Discus Music @ Bishops House 26/03/22

Two acts from the Discus Music label, both launching their latest albums.

Martin Archer & John Jasnoch

The pair have a musical relationship which goes all the way back to the early 1980s when they were both a part of jazz-punk pell mellers Bass Tone Trap. Over the subsequent years they have played and recorded together occasionally, previously as ASK, and now as this no frills improvised music duo which allows both musicians to utilise the full range of their respective instrumentation and to play on a style which is very personal to both musicians without undue regard to convention or expectation. This new work was recorded in the same place at the same time, one day in July 2021. The conversation continues.

Martin Archer : Sopranino, saxello, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, flute, bass harmonica

John Jasnoch : Electric guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, oud, ukulele

Nick Robinson

Nick is a guitarist with a long history, most of it not troubling the charts. From the youthful pop of Polydor’s “Typhoon Saturday” through the anarchy of Dig Vis Drill, as well as working with the Comsat Angels, Neil Ardley and many, many more. He has developed an individual musical voice based around the looping and processing of a guitar.

The music evokes many different moods and is both beautiful and challenging in equal measures, like theme music for films that have never been made. Every sound on the album is created by the guitar.

Steve Hackett (Genesis)
interesting with some excellent playing and innovative atmosphere. I wish you luck with the project.

Adrian Belew (King Crimson)
I liked it very much. All the best in this crazy world we now have…

Bill Nelson (Be-Bop Deluxe / Solo)
I enjoyed listening very much. You have a powerful and creative approach to the guitar. You have your own original voice. Thanks for sharing it with me. I wish you all the very best in your continuing exploration of our mutual instrument!

Sonja Kristina (Curved Air)
A haunting immersive experience. All shades of guitar sonics – meandering stretched sustained single notes, handfuls of startling metallic discordance fading away to the last vibration of a tone Ghostly fleeting poignant melodies…  always surprising – relaxing, transportive, never boring….

Dave Sturt (Gong / Bill Nelson)
Inspired; uncompromising; challenging; beautifully intense … There are shades of Nelson, Torn, Belew, Frisell even Oldfield- but it’s still 100% Robinson. His experimental use of effects and sonic explorations are intriguing and lead to some unexpected and beautiful soundscapes. I can see this album being a source of inspiration for quite a while.