Thursday 10th October
The Crescent, York
SOFT MACHINE : 1966 – 2018
Soft Machine : One of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time.
Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe’s best known ‘fusion’ groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists.
Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960?s, the band’s spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.
The current line-up features John Etheridge on guitar, John Marshall on drums, Theo Travis on saxophones and Roy Babbington on bass – Soft Machine feature three quarters of the line up that made the awesome “Alive & Well” album that was recorded in Paris and released in 1977. Soft Machine will perform material from throughout the bands illustrious career.