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Giant Lantern Festival


The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival held in December (Saturday before Christmas Eve) in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”. Lots of Flickr photos and […]

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Boredoms in Manchester


Anyone who subscribes to the stereotype about Japanese people always being quiet and unassuming has never seen a Japanese rock band. Last time I returned from a gig with my ears ringing the way they are now was after seeing Acid Mothers Temple a few years ago. Tonight it was the turn of Boredoms who […]

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The London LomoWall


One Flickr user‘s view of the LomoWall in Trafalgar Square, an exhibition of Lomography, as Lomo-style camera use is called. The exhibit runs until Sunday by which time the organisers are hoping to have accumulated 100,000 Lomography pictures, making it the largest LomoWall to date. Update: the BBC discovers the Cult of the Lomo.

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Deaf Center in Manchester


Out this evening to Trinity Church again to see Deaf Center as part of a Type Records-themed event. Greg Haines set things rolling with a mysterious e-bow/autoharp performance where he managed to coax from a stringed instrument the kind of sounds more usually associated with electronic music. Deaf Center are Norwegians Erik Skodvin and Otto […]

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Machinefabriek in Manchester


The Bacon-esque blur is Machinefabriek, aka Rutger Zuydervelt from the Netherlands, performing this evening at the Cross Street Chapel with Xela and friends. Events I’ve seen here before have been predominantly acoustic so it made a change to see something where the balance was shifted in favour of electronics or the electronic processing of acoustic […]

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Jack Rose returns


And speaking of American folk music, guitarist Jack Rose returns to Manchester this month and I’ve once again been asked to design the poster and flyers for the event. I was hoping to do something a bit more elaborate and original for this but overruns on other work meant I ran out of time; sticking […]

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Trinity rendezvous


The thundering virtuosity of Chris Corsano’s drums lured me out again this evening. The venue this time was the old Sacred Trinity Church in Salford which has been deconsecrated (heathens that we are) and turned into a space for music and other events. A very good space it was too, with subdued lighting and decent […]

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The Final Academy


The event booklet, designed by Neville Brody. William Burroughs’ reading in the city of Manchester took place on the 4th of October, 1982, at Factory Records’ Haçienda club, as part of the Manchester “edition” of The Final Academy, a Burroughs-themed art event put together by Psychic TV (Genesis P Orridge & Peter Christopherson) and others. […]

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Chris Corsano again


Out again to see world-class drummer Chris Corsano play another stunning improv set. This is his last appearance in Manchester, unfortunately, prior to relocating to Edinburgh. Impossible to describe the full range of Corsano’s performance (although I made an attempt earlier). Suffice to say you really ought to try and see this guy play live […]

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Helios in Manchester


Of all the releases I’ve heard so far from the excellent Type record label (who are now based in Manchester), my favourites have been Seawards by Sickoakes and Eingya by Helios. So it was a pleasure this evening to see Helios perform in a tiny and rather crowded bar, even if the enjoyment was compromised […]

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Music on Cross Street


Sparsely-attended but very worthwhile performance at the Unitarian Chapel this evening by Steffen Basho-Junghans (above) and Danny Saul (below).

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Mark Pilkington is organising this insect arts festival. Looks great, I’ll have to try and get down to see it. Nice that Phase IV, Saul Bass‘s strange and rather fascinating feature film, is one of the highlights. 27 May – 4 June 2006 London Wetland Centre “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would […]

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Chris Corsano

Chris Corsano

I’ve seen a lot of drummers performing with various bands over the years but Chris Corsano has to be the most extraordinary and most talented, putting the often third class art of percussion centre stage and giving it status as an artform in its own right. Corsano is a young American currently resident in Manchester. […]

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Jack Rose in Manchester


The great post-Fahey guitarist Jack Rose plays the Unitarian Chapel tomorrow with support by incredible improv drummer Chris Corsano. I designed the posters and flyers for the event.

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