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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The Weekly (or so) Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts   ::
  ::                         Issue # 184                          ::
  ::                   Thursday, June 28th, 2001                  ::
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I was lucky to be able to attend more than half of the recent MeltDown festival in London. This year's edition was of particular interest since Robert Wyatt, despite not performing himself (well, not quite - see below), had been appointed by Glenn Max, head of the contemporary culture department of the South Bank cultural complex, as programme manager, a position previously occupied by the likes of Laurie Anderson, John Peel, Nick Cave and Elvis Costello.

Robert's choices reflected the large scope of his musical and non-musical interests, and although I was somewhat disappointed that the closest thing on the programme to Canterbury music was the Soupsongs evening and to a lesser extent the Massacre concert with Chris Cutler opening solo, there was still a hell of a lot to be enjoyed for someone with an open mind about music.

I missed the first few days - John Surman and Jack De Johnette with London Brass, The Residents, The Raincoats and Anja Garbarek - and arrived just in time, on June 14th, for the Keith Tippett concert. Lucky since this proved to be one of the musical highlights of the festival for me.

Keith was performing a recent piece of his, "Linuckea", for piano and string quintet. This has already been released on CD, but I didn't know it, and I didn't know what to expect from the "Keith Tippett piano quintet" announced on the programme - five pianos ?? Actually, no. And I was very wrong to expect full-blown improvisation. This was very much a composed work (albeit with large areas devoted to individual and collective improv) which reminded me what a great composer Tippett is. I can only recommend the recently released CD "The Bristol Concert" (What Disc/Voiceprint), a collaboration between Tippett's Mujician group, Julie Tippetts and the Georgian Ensemble, going through a selection of pieces from all of Keith's career, as a good opportunity to rediscover that aspect of him. Anyway, the 40-minute "Linuckea" was perfectly balanced between each of the participants (I recall a magnificent cello solo), between written sections and improvisation, and between melody and dissonance. Of course, Keith did some of his "prepared piano" stuff, putting various objects on top of the strings etc., but while I don't always enjoy that aspect of his playing, I found it very inspired this time. All in all, a great moment of pure musical delight.

The evening continued with a trio led by drummer Andrew Cyrille. Cyrille will be known to most of us as the drummer on John Greaves and Peter Blegvad's "Kew.Rhone" album (Blegvad was in the audience), but he is so much more than that - one of the pillars of the free-jazz movement of the 1960s. His "Trio 3" featured another well-known veteran, bassist Reggie Workman, as well as saxophonist Oliver Lake from the World Saxophone Quartet. This was another very pleasant surprise. I vaguely expected very free blowing or some sort of respect for the tired conventions of jazz, but there was none of that about. The playing was based on solid writing - Cyrille had reams of scores surrounding him - and the structures of each piece surprising, ignoring the cliche'd succession of individual solos. The rather austere instrumental line-up wasn't a problem either, there was enough going on to sustain the listener's attention, even for non jazz specialists. Cyrille did a particularly impressive piece based on a drum solo that was one of the most captivating and less boring I've ever seen. The Meltdown festival started on a high note for me - a tough act to follow.

The next day provided me with the first opportunity to meet and chat with Robert. It would turn out that Robert and Alfie attended all the gigs in the festival and, as a consequence, were very approachable, and the opportunities to talk to them were numerous during my stay. The first occasion was a free jazz concert in the Ballroom Floor of the Royal Festival Hall, by the Orphy Robinson Quartet featuring pianist Pat Thomas and bassist Dudley Philips. Another fine gig ignoring jazz conventions - Robert was enthusiastic about all the "jazz" gigs in the festival thus far, noting that not a single standard had been played, and concurring with me that each band's approach was refreshingly original. I don't think that's a coincidence, and I'm sure Robert chose them partly because of that.

Fast forward to June 17th and the Massacre evening. Well, the name says it all. I wasn't too familiar with Massacre, having heard their first album many years ago when I was a teenager and still largely unaware of anything to do with 'progressive' music. I must also say that, unbeliable though it may seem, this was my first opportunity to ever see Fred Frith perform. Sadly this didn't turn out to be the best musical context for me. First of all, the sound was way too loud, possibly the loudest gig I've ever seen/heard (OK, perhaps not, there was Deus Ex Machina in Stockholm five years ago), although I suspect that's intentional. Secondly, I didn't find the music all that exciting. In a way, Massacre is the latest avatar of the proverbial 'power trio' born in the 1960s with bands like Cream and Jimi Hendrix Experience. Here the sound is louder, the vocabulary and technique more advanced, but the spirit is basically the same - three musicians (Frith, Bill Laswell and Charles Hayward, former drummer with Quiet Sun and This Heat among others, replacing founding member Fred Maher) stretching out and building on collective improvisation. Now I think Fred Frith is a composer and player of unique talent, but this approach didn't really work for me. Impressive technique for sure, even a bit flashy at time (especially Laswell), but not much musical depth. In a similar genre I largely prefer King Crimson's improvs. But I welcome contradiction - as I said I'm not a specialist of this stuff.

Chris Cutler was billed as "special guest" of the evening, but he didn't actually play with Massacre. He had been chosed by Robert Wyatt to perform a solo set of drums and electronics. I had seen Chris's recent video recorded in Japan and was surprised to find myself captivated by a 45-minute drum improv... Well, this is not just drums. Every tom and cymbal is modified by custom effects and pedals which largely expand the range of sounds produced by the kit. "Prepared" drums, you could say, as with Fred Frith's "prepared" guitar. Now this is perhaps not the sort of stuff I'd listen to on CD again and again, but as a concert this is most enjoyable. Very visual, very entertaining, very musical and completely blurring one's notion of time - when the set ends you don't really know if it's been going on for twenty minutes or an hour. For many different reasons, not all of them musical, this is very challenging and I actually enjoyed this much more than Massacre's set.

There was then a 2-day break in the festival during which the Wyatts took time off to see Steve Coleman perform at the Royal Festival Hall (fantastic, they reported). On June 20th, I saw the Terry Riley All Stars. Another surprise. My vague knowledge of Riley's music led me to expect a quite experimental set using electronics and effects. Well, quite far off the mark. Riley plays grand piano, and is accompanied by his son Gyan on classical guitar, Tracey Silverman on violin and fretted viola (!), and George Brooks on soprano and tenor sax. The music they played was composed, solidly structured, and very delicate - I actually found it a bit too "pretty" at times and wanted a bit more dissonance and sense of climax. Again, I think this is all part of the concept. Alfie attended this concert with Francis Monkman, and both were very enthusiastic, so I guess I just need to educate myself a little more to fully enjoy the trip. (Robert was in another room of the building attending simultaneous sets by Sylvain Kassap and Philip Catherine)

I missed the next three "big" gigs - Max Roach, David Gilmour and Tricky. I tried my best to get a ticket for the Gilmour gig but to no avail. This one had been sold out within a couple of days of the tickets being on sale. No surprise - first live appearance by the Pink Floyd front man in seven years. Apparently, he played a very fine set, going back quite far in his career as far as his choice of material, even including Syd Barrett's "Terrapin"... But the big surprise came from an unexpected guest vocalist - one Robert Wyatt... Thanks to a wireless microphone, Robert added his voice to Gilmour's rendition of "Comfortably Numb", reciting the verses normally sung by Roger Waters... Sorry to have missed that, but I'm told the gig was recorded. And there should be a series of 3 other performances at the RFH later this year, such was the demand for this one.

For me, the festival ended on Sunday June 24th, with Soupsongs evening. I had attended two of the early performances in late 1999, but this one promised to be different, with the participation of several guest vocalists. As with previous performances, my impressions are rather mixed, but I think a good third of the evening was of very high musical quality (the rest being divided equally between passable and bad). For me, Julie Tippetts plays a very large part in making some of the performance a great success. Her performance of "Sight of the Wind" possibly surpasses Robert's own version (well, that's what he thinks, and I almost agree with him on that), and other highlights of her performance include "Alliance" (with its Centipede-like end section) and the "Muddy Mouth's" from "Ruth is Stranger Than Richard". I still find a lot of what Ian Maidman (vocals, guitar) does hard to swallow - he brings an unwelcome "pop" flavour to the music, and his rendition of "Alifie" totally misses the point, I think. Thankfully, he was more of a sideman this time.

So, to the guest vocalists. Karen Mantler performed two songs, "Team Spirit" and "Soup Song". I don't think this was a very inspired choice, since she has a voice more suitable for softer material. Apparently, there was a lack of rehearsal time too. A little disappointing, although not bad at all - it just could have been much better, for instance if she'd sung "God Song" as originally planned. Coleen Anderson came next. She's a young black singer, apparently she'd had chart success in the UK recently. Anyway, she delivered an outstanding performance, on two songs not written by Robert but covered by him - "Strange Fruit" and "At Last I Am Free". Now this is one powerful pair of vocal chords !! A very emotional moment.

I won't say much about the performance of Mr. Brett Anderson and his two accomplices. Having them on stage was a poor idea to say the least. These pretentious Britpop no-talents (Anderson is the lead singer in Suede, I am told) delivered the worst possible rendition of "Sea Song", failing to capture any of the song's lyricism and imagery and turning it into another one in the endless list of Oasis song clones (the chord structure had been simplified to accomodate the guitarist's 3-chord vocabulary). A truly appalling, though mercifully short, moment.

Lastly, we had the pleasure of Elvis Costello gracing the stage with his presence. I don't know much about Costello's music, apart from the fact that he wrote one of Robert's best songs, "Shipbuilding". I don't think he's a fantastic singer from a technical point of view, but his stage presence was modest and warm. The three songs he performed closed the proceedings (before the obligatory encore of "Heaps Of Sheeps" featuring all guest singers except the aforementioned britpoppers who'd probably left the building in the fear of being - quite deservedly - lynched) - "Left On Man", with Karen Mantler and Julie Tippetts acting as high-class backing vocalists; "O Caroline", which I forgave Elvis for singing since it seemed a childhood dream come true (and Larry Stabbins and Didier Malherbe's dual flutes came quite close to recreating the Mellotron effect), although it must have been slightly embarrassing for Robert and Alfie to hear that one...; and lastly, "Shipbuilding" - of course.

All in all, an evening of uneven musical pleasure, although the atmosphere made it all worth it anyway (and what a pleasure to see the likes of Lol Coxhill and Laurie Allan (yeah!) in attendance !). And... how can I forget that ? Robert did sing a bit !! He and Alfie ended the concert by singing the most appropriate "This Is The End", the ending "hidden" track from "Work In Progress" / "Mid-Eighties"... I knew this tune but couldn't remember where this came from. All I needed to do was turn to "the Bible" - Mike King's Wrong Movements book. Here's the RW quote associated with this song : "It may not seem like much, but that little song means a lot to me. That's me and Alfie on that, and we used to sing it together in the car whenever we did any long distance driving...".

So much for my ego, the festival carried on without me and there were two further evenings of music - Elvis Costello for a set on his own on Tuesday, and Baaba Maal yesterday. And festival manager Glenn Max has lots of surprises in store for us - expect a psychedelic festival next autumn with the likes of Gong and Hawkwind, more David Gilmour gigs and... who knows ? Maybe he can convince Robert to do a little more live singing, now that he seems to have re-acquired the taste for it...

Lastly, may I thank Tim McKeough of the press office for his kind assistance and help during the festival. And of course Robert and Alfie - hard to find the appropriate words to convey what kind, caring and intelligent people they are. By the way... Robert says he has about 5 or 6 songs in embryonic state for his next album. He doesn't yet know when or with whom he will record it, but work is underway and if we're lucky we might have a new release by 2003 ?!?


From: Alexander Domrin <alexander-domrin@uiowa.edu>
Subject: Dave Stewart in Nazareth?
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 13:04:51 -0500

Hello everybody:

Did OUR Dave Stewart play organ and harmonium on two tracks (Tracks 4 and 5) of the first album of Nazareth in 1971. Or is it somebody else?



[It's definitely OUR Dave; around the same time he also guested on an album by Epstein & Fischer, who were it seems friends of Mont Campbell's; I got this from a 1975 interview with Bruce Gallanter, of Downtown Music Gallery fame, published in Trouser Press magazine; in the same interview Stewart mentions "playing organ and harmonium on the first Nazareth album" and other session work - AL]


From: LOLOREC@aol.com
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 21:37:41 EDT
Subject: Project Lo show

Thought you might want to post this on your site:


Project Lo  
Bon Lozaga  
Hansford Rowe  
Happy Rhodes  
Phillip Kester

Sunday July 15 - 2001
Philadelphia - The Tin Angel
For more info keep reading...

Press Release  06/14/2001

To mix the creative talents of three singer / songwriters, each leaders in   their own right, takes dedication and a smidgen of masochism. In order to   bring it to fruition, guitarist Bon Lozaga has cultivated a fertile breeding ground for musical concepts with his group Project Lo. Lozaga's elegant acoustic guitar work, combined with ambient textures, flows beautifully   through the melange of material.  

Project Lo reveals the collective talents of guitarist Bon Lozaga, bassist  
Hansford Rowe and the mysterious and captivating cult vocalist Happy Rhodes.  

"Project Lo began as an outlet for my acoustic guitar", says Lozaga, "I   wanted to create an open and less structured project with a more ambient   sound incorporating loops. This approach has worked well as we each arrange our songs for the project. Black Canvas, Project Lo's second CD, highlights the deep, rich voice of Happy Rhodes with a hypnotic performance of Peter Gabriel's Mercy Street and her ritualistic vocalese on Lozaga's Perfection. "I have an affinity for Happy's dark and twisted approach to pop music," says Lozaga. "I've always loved her style and knew she would be perfect for the project. Bassist Hansford Rowe and Lozaga have had an ongoing relationship since their days together in the legendary jazz-rock group Gong. Their association has included work with Allan Holdsworth, Mike Oldfield, and David Torn.
Live, Project Lo performs material that showcases each of these singers   supporting each other in a collective effort that is often more than the sum of its parts. Phillip Kester accompanies them on drums and percussion.

For more on Project Lo visit http://www.lolorecords.com

From: "simon meader" <herbedaceous@hotmail.com>
Subject: Caravan Fairfield Hall
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 07:54:54 -0000

Great News about this excellent show finally making it to CD later this year (I can't believe I parted with the vinyl!)

As it's not officially available in the UK does anyone have any suggestions where I will be able to get hold of it from here in the UK?

Also I've heard that the other Kingdom era Caravan albums are now available on CD - any suggestions of a source for these please???

Best Wishes

Simon Meader


From: "Mike Filleman" <mike@aplite.com>
Subject: Bob Wyatt / Los Vegas Fandango
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 13:17:50 -0400

Can anyone help me with this?

I had two copies of this "unauthorized" recording (from around '75), but the sound quality was SO horrible, it was virually unlistenable.

However, from what little I could make out, this show was an all-star Canterbury concert, and is  probably the BEST Canterbury music I've EVER heard. I would give my right arm (if you  want it that bad) for a decent sounding recording of this show. More importantly, you would have my eternal gratitude...

Mike Filleman

[This is of course the famous Drury Lane concert from September 1974; sadly I don't know of any version that sounds better than a decent bootleg. Apparently it was recorded by Virgin (Robert got charged for the recording !!) but from what I understand a lot of the material is unusable because of bad miking etc., which is why only the rendition of "Calyx" by Robert, Dave Stewart, Hugh Hopper and Laurie Allan has seen the light of day officially... so far - AL]


From: "Brett Laniosh" <brett@lola.ltd.uk>
Subject: Bill Laswell
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 19:39:29 +0100

> All manner of Gong museos appearing during the Robert Wyatt selection of
> gigs at the Royal Festival Hall. Theo with A. Gabarek (with David Id
> engineering), Didier now confirmed with the Soupsongs band, Bill Laswell
> and Charles Hayward together. And of course loads of other great
> musicians and gigs all chosen by Robert.

It was strange reading this as I was listening to a recently purchased CD by Bill Laswell "Material - Seven Souls" which came out in 1999. Fantastic stuff that reminds me of Byrne-Eno "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" especially the vocals of William S. Burroughs. My only other Laswell release is Basslines which came out in 1983. Laswell also appears on Daevid Allens New York Gong release.


From: "Michael Perez" <mandcperez@earthlink.net>
Subject: Reply to Alan Lankin
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 17:43:02 -0400

Alan wrote:
"Does anyone remember National Health doing a gig in Center City
Philadelphia around 1979? (Not the gig in nearby Bryn Mawr preserved on 'Playtime.')"

Yes. That gig was at what was normally a punk venue called "The Hot Club". I forget what month it occurred, but it was cold, so probably January or February of 1979. The band that opened was a locally popular punk band called the Rippaparts, during whom the National Health fans patiently sat and waited for the band to play. NH did a nice set - I don't recall if it was different from the one at the Main Point, but I saw both gigs. For the second, I was in the local prog band, Newlight, that opened for them.


[National Health's US tour took place in November/December 1979, so yes it was during the cold season !! - AL]


From: policy.office@mihra.org (Roger Bunn)
Subject: What's Rattling
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2001 11:28:48 +0100

Mihra Records

Daevid Allen : The Missing Years : Dreaming the Magic of your Maya.
Circa 1969 Paris.

Side 1

1/ Loving Spaceship.
2/ Women of the Moon
3/ Vanishing Rama
4/ Ghuram Rock.

Side 2

1/ Between Sprits
2/ Ancient Faces

Gongs, bells, chants, flutes, pre riot Paris and other delights await upon
your ears.

Progress Report.

The vinyl is with Voiceprint and we now await their production of this album. One hopes that by next week we will get a date when we can start sending them out. Many thanks to all those who showed either interest or sent us £dosh, it is in safe hands, promise.

Piece of Mind, my own album seems to be selling too, which is nice.

Pete brown's Piblokto double album is on the shelves again. This time with Laurie Allan and I adding a bunus or two. And we are trying to talk Clark Tracey into asking his dad Stan to donate the very rare "Little Klunk" album to Mihra Records.

Wishing you all well..

Roger Bunn



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

==> DAEVID ALLEN's UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS <================================

Aug 17 - SEATTLE (WA), venue tba (with Kinski) / Aug 18 - SAN JUAN ISLAND (WA), Egg Lake Shake / Aug 21-Sep 01 - PHILADELPHIA (PA), ATHENS (GA), CHICAGO (IL) [also touring with Analogue] / Sep 02-08 - DETROIT, NEW YORK CITY [also touring with Need New Body]

==> CARAVAN <============================================================

Jul 22 - BURG-HERZBERG Festival (Germany)
Also: Fiddler's Green, Anekdoten, Embryo and Birth Control

Info: http://www.think-progressive.de

Held between July 19-22, 2001, the festival will also feature Magma, Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles, Anekdoten, Keef Hartley Band, Embryo, RPWL and Birth Control.

Aug 18 - CANTERBURY Festival

Sep 08/09 - MEXICO CITY, Mex Prog Festival

Other plans for CARAVAN include dates in the South of France and Italy (but not this spring as initially announced), at least one date in Greece in October, and a UK tour of about 8 dates in November.

And also:

Jan 26/27 - TOKYO (Japan), TLG
(The addition of a third date on Jan 28 is a possibility, depending on ticket sales for the first two)

Line-up: Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, Richard Coughlan, Geoff Richardson,
         Doug Boyle, Jim Leverton, Simon Bentall

==> GONG <===============================================================

Oct 03 - LONDON, Royal Festival Hall [also: The Orb & Acid Temple Mothers] / Oct 04 - EXETER, Phoenix

Oct 05 or 06 - ATHENS (Greece) [tbc] / Oct 06 or 07 - SALONIKA (Greece) [tbc]

Oct 10 - BRIGHTON, Concorde II / Oct 11 - SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook / Oct 12 - ALDERSHOT, Princess Hall / Oct 13 - HARLOW, The Square / Oct 15 - NORWICH, Arts Centre / Oct 17 - LEICESTER, The Charlotte / Oct 18 - WOLVERHAMPTON, Robin / Oct 19 - SHEFFIELD, Boardwalk / Oct 20 - MILTON KEYNES, Wavendon Stables / Oct 21 - GLASTONBURY, venue tbc / Oct 22 - PENZANCE, Acorn Theatre / Oct 24 - WREXHAM, Central Station / Oct 25 - LEEDS, Irish Centre / Oct 26 - MANCHESTER, University / Oct 27 - WIDNES, Queens Hall / Oct 28 - CREWE, Limelight / Oct 29 - STOCKTON, The Arc / Oct 31 - NEWCASTLE, University Student Union / Nov 02 - GLASGOW, Renfrew Ferry / Nov 03 - ABERDEEN, Glow 303 / Nov 04 - EDINBURGH, Liquid Room

Nov 07 - Belgium

Nov 08 - ZOETERMEER (Netherlands), De Boerderij

Nov 09 - KARLSRUHE (Germany), venue tbc / Nov 10 - GESEKE (Germany), venue tbc / Nov 11 - HILSESHEIM (Germany), venue tbc / Nov 12 - BERLIN (Germany), venue tbc / Nov 13 - HAMBURG (Germany), venue tbc

Nov 15 - KRISTIANSAND (Norway), venue tbc / Nov 16 - STAVANGER (Norway), venue tbc / Nov 17 - BERGEN (Norway), The Garage, venue tbc / Nov 19 - OSLO (Norway), So What! / Nov 21 - GOTHENBURG (Sweden) / Nov 22 - COPENHAGEN (Denmark) / Nov 23 - ODENSE (Denmark)

Nov 25-26 - Austria
Nov 27-28 - Switzerland
Nov 29-Dec 04 - Italy

Dec 08 - WINTERTHUR (Switzerland)

Dec 05-15 - France & Spain

==> IN CAHOOTS [SEXTET] <================================================

Sep 25 - NEWCASTLE, The Cluny / Sep 27 - NOTTINGHAM, The Bonnington Centre / Sep 28 - HULL, Adelphi Theatre / Sep 30 - COLCHESTER, St Mary's Art Centre / Oct 03 - LEEDS, The Wardrobe / Oct 04 - BIRMINGHAM, Jazz and Spice / Oct 06 - OLD HARLOW, St John's ARC Market Street / Oct 08 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar

+ dates in France, Italy and the Netherlands (all dates tbc) Oct/Nov

Dec - TOKYO (Japan), TLG (exact dates tbc)

Line-up: Phil Miller, Peter Lemer, Fred Baker, Pip Pyle
         Elton Dean, Jim Dvorak

If you can help with bookings in these countries, please contact me and I'll forward your details to the band.

==> DIDIER MALHERBE & HADOUK TRIO <======================================

More info: http://www.malherbedidier.com

==> DAVE STEWART & BARBARA GASKIN <======================================

Sep 14/15 - TOKYO (Japan), TLG


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

Jul 09 - St.PAUL (MN), Clown Lounge (10.30pm)

Debut performance by the new line-up, & a warm-up for their upcoming new album

Line-up: George Cartwright (saxophones), Fred Chalenor (bass),
         Bruce Golden (drums), Chris Parker (piano),
         Davey Williams (guitar)

==> SOPHIA DOMANCICH <===================================================

Jun 29 - VITROLLES [Didier Levallet Quartet] / Jul 19 - MONTPELLIER, Festival [S.Goubert Quartet] / Aug 16/17/18 - PARIS, Sinsire [S.Goubert Quartet] / Aug 19 - CLUNY [S.Goubert Quartet] / Oct ?? - ANGERS [S.Domancich Trio] / Dec 12 - BORDEAUX [S.Domancich Quintet] / Dec 14 - ARGENTEUIL, Cave Dimiere [S.Domancich Quintet] / Apr 27 - PARIS, Maison de la Radio [S.Domancich Quintet]

SD Trio: C.Tchamichian, S.Goubert
SD Quintet: S.Goubert, C.Tchamichian, J-L Capozzo, M.Marre

==> JOHN ETHERIDGE [ex-Soft Machine guitarist] <=========================

Jul 20 - MAIDENHEAD, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts (Sweet Chorus)

Info: http://www.johnetheridge.f9.co.uk

==> ANJA GARBAREK <======================================================

Jul 07 - QUARTZ Festival (Norway) / Jul 19 - LONDON, Camden Jazz Cafe / Jul 21 - MOLDE Festival (Norway) / Jul 24 - NICE (France), Nice Jazz Festival

Line-up: Anja Garbarek (voice), Susan Balingall (backing vocals),
         Theo Travis (saxophones, flutes), Lawrence Pendrous (piano,
         keyboards & guitars), Ellen Blair (viola & violin),
         Dudley Phillips (bass), Steve Jansen (percussion & electronics)

==> MAGMA <==============================================================

Jul 22 - WURZBURG festival (Germany) / Aug 01 - NEUCHATEL (Switzerland) [also: ANGE] / Aug 25 - RIEC-SUR-BELLON (France)

More info: http://www.seventhrecords.com

==> The MUFFINS <========================================================

Jul 28 - NEW YORK CITY (NY), Knitting Factory / Sep 01 - CHAPEL HILL (NC), ProgDay Festival

Line-up: Dave Newhouse (keyboards, woodwinds), Tom Scott (woodwinds),
         Billy Swann (bass), Paul Sears (drums)

==> PRESENT <============================================================

Jul 22 - WURZBURG (Germany), AKW

Sep 15 - BALTIMORE (MD), Orion Studios / Sep 23 - FORT WORTH (TX), The WreckRoom / Sep 26 - CHIHUAHUA (Mexico), venue tbc / Sep 29 - LOS ANGELES (CA), Knitting Factory / Sep 30 - SAN FRANCISCO (CA) / Oct 10 - CHICAGO (IL), Martyrs / Oct 13 - KENT (OH), Robin Hood / Oct 20 - NORTH PLAINFIELD (NJ), Heavy Metal Sound Studios... and more tbc

Nov 28 - PRAGUE (Czech Rep.)

More info: http://www.totalzoo.com/present

==> THEO TRAVIS <========================================================

A major national tour is currently being organised for the Theo Travis Quartet for September 2001 to coincide with the release of the new album (as yet untitled). Provisional dates include Scotland, Cornwall, Devon, Norwich, London, Croydon, Nottingham, Boxford, and Durham. Others are under discussion.

Info: http://www.travis33.demon.co.uk


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