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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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