Dear all, I’m booking some dates for: KING CHAMPION SOUNDS, ROBERT PIOTROWICZ + TETUZI AKIYAMA JEAN D.L + SANDRINE VERSTRAETE. ROBERT PIOTROWICZ (Poland) + TETUZI AKIYAMA (Japan) Availability: from 14th November onwards Territory: Belgium KING CHAMPION SOUNDS (Holland) Availability: 22nd October Territory: Belgium JEAN D.L. + SANDRINE VERSTRAETE (Belgium) Availability: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th October 2013 Territory: Great Britain ROBERT PIOTROWICZ (Poland) + TETUZI AKIYAMA (Japan) Tetuzi Akiyama is a highly unique and experimental guitarist heavily applying free improvisation and noise. Besides guitar, he also plays electronics, viola, and self-made instruments. Akiyama became an enthusiastic hard rock fan when he was eleven years old, and started playing electric guitar at the age of thirteen. Later, he also came to be very interested in free improvisation and classical music. He formed the improvised music band Madhar in 1987. He also started playing classical viola, and formed the Hikyo String Quintet in 1994. The band, which played avant-garde improvised classical music, consisted of a viola, two cello, and two violin players, and included Taku Sugimoto on cello. Sugimoto soon left the band, which thus became a quartet. Later that year, Akiyama and Sugimoto launched their guitar duo, Akiyama-Sugimoto. They played gigs in New York in 1995, and in the Midwest (including Chicago and Detroit) in ’96. For about a year starting in early 1994, Akiyama was also a member of Nijiumu, one of guitarist Keiji Haino’s bands. Recently Akiyama has two improvised music projects: Sutekina Tea Time, a duo with Takashi Matsuoka (guitar, vocal); and Mongoose, a trio with Sugimoto and Utah Kawasaki (analog synthesizer). Since 1998, together with Sugimoto and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-imput mixing board), he has been organizing an inspiring monthly concert series, The Improvisation Meeting at Bar Aoyama (renamed The Experimental Meeting in ’99, and Meeting at Off Site in 2000). Robert Piotrowicz: sound artist, composer, improviser. Co-founder of the Musica Genera Festival and the Musica Genera label. He has authored radio dramas, sound installations, and music for theatre productions, and collaborates regularly with other artists on audio-visual performances. As an instrumentalist, Piotrowicz works mainly with his own live performance setup, developed around the electric guitar and analogue modular synthesiser. His music has as much in common with contemporary electro-acoustic compositions as it does with sound art. His concerts feature saturated, detailed musical forms created with analogue synthesizers and computers. He has developed his trademark sound of intense dynamics seized in dramatic and balanced structures. PIotrowicz has released several solo albums as well as collaborations with artists such as Burkhard Stangl, Anna Zaradny, Jérôme Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh and Kevin Drumm. Other collaborators in recent years included Valerio Tricoli, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Klapper, Zbigniew Karkowski, Łukasz Szałankiewicz, Lasse Marhaug, John Hegre, Kasper Toepltz, Xavier Charles,Tony Buck and others. Piotrowicz has given live performances throughout Europe, North & Central America, Japan and Australia KING CHAMPION SOUNDS Even street thugs love KING CHAMPIONS SOUNDS. A surefire way to reduce street crime for 45 minutes is to book these charm school graduates at yr local hostelry. Tattoo shops have claimed that KCS is the de rigueur inkspot. But what about the band..what do they sound like? They sound like the primordial ooze that birthed touchstones like the Stooges and the Velvets come to life, nursing a mutha of a hangover, and a grudge. They sound like a group of 6 talented musicians who locked hard into a groove and gave the 7th fellow the chance to grab the mic and spew out his laser guided lyrics. On days off, lazy journos have been known to throw out reverential references like Can, The Fall, PiL, Gang Of Four, Throbbing Gristle, Neu. But hey, it’s something you’re born with, not something you learn. As on record as live. KCS are something to behold. JEAN D.L. + SANDRINE VERSTRAETE Jean D.L. develops a universe at once intimistic and noisy, made of hazy soundscape. Jean D.L. has worked in solo but has also collaborated with the likes of S. Biset, B. Drugmand (aka Impostor), Sébastien Karkoszka, Zbigniew Karkowski, Mauro A. Pawlowski, Teun Verbruggen, Antoine Boute, Othin Spake, Soumonces!, Noir, Jozef Van Wissem, Justice Yeldham, Jean-Philippe De Gheest, Paul Labrecque, Anla Courtis, Jozef Dumolin Trio (Feat. Eric Thielemans & Trevor Dunn), Pauwel de Buck, Perte Total Operations, Damo Suzuki Network, Sandrine Verstraete. Sandrine Vertraete studied performance at KASK Ghent. Her works balances on the verge of different media: literature, (sound)installation, video and performance. Always in the search of a more intimate, physical way and more embodied way of experiencing language and texts. A first book, with a collection of her texts was published in april 2013, at uitgeverij het balanseer ( In the context of this research she started also working with different experimental musicians, like Gino Coomans, Kris Vanderstraeten, Pauwel de Buck and Jean De Lacoste. I hope to hear from you asap. Regards. Alain


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