Geoff Leigh (UK) & Kawabata Makoto (JAP), DJ Urine (FR), Anna Mikhailova (RU)
The Avantgardistic State is delighted to welcome two Psychcicke wizzards (sic!) through its portal: Geoff Leigh (UK) and Makoto Kawabata (Japan). Their music embraces a wide range of styles and influences, mixing elements of ethnic, rock, jazz, world, ambient, & electronica, and is completely improvised. We kick off with a set from DJ Urine, then then Leigh and Kawabata, and then a glorious free-for-all.
Leigh is well known for his work with Henry Cow in the early 70’s, as well as contributing to (fellow Virgin Records) bands of that era, such as Hatfield And The North and Slapp Happy. Leigh has performed with members of Faust, Henry Cow, Porcupine Tree (as Ex-Wise Heads with bassist Colin Edwin), Nurse With Wound, Aksak Maboul, and musicians such as Damo Suzuki, Simon Crab, & Tatsuya Yoshida.
Makoto Kawabata is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple. Kawabata first started releasing works for electronics and homemade instruments in 1978. He has played together with psychedelic originators like Gong, Guru Guru, Silver Apples, Nik Turner, Damo Suzuki, & in innumerable other sessions spanning all genres.
Anna Mikhailova is an celebrated contemporary composer and theatre director. She was born in 1984 in Moscow and studied composition, electronic music, koto and organ at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, composition and electronic music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and music theatre at Codarts in Rotterdam. Anna now makes operas, interactive performances and installations that explore the possibilities of many kinds of musical instruments, the diversity of sounds and performing spaces and improvising.
Instead of cutting and pasting snippets of audio together on a laptop, Dj Urine (a French anagram for Ruine, Nuire & Réuni) reaches for the superglue and creates literal sound collages from fragments of vinyl records. These are assembled in a variety of ways, from the pizza slice method to fine mosaics. They are then played on multiple turntables, simultaneously, to build up rhythms, loops and textures – using many musical genres along the way.