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Tony conrad bowing a violin in the foreground, Keiji Haino singing behind
14 October 2006
The Arches

Keiji Haino & Tony Conrad

Keiji Haino Tony Conrad

Although Tony had visited Haino in Japan, and they played together in private, this was the first time anyone other that Haino’s cat saw them perform together.

INSTAL 06
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
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
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
Alan cummings wearing a cardigan and talking at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Talk by Alan Cummings: A personal history of the Japanese Underground

Alan Cummings

Talk charting the radical history of experimental music in Japan + the lowdown into the careers of many of the artists appearing at MLFC.

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