Event Cancelled: Refunds are available from the point of purchase
The adventurous, ever-changing and experimental project of famed Can frontman Damo Suzuki
CANCELLED: Damo Suzuki's Network
Mon, April 15, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmMississippi Studios
$18 ADV / $20 DOS
This event is 21 and over
Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats
A very special evening with Damo Suzuki's Network (Damo Suzuki of Can 1970-1973) performing with local sound carriers.
- Dewey Mahood (Galaxy Research / Eternal tapestry / Plankton Wat) - guitars
- Nick Bindeman (Jackie-O Motherfucker / Tunnels / Eternal Tapestry) - guitars
- Sage Fisher (Dolphin Midwives) - harp and electronics
- John Niekrasz (professional jazz drummer / composer) - drums and percussion
Kenji "Damo" Suzuki was born in Kobe, Japan on January 16, 1950. Growing up, Suzuki's sister encouraged him to play music, giving him his first instrument, a flute, when he was eight years old. Suzuki developed a keen interest in classical music as a child, and in his teens he discovered American R&B music and the popular British acts of the day, especially the Kinks (he briefly ran a Kinks fan club). When he was 17, Suzuki left Japan to explore the world, living in a Swedish commune for a while (where he formed a short-lived folk music duo) before making his way through Denmark, France, England, and Ireland. By 1970, Suzuki had landed in Germany and was cast in a Munich production of the countercultural musical Hair. During his travels, Suzuki had occasionally made money by busking in the streets, and feeling hemmed in by the rigors of performing the same songs each night, he took to performing in the streets in his free time. One of his improvised street performances was seen by Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit, the bassist and drummer with the German progressive band Can. Can's vocalist, Malcolm Mooney, had recently left the band, and they were wondering how to fill his place for a gig that evening. Czukay invited Suzuki to perform with them, and the band was impressed with the strength and imagination of his improvised delivery. Suzuki joined Can full-time, making his recorded debut with the group on the song "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone," featured on the 1970 album Soundtracks. Suzuki would record three albums with Can -- 1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days -- with the singer often creating spontaneous lyrics during studio jams that would be later edited into completed songs.
In 1973, Suzuki left Can, and for the next ten years, he stayed out of the spotlight as he got married, became a Jehovah's Witness, and dealt with health problems. In 1983, Suzuki returned to performing, appearing on-stage with Dunkelziffer, a group led by Jaki Liebezeit, and recording a pair of albums with the band, 1984's In the Night and 1986's III. (A Dunkelziffer concert from this period featuring Suzuki was released in 1997 under the title Live.) In 1986, Suzuki and Liebezeit formed the Damo Suzuki Band, which also included Dominik von Senger on guitar and Matthias Keulon keyboards. By this time, Suzuki had become disenchanted with the studio recording process, but he gigged regularly and often recorded his shows, and in 1998 two archival releases from the Damo Suzuki Band were issued, V.E.R.N.I.S.S.A.G.E. and the seven-disc set P.R.O.M.I.S.E. In the late '90s, Suzuki formed what he called Damo Suzuki's Network, his umbrella name for improvisational performances with musicians from all over the world. For his Network shows, promoters for each appearance would provide Suzuki with a band, and they would generate spontaneous music with Suzuki on vocals (the vocalist describes his collaborators as "sound carriers"). Suzuki would release more than a dozen live albums under the Network rubric, and he's also issued collaborations with existing groups and soloists, including Cul de Sac (2004's Abhayamudra), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (2007's Please Heat This Eventually), the Holy Soul (2010's Dead Man Has No 2nd Chance), Mugstar (2015's Start from Zero), and Jelly Planet (2018's Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet). In 2014, Suzuki was diagnosed with colon cancer, and his treatment left him unable to travel or perform for a spell, but in 2016 he was well enough to return to the stage, and still performs regularly. He will embark on a coast to coast tour of the United States in the spring of 2019. This will mark Suzuki’s first run of U.S. performances in over 10 years.
Their debut album was released on vinyl through Portland's Mississippi Records associated, Water Wing Records, and on CD by the British label, Reverb Worship, in the summer of 2017, earning praise from critics around the world and getting consistent airplay on stations such as the legendary WFMU.
Fresh off of a songwriting retreat at an isolated ranch in Oregon's high desert Abronia is armed with new material and will begin recording its next album within the next few months.