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Master Drummer from Japan to play at Happy

Master Drummer from Japan


THE HONKIES - New Zealands legendary Psychaclypticuniversalrhythmmagic band!
featuring Elder Brother Jeff Henderson / E.B Alphabethead / E.B Torben Tilly / E.B Jeremy Cobra / E.B Riki Gooch

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Saturday 3 October 2009
118 Tory Street
with Secretaries on Standby

and SHOJI HANO with likeable local lads
Sunday 4 October 2009
Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society
46 Frederick Street
with A Donaldson, D Beban, J Henderson and T Callwood

Born in 1955, based in Tokyo, Shoji Hano is one of free-jazz, noise and psychedelic rock’s most preeminent percussionists and brilliant all-round sages. Widely regarded on the same consecrated plane as celebrated jazz heavyweights, the late Rashied Ali, Milford Graves, and his own mentors Max Roach and Art Blakey, Shoji’s solo drumming is a mesmerizing feat to witness, and displays a bewildering dexterity that’s both physically and psychically difficult to attribute to the motions of one individual player.

Sketching and tracing moiré-like patterns with his limbs, Shoji’s flurrying percussive vernacular is disciplined and virtuosic, while remaining spirited and idiosyncratic. Intricate cross-patterns and superimposed timings bubble up and collide with furious detail, subsiding in cyclical and funky grace before erupting again with colourful exuberance.

His adroit Octopus-like beats and fizzy punk rhythms have been heard in a countless array of collaborative recordings with the esteemed likes of late pioneering guitarist, Derek Bailey, Acid Mothers Temple’s Kawabata Makoto, Fushitsusha’s Keiji Haino, Eugene Chadbourne, and cult Japanese psychers High Rise. His work has also appeared on renowned labels, P.S.F. and Improvised Music from Japan.


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