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Music Lover's Field Companion 07 publicity flyer

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07

A 3-Day Musical Adventure.

Music Lovers’ Field Companion is a celebration of music that refuses to accept the status quo; a 3-day survey of all manner of disparate musical activity, which at its core shares a basic artistic kinship; one of exploration and discovery. Those discoveries can be screams, the sigh of bowed metal, or a gruff holler incanted through a sax. Exhilarating things that express something personal, something to share in.

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What we wrote at the time

Music Lovers’ Field Companion is a festival that we hope refuses to accept the status quo. It’s a celebration of music that is compellingly different and differently compelling to your everyday, run of the mill music festival; a 3-day survey taking in all manner of disparate musical activity, which at its core shares an honest and basic artistic kinship; one of exploration and of the expression of personally discovered musical truths. Those truths can reheard by the adventurous not as screams, or the timbral sigh of bowed metal, or a gruff holler incanted through a sax, but as melodious and exhilarating affirmation, reasons to be alive, things that express something personal, something to share in. And we sort of hope and figure that you might be that adventurous type, that you might fancy sharing in some of those gruff hollers. Oh, and here’s a short disclaimer: we’re well aware that these kinds of claims are made all the time by people marketing music festivals, or for that matter trying to sell you records/ sofas/ city living apartments; that this or that thing is unique, that these things right here are exclusive, you’ll-never-see-the-like-again! How can so many things be so exclusive? But we’ve honestly tried here to put together a festival that contains surprises, both for people already familiar with experimental music, and for a wider, curious audience. It fords as many underground currents in music as possible, so that it’s broad and challenging to loads of people. Kan Mikami doesn’t normally play on bills with Radu Malfatti, and you won’t see Polwechsel on the same line up as Ascension most nights of the week either. We’ve worked at the programme so that it’s as diverse as possible, so that there are no cop-outs, no concessions, just incredible musicians, so that each performance is as unlike the last as it is from the kind of music most music festivals would present you with. And in that, although it’s maybe not unique, we do hope it’s rewarding.

MLFC 07 was reveiwed by Nick Cain for the Wire here, and by Scott McKeating for Rock a Rolla here

Programme Events

Joe Kubera Kate Thompson David Murray Alan Fearon & Simon Passmore at MLFC 07
11 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Evil Nigger

Julius Eastman

Julius Eastman’s Evil Nigger for 4 pianos performed by Joe Kubera, Kate Thompson, David Murray, Alan Fearon and Simon Passmore.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Gary Smith playing a guitar at MLFC 07
11 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Guitar solo where inscrutable, minute electric sounds are excavated by palms that smother and strangle, that wring sound from the fretboard, from behind the bridge.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Topias Tiheäsalo fanning a guitar at MLFC 07
11 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Topias Tiheäsalo

Topias Tiheäsalo

A guitar solo of frugal wringing, of notes in the dark, an attitude of making everything count.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Peter Evans backstage at MLFC 07
11 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Peter Evans

Peter Evans

A sound of buzzing and flickering metallic drones, glottal stops and guttural growls, and also an explosiveness and purity of sound that reminds you as much of Bill Dixon as anyone else.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Kan Mikami & JO JO Hiroshige playing guitars and singing at MLFC 07
11 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Kan Mikami & JO JO Hiroshige

JO JO Hiroshige Kan Mikami

Folk poet, actor and bon viveur Kan Mikami in duo with Jojo Hiroshige, a founding member of Japanese Noise band Hijokaidan.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Diamanda Galas singing at a piano on stage at MLFC 07
11 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Diamanda Galás

Diamanda Galás

Solo performance by Diamanda Galás one of the great artists of the last forty years. Hers is an emotional expressionism of demonic shrieks, operatic falsettos, glottal clicks and diabolical growls.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Andrea Neuman performing at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Andrea Neuman

Andrea Neuman Angharad Davies Tisha Mukarji

Improvising violinist Angharad Davies performing with pianists Tisha Mukarji and Andrea Neumann.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Kai Faguchinski and Klaus Filip performing at MLFC on clarinet and laptop
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Los Glissandinos

Kai Fagaschinski Klaus Filip

Los Glissandinos work with clarinet and sine tones beating and thrumming in your middle ear, all beautifully paced and serene, but with just enough steely menace broiling under the surface to keep you on edge.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Ascension: Paul Hession & Stefan Jaworzyn backstage at MLFC
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Ascension

Paul Hession Stefan Jaworzyn

A recently reanimated Ascension, with mighty Leeds drum hero Paul Hession bringing a dense polyrhythmic torrent into play with Jaworzyn’s reinvigorated piercing guitar.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Northern Sinfonia performing Radu Malfatti at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Gateshead 21

Northern Sinfonia Radu Malfatti

We commissioned Radu Malfatti to write a new piece for the 21-piece string section of the Northern Sinfonia: Music striving to discover the exact point at which sound resonates the clearest amidst long drawn out silences.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
John Blum & Jackson Krall performing on piano and drums at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

John Blum & Jackson Krall

Jackson Krall John Blum

Free jazz pianist John Blum with an everywhere-at-once presence in duo with Jackson Krall, incendiary free jazz drummer and sound sculptor

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Sanjah: Kan Mikami, Masayoshi Urabe & Toshiaki Ishizuka at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Sanjah: Kan Mikami, Masayoshi Urabe & Toshiaki Ishizuka

Kan Mikami Masayoshi Urabe Toshiaki Ishizuka

HEAVY Japanese super group, featuring the sundown delta blues of Kan Mikami, Toshi Ishizuka’s heavy, time folding drumming and Masayoshi Urabe on sax, harmonica and chains.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Ikuro Takahashi & Yoko Muronoi standing by a wall
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Anoyonodekigoto

Ikuro Takahashi Yoko Muronoi

A collaborative duo performance, Anoyonodekigoto sets up a sort of negotiation between a musician, a dancer, the audience and the space we’re all sharing.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
John Butcher and Michael Moser playing saxophone and cello at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Polwechsel

Burkhard Beins John Butcher Martin Brandlmayr Michael Moser Werner Dafeldecker

With a signature spartan sound and long term preoccupation in structural tactics (subtle shifts in density, drawn out stasis) Polwechsel blur the boundaries between individual instruments.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Daniel Carter sitting backstage at MLFC 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Talk Hosted by Byron Coley

Byron Coley Daniel Carter Sabir Mateen

Free-jazz chat with Sabir Mateen, Daniel Cater, Andrew Barker – hosted by Byron Coley.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Total Music Meeting

David Keenan

Discussion with David Keenan: an author, critic and musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is best known for the reviews and features he has contributed to The Wire.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Jean Philippe Gross sitting at a small table covered in electronics
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Jean-Philippe Gross

Jean-Philippe Gross

Solo by Jean-Philippe Gross, a French electro-acoustic improviser, working with mixing board, cheap mics, small speakers and an analog synth, built around a honed interest in feedback.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Rhodri Davies and Terry Day performing at MLFC 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Rhodri Davies & Terry Day

Rhodri Davies Terry Day

Terry is one of the most entertaining and unpredictable musicians in the London free improvising music scene. Rhodri Davies extends his instrument under a battery of techniques creating sound colours and textures quite alien to the harp.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
A guitarist and a drummer performing on stage
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Aufgehoben

A preposterously heavy, eye of the storm musical tug of war, in which two drummers, electronics and electric guitar fall over each other in a droning crush.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Octante & Margarita Garcia standing in a group smiling
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Octante

Alfredo Costa Monteiro Ferran Fages Margarida Garcia Ruth Barberán

Acoustic turntable, engines, trumpet and accordion joined by Bassist Magarida Garcia: build long-form quietly detailed pieces that clatter and rumble, that expand and contract with the tension and release of deeply held breath.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Hisato Higuchi backstage at MLFC 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Hisato Higuchi

Hisato Higuchi

Some of the most breathtaking, delicate and smoke filled guitar playing this side of Loren Connors or the quieter sides of Keiji Haino.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
William Parker talking during his performance at MLFC 07
13 May 2007

William Parker

William Parker

William cradles, hammers, and rains down blows, plucking and using 2 bows to attack the strings above and below the bridge, all in the service of a fiery and passionate creativity.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Junko singing into a microphone & Masayoshi Urabe playing a saxophone
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Junko & Masayoshi Urabe

Junko Masayoshi Urabe

Junko’s screaming vocal in a nuanced, piercing duo with Urabe’s fuming and convulsive saxophone, far removed from the codes of musical tradition.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Junko, Ikuro Takahashi & JO JO Hiroshige performing at MLFC 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Junko, Ikuro Takahashi & JO JO Hiroshige

Ikuro Takahashi JO JO Hiroshige Junko

Three iconic figures from the Japanese underground assembled as a trio to stand in for the advertised duo of Junko and Jerome Noetinger who was unable to attend the festival due to illness.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Daniel Carter, Andrew Barker & Sabir Mateen performing at MLFC 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Daniel Carter, Andrew Barker & Sabir Mateen

Daniel Carter Sabir Mateen

Daniel Carter & Sabir Mateen’s trio with percussionist Andrew Barker; incessantly driving forward through sweat-drenched bursts of pure ecstatic freedom.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07

Programme Schedule