Fifty years since Can played in Cornwall, the legendary band’s former frontman, Damo Suzuki is coming to perform in Falmouth – and you can join him as his ‘sound carriers’.
Can were widely hailed as the pioneers of the German krautrock scene, and their experimental music has had a major influence on modern artists, from Radiohead to Aphex Twin. Damo Suzuki was Can’s vocalist during their notable albums Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyasi – his freeform and often improvised lyrics defining the period for the band.
In the last few decades, Damo Suzuki has been building up a network of ‘sound carriers’, touring the world to collaborate with thousands of musicians. He improvises with the sound carriers, who are usually from the local area. In the past, Suzuki’s sound carriers have included artists such as Goat, Mogwai, Mars Volta, Spiritualized, Tame Impala, Acid Mothers Temple and Boredoms.
For his first Cornwall performance since leaving Can, his sound carriers will be the Mildred Maude Orchestra of Public Noise. Mildred Maude are an improvisational melodic noise band (who recently supported The Fall to a mesmerised crowd), and the Orchestra of Public Noise is you, the audience. During the final half of the set, you will be invited on stage to make music using specially made instruments that require no technical knowledge or conventional musical ability. You will be able to collectively build the sonic backdrop on which Damo Suzuki will sing over. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The event is organised by co:noise, a project by local non-profit arts organisation Moogie Wonderland. The project enables non-musicians and musicians of all levels and ages to play music together, with the aim of inspiring people to find new routes to making music. co:noise events are usually in live settings and they are set up in a way that allows people to make music without any previous experience needed.
Doors open at 8pm, with support to be confirmed. This is an all-ages show and tickets are free for under 12s (free tickets do not exclude the £1 Poly Fund charge).
Please note that ear plugs are recommended if you would like to join in on stage.