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Tatsuya Nakatani, Raymond MacDonald and Neil Davidson

Classic Anxiety Dream@The Meadow Bar, Edinburgh, Mon 18 July 2007
4 stars
Last time Edinburgh hosted a weekly improv night was in the mid 1990s, when Lindsay Cooper’s Free Underground took over Monday nights at Henry’s Cellar Bar. Classic Anxiety Dream occupies similar terrain, and, judging by the amount of bodies squeezed into The Meadow Bar’s bijou upstairs function room, is filling a serious gap in the musical calendar.

Nakatani is a Japanese, New York based percussionist who previously worked with Glasgow based sax player MacDonald and guitarist Davidson on the recent Aporias album. The final date of this UK tour finds the trio exploring similar percussive avenues, as Nakatani largely eschews conventional drumming in favour of bowls, gongs and rocks, while Davidson attacks his fret-board with a paint stripper and MacDonald skitters busily into his horn. For the second set, Phil Bancroft adds melodious tenor sax.

Sods law, Classic Anxiety Dream moves to The Wash on The Mound for the next two weeks, before returning to a post refurb Meadow Bar on July 23. Support your local noise-makers.
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The List, issue 580, 16 July 2007


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