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.
We are getting closer to our second tour, mid July 2017, during which we will perform concerts in Germany and UK. Starting in Germany together with VJ Pietrushka, we will provide you with audio visual improvised performances. During concerts in UK, we will be joined by our friend David McLean, Manchester based Multi-Instrumentalist, Improviser and founder of Tombed Visions Records. In Bradford (Fuse Art Space), Beatrix Ward-Fernandez, UK based violinist and theremin player will join our performance. Lauren Bolger, UK based poet will share with us her voice during concert in Manchester (The Peer Hat). For the last two concerts in Germany, Adam, Jan and Olek will be joined by our friend Günter Heinz, legendary trombonist who we recorded our first CD album with. So, all sounds very exciting and the clock is ticking! Meantime, you can visit our fan-page to get quick overview of what is on the horizon and to be up to date with the events. Here, we list dates and venues of the coming concerts:
17 Jul (mon), Kreuzung an St. Helena, Bonn, Germany
18 Jul (tue), Das Gespinst, Essen, Germany
19 Jul (wed), Cafe OTO, London, UK
20 Jul (thr), MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
21 Jul (fri), Centrala, Birmingham, UK
22 Jul (sat), Fuse Art Space, City of Bradford, UK
23 Jul (sun), Kazimier Garden, Liverpool, UK
24 Jul (mon), The Peer Hat, Manchester, UK
25 Jul (tue), The Evening Star, Brighton, UK
27 Jul (thr), Blaue Fabrik, Dresden, Germany
28 Jul (fri), Kirche Kleinwaltersdorf, Freiberg, Germany
In preparation for the tour, we recorded material for two CD albums. Our first CD album with Günter Heinz, already released is availble on Tombed Visions Records. The upcoming second CD realease of Shepherds of cats & David McLean (2xCD) is currently in the final stage. Graphics on both albums have been in hands of Lewis McLean.
Recently released album by Fanfare label was recorded during the improvised sessions with Ayako Ogawa that took place in May 2016 at OPT Wroclaw, Poland. Vj Pietrushka created stunning visuals during the concert on the final day of our recordings.
Limited edition, only 100 copies available so be quick and get your copy!
Sunday 7 May 2017 – 20:00, tickets: 15 PLN
Osrodek Postaw Tworczych, ul. Dzialkowa 15, Wroclaw, Poland
Audio visual movement planned-improvised performance directed by Filip Zawada i Jan Fanfare featuring:
- Butoh dance
- experimental cinema
- japanese-polish techno
- improvised music
Butoh dancer Tukasa Kamidate and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa are visiting Poland in April during her short European tour. They will play live event in colaboration with Shepherds of Cats, Vj Pietrushka, Mariae Smiarowska, Filip Zawada and Matylda Gerber. The Butoh performance will be accompanied by live improvised music and visuals.
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.
Butoh dancer from the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, Hokkaido. Between 2010 and 2013, she studied and performed with Kayo Mikami at Torifune Butoh-Sha school. From 2014, after returning to Hokkaido, she is studing with Hal Tanaka, a leading performer of Hoppo Butoh, or northern school of Butoh. She has collaborated with the acclaimed dancer Yuko Yuki and regularly performs solo.
International actor, singer, performer, nomad, collector of experiences, songs, and feelings. She came to Wroclaw to train with Song of the Goat Theatre. Before that, her theatrical and artistic path led her via Krakow, Montréal, Paris, Madrid, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. She is currently based in Wroclaw where she leads workshops connecting body and voice. Here, she also collaborates as an actor and singer with various artistic collectives including the Jubilo Foundation and IP Group, as well as working on her own performance projects.
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.
Very good year of 1975, writer, poet, musician, photographer, performer, film director and art cinema actor, photography teacher at Osrodek Postaw Tworczych and archer (2014, Polish Cup and Polish Champion in Field Archery).
“Only a group as downright weird as Shepherds of Cats would be able to absorb a legendary free improvising trombonist directly into their sound. Over the course of an hour, the group, hunters of sound, unearth ethno futurist visions, chambered folk, raucous free jazz and passages of downright absurdity that in one instance contains a coughing fit. There is no group like them in Europe or the rest of the planet that use improvisation in such a bewitching fashion” – David McLean, Tombed Visions Records
Sunday 26 February 2017 – 20:00, tickets: 10 PLN
Osrodek Postaw Tworczych ul. Dzialkowa 15, Wrocław, Poland
David McLean is a Manchester based Multi-Instrumentalist, Improviser and founder of Tombed Visions Records. His solo projects include Stushevatsya and Punctum and plays in groups such as River Slaughter, Cornered Yet Climbing, Gnod, Action Beat, Charles Hayward’s Anonymous Bash, Lake of Snakes, Severed Shadow, Aging, A-Sun Amissa and Naked (On Drugs). As an active member of Manchester’s creative/improvised music scene, McLean has performed and collaborated with the likes of Colin Webster, Pascal Nichols, Kelly Jayne Jones, Sam Weaver, Andrew Cheetham, Danny Saul, Otto Willberg, Christian Weaver, David Birchall, Oliver Barrett, Lauren Bolger, Sam Andreae. Mark Hanslip as well as international musicians such as Konstrukt, Damo Suzuki and Yuri Landman.
Maciej Piatek is a Polish Video Artist based in the UK. Over the years he has been involved in many projects, working mainly on his own experimental video works but also collaborating with various local and international musicians, exploring closely improvised and electronic scene. He has recently received significant recognition of its work with the international video poetry network. His films has been screened & exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as: ICA in London, Arnolfini in Bristol and Art Gallery of SESI-SP, Sao Paulo. Since 2013 Maciek has been cooperating with a Polish improv group Shepherds of Cats. This informal relation has become the driving force behind his latest short films and visuals. Artists that he has worked with include; Filip Zawada, Isnaj Dui, Tim Benjamin, SGNL.
Sunday 8 January 2017 – 20:00, tickets: 10 PLN
Osrodek Postaw Tworczych, ul. Dzialkowa 15, Wroclaw, Poland
Monday 9 January 2017 – 19:00, free
Biblioteka i Forum Kultury, ul. Kochanowskiego 4, Olesnica, Poland
Leeds – Lisbon experimental label honcho (Angurosakuson) Pascal Ansell adapts ‘pure experimentation and some guitar thrash’ (Idwal Fisher) into wholesome songs. New full-length CD-R Heimat includes kaleidoscopic electronics, noise squalling and office poetry and has been described as ‘”an unhinged collection of digital scree… its seven tracks are an exercise in maximalism, a collision of distorted gunk and frazzled wires.” – We Need No Swords.
Saturday 19 November 2016 – 19:00, tickets: 10 PLN
Fundacja Rozwoju Kultury i Sztuki Macondo, Pomorska 19, Wroclaw, Poland
“AEROPLAN is a series of concerts of improvised and experimental music often accompanied by other art forms organized by the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art Macondo. Welcome on board. In the near future we do not plan the landing” – Macondo
After a year, we come back to Macondo to play our better and less known improvised pieces. In addition, we will provide you quite virtual experience. The sounds will flow through the world wide net and between Oxford (UK) and Wroclaw (Poland). With big enthusiasm, we are looking forward to this highly spectacular event. Be there or be squared!
Audio-visual improvised performance in 4 chapters
Chapter I – HIGAN SHIGAN – Here and There
Chapter II – KAWA – River
Chapter III – ONI – Mud
Chapter IV – HOGI – Joy
Sunday 1 May 2016 – 20:00, free
Osrodek Postaw Tworczych ul. Dzialkowa 15, Wrocław, Poland
Born in Hakodate (Hokkaido, JAPAN) in 1962, Ayako Ogawa started playing the piano from 1968. She has been involved in theater since 1970. Experiences in piano and drama are the basis for her improvised music. Originally, she is an expert in early childhood education. Her talent in improvisation has been developed through encounters with musicians or artists. Graduated from Hakodate childcare academy in 1982, Ayako started her career as a nursery teacher. In 2002, after working at a nursery school for 20 years, she established and run a small day-care center for children, called „Kobito no Mori,” to realize her ideal education for infants. In the day-care center, children and she had been interacted with nature (flowers, grass, insects, frogs, fishes and so on), played with water, played in sand or snow, did cooking, painted pictures, made original picture books, took part in dramas, did improvising with folk instrument, and ate slow food lunch together. In 2008, she got a chance to work as a teacher for students with special needs in an elementary school. Since 2012, she has been working at children’s center of Hakodate city as an adviser for children from babies to teenagers and their mothers. Meeting with Deku in 1998 became her starting point as a musician. He was a jazz bassist, who studied contrabass with Masahiko Togashi. He is not only a musician but also an artist. Influenced by him, Ayako wrote songs, organized poetry readings, and published original picture books while working as a teacher. In 2013, Deku connected her to Sabu Toyozumi. Next year, Ayako organized Sabu-led improvisation workshop in Hakodate. Sabu found her talent and advised to express herself more in music, look outside Hakodate and to go all over the world. In April 2015, she invited Sabu and Peter Broetzsmann to Hakodate. She was so excited about an opportunity to play music with them, and with their music. In October, she played with a dancer Hal Tanaka and Chaihana Dai who is a zitherist living self-sufficient for his food. Their performance and the ways their live provide a spark for her to express herself more in music or in a piece of work. Now, she is looking forward to performing and recording with improvised music band called „Shepherds of cats”. Also, she is making a picture-story on the subject of nature, to show it at „self-sufficient festival” organized by Chaihana Dai, in front of Lake Toya Hokkaido next August.