UK-based Kamura Obscura singer Atsuko Kamura began her career by juggling roles as karaoke bar hostess and punk chanteuse in Tokyo, performing with the agit-fem Polkadot Fire Brigade and The Honeymoons. Her arrival in London led to a spell with the situationist pranksters Frank Chickens, duetting with Kazuko Hohki. In parallel she has explored improvisation with such as Tenko, Fred Frith and John Zorn and in London alongside Eddie Prévost, Charles Hayward and Lol Coxhill. She has just completed her latest tour of Japan. Her current work has moved from a strange existential folk towards a more avant-garde electronic sound. She is joined by Natalie Mason on viola and Robert Storey on guitar.http://www.kamuraobscura.com/
Integral Brimstoneis a transient London incarnation of Jeremiah Brimstone Band, a Cape Town-based outfit with strong alt. folk leanings. Frontman Dawid De Villier's music evokes those implacable forces (from desire to fear to the climate) that impinge upon our lives and ensure the perennial strangeness of existence. For this Club Integral event, Dawid reconnects with intermittent band member, Natalie Mason, to bring home some music from the extreme South. They are joined by Ebrahim Nazier on bass.https://jeremiahbrimstoneband.bandcamp.com/
Dawid De Villiers with Integral Brimstone
Robert Coyne(born 1969) is a British alternative folk musician and singer-songwriter. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and sings. Coyne is the son of the musician, painter and author Kevin Coyne, who died in 2004. In Germany Robert and his vocalist brother Eugene, the sons of Coyne’s first marriage, appeared on some of their father’s recordings including Tough And Sweet (1993) and Sugar Candy Taxi (1999). As a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Robert eventually joined his father’s band and contributed to several further albums, including Room Full of Fools (2000), Carnival (2002), Donut City (2004) and One Day In Chicago (2005, with Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts).Coyne has also worked as a musician with Eric Burdon, The Barracudas, The Scientists, Amy Rigby, Spooky Tooth, Sky Saxon and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.In 2006 Coyne provided the soundtrack for the Edinburgh Film Festival-winning documentary feature The Great Happiness Space, and in 2007 released his first solo album Death Is Not My Destiny, on which he sang for the first time. The following year, he founded “The Robert Coyne Outfit” to present his music on stage.In 2010 Coyne released the album Woodland Conspiracy, accompanied only by his guitar and on some tracks by a Fender Rhodes piano.With Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer of the avant-garde band Can, he recorded the album The Obscure Department in 2013. Two more albums with Liebezeit, Golden Arc (2014) and I Still Have This Dream (2016), followed. Last Lion, another solo album, was also released in 2016. He will be releasing a new album shortly on Cologne-based Meyer Records.Claudia Barton is a singer and actress. She previously sung with Gamine, and then Cloudier Skies with David Rothon. Her work is characterised by a rich cinematic atmosphere and an extraordinary literary authorial voice – echoes of Hemingway and Raymond Carver, channelled by Audrey Hepburn. Her first solo album The Wrath of Love was released recently, a darkly erotic collection of spare and unadorned songs accompanied by prepared piano.Hugo Martin was born in Syracuse, New York, Hugo’s lot was cast early on in his life when, as a baby, his father tragically died of a brain tumour. His grieving mother decided to move to London; Hugo has lived and worked there ever since. After teaching himself guitar in his late teens Hugo played and led a succession of bands, all facing the usual struggles. Along the way he has played guitar for such notables as Wreckless Eric and Robert Coyne. Ultimately though, it is in the last few years that he has found his voice as a writer culminating in his debut solo LP Six Before a Seven.Beresford/MarshCharlie Beresford (guitar/vocals) and Peter Marsh (bass) form half of Fourth Page, a band whose wholly improvised songs have drawn comparisons to everyone from David Sylvian to Patty Waters to Schubert. This will be their first appearance as a duo. ‘Fourth Page takes improvised music to exciting places it hasn’t really been before‘ (All About Jazz)
The Happy Couplemet on a replacement bus service in East London nearly twenty years ago and they honed their craft in nearby Epping Forest, preferring that ambience to the cloistered studio. In this seemingly gentle and harmonious forest is heard the sylvan sound of Judith Goodman's tenor guitar's melodious avian song, underpinned by the insect sturm und drang of the jew’s harp of David Ross, its rhythmic pressure and release lending unforeseen connotation to the evolving tune. Be not afeard, the forest is full of noises.
Originally from Sukuta Nanie in the Gambia,Seikou Sussocomes from a family of griots or jalibas who are experts on the West African harp, the kora, and keepers of Mandinka histories. Having performed extensively internationally, he has played for Nelson Mandela, awoken the fields of Glastonbury and festivalled with the folk of Moseley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0sFHHB8UiA
Sean O’Hagan’s work with the High Llamas seems to channel something of the Beach Boys and Brazilian new wave. His comeuppance? To be invited to collaborate by Brian Wilson and Tropicalia, with all the concomitant obstacles and entanglements. Before High Llamas he brought his harmonic sophistication to Microdisney and Stereolab, and is in demand as an arranger for many and sundry, including Super Furry Animals. In Tokyo record shops there are racks dedicated to his work and for the global cognoscenti he is a cult.
Paddy Steerblows all other one-man-bands out of the water, into the eccentricities of outer space. In rejection of the notion of ‘immaculate reproduction’, live performances from Paddy’s own project err more daringly and admirably on the frontier of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his stacked array of instruments, the anarchically intrepid punk gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter under disco lights and doilies.https://paddysteer.bandcamp.com/The Nature Centreplays Pop music that has been adulterated by all sorts of strange, nice things. It has been described as “the kind of fololoppy pop that Syd Barrett might make if he headed up a harmony girl group under the influence”.http://thenaturecentre.com/Musician, composer and singer-songwriter, Germa Adanaims to inspire and use music to share stories and positive messages. Born in Haiti, she lived in the USA and now lived in Birmingham. She writes and performs music that draws inspiration from Haitian, American & British folk music.https://germaadan.bandcamp.com/Richard Sanderson plays the amplified melodeon (diatonic button accordion) , pushing this quintessential “folk” instrument into new areas. He runs the Linear Obessional record label, and dances with Blackheath Morris Men.“…like some ancient Radiophonic soundtrack to a long-lost children’s TV series. Its bare, metallic tones were simultaneously ancient and modern, analogue computer music composed by Viking scientists, perhaps. Past and not-quite future superimposed on a faulty VHS tape.”(Paul Margree- We Need No Swords)https://richardsanderson.bandcamp.com/
DOFADOQUEBRADOis a duo by Ricardo Santos Rocha and Sam Frankie Fox that develops original compositions based on old and contemporary Portuguese poetry, including arrangements of the works of Camões, José Saramago, Fernando Pessoa, amongst others.
Geoff Leigh is well known for his work with Henry Cow in the early 70’s, as well as contributing to fellow Virgin bands of the time Hatfield And The North & Slapp Happy. Over the years he has performed in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ukraine, Estonia, Russia, & Japan, as both a solo artist and with members of Faust, Henry Cow, Porcupine Tree (as Ex-Wise Heads with bassist Colin Edwin), Nurse With Wound, and musicians such as Mitsuru Tabata, Tatsuya Yoshida, and Nana Tsiboe. He is currently a member of Murmurists, The Warrior Squares, Jump For Joy (featuring members of Faust & Henry Cow), and The Artaud Beats (also featuring Henry Cow alumni).http://aliensatsea.blogspot.co.ukhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Leighhttp://www.facebook.com/geoff.leigh.5Makoto “Speed Guru” Kawabatais best known as leader of the Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple and for his innumerable collaborations and recordings with members of Gong, Guru Guru, and many other Japanese and international musicians. http://acidmothers.com/kawabata-makotohttps://discogs.com/artists/115177-Makoto-Kawabatahttps://facebook.com/makoto.kawabata.148?fref=tsThe duo first played together in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014 - the recording of this concert was released on CD as “Spacial Roots”, available here:https://geoffleigh.bandcamp.com/album/spatial-rootsIn 2016 they played eight concerts in Japan - material from these concerts is in the pipeline for a second CD release.
Eugene CoyneEugene Coyne’s history includes writing and playing playing for his father Kevin Coyne & others, as well as a clutch of EPs with his brother Robert in Silver Chapter and Mean Vincent. He has recorded four solo albums, including his recent LP Castle Coyne and has new recordings in the pipeline. This evening he will be playing work from his back-catalogue alongside new work.
Friday 1st December The Edge 79-81 Cheapside Birmingham B12 0QH
Friday 8th December at IKLECTIK ART LAB Old Paradise Yard SE1 7LG
SPACEHEADS are a duo that graft the sound of technology – a hotwired horn producing harmonised loops and breathy samples – onto the ancient sound machines of trumpet and drums.Andy Diagram has been playing his trumpet through loopers and effects with various bands from the bright leftfield pop of Manchester’s indie heroes James, to the darker abstract sounds of Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. He has been taking the sound of the trumpet into the heart of alternative music. He has recently integrated a mobile phone into his set up attached to the trumpet with a fish slice as he transforms a single horn into the full sound of widescreen cinematic brass, right in front of your very eyes. He is accompanied by long-time musical partner Richard Harrison, whose unusual drum beats and percussive trickery utilzes tin cans, bottles, sheets of metal and most bizarrely, a pair of squeaky toy pigs! Between them, the duo generate a fusion of jazz, funk, dance, electro and indie to create an inimitable sound of their own. This unique sound has been crafted and honed over 27 years and the listener is taken on a magical rollercoaster ride of twists and turns through multiple rhythmic and melodic journeys. Their show here follows hot on the heels of the release of their new 13-track, 13th album, A New World In Our Hearts, which features tracks inspired by peoples struggle for a better world. Live favourites from the album, The Revolution Sashays Up The Mall, Fanfare For The Exiles and Laugh In The Face of Power, are currently being championed on Gideon Coe and Stuart Maconie's BBC 6 Music shows.But the Spaceheads experience isn’t just an aural treat – they are accompanied by RUCKSACK CINEMA, whose live mixing of video images, from black and white films of steam trains, 1920s space films and clips from classic movies combines with images of the universe, spinning stars, psychedelic swirls and blocks of light and colour projected around the walls, floor and ceiling of the venues they play, turns the whole show into a complete mind blowing audio-visual experience not to be missed.http://spaceheads.co.uk/https://twitter.com/SpaceheadsMusic
20th September 2017 Club Integral at Iklectik Old Paradise Yard London SE1 7LG
Friday 8th September 2017 Club Integral Midlands Branch at the Edge, B12 0QH
21st June 2017 Club Integral at Iklectik Old Paradise Yard London SE1 7LG
Friday 2nd June 2017 Club Integral Midlands Branch at the Edge, B12 0QH
The Honey HahsThe Honey Hahs are three sisters from south London aged between nine and fourteen who write their own very funny well-crafted songs, interspersed with some well-chosen covers. Their preternatural talent has inevitable drawn interest from “the industry” but they are keeping it real.
The Windsorsare guitarist Simon King – (Kenny Process Team, Homelife, Jerry Dammer’s Spatial aka Orchestra), Matt Armstrong (Kenny Process Team, Atsuko Kamura, Florence Reynaud), keyboard player Phil Bartai – (Orchestre Murphy, Atsuko Kamura, The Nobodies), drummer Tom Murrow (Naked Ruby, Croque Madame) and on trumpet/percussion/assorted devices Chris Cornetto (Native Hipsters, Grateful Dub, Eugene Chadbourne, Andrew Weatherall). The band emerged from the ashes of Kenny Process Team, and retain the intricate, arrangements, turn-on-a-sixpence changes and spiffy tunes, with a new bigger band sound. A beat group that sounds like no other.
For this solo mission, SHOTT IVANGORODof LARVA (Ondes Positives Recordings) has created a new electronic score for a very unusual cult movie: THE ARRIVAL (1979) - an educational film created by the UNARIUS society (Universal Articulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science), a science/theosophy-based flying saucer cult from the US founded in 1954 and who still have branches worldwide today. By the late 70's UNARIUS had built their own film studio and produced a number of extraordinary movies as part of their outreach, spreading their message of peace, reincarnation and cosmic clairvoyance. The film is a genuinely joyous one-of-a-kind, with production scope and special effects on a par with the big studio science fiction of it's time, and stands alongside Sun Ra: Space is the Place as a masterpiece of way-out space cinema.Using mainly a vintage 80's Russian AELITA synthesizer (along with primitive effects, drum machine, guitar and a few other bits) Scott has gifted THE ARRIVAL with the primitive Kosmische/psychedelic soundtrack which it has always deserved. For the finale he'll be joined by Carmen Vaughn of Horse Feathers on vocals.Links:www.ondespositivesrecordings.comwww.ondespositives.bandcamp.com