Sunday, February 04, 2018

Geoff Leigh & Makoto Kawabata Europe 2018

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We have confirmed dates now for March 2018 >>

2nd Baba Yaga's Hut @ Iklectik London UK
4th Extrapool Nijmegen NL
8th OCCII Amsterdam NL
9th DNR Film Festival Den Haag  NL
10th Les Ateliers Claus Brussels BE 
11th Paris or Rotterdam NL (TBC)

More dates to follow 

Our 1st CD : 

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Jump For Joy "Keeping Score"

2nd cd release "Keeping Score" from Jump For Joy - now available through Recommended Records. Here's what they have to say :

Limited Edition. Released by the band (Jean-Herve Peron, Zappi Diermaier, Geraldine Swayne [all from Faust], Geoff Leigh, Yumi Hara and Chris Cutler) – a good quality recording of a concert (edited) from the 2016 RIO Festival in Carmaux. Neither flesh nor fish nor good red herring, this is an occasionally fierce, occasionally dreamlike unfolding of doldrums, tides and maelstroms filling 42 shared minutes with events, music, noise – and things that just happen, sometimes all at once. So it’s not like a conventional concert, I’d say. At times it sounds like a band, and at times it doesn’t – but, I’d like to say, it’s 40 minutes spent in interesting company. The CD comes with the unique score (a new one is made for every concert immediately beforehand), which is made up of a sparse chain of words, drawings, indications and occasional pitches, sellotaped together to make an irregular map. You’ll see, if you buy it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Geoff Leigh & Makoto Kawabata - Spatial Roots Europe 2017

After a successful tour of Japan in 2016, & the release of their 1st CD collaboration "Spatial Roots", Geoff Leigh (UK) - soprano sax, flutes, voice, small percussion, laptop processing, & Makoto Kawabata (Japan) - guitar, synthesiser, voice, electronics, are planning European dates between June 21st & July 2nd 2017 (inclusive).

Confirmed dates so far (more details coming soon):

Wednesday 21st June : Club Integral @ Iklectik, London, UK
Friday 23rd June : Avantgarde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany
Sunday 25th June : VROOOM @ Pink Pank, Rotterdam, NL
Wednesday 28th June : Villa K, Den Haag, NL
Thursday 29th June : Centre Culturel Libertaire, Lille, France
Friday 30th June : Chair De Poule, Paris, France

You can listen to their 1st CD here :

The music embraces a wide range of styles and influences, mixing elements of ethnic, rock, jazz, world, ambient, & electronica, and is completely improvised. The CD is a live recording of their first ever performance together, in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014. Since then the music has developed enormously - a 2nd CD compiled from the 2016 Japanese tour is in the pipeline & has even more diverse influences.

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, Univers Zero, Aksak Maboul, Acid Mothers Temple, and musicians such as Max Manac'h, Mitsuru Tabata, Tatsuya Yoshida, Aogu Tanimoto, Kazuto Shimizu, Filippo Opaki, Yumi Hara, Anthony Donovan, Uwe Bastianson (Stadtfischflex), Magnus Alexanderson, Adriano Lanzi, Tim Bowness, & 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).

Makoto Kawabata is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple. While he's best known for his earsplitting, speed guru guitar heroics with AMT, he's also the founder of his own school of ecstatic guitar drone using bowing and glissando techniques. Kawabata first started releasing works for electronics and homemade instruments in 1978. Since then his activities have been almost too wideranging to grasp: he has formed multiple units, released a plenitude of albums on labels all over the world, toured extensively in Europe, the US and Asia. He has played together with psychedelic originators like Gong, Guru Guru, Silver Apples, Nik Turner, Damo Suzuki, Träd Gräs och Stenar, with Occitanian trad musicians from the south of France including Rosina de Peira, Marc Perrone, Andre Minvielle, Beatritz, and in innumerable other sessions spanning all genres.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Geoff Leigh & Makoto Kawabata Live

Geoff & Makoto are playing at Avant Garde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany, 23/24/25 June 2017. More dates to follow.
Click on header for link to festival website.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Warrior Squares On The Loose Again

Warrior Squares @ "Sheared Wit", Kino-Teatr, St. Leonards On Sea, Friday 5th August 2016