Shaku and Milon - gracefully similar yet decadently distinct and unique bands - met in Leeds late last year at what can only be described as a unifying cosmic experience. They shared laughter and lager whilst wistfully plotting their own showcase of DIY jazz-rock through a modern lens. It begins here, at the Gallimaufry, and who knows where it will end, or what it will look like when it does.
Shaku - 8:45pm
After two years of relentless gigging, warfare, bloodshed and liquid consumption, Shaku will be releasing their anticipated debut album “Maku” in Feb 2020.
Fusing the Proggy Jazz-Rock sounds of the past with the Proggy Jazz-Rock sounds of the future, they are the self-proclaimed pioneers of the Frog Rock genre, supplying a rattling live show that aims to unite the band and audience as one big amphibian family!
Coming off a big year playing with the likes of Henge, The Headhunters, Too Many Zoos and Têtes De Pois, Shaku prepare to embark on their first UK tour in February WOW!!!!!!
Milon - 8pm
Milon is fronted by tenor saxophonist Dino Christodoulou and electric guitarist Neil Smith, two very strong players coming from different backgrounds.
Dino is a straight-ahead tenor player out of the Sonny Rollins tradition; Neil is a post-rock decidedly electric guitarist with few classic progenitors - maybe John McLaughlin at a stretch. He combines angular, sometimes dissonant funky chording with blistering solos, rapid flurries of overdriven notes and textural sustains. Dino contributes tunes with a Cypriot (his nationality) flavour: churning rhythms and rapid riffs, very Levantine. Drummer Roberto Nappi and bassist Pasquale Votino excel at these grooves.
Together they make for a tight sound on the edge of wildness.