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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 149                          ::
  ::                 Tuesday, February 8th, 2000                  ::
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From: gong-gas <gong-gas@gpo.sonnet.co.uk>
Subject:Bong of all Things Gong 02/2000
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 00 20:02:08 +0000

Hard to believe but we have finally arrived, tis finally the month of the release of the new Gong CD...

ZERO TO INFINITY-Radio Gnome Invisible Part 5   One Eyed Salmon SMACD824
Release date Monday 28th Feb.
If you have been receiving and reading previous Bong of all things Gong mailings you won’t need reminding of all the tracks and musicians, so I won’t list them all here again.

I will add though that the CD comes with a 20 page booklet of all the lyrics and the inter linking mythos. It really is the amazing continuing tale of Zero the Hero in Radio Gnome Invisible Part 5. And the CD has been totally enthusiastically received by all who have heard it.  The first pressings come in a semi-opaque plastic, printed slip case.

Some tracks can be heard at  http://www.snappermusic.com/gong

UK Price 12.50 plus post and packing, 1.00 for first CD 50p each extra
EU Price 12.50 plus post and packing, 1.50 for first CD 50p each extra
USA/World Price $17.00 plus post and packing, $3.50 for first CD $1.00 each extra

Advance orders can be placed now. CDs will be shipped out in about a week’s time.

Major changes are well underway. Changes and updates are happening nearly every day now, and will continue to do so until we have the website you deserve.

Thanks to our friends at Sonnet Internet we now have a new domain name for the GAS website, it’s at...


Equal thanks to GAS member and deep Gong fan John Robson for his totally invaluable help with the development of a secure GAS web shop. Yes such a thing is about to burst forth. We will mail you when its up and running. A matter of days rather than weeks.

I must say there is absolutely no way we could have attempted, or even start to afford all this without the goodwill and help we have received from so many of you. Thank you.

DAEVID is in Australia, as always, recording, in between bouts of intensive child care and frugal domesticity. He also makes very occasional mystery guest appearances in the guise of ‘the alien’ playing gliss guitar at dance gigs in and around Bryon Bay, usually alongside son Orlando and other members of the Goddess T tribe, although they go by other collective names as well.

GILLI is busy in Australia, recording the second Goddess T album, working on material for the Gong Matrist recording sessions due to take place in the States in March and on material for the Women’s Work events planned for the UK in May with Jackie Juno, Carolyn Hillier and Monica Sjoo.

Special London gig, details of which are in the GIGS section. He is also planning a second Isthmus CD with the original trio supplemented by a pianist.

DIDIER’S Latest CD, Shamanimal, is doing very well in France although distribution in other areas is slow at present. Zebra Records in the States have recently released the very wonderful Hadouk CD, although I have no further details to pass on yet. They may also release Shamanimal later in the year. There are also some Hadouk Trio gigs listed below.

MIKE HOWLETT as is so often the case with bass players Mike has been the world tree in all the current Gong activities and plans, without him....

STEVE HILLAGE has been producing a new Rachid Taha CD.

TIM BLAKE The good news is that all of Tim’s previous albums...Crystal Machine, Blake’s New Jerusalem and Magick... are very soon to be re-released on Voiceprint. But this is scheduled  for just after the release of his new CD, Crystal Island.
There’s a full list of forthcoming Gong Family and related releases at the end of this e-mail.

Full on Moonie activity coming at ya. Two solid  months of gigs and touring around the UK and Europe are being booked now. It all kicks off at the end of May.

Is deep in recording land. He has at least three projects on the go at the moment. A superb beyond Glo ambient trance recording, is the nearest to completion.

Glastonbury Festival...You can vote for the bands you would like to see appearing at this year’s Festival at their web site at    http://www.glastonbury-festival.co.uk/2000/index.shtml
It’s a bit of a slow site but want to vote for anyone we know?

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Below are details on the new Gong CD launch gig, an April UK Tour and one off French and even Norwegian gigs. There’s also a rare London gig by Graham Clark and Isthmus

An opportunity to catch violinist Graham Clark, Jon Thorne on double bass and Milo Fell on drums in the very wonderful stream of consciousness, melodic jazz trio Isthmus in the capital.
Fri 25th Feb UK. London SW7, Salon des Arts, The Albert, 191 Queensgate. Doors 20.30.
Price 5.00/3.50 concs. Tel. Danielle Dodd 0171 244 6952.

Sat 1st or Sat 7th April UK. London, Subterrania.
Plans are afoot for a special launch party gig for the new Gong CD. Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Didier Malherbe, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis and Chris Taylor will be in attendance and the inside of the inter-dimensional Flying Teapot will be decorated by Visual Bliss. It will be an very special invitation only Netcast gig. Details of how to obtain tickets are still being finalised, but we’ll let you know all about it in good time.

The line up is Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis and Chris Taylor, with Didier Malherbe at a couple of the gigs. There may well be some other surprise guests at a few of the gigs as well. Either trusted Switch Doctors David Id or Venux de Luxe will be at the controls to ensure total open communication from the Planet Gong is established and maintained.
Thur 13th April  UK. Leeds, Irish Centre.
Fri 14th April  UK. Coventry, Colosseum.
Sat 15th April  UK. Manchester, University. tbc
Thur 20th April  UK. Southampton, The Brook.
Fri 21st April  UK. Reading, The Allycat. tbc
Sat 22nd April  UK. Bristol, Fleece & Firkin.
Sun 23rd April  UK. Bristol, Fleece & Firkin. 2nd show tbc
Thur 27th April  UK. Exeter, Phoenix Arts Centre.
Sun 7th May  UK. London, Hammersmith Palais with special guests. tbc
Gig updates at http://www.planetgong.co.uk

For the first time since 1974 Gong in Norway.
Sat 29th April Norway. Bergen, The Garage. (+47) 552 150 60

Gnomes For May at the scene of many a celebratory Gong gig, Le Bataclan in Paris. With Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis, Chris Taylor and Didier Malherbe.
Thur 4th May France. Paris, Le Bataclan.

Wed 22nd March  France.  Paris, 7 Ave Porte de la Villette. 01 40 36 55 65
Thurs 23rd March  France. Nivanges, Le Guelard. 03 82 85 50 71
Fri 24th March  France. Metz , Le Trinitaires. 03 87 75 04 96
Sat 25th March  France. Charleville Action Jazz, Mezieres Auditorium. 03 24 32 78
Sat 15th April France. Parc Ronsard, Vendome
Sat 29th April France. Foire de Paris, Fete des Jazz

Thur 10th Feb  UK. Dorking, The Watermill, Reigate Rd. 01372 275293
Sat 12th Feb  UK. Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre. 01344 484123
Fri 18th Feb  UK. Brighton, The Lift, 12 Queen's Rd. 01273 330933
Sun 12th March  UK. Lichfield, The Guildhall, City Centre. 01543 262223
Gig updates at www.travis33.demon.co.uk

Sat 12th Feb  UK. Devon, Little Torrington -Gribble Inn FREE!
Psychey, power pop and performance with more than a touch of Gong with Brian Zero, Jackie Juno and the Witch band.

Fri 3rd March  UK. Glastonbury, Assembly Rooms. High Street. 01458-834-677
Sat 4th March  UK. Salisbury, Arts Centre

JACKIE JUNO - Big Bang or The Complete History of the Universe Show
Fri 24th March  UK. Devon, Totnes, Ringbridge Inn. 21.00

Mon 14th Feb USA. Austin, 2246 Guadalupe, Barnes and Noble, Love Poems. 19.00  FREE!
Sat 4th March  USA. Austin, Bahai Center. March of the Troubadors-Expressions. 19.00
Sat 1st Apr USA. Austin, Fados Irish pub, April Fools Day of Limericks. Noon to 15.00. FREE!
Thur 6th Fri 7th April  USA. Temple International Poetry Festival
Gig updates at  http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Studios/6285

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We hope to see as many of you as possible in the forthcoming year. Maybe not all of what’s outlined below will happen...but then again maybe even more exciting events will take their place. If you can help by booking a gig for any of the bands or musicians, or in any other way please contact us and we will connect you with the right people.

June and July...UK & European dates...hopefully.

GILLI SMYTH will be a major part of Woman’s Work, an all day events with...
Carolyn Hillier, artist, writer and performer with Global.
Jackie Juno, artist, writer and performer with Witch.
Monica Sjoo, artist and writer, co-author of The Great Cosmic Mother.
Planned as an amalgam of an exhibition of artworks, talks, slide-shows and musical performances. Dates and venues are being organised, We’ll let you know all about it.

When not Gonging or University of Erroring Daevid solo gigs are being slotted in. Many are planned but more are possible.

The following are being worked upon and are distinctly possible throughout this year, all remain to be confirmed.
July...European and UK Festival dates possibly including Arles Festival.
Sept...Two or three UK dates possibly including Bath Festival.  
Sept-Oct...US Tour and S. American dates
Oct-Nov... Full European Tour
Maybe sometime this year...A couple of  dates in Israel.

Touring from the last week in May until the end of July.
Gigs already booked in Brighton, Denmark and Orkney so far, more details as we get them.

A little fantasy band that may or may not come into being.....shhh...

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If all this is released this year will there be time to listen to anything else? And as always there are certainly more that we don’t even know about yet!

Absolute Zero CD with Pip Pyle...Recording now            
Bubbled Up On Dub-Vol 2 CD...Planning/Recording            
Daevid Allen-Seven Drones (Gliss/2032)...Mixing/Artwork    
Daevid Allen’s University of Errors-2nd CD...Artwork                
Daevid Allen’s University of Errors-3rd CD...Finishing recording in August        
Daevid Allen/Microcosmic-Psychedelic Ambient CD... Planning/Recording now    
Didier Malherbe-Bloom (Voiceprint) 1st time CD release... Remastering/Artwork    
Eat Static-New CD with Steffe guesting...Artwork...Beginning 2000    
Global-? (Seventh Wave) 4th album...Recording now        
Goddess T-2nd CD...Recording now        
Gong-Zero To Infinity (One Eyed Salmon) New Studio CD... Completed... Released 28th Feb
Gongmatrist-Debut CD of Gilli’s new US based band...Recording March/June
The Glissando Orchestra-Art of Glissando Guitar Vol. 2... Recording/Planning    
Invisible Opera Co. of Tibet (UK)-Open For Is-ness CD... Finishing recording a.s.a.p.        
Lady June/Mark Hewins et al-Rebela... Mastering/Artwork        
New York Gong-About Time (Get Back) 180gsm LP reissue... Artwork        
Steffe-Psychedelic Trance CD... Recording/Mixing
System 7-New  singles & CD  (a-wave.com)...?        
Tim Blake-Crystal Island (Voiceprint) New CD...Completed...Spring 2000    
Tim Blake-Crystal Machine (Voiceprint) Reissue CD... Remastering... After new CD
Tim Blake-Blake’s New Jerusalem (Voiceprint) Reissue CD...Remastering... After new CD
Tim Blake-Magick (Voiceprint) Reissue CD...Remastering...After new CD    
Various-Taliesin:Beyond The Ninth Wave CDR with Gilli Smyth... Mixing/Editing    
Various-Gong 25th Birthday Party Too...Selection/Compiling...Autumn 2000
Various-Whirl-y-Gig compilation incl. Global...Mixing/Compiling...?
Various-Future Sound of Exeter compilation incl. Global...Mixing/Compiling...?
Witch-2nd CD...Recording now


From: CuneiWay@aol.com
Subject: Video & "Virtually"
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 09:04:38 EST

[In WR#148, Pat wrote:]
>Re Soft Machine videos - the "Beat Club" appearance w/Wyatt drumming >with his bare hands is from  1971 - in fact, it is an excerpt from
>the same performance that appears on  Virtually.

No - that's not correct.

If you listen to both carefully & compare them, you will hear that while it is the same band being recorded on the same day [or possibly a day earlier or later] & sounds very similar, the solos are different & this is definitely a different performance.



From: Donnyt52@aol.com
Subject: live 1968 Soft Machine tape
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 21:22:29 EST

During the summer of 68, Soft Machine played here in Davenport, Iowa USA.
They were the opening act for Hendrix. I have a tape of their set, which is quite good and recorded in stereo. I am looking to make trades with other fans for similar Canterbury rarities. If interested, contact me at Donnyt52@aol.com


From: MirrorTime@aol.com
Subject: Caravan
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 04:28:17 EST


I live in a small town in Oregon in the US. I am trying to find "Canterbury Tales" (The 2 CD set). I've never heard them and this looks like the best one to start off with. Do you have any idea where to get this? I'll be in the UK and France in March, do you know of in record stores in London or Paris that might have it?

Thank you,


From: "David Voci" <david_voci@tcibr.com>
Subject: Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Date: 03 Feb 00 10:47:17 -0800

Greetings To All,

Supremely off topic but all the same, I am highly interested in finding a copy of the Edgar Froese CD with above title...Was on Virgin for a while and believe out of print but maybe one of you fine people out there might be able to help?

Used/New...as long as quality is good then no big deal.




From: Absolute Zero <absolute-zero@mindspring.com>
Subject: Update
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 00:52:19 -0500

Hola Aymeric!

I hope all is going well for you.

Here is a brief update of our activities:

We are hoping to finish our new cd in  March. We have the studio booked for the week of the 13th-18th with a concert on the 18th in Tampa, Florida.

We are inquiring into additional concert possibilities but our main focus is to finish the cd. We look forward to supporting the new cd upon release. We are also excited to begin recording the next cd as soon as possible.

Could you please post our concert date on your concert listings page.

When: 18th of March
Venue: Springs Theatre
Tel. 813.915.0074
Please phone for details. Concert should begin at 8:00pm.

Thanks for your consideration.

Best wishes!

Un abrazo fuerte,


From: "tomek" <trzonca@polbox.com>
Subject: avantgarde-ariergarde festival 2000 1st communicate
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 00:06:29 +0100

Dear Friends!

The 2nd Avantgarde-Ariergarde Festival will take pace at the end of July  2000. The place and general form of an event remain the same as AA 1999. I want  ask all interested artists for a contact, the organisers for some kind of  collaboration or advises, all other people for help or comments. When you're not  interested - give me sign, please, I don't wanna bore you with my mails.

Place of an event, Insko, is a pretty little (population 2.500) town  placed on the bank of beautiful lake among the woods. It is located about 80 km  west from Szczecin, Poland and about 200 km from Berlin, Germany. Festival will  be a loose holiday meeting of free artists with possibility of common activity.  I want to host these artists who have not a concrete holiday plans for the end  of July and are interested in a joining the holiday rest with a meeting with  others. The performances are expected but not necessary. The role of organisers  is only to assure good conditions for arists for rest (sleep, food and eventual  daily diet), meet and eventually play.

The idea, the meeting of an creative, searching artists with their art  originating from every possible source, have a purpose to collide a different  trends with hope of some positive collaborations or at least of expanding of a  view of contemporary art. We have to our disposal a little cinema (about 100  places), two open stages by lake and the area of all town for  performances.

What kind of artists shall be invited? Masters and outsiders,  musicians, art.-performers, film-makers, poets, directors and actors, searchers  or these who has found, professionals and amateurs, improvisers and interpreters  -everyone who is avantgardist or ariergardist.  Every creative,  non-commercial artist.

The people of our times are living in a flood of  commercialism. The  spending of a money is covering all what have some true worth. Where is an art.?  The true artists are hidden in their own ghettos.  Unreachable for a simply  man. This have to change.  I am not a professional organiser, my  possibilities are limited but I will do everything for make my festival fruitful  as for artists as for audience.

There are some artists preliminary interested in visit my festival:
Carl  Stone from USA
SuAndi Obe, Chris Cutler, John Butcher, Simon H. Fell  and Andrew Lagowski from UK
Dror Feiler, Edward Derkert and Benny  Nilsen from Sweden
Karlheinz Essl from Austria
Christer Irgens-Moeller, Johan Toft, Joergen Teller and Niels Winther  from Denmark
Emil Sorin Lerescu from Romania
Jean-Marc Montera from France  
Andreas Hagenbach from Swiss 
Thomas Lehn, Oliver August and   Stefan Beck from Germany
Daniele Brusaschetto from Italy
Janni  Tuomi  from Finland
Christian de Jong and  Ensemble Nova Musica from Spain
Mari Sobolev and NONGRATA from Estonia;  
Ljudmila Stratimirovic  and HATS THEATRE from Serbia
Luc Houtcamp from Holland
and more...
I'm sure the possibility of  meeting only  some from these excellent artists will be great event.

My e-mail: trzonca@polbox.com;
address: Tomasz  H.Rzonca
         70-853  Szczecin
         ul.Warminska  21/1
and available fax: +48/914845495

Except of above it's a possibility to organise the performances in my  hometown - Szczecin. The proposition is directed especially to the artists who  will visit Poland or Berlin and claim not so high fees. There is a place where  we want to promote a new music, performing-art or theatre. If you're interested  contact me or Darek Startek dzaz@bph.onet.pl.   There is a few very interesting groups playing new or improvised music. If some of you are interested in an organisation of performances for the groups from Poland, give me a sign, too.


From: Snapper Music <siouxsie@snappermusic.co.uk>
Subject: new Gong album and web site
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 15:40:31 -0000

Dear Gong disciples,

Welcome to the new gong website, their official album site for the new album "Zero to Infinity" released Feb 28th on Snapper Music.

Pay us a visit on:

Do feel free to send me your opinions on the site.

If you would like to contribute to the forthcoming FANS page by sending any of your photos (GIF/JPEG exports preferred), reviews, memorabilia or
anecdotes from your trip on the magical mystery tour that is the history of GONG.

Do bookmark the ZERO TO INFINITY site - as more news, competitions, and new audio tracks will be updated regularly before the album's release...


From: Fireflies in the Dark <stellast@club-internet.fr>
Subject: Fireflies in the Dark update
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000 00:09:45 +0100

Hi Rattlers!
Photos of In Cahoots, Hugh Hopper Quartet, Chris Cutler/Marie Goyette, Catherine Jauniaux - now online at:


Comments welcome!

Helene Collon

"Fireflies in the Dark" : http://perso.club-internet.fr/stellast/
"Haut les murs/Walls Are Ours!" : http://www.fireflies.claranet.fr/


From: alick leslie <alick_leslie@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: National Health
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 14:34:10 +0000 (GMT)

Hello all - just received my first digest after being told of this list on the Robert Wyatt group and it's great to hear so much is going on.

I'm looking forward to the National Health live set - they are the only Canterbury band I've seen live, in Edinburgh way back in '82 or '83, when they reformed to tour the album of Alan Gowen compositions. The band were great, lots of energy in the performance. I still have the (typically curmudgeonly) review from the Scotsman, saying that it was all too loud but that there was enough jazz in the music to give it some validity! Of Queues and Cures is one of my favourite albums and still gets dragged out for a spin.  

Alick Leslie


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*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
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        [for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX]

==> SLAPP HAPPY <========================================================

May 13/14/16/17 & 26/27/78 - Tokyo, Star Pine's Cafe (Kichijoji)
May 19 - Sapporo, Bessy Hall (Sapporo)
May 20 - Kyoto, Kyoto Univ. Seibu-Kodo

Information: Eyewill: tel/fax +81-3-5485-6490


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> MAGMA <==============================================================

May 12/13/14 - Paris, Le Trianon (80, boulevard Rochechouart)
[30th Anniversary]

+ Christian Vander Quartet:
Feb 18/19 - Macon, Le Crescent / Apr 27/28/29 - Paris, Le Sunset

Official website: http://www.seventhrecords.com

==> STEVE ADAMS BAND feat. ANDY WARD <===================================

European dates in late May/early June 2000 - including:
Jun 03 - Utrecht (Netherlands), Planet Pul festival


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