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21 April 2006

Friday 21 April 2006 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall introduce a session by the Akashic Ensemble, an improvising electronics trio led by Los Angeles-based keyboard player and one-time Frank Zappa collaborator Don Preston - with Andre Cholmondeley (guitar, samples) and Cheri Jiosne (drum synth, samples).

Duration:

1 hour 15 minutes

Playlist

MIXING IT

Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall
Produced by Felix Carey
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

Tel. 020 7765 4661
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Friday 21 April 2006, 10:15pm


Loose Fur: Hey Chicken (2.59)
Loose Fur is a modern-day supergroup combining the talents of Wilco's Glenn Kotche (drums/percussion/vibes) and Jeff Tweedy (guitar/vocals) with Jim O’Rourke (keyboards/bass).
album: Born Again in the USA
Drag City DC309CD
http://www.dragcity.com/

Session: Don Preston Akashic Ensemble
Don Preston has been playing since the 1950s. Early in his career he played piano for the likes of Herbie Mann, Nat King Cole and Meredith Monk. He also played double bass with Elvin Jones, and later played keyboards for John Lennon. But perhaps his most famous engagement was as a member of Frank Zappa's band The Mothers of Invention, where Don's home-made synthesisers were an integral part of the sound. On this new project, he is joined by the New Jersey duo of André Cholmondeley and Cheri Jiosne, who also perform under the name Jfk's Lsd UFO.

Don Preston Akashic Ensemble: Solo Piece (7.11)
Don Preston (piano/electronics/midi keyboard); André Cholmondeley (guitar/electronics); Cheri Jiosne (electronic percussion)
Recorded Monday 13 March 2006 at BBC Maida Vale studio 3
The Akashic Ensemble have released 2 CDs: Io Landscapes (Brain Records, 2001) and The Inner Realities of Evolution (Brain Records br016, 2003)
http://www.donpreston.com/
http://www.thinkelectronic.com/
http://www.united-mutations.com/p/don_preston.htm

The Flaming Lips: Haven’t Got A Clue (3.23)
This song from the new Flaming Lips album was sent to the band in unfinished form by Greg Kurstin, who was a keyboard player in their touring outfit that went on the road with Beck. The band finished it off in the studio.
Inspiration, additional production, backing vocals and instruments by Greg Kurstin
album: At War with the Mystics
Warner Bros. 9362-49966-2
http://www.flaminglips.com/
http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com/
Click here for a profile of this band

Tarantula AD: The Century Trilogy II: Empire (6.30)
Tarantula AD are the American trio of Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans and Gregory Rogove, joined on this track by vocalist Sierra Casady, who is one half of CocoRosie.
album: Book of Sand
Kemado Records KEM 029, Tr.5
http://www.tarantulamusic.com/
http://www.kemado.com/site/
Click here for a review of this album
UK Tour Dates:
Monday 8 May - The Medicine Bar, Birmingham
Tuesday 9 May - Joseph's Well, Leeds
Wednesday 10 May - The Yorkshire House, Lancashire
Thursday 11 May - Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow
Friday 12 May - The Social, Nottingham
Sunday 14 May - Camber Sands Holiday Centre, All Tomorrows Parties festival
Monday 15 May - Koko, London
Tuesday 16 May - The Arts Centre, Colchester
Thursday 18 May - The Prince, London

Don Preston Akashic Ensemble: CCC (Central Crisis Community) (11.33)
Don Preston: Timelessnessingly (5.08)
Don Preston (piano/electronics/midi keyboard/solo piano on Timelessnessingly); André Cholmondeley (guitar/electronics); Cheri Jiosne (electronic percussion)
Recorded Monday 13 March 2006 at BBC Maida Vale studio 3
More details above

John Tchicai: Lied (3.43)
This comes from one of the latest releases on Spring Heel Jack's own Treader label. It features the Afro-Danish saxophonist John Tchicai: best known for his contribution to the 1960s free jazz explosion in New York when he worked with the likes of Albert Ayler and Don Cherry, and appeared on John Coltrane's Ascension album.
John Tchicai (alto sax); John Coxon (electric guitar/piano/samples/harpsichord/cymbals/bowls); Ashley Wales (samples/trumpet/bass drum/steel bowls/percussion/bowed cymbal)
album: John Tchicai with Strings
Treader trd005
http://www.treader.org/
http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/%7Ejomnamo/

Roots Manuva: Grown Man (3.56)
When Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva recorded his album Awfully Deep (2005) he found that he had a surplus of tracks: in all he'd come up with almost thirty. And so comes Alternately Deep, which gathers together the best of the tracks that weren't used on the previous album.
album: Alternately Deep
Big Dada BDCD089
http://www.rootsmanuva.co.uk/
http://www.bigdada.com/
Click here to see and hear Roots Manuva

Don Preston Akashic Ensemble: Rhythming (8.38)
Don Preston (piano/electronics/midi keyboard/solo piano on Timelessnessingly); André Cholmondeley (guitar/electronics); Cheri Jiosne (electronic percussion)
Recorded Monday 13 March 2006 at BBC Maida Vale studio 3
More details above

John Cooper Clarke: I Don’t Want To Be Nice (3.51)
This track appears on a new CD which compiles some of the greatest records produced by legendary Mancunian record producer Martin Hannett.
album: Zero – a Martin Hannett Story 1977-1991
Big Beat CDWIKD 270
This originally appeared on the John Cooper Clarke album Disguise in Love (Epic LP EPC 83132, 1978)
http://www.martinhannett.co.uk/
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/
Click here for a review of this album


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