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Horseless Headmen + Astrakan. Club Astrakan continues with another evening of radical experimental psychedelic-prog avant-rock dub-jazz songsmithery and soundscapes at Ryan's Bar in Stoke Newington, North London. Horseless Headmen: G Painting (guitar, bass, vocals), Paul Taylor (trombone), Gabriel Keen (keyboard), Ivor Kallin (fretless bass, violin, vocals) and Nick Cash (drums, percussion). Astrakan: Raymond Hardy: (saxes, keyboard, bass), Celia Lu (keyboard, vocals), Jerry Wigens (guitar, bass) and Dave Fowler (drums, percussion).
Astrakan: Astrakan began in 2004 as the Astrakan Collective, a flexibly-structured big band formed by Michael Garcia to play his own instrumental compositions that combined elements of free improvisation and structured ensemble material. The band dropped the ‘Collective’ from its name in 2006 when a more manageable five-piece line-up of Garcia (keys), Raymond Hardy (saxes), Jerry Wigens (guitar), Oli Mayne I AM Meat: Riffing, soloing sax by Gardyloo Spew, pumping dynamics on bass by Cos Chapman and drums by Jonas Golland, guitarless avant-punk; songs of carefully lyrical macabre, and the further wonders of David Gadsdon's mind. Club Astrakan: Other bands sharing the bill have been Mishaped Pearls, Click Beetle, Bitten by a Monkey, Rude Mechanicals, The Windsors, The Happy Couple, Lost Harbours, SNORK, Snorkel, French for Cartridge and Sound of the Sun. It's always a two band format as we feel this gives greater leeway in terms of planning sets, ie bands can play for longer if they want to.
Sounds Like: Early Soft Machine, Gong, Tortoise
Label: Jaguar Steps
Bio: Astrakan are a London band working in the vein of British progressive artists such as King Crimson, Soft Machine and Gong. In 2004 Michael Garcia formed the Astrakan Collective, a flexibly-structured unit formed from a pool of musicians he had brought together to play his own instrumental composi...See Full Bio