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Takehisa Kosugi bowing a violin between two screens showing waves
21 May 2005
The Sage Gateshead

Catch-Wave ’05

Takehisa Kosugi

A new interpretation of Kosugi’s Catch-Wave, producing a cloud of fluctuating, hypnotic drones, in front of a backdrop of projected waves.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 05
Current 93 on stage at INSTAL 04
16 October 2004
The Arches

Current 93

Current 93

One of the most revered and legendary underground acts of the past 20+ years, Current 93 is the constantly evolving creation of David Tibet.

INSTAL 04
Vajra : Kan Mikami & Keiji Haino on stage at INSTAL 04
17 October 2004
The Arches

Vajra

Kan Mikami Keiji Haino Toshiaki Ishizuka

Vajra are a Japanese psychedelic rock supergroup, hewn from the collective consciousness of Fushitsusha’s Keiji Haino, folk radical Kan Mikami and percussionist Toshiaki Ishitsuka.

INSTAL 04
Hijokaidan on stage performing with intensity and strong lighting
15 October 2005
The Arches

Hijokaidan

Hijokaidan

Hijokaidan rapidly built a following due to the overwhelmingly physical intensity of their live performances, often involving destructive onstage rituals of vomit, urine, mangled guitars and ear shredding volume.

INSTAL 05
Jo Jo plays a guitar with equipment visible & knees bent
14 October 2005
The Arches

JOJO Hiroshige

JO JO Hiroshige

A fulcrum to the Japanese noise scene, JOJO Hiroshige has been responsible for much of the explosion of free music coming from Japan in the last 30 years.

INSTAL 05
Maryanne Amacher operating a mixing console, wearing glasses
15 October 2006
The Arches

Maryanne Amacher

Maryanne Amacher

A rare live performance which, although not a full installation, made use of the unique acoustic and spatial properties of the Arches to rattle the audience and help it locate its third ear.

INSTAL 06
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
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15 February 2008
Stereo

Incapacitants

Incapacitants Junko Kazuo Imai

Ecstatic, scalding and ludicrously heavy, nobody matches Incapacitants for live noise energy. One of the most exhilarating live acts in underground music.

INSTAL 08
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
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