Sunday, 5 October 2014

¡NO! & Katsura Yamauchi @ The Twisted Pepper, Oct. 18th

Info: Concrete Soup is a monthly music improv performance which is hosted by Dublin band ¡NO!, an experimental rock / post-punk / free-jazz, neo-psychedelic quartet. For October's show they will be introducing us to acclaimed Japanese avant-garde saxophonist, Katsura Yamauchi. I really like the idea of a band drawing international musicians to Dublin on a regular basis in this format (as well as Irish acts), and also having it at such a great venue like The Twisted Pepper, here's some more information on the event and both acts;

How about something that is so underground it ACTUALLY HAPPENS UNDERGROUND?? From the black deeps of the Twisted Pepper Basement, the 3rd Saturday afternoon of every month, Concrete Soup has been bringing together international, national and local avant-garde musicians of all colours and stripes for nigh on a year now. Hosted by new psychedelic improvisers ¡NO!, Concrete Soup features a monthly guest and fuels itself on wailing walls of guitars, space jazz bass, brain bending keys, stair collapse drums, nuclear winter clarinet, high wire sax and generally mutant noise. Oh, and it’s often washed down with heavily psychedelic visuals. If you have a penchant for a mash up of the styles of Can, Pere Ubu, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, 70s Miles or early Sonic Youth, this will fix you nicely.

Katsura Yamauchi:

Katsura Yamauchi is an avant-garde minimalist saxophonist from Beppo, Japan. He has regularly toured Japan, Europe and the US, and has performed with Han Bennink, Michel Doneda and Barre Philips, among others.

"Katsura Yamauchi is really both a new and a veteran artist... I am greatly refreshed by his energetic and confident performance." - Otomo Yoshihide, July 2003.


¡NO! is Fergus Cullen (guitar, sax, woodwinds, clarinet, bass clarinet, oscillator), L Ron Cupboard (bass), Jamie Davis (drums), and Graham Montgomery (guitar, Roland Handsonic, effects, keys, percussion, noises). Specializing in new psychedelic improvisational music, various members have collaborated with personalities from underground and not-so-underground acts such as Can, Theoretical Girls/Sonic Youth, and the Tom Tom Club. The band currently curates a monthly New Psych Music residency in Dublin City Centre (The Twisted Pepper) where they host and collaborate with local, national and international acts.

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