Adventures in music, ancient to future: Nick Luscombe introduces special collaborative session, as Japanese duo Group A pair with improvising pianist Steve Beresford.
Adventures in music, ancient to future: Japanese duo Group A pair with improvising pianist Steve Beresford for a Late Junction collaboration session. One of Nick Luscombe's top gigs of 2015 was in a small venue round the corner from his house where he discovered Group A performing a blistering set on a step ladder whilst wearing lampshades on their heads. Hailing from Tokyo but based in Berlin, Group A create sound collages by processing vocals through an analogue synthesizer, a violin through a cassette player topped off with a drum machine. For this session they have been paired with a stalwart of the London improvising scene, pianist Steve Beresford who's not afraid of placing strange foreign objects inside expensive pianos. The result is a playful sonic adventure that combines analogue with digital and compares Tokyo to London.