Current 93 @ Incubate Festival 2014

Just discovered the video below on the Incubate Festival page devoted to Current 93’s appearance there next month. It was shot at the Union Chapel launch of C93’s most recent album ‘I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell: A Channel’, and includes two manifestations of tracks from that album. I contribute flute to the first, and bass clarinet to the second.

Despite Bobbie and I only having worked on three tracks for the album, David – as is his way – decided, during the rehearsal for the Union Chapel gig, that we should play / sing throughout the set. This required a bit of fleet-footed key / mode determination, and some high-wire improvisation, but the gig was one of the most satisfying I’ve played in a long time.

Like another friend, Steve Krakow, (AKA Chicago’s very own Plastic Crimewave), DT has fashioned a highly expressive, idiomatic written language. He is very good at the poetic trick of implying networks of meaning between words in a phrase, and over time he has constructed a rich, meaningful relationship with reality from the accretion and layering of arcane, sometimes archaic, religious and hermeneutic ideas.

He is also, famously, a ‘hallucinatory cartoonist at Docetic Mountain’. So not a muso then!

I’m very much looking forward to to playing the Incubate Festival in David’s ‘Final Hallucinatory Patripassianist rock group’ (that’s Current 93 to you and me)………..

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Red Square @ the 2011 Tinderbox Festival

Here’s a recently re-unearthed two minute extract of Red Square’s 2011 set at the Tinderbox Festival. Due to timing over-runs, we had to cut our set down to twenty minutes, so a lean, spare instrumentation was the order of the day; no electronica, no bass clarinet, no flute. Just guitar, soprano sax and drums.

Boom!

Just like the old days………

Film and visual manipulations by Colin Harrison.

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upcomings to which I will be ongoing(s)………number two: Villa Manuela Festival

What a flurry of postettes flow from my busily typing two fingers. No – wait – I’ve just counted. Make that four fingers. Two on each hand; left little and middle fingers and right index and middle…..

Number two in a series of (so far) two is the next outing for the gelflings and werewolves of Comus. We’ll be gracing the stage at this year’s Villa Manuela Festival, Madrid in October. As with Incubate, Villa Manuela features a host of interesting things and stuff, most of which I’ll probably have to miss.

Here’s the very flyer of which we are yet to speak. Clicking on it’s person will deliver you into the cornucopia that is the Festival website…….

Jon Seagroatt Comus Villa Manuela Festival

OK. That’s me done with posts for a bit, you’ll be pleased to hear.

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upcomings to which I will be ongoing(s)………number one: Incubate (NL) 2014

I’ve been a bit slack in the update department (for some time!), but having just ‘migrated’ – I do LOVE these tech terms – having just MIGRATED the Comus website to WP I’ve got a bit of wind in my sails, and I thought that I would add a dash of colour and local interest here…..

I’m very pleased that both Bobbie and I will be playing – (in Bobbie’s case, singing) – at Incubate 2014 with David Tibet’s Current 93 this September. Having played on C93’s latest album, ‘I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell‘, and at the album launch earlier this year at the Union Chapel in London, I am looking forward hugely to weaving bass clarinet and flute darkly back into David Tibet’s poetic chiaroscuro and labyrinthine hermeneutics.

The Festival runs from 15th – 21st September in Tilburg (NL). Below is their very groove-heavy, early Soviet-influenced logo, do please ‘click here’ for details, as suggested……….

Jon Seagroatt Incubate Festival w Current 93

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Live events of recent date; Red Square & Current 93

As part of Red Square;
Red Square Railway poster

As part of Current 93;

C93 poster for Union Chapel

The Red Square gig wasn’t quite as sold out as the Current 93 one!

A brace of photos from the Union Chapel, the first by Pier Corona, and the second by Noel Darcy;

Jon Seagroatt @ Union Chapel

Bobbie Watson, Jon Seagroatt & Andrew Liles at the Union Chapel

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the Duffs

I’ve finally got round to adding a separate page to this blog for the Duffs, including more audio examples. Part Blockheads, part Talking Heads, the Duffs delivered an unstoppable dance vibe on gigs……..

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An outing with Comus

After rehearsals with Comus, Waiting For Ray and the Psychedelic Raiders this week, the next gig is at the Assembly Hall, Islington with Comus on Saturday 21st;

comus poster

Tickets are still available from WeGotTickets, and there’s a Book of Face event page lurking in the Internet undergrowth right here.

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