Monday 20 November 2023, 7.30pm
Tomoyuki Aoki has been active for many years as vocalist & guitarist in the leading Japanese psychedelic band UP-TIGHT. He also works in a duo with improvised saxophone player Harutaka Mochizuki, and in 2023 also released an album on Riot Season as his eponymous Tomoyuki Trio with Mike Vest & Dave Sneddon.
He is part of a tidal wave of Japanese underground music that stretches from Les Rallizes Denudes and Keiji Haino to Acid Mothers. His sometimes subversive, sometimes sensitive songs and guitar are his speciality.
This will be his first European tour as a solo act.
Kawaguchi Masami is guitarist, bassist and singer Kawaguchi Masami has been a central figure on the Japanese psyche-noise scene since the early 90s. Tortured psychedelic vampirism, oversaturated boogie noise, and melancholy on the edge of the abyss, this worthy heir of the Rallizes Dénudés twists the blow at the sanitized psychedelic revival. Founder of the Miminokoto combo, he played for a time with LSD March, we also find his sound explosions alongside Keiji Haino in the Aihiyo “covers” project.
Northern Irish (and London-based) guitarist and ‘magnetic and vibrating sources’ player Ross Lambert, has in his own words, the following fundamental and simultaneous approaches to live performance: to play as though it was both the first time and also the last; and to able to differentiate between what is good and worth conserving and what is not. Ross has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improvisatory music since his first exposure and (immediate) commitment to it, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey during the mid-1980s. Although under-recorded (he claims ‘by choice’), Ross has worked with a huge number of musicians from around the world, including Tetuzi Akiyama, Ami Yoshida, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Paul Hession, Rhodri Davies, John Butcher and Evan Parker, as well as his close friends Eddie Prevost, Seymour Wright, and Sebastian Lexer.
Seymour Wright is a saxophonist. His work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential.
Seymour's solo music is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
Current projects include: @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; XT with Paul Abbott; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble; a trans-atlantic duet with Andy Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.