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The Metabolists Live at Happy

Thu, 30 Sep 2004

The Metabolists Live at Happy

Wednesday October 6th
Underground, cnr Tory and Vivian Sts

Performers of minimalist songlines and drone-effected improvisation, the Metabolists, formed from some of the country's most fascinating and talented musicians, are producing music that is unlike anything else in New Zealand.

The group, comprised of saxophonist Jeff Henderson and percussionist Ricki Gooch, have now been joined by multi-instrumentalist David Long.

Jeff Henderson is a leading figure in New Zealand's improvised music community. Founder of The Space, former Wellington avant-garde loft venue, and of Happy, Wellington's dedicated creative music venue, Henderson is also the most extreme saxophonist in the country. He has a performance and recording history that has taken him throughout New Zealand, to England, Australia, New York, Amsterdam and across Europe and has included work with some of the great luminaries of contemporary jazz and improvised music.

Ricki Gooch, drummer with the wildly popular roots-rock group TrinityRoots, as well as with underground legends the Labcoats, is a versatile and uncommonly gifted percussionist. His work with both mainstream and avant-garde groups has lead to a reputation unparalleled in Wellington. He is a tireless performer, working almost every night of the week, week in, week out, with some of the country's finest groups.

David Long is another New Zealand music legend. From his beginnings with the Front Lawn, the Six Volts and the Muttonbirds he has constantly pushed New Zealand music, working as a composer, musicians and producer. Long won Best Producer of the Year for his work on Fur Patrol's debut album, has composed music for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as for Blue Smoke and Baxter at the New Zealand Arts Festival, and is an integral member of Plan 9 and the Labcoats.

The Metabolists at Happy, Wednesday October 6th.

_______________ Happy underground cnr Vivian and Tory Streets Little Italy PO Box 9069 Wellington Aotearoa +64 4 384 1965


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