18 Nov 2006
The Duke Quartet and Rolf Hind - 'Eye of the Fire' 
From dukequartet.net:

Tickets are on sale for Eye of Fire, where the Duke Quartet will be peforming with SPNM artistic director Rolf Hind Schnittke's Piano Quintet, Rolf Hind's own Eye of the Fire and music by some of the UK's best up-and-coming composers.

Performances are as follows:

Tuesday 5 December at Wigmore Hall London
Wednesday 6 December at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Thursday 7 December at The Gate, Cardiff

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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