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.
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:
Filip Zawada and Jan Fanfare directed last year spectacular performance of Butoh Techno, putting together sonic, light and dance worlds together: https://shepherdsofcats.com/portfolio/butoh-techno-spectacle/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq2lDAGt_Rg
We are very happy to announce that Butoh Techno spectacle is back in April 2018 and will be performed in Wroclaw and Prague. This year Ayako Ogawa (vocalist/pianist) is coming with Mushimaru Fujieda (butoh dancer, choreographer, director) who will be joined by Matylda Gerber (saxophone), Maciek Piatek (VJ Pietrushka) and Shepherds of Cats.
Book you dates:
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 – OPT, Wroclaw
Thursday, 19 April 2018 – OPT, Wroclaw
Friday, 20 April 2018 – Prague
Mushimaru Fujieda hails from Aichi, in central Japan. Utilizing movement in relationship to breath and rhythm he has created his own style of dance, referring to the body of his work as “Natural Physical Poetry” (Tennen Nikutai Shi), a name that occurred to him after collaborations with Allen Ginsberg. Originally working as an actor, producer, writer, and director – first with the avante-garde theatre Ishiha” in Osaka, then with solo performance unit “Mushimaru Dokugi” – in 2002 he formed the Butoh dance group “The Physical Poets. He has performed internationally for more than 20 years, in Japan, Europe, South Korea, New York, China, Taiwan, Phillipines, Hong Kong, and India.
Pianist, educator and artist Aya Ogawa lives in Hakodate, Hokkaido. She has played the piano since 1968, has been involved in theatre since 1970 and while working as an educationalist has continued to write songs, organize poetry readings and publish original picture books. These experiences inform her improvisations, which include work with Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Brotzmann, Deku Ogawa and Butoh dancers Hal Tanaka and Tukasa Kamidate.
Composer and saxophone player from Wroclaw, Poland. She is a regular to the jazz scene in her hometown as well as London, where she participated in projects such as London Improvisers Orchestra, Skronk and Exploratorio. Matylda also spearheads two musical projects in London, which focus on mixing compositions with free-jazz improvisations. In 2015, Matylda played at the esteemed Jazztopad Festival in her native city after which she was featured in the music portal All About Jazz. Establishing her career with the band Kolega Doriana, the group released an album in 2015 to positive reviews from The Free Jazz Collective as well as Redbull Tour de Polonia.
“they didn’t speak much surrendering themselves to their intuitions …”
The result of Shepherds of Cats’ collaboration with Ayako Ogawa landed this month in the Wire’s edition of Below the Radar 27, which is a series of specially commissioned live studio sessions featuring a variety of groups and musicians drawn from feral fringes of the outsider/underground music communities.
This piece comes from the album “Ayako Ogawa & Shepherds of Cats & Vj Pietrushka”, published by Fanfare and is available here:
Dear All, we are back after summer holidays with the concert in Wroclaw at Osrodek Postaw Tworczych. We are very excited because Günter Heinz will be joining us again. We played concert in OPT almost exactly two years ago. In the meantime, our album with Günter was released by Tombed Visions Records so it is time for improvised celebration. VJ Pietrushka, our video magician is also joining us so come along for this special event.
Friday 10 November 2017 – 20:00, tickets: 15/20 PLN
Osrodek Postaw Tworczych, ul. Dzialkowa 15, Wroclaw, Poland
Trombonist and clarinettist, for years involved in german contemporary and improvised music scene. He studied mathematics in Halle and later music in Dresden and Berlin. He colaborated with such musicians as Bernd Koeppen, Kent Carter, Bill Elgart, Michael Lytle, Günter Müller, Klaus Koch, Lou Grassi, Hartmut Dorschner, Günter Baby Sommer, Stephen Montague, Malcolm Goldstein, Steve Swell czy George Cremaschi. His compositions have been performed in Moscow, Madrid, Florida, Malta.
The Shepherds of cats tour starts in less then 2 weeks and we are very exciting to bring with us new album recorded with David McLean in Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych during our concert in February this year. Vj Pietrushka behind the visual wheels made his moving images into real magic show. Watch a taste of sonic flavours that soon you will be able to experience for yourselves. You can find out more details of the tour here and on our fanpage.
The story of Shepherds of Cats & Vj Pietrushka on tour July 2017 goes like this. Driving rented van via autobahn, they arrive in Bonn to play first concert at Kreuzung an St. Helena on Monday 17th July and then in Das Gespinst in Essen on the next day. Following moderate rythms, waves and squeaks on radio, they hunt for new sounds and bubbles in a bottom of nothing all the way via transeurochannel, until their synchornized watches and calendars allow them to combine instruments with David McLean of Tombed Visions Records in London in the only Cafe Oto on 19th July. Ride into semiotic essence of squirrel will take them into MK Gallery in Milton Keynes (20th July) and Centrala in Birmingham (21st July). After collecting other passengers on the way of this sonic ride, they will emerge into a corridor which bore no relation to what they expect, or at least into the following places: Fuse Art Space in Bradford (22nd July) with Beatrix Ward-Fernandez and Isnaj Dui , into Kazimier Garden in Liverpool (23rd July) and with Lauren Bolger into Peer Hat in Manchester (24th July). Being here and there, their calculations of tangents & cotangents should give them right coordinates to end up under The Evening Star in Brighton on 25th July. From this point onwards, three of the Shepherds will carry on slowly walking through the bubblegum interior to Blue Fabrik in Dresden on 27th July and to Kirche Kleinwaltersdorf in Freiberg on 28th July to finalize this improvising adventure with legendary trombonist Günter Heinz.