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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 49 | volume IX | July-August, 2006



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 49July-August, 2006
Sound Reviews

Crazy Japanese in the Land of Broken Beats

Damo Suzuki in Macedonia

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Ljupčo Jolevski

Surrounded by some twenty Macedonian musicians at two high octane sets, one in Mala stanica cultural centre, and the other one in Žlust studio, the former singer of progressive German band Can and current world traveller showed with ease that he had exchanged the long legendary status for an unconditional freedom.

    Last week Skopje performances of Damo Suzuki, the former singer of the founders of krautrock – the progressive German band Can, were almost ignored by the Macedonian media. Partly because of ignorance and partly because of their need to marginalise everything that does not come from the gang of some of our stage swindlers. Anyway, honestly, at least seemingly, the Japanese has long stopped being part of the legend of the great band whose music the world is yet to discover, and on top of it, he is himself in the marginal phase, surviving on the mercy of those who are taken by his energy and improvisations, without a roof over his head. But this does not imply at all that Suzuki has given up his own self. He still fanatically lives for his own musical visions and the need for communication with the spring of energies of the musicians from various backgrounds. Especially those who will have the first chance to build the sound wall behind him and enjoy in the act with this completely unconditioned communication. They rejoice the encounter and come out richer for an unforgettable experience.
    Not only them, but also the witnesses of the cruel process of creating a new modern sound. Music that happens only now and never again.
    Just like this, with his bags full of his need to burn, quite until the slopes of amplifiers start running, Damo Suzuki arrived to Macedonia. He came to quench his thirst for new encounters, continue his long mission along Balkan countries, rest and warm his old bones before leaving for Australia. In the course of these two days, at the eve of Offest, he not only animated our musicians that stick to their needs to come out of their skin but also made them burn in this experiment without any reservations.

For whole three hours without a break, at the Mala stanica cultural centre, D-r Maslim (Oliver Josifovski), Vladan Drobicki, Goce Naumov, Vladoš Ribski, Zlatko Trajkovski-Hinki changed behind his slightly hunched shadow; One of Us, White Noise in a White Room… The dynamics and atmosphere of

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