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SHEPHERDS OF CATS and MARCUS WENNINGER

In February 2016, Shepherds of Cats performed extraordinary concert with Markus Wenninger that included premiere of Naturalinee 2 video scores by American composer Joe Pignato, video art by VJ Pietrushka and live archery. Priori to that event, the band met with Marcus in the studio over the weekend to record material for an album that awaited daylight until now. Marcus Wenninger is a German flutist and clarinettist, as well as didgeridoo and shakuhachi player and archer. Founder of The Nora Volkova Ensemble, he is orientated on unconventional and avategarde artistic collaborations. Using plethora of woodwind instruments, didgeridoo, cello, clavichord, darbuka, drum, gongs, singing bowls and daily objects, Marcus and Shepherds of Cats made improvised recordings which selection of found their way to this atmospheric album.

https://fanfarefanfare.bandcamp.com/album/shepherds-of-cats-and-marcus-wenninger

artwork: dark projects

There Was Something In The Cookie

The year 2021 was significant on many levels. Shepherds of Cats spent a year improvising virtually. During one of the weekly rehearsals, this song came about completely by accident. This became our contribution to the collection of Christmas-themed music. We secretly hope that it will conquer the charts – as Last Christmas once did.

Improvised Opera BY YASHASHWI SHARMA & SHEPHERDS OF CATS

If we told you that this recording should be considered one long piece rather than 6 pieces, you would quite possibly accept this. But, similarly, if we said it is six independent pieces and not one long piece, you would probably accept it maybe even more readily, especially as it is separated into 6 different pieces. However, if one of us Shepherds says you should listen to it as one piece and another says you ought to listen to it as six different pieces, where does that leave you? But then again, don’t listen to us, listen to us.

So, here you have the latest release from Fanfare Records of long awaited album and the only improvised opera, colaboration between Yashashwi Sharma and Shepherds of Cats available now on Bandcamp.

That is not all! Vj Pietrushka created promotional videoclip of the album:

BUTOH TECHNO JAPAN TOUR 2020 concerts

Shepherds of Cats, we tried it and did it. Years ago when we met first time with Ayako Ogawa to perform improvised concert, we hardly knew at that time where that path would take us. Many years later, after all editions of Butoh Techno and taking it to international stages, we arrived at home of Butoh, in Japan to meet with our friends Mushimaru and Ayako. That was not only great travel experience and performances, but there were also feelings present that we are finally arrived here and the Butoh Techno spirit, like genie called up many years ago is now back home. The Butoh Techno 2020 officially ended with the last performance in the City of Oita. Some spectacles were recorded live and are available here:

urBANGUILD – KYOTO, JAPAN (13th February 2020)

AT HALL – OITA, JAPAN (15th February 2020)

Photo by Junpei Kurashina

BUTOH TECHNO JAPAN TOUR 2020

Dear Friends, 

We are very happy to announce that our Butoh Techno project will have its continuation in February 2020. This time we are taking the spectacle to home of Mushimaru Fujieda and Aya Ogawa. Shepherds of Cats together with Matylda Gerber and VJ Pietrushka will join Mushimaru and Aya on series on performances in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Oita. 

Hera are details of the Japan Tour 2020

10 February 2020 Tokyo:  Koiwa BushBash

13 February 2020 Kyoto: Urbandguild

15 February 2020 Hiroshima: Cafe Teatro Abierto

16 February 2020 Oita: AT HALL

BUTOH TECHNO 2019 tour over

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We were very delighted to see and collaborate with Mushimaru Fujieda, Ayako Ogawa, Matylda Gerber and Günter Heinz during this year Butoh Techno. The tour 2019 was beyond any measures and has given us strength and motivation to take Butoh Techno further. Massive thank you to everyone involved in this tour and to all people we met and who create all those marvellous venues we performed in.

We are arranging further performances and planning to release albums later on this year so check out the space for news form Shepherds of Cats.

BUTOH TECHNO 2019

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Originated 3 years ago, audio visual spectacle BUTOH-TECHNO is back! We are inviting you to join us on this imaginary tale of man where butoh dancer and live improvising musicians are characters performing on the metaphorical stage of life. The story is told by physical poet and sound and visual artists. The dancer uses his body to tell the story of man’s falls and uprises struggling against the odds of life. Musicians take the roles of his friends and adversaries by building tension and releasing it to create obstacles and to help him overcome them. They create multilayer abstract spaces filled with improvised and techno music and live visuals.

This year, we will perform 6 spectacles, starting 10th May in Wroclaw in Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych. Here is the list of venues:

10 May (Friday): 
Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych, Działkowa 15, 50-538 Wroclaw, Poland

11 May (Saturday): 
Tkalnia, Fabryczna 13A, 65-001 Zielona Gora, Poland

12 May (Sunday): 
blaueFABRIK e.V, Eisenbahnstraße 1, Dresden-Neustadt, Germany

14 May (Tuesday):  
The Rose Hill, 70-71 Rosehill Terrace, Brighton, BN1 4JJ, UK

15 May (Wednesday): 
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane (Royal Street corner) next to Archbishop’s Park, SE1 7LG, UK

16 May (Thursday): 
Fuse Art Space5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford, BD1 3QQ, UK

Watch excerpt from the last year performance to get a taste of the spectacle

2018 TOUR

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SHEPHERDS OF CATS & VJ PIETRUSHKA AND OUR SPECIAL GUESTS, 2018 TOUR
Günter Heinz, Matylda Gerber, Paweł Sokołowski and Lena Czerniawska

29 September: 
Shepherds of Cats + Matylda Gerber
Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych, Działkowa 15, 50-538 Wroclaw, Poland
https://www.facebook.com/events/1917896198232935/

30 September
Shepherds of Cats
Dragon Mały Dom Kultury, Zamkowa 3, 61-768 Stare Miasto, Poznań, Poland
https://www.facebook.com/events/269755000524098/

02 October
Shepherds of Cats & VJ Pietrushka + Pawel Sokolowski
6 dzielnica, Piotrkowska 102, 90-004 Łódź, Poland
https://www.facebook.com/events/251398542184138/

03 October
Shepherds of Cats & VJ Pietrushka + Günter Heinz
Kirche Kleinwaltersdorf, Zum Herrenweg, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
https://www.facebook.com/events/1925020654250751/

04 October
Shepherds of Cats & VJ Pietrushka + Günter Heinz + Lena Czerniawska
Petersburg Art Space, Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 101, 10553 Berlin, Germany
https://www.facebook.com/events/2164076933880400/

05 October
Shepherds of Cats & VJ Pietrushka + Günter Heinz
Punctum, Krásova 27, 13000 Prague, Czech Republic
https://www.facebook.com/events/286370678826259/

06 October
Shepherds of Cats & VJ Pietrushka + Günter Heinz
Künstlervereinigung blaueFABRIK e.V., Eisenbahnstraße 1, Dresden-Neustadt, Germany
https://www.facebook.com/events/292985744813121/

07 October
Shepherds of Cats & VJ Pietrushka
Tkalnia, Fabryczna 13A, 65-001 Zielona Gora, Poland
https://www.facebook.com/events/2053363161660537/

SHEPHERDS OF CATS + VJ PIETRUSHKA & GÜNTER HEINZ ON TOUR, OCTOBER 2018

We have been quiet for a while only to come up with some new recordings and put together our third tour. Yes, early October 2018, we are teaming up with VJ Pietrushka who will create spectacular live video landscapes to be filled with Günter Heinz’s  roaring trombone and Shepherds of Cats’ unearthed sounds. We will give series of audio visual performances in Freiburg, Berlin, Dresden and Prague. While we are finalising the details of the tour, you can enjoy this short video, excerpt from “Rehearsal” animation prepared by Shepherds of Cats.

BUTOH TECHNO SPECTACLE 2018 TICKETS

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Dear friends, butoh enthusiasts, improv fans, cats’ lovers, uninteresting objects users that can turn their rather useless toys into something unpredictable and everyone else who i sadly have not mentioned, here is the the rather rare opportunity to see something once in a lifetime – Butoh-Techno spectacle. Heart breaking story about ups and downs of human beings and the fights against the odds of life. The story in one act told by the butoh dancer performing within the abstract scenery of improvised music mixed with techno beats and layers of moving images.

There are two spectacles that will take place in Wroclaw on 18th and 19th April in Osrodek Postaw Tworczych: https://opt-art.net. We will also perform third spectacle on 20th April in Prague in Punctum Krasovka: http://www.punctum.cz

Now, we know that you know that we do not know what you know so do not leave it till the last minute, suspend your disbelief, hold your breath or closed your eyes if that helps and follow your intuition and the link below for the tickets:

https://opt-art.net/sklep/kategoria-produktu/bilety/