Classic Anxiety Dream (4 stars)



Classic Anxiety Dream @ The Meadow Bar, Edinburgh, Mon 18 Jun


(Image: Nakatani & Davidson)

Edinburgh last hosted a weekly improv night 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 Raymond MacDonald and guitarist Neil 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 returns to a post-refurb Meadow Bar on 23 July. Support your local noise-makers.

(Neil Cooper)


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