Hot off the digital press - we've just released, on Bandcamp, a fabulous sounding live album from our UK tour last Spring. Almost all the songs from Deep Red plus two new ones. You can download here (name your own price):
Blood Quartet is finishing the season with some July shows around Barcelona. We're also continuing our residency at Fabra i Coats Arts Lab and we'll be working there all summer and into the fall on the songs for our next LP. Visitors welcome so let us know if you're in town and would like to stop by!
July 8th - El Pumarejo de Barcelona - in Gracia, c/Gomis 42. 9pm
July 15th - The Exploding Plastic Fest #03: caos controlat de música i movement - At Hangar in Poble Nou, Barcelona 5-12pm. I'll also appear in duo with Pierre Bastien.
July 21st - Festival Formes Diverses de Vida 2017 - Amposta, Catalonia - at the castle!
Upcoming shows - Blood Quartet
This is the first batch of shows for what is shaping up to be a busy year for us, including a short but potent UK tour, which will be my first appearance there. Looking forward to it!!
- Saturday 01 April 2017 - Shake Bilbao! - Bilbao, Spain (+Magmadam)
- Thursday 13 April 2017 - The Exchange, Bristol, UK
- Friday 14 April 2017- The Rising Sun Arts Centre - Reading, UK
- Saturday 15 April 2017 - I K L E C T I K- London, UK
- Friday 19 May 2017 - La Faena II - Madrid, Spain (+Les Rauchen Verboten + Sagrados Corazones)
- Saturday 20 May 2017 - Cul de Sac 2017 - Sa Possessió, Palma De Mallorca, Spain
February 7th, 2017 is the 40th anniversary of the first Mars show at CBGB's in New York City, so also marks my 40th year onstage. To celebrate, we're opening this website which I've been working on for a few months with my Tokyo blog angel, Aya Yoshida. It's both an archive and an ongoing blog and news space for my projects. We'll be adding content as we go along, especially more music, and I'll be posting upcoming activity, Blood Quartet tour news, etc.
The first line-up of Raeo, in 1989, Gat Castaño, Anton Ignorant, Pepe Sarto and myself, came about on a Spanish tour I made with Gat's Barcelona-based Buildings, which we all were a part of. Gat and I had been speaking for a while about forming our own band, to be very different from the Barcelona rock of buildings. In fact Buildings itself on that tour were becoming more and more outsider with every show, to the point where we almost ended up getting lynched by a rowdy club crowd in a provincial town down south.
On our way back north in the van, crossing the mountains in a thunderstorm, trying to think of a name for the new group, I asked Gat the word for lightning in Spanish - "rayo" he replied, and I repeated, but with my poor Spanish mispronounced it as "raeo", which they all had a good laugh about and agreed it would be a great name, spelled as I pronounced it, which has no meaning in Spanish or any other language we knew of.
1. a rolled up or coiled condition. 2. a rolling or coiling together.
3. a turn of anything coiled; whorl; sinuosity. 4. anat. one of the sinuous folds or ridges of the surface of the brain. 5. an operation performed on two signals which involves multiplying one signal by a delayed version of another signal, integrating or averaging the product, and repeating the process for different delays. 6. the artistic partnership of Silvia Mestres and Mark Cunningham, embodying all of the above.
I grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, a residential suburb across the river from Manhattan. Started playing trumpet in the school band as a kid, marching at football games or parades in fall and spring, and playing classical greatest hits in school auditoriums in the winter. But it was in my early teens that I really discovered music, listening on a small transistor radio to mid sixties pop hits and on an old tube short wave set to all the strange sounds between stations that seemed from outer space. I took up guitar then and learned enough to play covers in a garage band that never got out of the garage, and for awhile lost interest in the horn. Things really went to another level when I got old enough to go into the city on my own, from '68 to '70 going to as many as concerts as I could afford at the Fillmore East or hallucinating on light shows at the Electric Circus. Naively I thought I'd opened my head up about as far as I could at the time.
Don King was formed as a result of a phone call from Thurston Moore asking me if I could put something together to play at the Noisefest he was organizing at the White Columns gallery in 1981. I enlisted China Burg from Mars, then known as Lucy Hamilton, and Duncan Lindsay (Arto's brother), and we did the show as a trio, with me alternating trumpet and bass, Lucy guitar and bass clarinet and Duncan on drums. It worked well and we decided to continue under the name Don King which was actually the pseudonym Lucy used for that first show. As a trio we played the club scene in NY for awhile, which then included the lofts and basements of the improv scene, did a short tour of Italy, and released a cassette on Hyrax, the second and last release on my own label after the John Gavanti LP.
Sometime in '84 we decided to expand rhythmically with Arto Lindsay and Toni Noguiera on percussion, and with this formation we recorded the One-Two Punch Lp in '85 for Doublevision, an English, Blast First sub-label sponsored by Cabaret Voltaire.