Damo Suzuki Network -The Swiftsure Session

For the 10 years between 2002 and 2012, cosmic nomad Damo Suzuki made annual trips to Australia, zigzagging across the country to perform improvised set with constant rotation of unacquainted sound carriers. While most of these limitless jams only existed in a passing flash, one special document exists – The Swiftsure Session.

Recorded deep in the Melbourne suburbs at Corduroy Records in 2004, these 48 minutes of free energy were cut direct to vinyl in real time. No overdubs or editing. Nothing but live tension. Duelling guitarists Emil Sarlija and Oren Ambarchi (later of hysterical prog group Superstupid) wandered blindly to a rhythm section anchored by Angie March’s Davey Williams and Edmond Ammendola, while Damo exercised his voice as an instrument, often indecipherable, inviting listener to create their own stories. In this room, every sound carrier is equal, opting out of any cues or direction. The only direction is UP!

Damo’s spirit comes with one consideration – audience members must be present as playing to cold studio machines restricts the communication. To bridge a feedback loop, 20-30 friends and fans banded around shared space.
Engineer Harry Williamson, who has his own psychedelic history as a member of Nik Turner’s Spynx and Mother Gong, manned the controls, ready to flip the acetate.

Rushed to press to beat the plant’s imminent closure, the original short run of the Swiftsure Session stretched 2LPs with a clank side. Here it is boiled down to a single disc, maximising the listening experience.

A Side.
Part 1 23:58
B Side
Part 2 23:55

Sound Carriers :
Oren Ambarchi (Guitar)
Edmondo Ammendola (Bass)
Emil Sarlija (Guitar)
Damo Suzuki (Vocals)
Davey Williams (Drums)

Distributed by Kudos Worldwide
https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk

R.I.P. Holger Czukay (March 24 1938 – September 5 2017)

I didn’t see Holger for many years, we didn’t have relationship, so I didn’t know what he was actually doing.
Last time I heard about him was that he didn’t appear at Jaki’s funeral early this year , after while I heard Holger was sick that time. (Unfortunately, myself was also in hospital, not able to join Jaki’s funeral.) Even I didn’t know his wife U-she died a month before him.

If you’re at Network performance, creating time and space of the moment with ever changing local sound carriers and you’re into it and enjoy that energy and you keep smile. I say, if I didn’t meet Holger on that beautiful spring day in Munich 1970, I’m not able to bring you this experience of joy and share energy with you.
Holger is the person open my door to music activity. So, you know, everything begun on that day, Holger Czukay invited me to sing. (I still don’t know what moved him to stand up and come to me and asked if I can sing with Can on that day).

Holger is next to my mother, who gave me my life.
Holger gave me way to music life. If I didn’t meet him that day at that time and that place, I may became a politician, a comic painter or just I’m somewhere else.

Holger was workaholic.
He was first one to enter Inner Space Studio and last person to leave day after day. He was into wire, equipment and electric substance, eating sweet bread and drinking coffee, seemed to be no interest to get any other food, my picture in my brain is Holger in that form.
Sometimes he watched us (Irmin and me) during chess match looks very angry while he had problem with equipment. We’re concentrating next move. He was working if he doesn’t, he say some wits (near to philosophy) that often nobody’s able to understand.
Very first day, I was quite surprised from him was playing bass with white groove. I thought of Mickey Mouse, has four fingers, therefore he is bassist?
One day at beginning with Can, he came to me, I was enjoying Kölsch (domestic beer from Cologne) in local pub Plenum (A kind of institution, a pub early 70’s where Cologne artists and bands meet.)
He came with smiles on his face,
“Hey Damo, listen to this, it’s good British band!”
I took earphone and listen to it. British band?
“yeah, it’s not so bad….who is it?”
“It’s you..it’s our piece!”
It was “Mother Sky” on his face I found proud.

He was one, I guess in 90’s, somewhere on the street of Cologne I met him, he was saying “Can is the best band and there will be no band like us…also not in future….)
In fact as he was a hard worker, he was mostly with the band, take care about equipment, lay cables, even drove bus when we didn’t have roadies. Then, at Inner Space, preparations, recording, editing…..
He was action in person.

On that day in Munich he gave me “Monster Movies” and “Canaxis”
I liked both as at that time for me both were new, “something”. In “Boat-Woman-Song” I found fresh air and knew there’re many way to make music.
Holger was indeed a pioneer for sampling, electric, house music, techno, etc… He was doing all these very long time ever since even they didn’t have name.

Holger left us at age of 79.
U-she is beside him and Jaki’s grave is just few meter distance.

He was Inner Space, he choice his last moment in Inner Space.
It may right place…..space of creativity.

Holger, rest in piece.

Damo Suzuki / September 21 2017

September 16 2017(Saturday) Belgium, Liege @ Frakas

Damo Suzuki with Chris Cerri (Synths), Jerome Danthine (Drums), Benjamin Schoos (Guitar), Pascal Schyns (Bass)and Marc Wathieu (Guitar)
http:// www.frakas.be


This is a private party for DVD Productions Company’s anniversary.
Some asked me where is the space, I perform this day. , they want to come, but sorry this was a private.


Last time I performed here was appearance at a festival, one of nicest catering I ever had at festival. Healthy food for every taste. Belgium is one of best place for eatery beside Spain with generally I can enjoy. Those foods they served were really shining and filled up with positive energy. Even few days later I sent mail to the catering company, thanks for amazing buffet that never happens often.


So, any time visit Belgium may already a highlight sure.
Talks of the days are food, food again food! Here you can eat amazing food, food talk is not just female, men’s conversation in pub or on the street.
From Cologne to Liege is just one-hour drive, easy thing.
Just one-hour drive I can find delicatessen here.
I wasn’t feel good whole morning, I rest my self at hotel, which is just in front of modern 21-century style train station.
Elke was a way for a while, came back to the hotel room with happy face and exciting. She found oysters just Next Street at fish shop.
Even she tried, she said, they’re friendly, I have to come with her.
Since few years I’m an oyster lover. It’s not as delicatessen, I like to enjoy it for healthy reason.


Substances oyster has are enormous:
Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B12, D, E, Zink, Omega 3, Iron, Mineral…huh..
Vitamin E and C for Immune system, relax the blood vessels, good for eyes through Zink (Oyster has most Zink in natural product), rich with B12 and Omega 3, Zink and Iron helps brain function, keep good mood, Skin care, energy, good for bone, strength sexuality (Casanova ate 50 Oysters at everyday breakfast!) and anti aging. You know it’s universal medicine!
A young man and older man in the fish shop was so friendly and hospitality pure, even we lost in translation. Young one said he’ll make table for us, we ordered 1 Dzn oysters, but they served us more with shrimps, king prawns, other seafood… Dish full of amazing seafoods on ice.
Unfortunately we cannot get wine or champagne, as they’re a shop, not having licence for alcohol.


And what we paid? There was only a dzn oysters on invoice, good amount of other materials were not mentioned….just gifts.
He maybe proud to have his job, he loves fish, he himself is a gourmet, if he meet someone loves seafood, he is happy…he doesn’t make any business, he is happy to serve amazing material from sea. Enjoying to see his customer is enjoying. Another hand it was on Saturday afternoon what they’ll do with must-be-fresh materials? Even so, it was really far out, I say far out, things like this happen.
Sometimes I had this kind of experience with fisherman in another countries too. They’re human near.


The private party was at art gallery, invited guests fill up all space, good mood, some ladies are preparing finger foods in kitchen, each of their arts are looks pretty and creative. It’s nice to look from shoulder what they’re preparing, it’s inspired me. Again I witnessed Belgium is gourmet land even they don’t produce own wine. (I believe fine eatery belongs good wine.)


There is no stage, audience is so closer, everybody were in good mood wine glass in hand, so just positive energy was upon us.
After the show we all sound carriers were invited by owner of DVD productions company , together to eat near by.

Damo Suzuki’s Network With Château Laut – Ausland

Damo Suzuki in performance with Château Laut, recorded at Ausland, Berlin, 30.iv.2010 by Stephan Laackman. Mastered for cassette format by Mark Van Hoen.

Château Laut’s Stefan Fähler writes: “I contacted Damo in 2009. He didn’t reply immediately and at one point I just forgot about it… So, it was a huge surprise when he replied, exactly a year to the day later, explaining his email’s calendar was weird and he had only just now received my mail. Quickly, we arranged all details for our concert-to-be.

We first met a couple of months later, at the airport. We picked him up in the morning and were stoned just an hour later in our kitchen. The energy for the whole day was so peaceful and warm. On the way to soundcheck we saw barricades and police vans on the streets in readiness for 1 May – a date famous in Berlin for rioting and protest. We joked about this “predictable riot”, marked in calendars for all to see.

The gig at Ausland proceeded organically. We shared many beautiful moments, both on and off stage. Damo was so much into the atmosphere and the crowd that, after our main set, we went on-stage a second time. Afterwards, we crashed at our place, downing a couple of whiskeys before going to sleep, happy.

We kept in touch. He became something close to a spiritual mentor for me. He gave us contacts around the globe for travels and put me in touch with many nice people. He once said to me, one of the most important things in life is to travel. We were glad he stopped by our place on his journey.” – Stefan Fähler, Berlin, 23.viii.2017

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August 19 2017 (Saturday) Denmark, Århus @ Tape

Damo Suzuki with Badun
http://www.tapeaarhus.dk


Oliver had been a sound carrier for few times, he occasionally contacts me and inform me what is his new stand.
Travel to Århus from Cologne is quite far, it’s not make sense fly to Copenhagen and get there by ferry or something else. (Denmark has around 400 small islands except Greenland and Faroe Islands.)
We had to make it whole way by car. It’s both way 1,800km, it’s almost same amount driving distance like last UK tour just a week before.
So, that’s mean poor Elke has to drive same amount with her new car that can carry more luggage than any of this type car. She wanted to have this sort of car as we travelling a lot. In case we find interesting things buy it on the road, it’s easy to transfer.


Travel with car is for me the best way. We don’t have to focus to timetable of plane or train. We can control our own time. Also driving is quite natural way like ride on bicycle or use own foots, you won’t travel to another time zone with fast speed. I don’t think it’s healthy to pass many time zones in short, it’s against human time circle or life rhythms however you call it.
One-way to Århus is 900 km, it’s better to break somewhere before/after Germany/Denmark boarder. We decide to stay one night in Flensburg, border to Denmark and northernmost city in Germany. I’d been here for many years ago with my old band, beginning of 70’s, before this on my busking days at end 60’s.


Flensburg is very famous in Germany, everybody knows for Federal Motor Vehicle Office. If you involved in traffic accident by your mistake, people say “loose point in Flensburg” It’s officially penalty giving place.
As Flensburg is near sea, there must be good fish restaurant, unfortunately we are late for good kitchen as we just decided randomly to stay over night here. We found spontaneously a hotel at middle of the city, even at this time busy on the street. It’s Friday evening. There Are some fish restaurants, but it won’t attract us, we went to Spanish restaurant against our philosophy (eat at local food restaurant) But, It wasn’t a bad choice I should say…very comfortable and southern Europe typical friendly hospitality. Spanish restaurant, without doubt you can try almost everywhere. They have generally good quality and they know cooking. Beside Japanese food I like Spanish most, because it’s delicious plus they have reasonable price, you get what equal to your budget.
Next morning: I didn’t expect control at the border, but surprisingly there was. We had no problem just without control through border. Some cars not, had stop for control.
On the way, I found many spaces if Denmark is huge country. Farmer after farmer, green after green.
Also motorway you feel much comfortable, no aggressive driving style like in Germany.
Already 3rd time to perform in Århus, meet up with Oliver at the hotel, middle of the city.


Sound check is delayed, so we went to explore city life, find place to sit outside at old part of the city, ordered late lunch/early dinner however. Price in Denmark is incredible, even small city like here, you never miss advertising brunch for 350ddk, 380ddk, seems to be it’s cheap for Danish people…listen!… 350ddk is about 47 euro. As I’m interesting about food everywhere, this is like 50% more than in Germany. But, quality generally is not bad. But, if you think this price it must be so.
The performance tonight is a trio: Oliver, Jonas and I.
With Jonas I performed also few times, also here and in Copenhagen.
I guess Oliver made recording tonight, so I may hear it later.
Play trio is so different, every sound carriers has huge space, enough creative possibility.


We had extra stay as Oliver offer to stay for few days.
But, we stayed one extra day, cooking for Oliver’s family and some friends.
Way back home, again randomly choice an accommodation.
This time we stayed in Lübeck, one of Hansa cities and Holstentor is symbolising German proud on 50 mark cash money until January 1 2002 beginning of Euro.


Again we didn’t find any interesting fish restaurant. North Germany is connected to East Sea and North Sea, Lübeck is the port of East Sea, there must be a good fish restaurant, found many restaurants that menu says housewives made cream herring with fried potatoes, it’s sound nothing….I can eat it at home, not anything special, have to go to restaurant even its origin and I like it.
We had good accommodation just beside Holstentor, comfortably short touristic action.

August 13 2017 (Sunday) @The Exchange, Bristol, UK

Damo Suzuki with The Dave Perry Trio and Very Special guest: Angelo Bruschini (guitar)
https://www.exchangebristol.com

Arrived early as expected, we had a bit time for expedition. 

That’s good as mainly I travel between venue and hotel, no touristy program at all now a day. I’m not a fan of tourism, I just like to experience local THING. We ‘re looking for place to eat for late lunch.

We found St.Nicholas Market as not so far from our hotel, (where for wrong parking we had to pay unnecessary money next day.) The Market is just place I like to be. Many foods and drinks in and beside street of the church. There’s a shop serving fresh pressed juice. In travelling we were taking less vitamin, so we bought fresh pressed pineapple parsley mix as I remember when I was in Mexico I had this often. Fresh fruit juice gives me fresh and a wake, also clean, and positive energy is filling up my body everywhere. We found many interesting place for eat. Colourful variation of foods. Offer is too many, so very difficult to decide to select where we go for late lunch. Most places were busy at this time, also too many people. We want have a comfortable and relax place. Keep walk down to riverside.

Then we found a chain fish restaurant near by. We and few couples were there, we ordered and taste wine and seafood dish and off course oyster……the world stop to keeping around, very silence, soft BG music, we stayed longer that we expected. So we had to be in the venue for sound check….but, it was really good start