A night of out-there skronky prog/jazz rock from Leeds and London.
Shatner’s Bassoon are a group of six Leeds based composers/improvisers. Since forming in 2010 they have performed regularly around the UK, had a live show featured on BBC Jazz on 3 and collaborated with artists such as pianist Matthew Bourne.
Influenced by contemporary artists such as Tim Berne, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Frank Zappa, Tyshawn Sorey and a range of rock and electronica; and with a combined experience that includes eastern European folk, Hindustani music, Brazilian music, straight ahead and free jazz, reggae, metal, contemporary classical and musique concrete; Shatner’s Bassoon have developed a unique collective sound based on developing complex compositional structures through improvisation – allowing the music to be naturally infused by their experiences.
The results can range from dense free noise through intense riffs and ambient textures. They play with musical clichés and conventions to produce music that negotiates a path from the beautiful to the sinister, humorous and surreal.
“There are some remarkably beautiful playing in some of the slower more reflective passages…and also the very physical act of having two drummers is an incredible sight” Gail Brand, BBC Jazz on 3
“partial to onstage sparks and explosions…” Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3
World Sanguine Report
Part demonic vaudeville, part psychotic big band, vocalist/guitarist Andrew Plummer revels and writhes in the macabre as he heads his World Sanguine Report through visceral tales from the dark side of life, love and death.
Propelled by demented carny rhythms, Plummer’s bruised, gruff vocals and darkly-enthralling lyrics are enveloped in a tide of swirling tones and textures, with the threat of breaking into waves of cacophony.
“A natural successor to the most out-there experimental mind-warps of early seventies British jazz and rock.” ROCK-A-ROLLA
“Twists the noble craft of songwriting into a dystopian mindf**k…. Plummer’s warped vaudeville, always dark turning darker, is something entirely his own” THE WIRE