered by Harry Partch"
>>> Friday June 6, 2014 - Festival Musiques Innovatrices
31/12/2013 online interview on LOOP.CL web magazine ________________________________
*** out November 20th 2013 ***
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
"The Opalio brothers are certainly no strangers to uncompromising, indulgent mindfuckery, but their latest effort is extreme even by their own standards. Stretched out across six discs, Roberto and Maurizio use their weird arsenal of homemade instruments and detourned toys to create an absolute monolith of abstract psychedelia. Simultaneously nightmarish, overwhelming, and inspired, My Cat is an Alien have concocted an epic, brain-frying bad trip like no else before."
*** out October 15th 2013 ***
First-time collaboration by Italy’s premier transcenders of time and
Artwork by Roberto Opalio
17/3/2013 online interview on COMPLICATED SOUNDS
My Cat Is An Alien visit NOISE PARK!
29 - Madrid - La
Casa Encendida - 8pm
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN feat. NAD SPIRO
MCIAA's live première in Madrid will feature sonic explorer NAD SPIRO as special guest during part of the show.
For the first time MCIAA will perform on stage with their new instrument set, including self-made string instrument and modified alientronics.
The new 1-hour long version of the film 'The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness' by Roberto Opalio wil be screened during the performance.
The edition is limited
to 287 and vinyl comes in 3 different colors: marble orange, marble
white, and black.
"The Opalio brothers are
on a very good run lately. This new LP from Canadian label Divorce Records,
under its sober yet evocative sleeve, contains four of their most downright
beautiful tracks yet. These four untitled pieces paint a celestial and
delicate soundworld. The duo’s early psychedelic deliriums have
settled down to make way for a form of electroacoustic dreaminess akin
to Japanese group Minamo. And when Roberto starts singing a wordless
melody in the final track, it just steals my heart away."
(François Couture / Monsieur Délire)
Nov 24-25: two day residency @ London Cafe
Oto : MY
CAT IS AN ALIEN + PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST
>> Nov 23: special broadcast @ London RESONANCE 104.4 FM : MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / RAMONA PONZINI / KEN HOLLINGS in
'Ghost Blood Spectrum' a live mind clash collaborative performance, a new form of spontaneous radio theater event involving music, sound poetry, a multi-layered collision of texts and vocals in different languages melt with alien sounds
>> Oct 21 @ Milan Spazio Concept : MY CAT IS AN ALIEN > INLANDEMPIRE PROJECT (Info)
CAT IS AN ALIEN
'ALIENOLOGY: Selected Works 1998-2008'
10 CD Box Set on Elliptical Noise
<< MY CAT IS AN ALIEN on WIRE TAPPER CD >>
THE WIRE magazine invited MY CAT IS AN ALIEN to join
TAPPER 25 CD compilation (April 2011 issue)
CAT IS AN ALIEN
'What Space Is Made For'
Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness
"This triple box set is their latest magnum opus" - The Wire
From the brilliance of
the Void, My Cat Is An Alien introduce humans to their new creation:
What Space Is Made For is the first step in the new parallel
universe they call 'multi-layered instantaneous composition' ... a new
step in modern music. >>>
CAT IS AN ALIEN / PRAXINOSCOPE
2 CD set
Re-issue as a double CD set of the out-of-print, single CDs.
OUT NOW ! JANUARY 2011 NEW VINYL RELEASE ! OUT NOW ! ******
BBNU & MCIAA
'GRAMOFONU = voice of
the Universe' LP
Limited only-vinyl edition of 300 capturing the extraordinary meeting of two improvising acts: Prague-based turntable & 8mm band Birds Build Nests Underground and Italian psychedelic trubadours My Cat Is An Alien. As if the whole galaxy lies on a giant turntable…
|***** DECEMBER 2010 *****|
'All Is Lost In Translation'
CD / DL (Atavistic, USA)
Bella Italia avant garde meets Sonic-Youth guitar
NOVEMBER LIVE SHOWS *****
now!>>> MY CAT IS AN ALIEN <<<
Private Press Edition of 250
copies; multicolour vinyl housed in handmade heavy cardboard
jacket with paste-on silver artwork by Roberto Opalio, with 12"
insert. First 100 copies comes with a CDr
included as digital version of the album, plus a bonus DVDr region free
containing a film by Roberto inspired by 'Fragments suspended in
time - alba'.
CAT IS AN ALIEN & BJERGA / IVERSEN collab LP + special
BONUS DVD-R edition
ANKOKU (Ramona Ponzini & Z'ev)
'Live in Milan' DVD-R
Première live performance of the duo formed by Ramona Ponzini and Z'ev, recorded in a secret location in Milan in July 2010. After live collaborations with vanguards such as Lee Ranaldo and Micheal Morley, Ramona Ponzini now teams up on stage with legendary percussionist Z'ev under the name ANKOKU, following last year's debut CD. Ramona Ponzini (vocals, hand percussion), Z'ev (percussion, electronics): a real jump into 'deep darkness'!
Filmed and produced by My Cat Is An Alien.
Limited handmade edition with handstamped cover.
**** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN and
ROBERTO OPALIO new albums on ELLIPTICAL NOISE ****
CAT IS AN ALIEN
Special ART EDITION LTD.20
CAT IS AN ALIEN
'Black Shadows from Jupiter, Vol. I & II'
'The Hexagram on Grace'
FREE LISTENING + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD <<
>> REVIEWS <<
****** August 2009 - TWO NEW RELEASES OUT NOW + SENSATIONAL FIX ZINE #2 + INTERVIEW ON DREAM MAGAZINE #9 ******
***** PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST interview + CD track on DREAM MAGAZINE #9 *****
*** ROBERTO OPALIO + MY CAT IS AN ALIEN exclusive artworks in SENSATIONAL FIX zine #2 ***
The second publication of SENSATIONAL FIX is the zine SENSATIONAL FIX ZINE #2 ‘NOISE’ to which eleven of the artists who participate in the exhibition SONIC YOUTH etc: SENSATIONAL FIX contributed a double page each. These artists are: Marco Fusinato // David Markey // Savage Pencil // Mike Watt // Kim Gordon // Marnie Weber // Christian Marclay //John Olson // Roberto Opalio + My Cat Is An Alien // Barbara Ess // Sam Crack.
Update May 21st, 2009
****** NEW GALLERY EDITION + ART BOOK ******
ART GALLERY EDITION OF 9 COPIES >> details
Gallery edition limited to 9 copies of 'The
last night of the Angel of Glass', a silent
film by Roberto Opalio here presented on DVD in its
entirety (1 hour 30 minutes), with complete soundtrack transferred on
two lathe cut LPs manufactured in 9 copies by Peter King in New Zealand.
Update March 31st, 2009
****** MCIAA & AAVV - 'COSMIC DEBRIS' RADIO SPECIAL ONLINE ******
Get connected to Barcelona's ONES DE CROM
radio program curated by Emili Mirò on Ràdio
Castellar 90.1 fm, and listen to the special dedicated to MCIAA's
latest collaboration series featuring Text of Light, Steve Roden, Keiji
Haino, Mats Gustafsson, and Loren Connors and his Haunted House band
****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN @ SPECTRA 09 - VALENCIA (SPAIN) ******
topics: politics & conspiracy, paranoia, outer space,
My Cat Is An Alien will perform a live concert entitled "CosmiConspiracy" on Saturday 4th, at 20.15h
participants: Mike Ibanez, Ken Hollings, Javier Cavanilles, Marià Sanchez Soler, El Protograma, Robin Ramsay, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Alababarada Djs, Nad Spiro
Saturday 4th, April 2009
Update March 11th, 2009
****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN's debut on ATAVISTIC ******
MCIAA are proud to present their debut release on ATAVISTIC,
a CD+DVD set featuring the Opalio brothers' studio collaboration with
legendary Italy's electronic pioneer ENORE ZAFFIRI,
and presenting for the first time two incredible films: 'TRASPARENZE'
(the so-called 'video painting' by Mr.Zaffiri) and 'LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER'
(dual film by Roberto Opalio, with soundtrack by MCIAA)
****** LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER premiere screening ******
Roberto Opalio's dual film just published by Atavistic will be presented at the SLOOWJOB festival at NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art in Aalst, Belgium, later this month. The event is curated by Bart De Paepe of Sloowtape. and My Favourite Magazine.
Last update February 25th, 2009
****** NEW RELEASES OUT FEBRUARY 2009 ******
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / PESTREPELLER split
picture disc LP (A Silent Place)
update February 1st, 2009
In early February MCIAA will play two exclusive live shows in Holland:
Thursday February 5th, 2009
****** PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST @ VPRO radio ******
Wednesday February 4th,
****** NEW RELEASES + ART BOOK out now ******
****** ROBERTO OPALIO & MCIAA @ SONIC YOUTH
etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX in Dusseldorf ******
ROBERTO OPALIO presents an exclusive
installation entitled 'Alien Guitar Case #6', and his
film 'Alien Blood' with soundtrack appositely created
by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN, now available in a special only-vinyl
edition on Opax Records: OPX 030A - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Alien
Blood" LP ()
Visit the 'space
art' page for more infos
update November 14th, 2008
****** NEW RELEASES OUT NOW *******
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - 8" triangular lathe
cut record (Pseudoarcana) (Ltd.80 in specially designed triangular
cardboard jackets, with artwork by Roberto Opalio silkscreened on cover
and golden/red inner foil)
****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN live at ALL FRONTIERS festival ******
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN will perform two exclusive live international premières at ALL FRONTIERS music festival (Italy). One with 80 years old pioneer of Italian radical electronic music ENORE ZAFFIRI. Mr.Zaffiri, composer and founder of the legendary SMET (Studio di Musica Elettronica di Torino) in 1964, and reclused artist for the last decades, at the beginning of 2008 had the chance to meet Maurizio and Roberto Opalio and decided to set up a collaborative project with them.
To celebrate the birth of this new project, MCIAA & Zaffiri will perform their live debut at the forthcoming XX Anniversary Edition of All Frontiers music festival. The same night MCIAA will also play a live improv perfomance with New York cellist OKKYUNG LEE.
Sunday November 16th, 2008
last update May 15th,
****** ROBERTO OPALIO & MCIAA @ SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX ******
ROBERTO OPALIO & MY CAT IS AN ALIEN will participate to the forthcoming SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX museum exhibition, that focuses on the multidisciplinary activities of the groundbreaking experimental guitar band Sonic Youth since its formation in 1981. It features the band's collaborations with visual artists, filmmakers, designers and musicians, as well as a choice of other works selected by the band. Through the multidisciplinary output of Sonic Youth and related works by other artists in the exhibition, an alternative history of contemporary culture is being uncovered in which the division between 'high art' and 'low art' is being called into question, while issues are explored such as teenage rebellion, adolescent wanderlust, gender, fame, fashion, sexuality, and religion.
ROBERTO OPALIO will present an exclusive installation entitled 'Alien Guitar Case #6', and his film 'Alien Blood' with soundtrack appositely created by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN.
The exhibition is initiated
and curated by freelance curator Roland Groenenboom in collaboration
with the band and will be presented at LiFE,
St. Nazaire, France (from 17 June to 7 September 2008), MUSEION,
Bolzano, Italy (from 10 October 2008 to 4 January 2009), and Kunsthalle
Dusseldorf, Germany (31 January to 26 April 2009). Further venues
are currently in discussion, in Europe, the US and Asia. A complete
description of the show can be found at www.sonicyouth.com
PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST extended interview on Foxy Digitalis
The first ever extended
article/ interview on the PPOPG project! by François Hubert on Foxy
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN radio special on Germany's WDR radio *******
German WDR 3 radio will
broadcast a special on MCIAA, featuring sounds & voices from the
June 6th, 2008 h.23:05
WDR 3 radio, Koln - Germany
streaming the broadcast is possible here:
A GREAT MAGAZINE ******
Four new drawings by Roberto Opalio featured in the new magazine by Belgian obscure Sloow Tapes imprint:
V/A - A Great Magazine zine (Sloow Tapes) Interviews with Book Of Am, Ed Yazijian, Geoff Mullen, Ghosting. Art and words by Ilyas Ahmed, Juan Arkotxa, Tara Burke, Darrell Buxton, Tom Carter, Cybele Collins, Sara Czerny, Bart De Paepe, Paul Grimes, Jani Hirvonen, Phil Legard, Samara Lubelski, Leslie Mackenzie, Marja Mikkonen, Thurston Moore, Roberto Opalio, Zachery Reno, Matt Valentine. Silkscreened coverfrogs by Colleen Kinsella."contact Bart de Paepe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
update April 20th, 2008
****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / MATS GUSTAFSSON - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.IV" split ART-LP (Opax Records)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "There's a flame___sometimes" LP (Opax Records) (2 new Opax lavishly packaged limited vinyl editions)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Sotto le Stelle" etched LP (Lost Treasures of the Underworld) (ltd. edition of 100 in purple vinyl with etching by Roberto Opalio on one side; 3 color screen-printed covers)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / VALERIO COSI - "Stories From The Vacuum" split 7" (Black Horizon) (limited to 500 in clear vinyl)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "Fallen Camellias" CD (A Silent Place) (Second full-lenght album)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "Fallen Camellias" 5x 1-sided 10" lathe-cut Box (Opax Records) (private press art edition of 9 copies)
**Great Magazine (Sloow Tapes) (features 4 new drawings by Roberto Opalio)
see 'releases' for all details--
****** NEW RELEASES OUT NOW ******
**ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light,
part I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records) (The
LP features 'Part One', expanded version from original OPX 020V, plus
previous unreleased 'Part Two'; 2 different editions: ART ed. of 21
copies, and ART GALLERY ed. of 9 copies)
see releases for details and reviews
****** FORTHCOMING LIVE SHOWS ******
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN live in Dijon & Prague
Saturday September 29th, 2007
Saturday October 13th, 2007
****** ROBERTO OPALIO - PERSONAL EXHIBITION ******
Roberto Opalio's personal exhibition, 'Frammenti Cosmici', will open on October 19th at Zuni art space in Ferrara, Italy. The gallery will show new Roberto's SPACE-ART paintings, installations, photos + art-books, art-edition records, and videos. On the occasion of the opening the artist will make a special live performance, including music & videos.
Friday October 19th / Sunday November 11th
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / KEIJI HAINO - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.III" split ART-LP (Opax Records) (private edition of 100; each record comes with an original acrylic painting by Roberto Opalio on 30x30cm proper canvas & a unique Polaroid instant film installed on each piece)
see releases for
****** LIVE FOOTAGE on YOUTUBE ******
See three short MCIAA's live footage of pure Alien Action!
MCIAA @ KRAAK Festival 2006 (Hasselt, B)
****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Il Segno" CD (Starlight Furniture Co./ Revolver USA) (expanded & remastered version; includes 2 tracks of 25 minutes from the original session)
**ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, part I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records) (2 different editions: ART edition ltd. 21, ART-GALLERY edition ltd. 9; extended & revisited version of the original part 1 + previously unreleased part 2; includes a 30+min silent film by Roberto exclusively made for the lathe cut edition, totally different from the original issue OPX 020V - more details on art soon)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "s/t" CD (Time-Lag Records) (CD re-issue of the debut LP; exact miniature special cardboard silkscreened jacket of the LP)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split CD (A Silent Place) (CD re-issue of the original ART-LP on Opax)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / VALERIO COSI - split 7" (Black Horizon) (limited 7" colored; metallic ink on vellum jackets)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST / MYKEL BOYD - 7" split (Somnimage) (limited edition white vinyl; first 50 numbered copies include an original signed Polaroid by Ramona Ponzini)
****** new BLACK MAGIC DISCO CD out now! ******
- The debut CD release of the new project BLACK MAGIC DISCO is out now on Important Records; the new all-star band features Maurizio & Roberto Opalio (MCIAA), Ramona Ponzini (Praxinoscope, Painting Petals On Planet Ghost) and Tom Greenwood (Jackie-O Motherfucker) --
see details here
UK online TAXI MAGAZINE features a nice interview with MCIAA, run by Editor Kez on December 10th, 2006, made right after MCIAA's astrokiller performance at ATP Nightmare Before Christmas in UK - Really nice shots of alien action too!
****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split ART-LP (Opax Records) (private edition of 100; each record comes with an original acrylic painting by Roberto Opalio on 30x30cm proper canvas & a unique Polaroid instant film installed on each piece)
- MAURIZIO OPALIO - "Way up to Enfer" lathe-cut LP + book (Opax Records) (ltd.ed 50 lathe-cut vinyl; includes previously unreleased 8 minutes extra track not included in the original cd-r edition, charcoal drawn cover & poem book by Maurizio Opalio; individually numbered and signed)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / TEXT OF LIGHT - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.I" split CD (A Silent Place / Italy) (CD re-issue of the original split art-LP; heavy textured cardboard deluxe gatefold sleeve)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / FAMILY UNDERGROUND split LP (Reverse, DK) (ltd.356, see-through vinyl, silkscreened transparent plastic sleeves)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Different Shades of Tape" Box set (A Silent Place) (private ed. of 10; 7" colored vinyl, exclusive handpainted cassette, silkscreened t-shirt and card insert)
see releases for
****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / KEIJI HAINO - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.III" split ART-LP (Opax Records)
**ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, Vol.I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST / MYKEL BOYD - 7" split (Somnimage / USA)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "s/t" CD (Time-Lag Records) (CD re-issue of the debut LP)
**BLACK MAGIC DISCO - "s/t" CD (Important
Records / USA)
****** NEWS & PROJECTS IN THE WORK ******
- In June 2007, Important Records (USA) will release the debut CD of BLACK MAGIC DISCO, a new all-star band featuring Tom Greenwood (Jackie-O Motherfucker), Ramona Ponzini (Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, Praxinoscope) and Maurizio & Roberto Opalio (MCIAA). The project was born out of the idea of Tom Greenwood, former leader of the avant-folk-blues ensemble JOMF, who invited Maurizio and Roberto Opalio and their close collaborator Ramona Ponzini to join him as line-up performers for two months of touring throughout all Europe in May/ June 2005. The album will contain the music which came out from those explosive live performances --
- Maurizio & Roberto Opalio have just finished working on the final mix & mastering of the second full-lenght album of PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST, project featuring the two space brothers together with Ramona Ponzini; the album will consist of a series of acoustic and intimate songs imbued with the enchanting Japanese vocal tunes by Ramona --
- Still concerning RAMONA PONZINI, a new project of collaboration together with Z'EV, guru of drone-ambient and pioneer of industrial era, will be released later this year on LP/CD by Italian label A Silent Place / SmallVoices --
01/02/07 - ****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - VPRO STUDIO SESSION ******
MCIAA's recording session at Desmet Studio, Amsterdam on December 14th 2006 for Holland radio VPRO is now available for free via streaming at VPRO's website:
****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Leave me in the Black No-Thing" CD (Important Records) (new full-lenght album on Important)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Into the White Vortex" 1-sided ART-LP (Opax Records) (private press ltd. edition of 110 copies / A 23 minutes piece of cosmic wilderness crescendo alongside an entire side surface painted and signed by Roberto Opalio)
- ROBERTO OPALIO - "Chants from isolated ghosts" CD (Important Records) (re-issue of the long-out-of-print and acclaimed debut soloist album by one half of MCIAA Roberto Opalio)
- ROBERTO OPALIO - "The last night of the Angel of Glass, Vol.I & II" 2xCD (A Silent Place) (double cd set re-issueing the Vol.I originally released on Foxglove, plus an entire disc 2 featuring the previously unreleased Vol.II, second part of the Angel of Glass session)
- V/A - "Random Sounds Vol.2" CD-R (Indie Workshop) (ltd. 3-way split cd-r featuring MCIAA, Everlovely Lightningheart and (VxPxC))
see releases for details --
****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split ART-LP (Opax Records)
- MAURIZIO OPALIO - "Way up to Enfer" lathe cut ART-LP + book (Opax Records)
- ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, Vol.I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records)
December 8-10, 2006
Tuesday December 12th, 2006
Wednesday December 13th, 2006
Thursday December 14th, 2006
Friday December 15th, 2006
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Il
suono venuto dallo spazio" CD (Les Disques VICTO, Canada) (recording
of the live performance at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle
de Victoriaville, May 2006)
see releases for details--
- ROBERTO OPALIO - "The last night of
the Angel of Glass, Vol.I & II" 2xCD (A Silent Place) (double
CD set reissuing the first part appeared on the long-out-of-print omonimous
CD-R + DVD-R set on Foxglove, plus the totally previously unreleased
second part (entire disc 2) of the work; the 6-panels gatefold sleeve
features stills taken from the omonimous Roberto's film)
MCIAA will take part in the next edition of the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival, which will run 8-10 December 2006 in Somerset, UK; this year edition's curator is Thurston Moore, and the line-up features Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Dead C, Jackie-O Motherfucker, MC5 feat. Mark Arm, Dinosaur Jr., Gang of Four, Nurse With Wound, Bardo Pond, Six Organs of Admittance, Charalambides, No Neck Blues Band, Melvins, Peter Brotzman, White Out w/ Nels Cline and many many more...
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
******NEW RELEASES OUT******
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "Greetings from the Great
Void" double LP (Eclipse Records)(more details
see releases for detailed infos on all these records---
******NEWS & PROJECTS IN THE WORKS******
- The new MCIAA's "Greetings
from the Great Void" double LP on Eclipse Records
is finally ready (www.eclipse-records.com)
- latest interviews & reviews on the press page --
infos, details and tickets: www.fimav.qc.ca
The special will be also audible (in realaudio) from
May, 6th at
4/25/2006 - PREVIEW------------THE "COSMIC DEBRIS" SPLIT ART-LPs SERIES-------------PREVIEW
Directly from the most remote and obscure regions of the Cosmos, Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, aka MY CAT IS AN ALIEN, are proud to announce a new series of split art-LPs set up on their own Opax Records. The series of collaborations, entitled "Cosmic debris", will see the space duo alongside artists such as Stan Brakhage's films mixed media performing ensemble TEXT OF LIGHT (Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Alan Licht, William Hooker, Tim Barnes, Ulrich Krieger, Dj Olive), Californian audio visual artist and composer STEVE RODEN, Swedish avant-saxophonist MATS GUSTAFSSON, avant-blues living legend LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS, and Japanese dark shaman improviser KEIJI HAINO.
Each record will be released in a numbered and signed
edition of only 100 copies, and will come out alongside an acrylic painting
by ROBERTO OPALIO on 30x30cm proper canvas as sleeves,
with a unique Polaroid installed on each piece, representing 100 different
perspectives of a same subject.
The opening OPX LP8 - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN /
TEXT OF LIGHT "Cosmic debris" split ART-LP Vol.1 will be available
in late May/ early June 2006. The following volumes will come out as
For all further informations, please contact us--
-Go to the following links for a short photo/video
reportage of My Cat Is An Alien at K-RAA-K
- The new My Favourite Magazine
printed by Bart De Paepe on his own Sloow Tapes imprint
(well-known for the amazing analog cassette releases), features an article
written by both Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, alongside
some alien drawings by Roberto -
March 4th, 2006
2/10/2006 - A Silent Place
is the new Italian label (related to Smallvoices imprint) re-issuing
MCIAA's "Different shades of Blue"
on vinyl and in a new and different form (the first version went out
as U-Sound Archive Vol.19 cd-r); see all details on this new versions
12/23/2005 - The debut release of the new project PAINTING
PETALS ON PLANET GHOST (Ramona Ponzini, Maurizio & Roberto
Opalio) is finally out now on Time-Lag Records (USA),
in a stunning limited only-vinyl double edition; see "releases"
10/23/2005 - "The Cosmological Eye Trilogy"
3xCD set is finally out on Last Visible Dog records
(USA), and features the previously unreleased "part three - Into the
Whirlpool galaxy", plus lots of new cosmic unreleased material, besides
the re-mastered versions of "part one" and "part two" (originally released
as Opax cd-rs, now out of print); still regarding Last Visible
Dog records, MCIAA play a 20-minutes-previously-unreleased
track in the mastodontic "The Invisible Pyramid: Elegy box"
6xCD compilation, along with Uton, Black Forest/Black Sea, Birchville
Cat Motel, Loren Chasse, Bardo Pond, Keijo, Fursaxa, Ashtray Navigations,
Peter Wright, Avarus and many many more--
-------------SOME OF THE NEW RELEASES SCHEDULED
IN LATE 2005/ EARLY 2006:
08/04/2005 - Roberto Opalio and Ramona Ponzini have started their new project called Praxinoscope, with the homonymous CD-R on Opax Records; "Alien Minds", the first MCIAA's cassette release, is just out now on Belgian label Sloow Tapes (see "releases" for details).
06/20/05 - The
Wire t-shirt of the month (#257, July 2005) features Roberto
Opalio’s original piece of artwork entitled “alien_vinyl_astral_interconnection”-
The t-shirt comes in a special ltd run of 100 only!
MCIAA will tour UK
from May 21-27.
MCIAA and Ramona Ponzini
will join Tom Greenwood as members of Jackie-O Motherfucker
in the following European shows:
04/25/05 – MCIAA’s new extended interview
& review by Foxy Digitalis’s editor Brad
Rose are now on-line:
03/15/2005 – The new “When the
windmill’s whirl dies” LP is finally out now on
Eclipse Records! click “Releases” for details…
Also, on the same page, the just out “Everything is here”
lathe-cut 7” on Norway’s Gold Soundz label.
02/01/2005 – On the 22th of February,
MCIAA will make an audiovisual performance at Fri-Son , Fribourg (Switzerland);
they’ll play in quadraphonia in the center of a room, with the
public all around and the interaction of screenings filmed by the brothers.
Featuring Kodama and MNortham..
12/19/2004- This month The Wire January 2005 issue features a MCIAA’s article/interview written by Tony Herrington; also, a long & expanded version of the interview is available as exclusive of The Wire website (www.thewire.co.uk) - MCIAA’s "From the earth to the Spheres" vols 1-2-3 are included in The Wire’s "Avant Rock" top 10 playlist of 2004-
12/10/2004- MCIAA will appear at Ed Pinsent's "The Sound Projecting" show on RESONANCE 104.4 fm (London) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm; the show will be on line visiting www.resonancefm.com , and will be repeated on Saturday the 18th at 7:00 am
10/20/2004- Out now JOMF/MCIAA vol.3 split LP on OPAX RECORDS-
10/02/2004- Because of the big response to My Cat Is An Alien’s own Opax Records “From the earth to the Spheres” split LPs series, completely sold-out on pre-orders, all the volumes will be issued on CD format by VERY FRIENDLY/CARGO RECORDS UK . The cover artworks will be taken from the original handpainted wooden sleeves by Roberto Opalio and the vol.1 “Thurston Moore/MCIAA” will be out on November 15th. The following releases will feature Thuja, JOMF, Christina Carter, Double Leopards, Glands of External Secretion (w/ Nels Cline) and Christian Marclay; “Jim O’Rourke/MCIAA” split vol. will be an exclusive release of the Opax Records vinyl series-
09/25/2004- MCIAA spent some days in some mysterious
locations in Western Alps mountains, where they recorded the first work
as PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST, their new side-project
trio featuring Ramona Ponzini singing in traditional Japanese. This
recording will be issued on vinyl format by TIME-LAG RECORDS
(USA) in Spring 2005-
08/10/2004- SONIC YOUTH invited MCIAA to perform at the opening date of their European tour at La Batie Festival in Geneve (CH). The show will take place on August 26th at the prestigious Victoria Hall, a theatre considered the temple of classical music in Switzerland… SY/MCIAA will be the first rock bands performing there…
08/03/2004-in early 2005 LAST VISIBLE DOG
label (USA) will issue a special triple CD set of the complete “The
Cosmological Eye Trilogy" sessions, including pt.1 + pt.2 (originally
released on Opax Records as ltd. ed. cd-rs), together with the previously
unreleased pt.3 & lots of other unissued material-
06/28/2004- While touring Northern Italy Thuja’s
Loren Chasse and sound-sculptor Mnortham joined Opalio brothers in a
couple of totally improvised sessions at MCIAA’s Space Room &
05/05/2004- We’re starting on our own
OPAX RECORDS label a new series of special split LPs
entitled “From the earth to the Spheres”-
We'd like to create a "space" of collaboration between MCIAA and some
of the improv bands/artists we most like and estimate for pushing the
music forward, towards the heart of the Cosmos-