05 giugno 2015


E' con il concerto di stasera presso il club Le Triton a Les Lilas (Francia) che si ufficializza l'uscita del primo cd degli Artaud Beats: si intitola Logos, e contiene registrazioni effettutate in studio a Londra nella prima metà dello scorso anno. Seguirà a breve un secondo album, con registrazioni tratte dai concerti dal vivo del quartetto, peraltro già ben documentati finora con video e cd autoprodotti e personalizzati.

The Artaud Beats (Geoff Leigh: sax, fl, vo, electronics, Yumi Hara: p, vo, Chris Cutler: dr, John Greaves: b, vo) came together in a chance encounter at Jean-Hervé Péron's Avantgarde Festival in Schiphorst, 2009. Geoff Leigh and Yumi Hara were there as a duo, Chris Cutler and John Greaves with Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause. It was Geoff who proposed the quartet and Jean-Hervé enthusiastically supported the idea - since Geoff, Chris, and John had all been in Henry Cow together when they toured with Faust; and Yumi seemed the perfect companion. The concert was fine, the public happy and a Norwegian promoter from Bodo, who happened to be in the audience, immediately invited us to his next festival. So our casual meeting metamorphosed into a band. We gave ourselves a name: The Artaud Beats, and made ourselves available. Two tours of Japan and a box-set later, we 're back - still with no programme and no songs, and still engaged in the hazardous but honourable art of conjuring music out of empty air.

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