Our next show took us West towards Toulouse to the medieval town of Villefranche De Rouergue- it's a place few French people seem to have heard of from outside the area. It's a network of tall old buildings criss-crossed with alleyways and it feels ancient. It's hard to work in the area but cheap to live so the town has attracted a lot of creative souls. We met a lot of fascinating people in a short space of time here at Les Hauts Parelurs - a cafe/bar/gallery/performance space... I'm looking forward to listening to the minimalist reich-esque music our host Romain Scrap makes with metal bowls and metronomes...
Friday, 9 October 2015
Between our show in Venice and the next one in Villefranche De Rouergue we stopped one night with our friends Enrico and Francesca in the village San Rocco in Valpolicella and one night again with Mael in Lyon where he was playing guitar with the great singer Sahra Halgan from somaliland ( http://www.sahra-halgan.com )
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Our first Italian show was in Milano, organised by Maurizio Abate - the venue a community bike workshop 'ciclofficina' run by 'Associazione UNZA!' - a bit like Bristol Bike Project but without the shop element.
For these three Italian shows me and Eiichi did our solo shows and also his other project Flyhoop which is semi-improvised music to super8 film projections...ICHI had forgotten the spool for his projector but serendipitously it turned out the guys at ciclofficina were super8 enthusiasts and gave him a spare spool.
Maurizio took us to an abandoned mental health institute the next morning before we left for San Martino Spino:
The 3rd we headed southeast to San Martino Spino where Tiziano Sgerbi ( http://www.fooltribe.com/bobcorn/ ) aka Bob Corn runs Barchessone Vecchio, a bar and performance space in the countryside with his brother Matteo.
It's a really special place I wish I could replicate near Bristol. The mosquitoes ate us alive but at least that lent extra resonance to ICHI's 'go gagambo'; next year Tizio is planning a walking tour along a river from the foothills of the mountains to the sea...
Sunday took us to Venezia where Diego Poletti had organised for us to play at gatarigole festival, a small festival for the Venetian locals (gatarigole means tickles in Venetian dialect)
We're a little in love with Venice - we were very happy to be back there. It's impossibly beautiful and the people are so friendly and kind.
ICHI had a big crowd in the evening and I was over the moon to get to play some songs on a row boat whilst the audience watched from other row boats around us.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Sunday took us to Paris where ICHI played at Point Ephemere by canal St. Martin - it's a pocket of Paris we've got to know quite well over the years through our kind and super talented friends Kate and Jesse ( of This Is The Kit - http://thisisthekit.co.uk )
Monday we spent the day with Kate and Jesse, playing at Le Pop In in the evening supporting KIDSAREDEAD ( http://kidsaredead.bandcamp.com ) - I'd met Vincent before in Bristol but never seen his show - his song structures and his style are unique and his feeling I'd compare to Francois of Francois and the Atlas Mountains or Jeff Buckley or Fumino Suke from Tsuki No WA ( http://youtu.be/MbUNcEPxoM4 ) but perhaps with higher energy...
Great to play at Le Pop In again. I wish we could bring that venue back to Bristol with us.
Tuesday we played in beautiful Lyon, at Le Bal Des Fringants - a show organised for us by Maël of L'etrangleuse ( http://letrangleuse.bandcamp.com ) and Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp ( http://www.otpmd.ch/news.html ).
Wednesday to Lausanne where Liz ( also a member of OTPMD ) organised us a show for the children of the music school she works in and their parents - we played at the back of l'eglise evangelique de Lausanne...