Reviews: Suzuki roars into city and The winning Formula

Dave Formula keyboard player with Magazine, Manchester Academy 4-11-11
Dave Formula keyboard player with Magazine, Manchester Academy 4-11-11
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THE highly individual vocalist with German krautrock group Can in the early 70s, Damo Suzuki, is coming to Sheffield on the latest leg of his ongoing and never ending world tour.

The Japanese-born musician will be at Bar Abbey on Sunday performing with both Oua and with Juxtavoices.

Oua (Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere) is an improvising rock group referencing the keyboard improvisations of Terry Riley, plus Krautrock style exploration and numbers Martin Archer (organ), Chris Bywater (organ, synthesizers, laptop), Steve Dinsdale (drums, percussion), Walt Shaw (percussion, electronics), and Terry Todd (bass guitar) among its ranks.

Juxtavoices is the 30-voice new music and performance poetry antichoir under the direction of composer Martin Archer and writer Alan Halsey which has been on the go since 2010. The repertoire mixes text based scores and instructions with improvised elements, which often allow the choir to determine the shape of the music as it progresses.

Damo Suzuki is at Bar Abbey, Abbeydale Picturehouse, Abbeydale Road, on Sunday at 8pm.

The winning Formula

THE name of Dave Formula will be familiar to anyone who experienced the creative splendour of early Eighties musical pioneers Magazine who recently reformed for a series of shows across the country.

He was also one of the founders of New Romantic outfit Visage, but not many people know that his first step into the spotlight came back in the Sixties when he appeared on Top of the Pops with Manchester group St Louis Union who also featured in a movie with the Spencer Davis Group.

It is those days that Dave has found inspiration for this new vehicle for his musical expression, Dave Formula and The Finks, playing on Saturday at the Heeley Institute.

Born out of times spent touring on motorbikes with friends and renowned musicians Dave and Keith Angel, alongside bass player Andy Seward, The Finks recreate the beat era with the sounds of Jimmy Smith, Booker T and The MGs and The Meters alongside original compositions.

This show is part of The Big Boulder Rolls On, building momentum towards the Big Boulder event in September in the Millennium Park.

Festival called off

THE second No Direction Home Festival at Welbeck Abbey scheduled for the weekend of May 31 to June 2 has been cancelled.

The organisers, promoters of the End Of The Road festival in Dorset which will go ahead in August, said last year’s inaugural event in Nottinghamshire was “a great success and lots of fun” but it lost money and they were concerned that their expectations of breaking even in the second year was looking unlikely in the current climes. They say have decided to take a year out from No Direction Home to give them time to get their planning right for 2014.