Can‘s double CD of live tracks recorded between 1971 and 1977 – previously only available as part of the limited edition ‘Can Box’ – is released on September 20 by Mute Records.
Comprising of tapes, cassettes and non-professional recordings of various Can shows, ‘Can Live’ documents the career of the German avant garde band whose sound encompassed everything from Stockhausen-influenced atonal free form compositions through funk, soul, dub and early attempts at sampling.
All of the members of Can – with the exception of Holger Czukay – will play live shows under the Can-Solo-Projects banner at:
Dublin Olympia (September 11) Holland Den Haag Crossing Border Festival (October 6) London Barbican Centre (9)
Can played their last live show in 1977 and despite having played together in various combinations, have never performed again as Can. The solo projects formed by the ex-members have, however, played and toured on the same bill this year in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s foundation.
Former Can guitarist Michael Karoli‘s project Sofortkontakt stays true to the Can ideal of spontaneous improvised composition. The group – featuring former members of Zoviet France and Jelly Planet – were formed the day before the first rehearsal to maintain the improvisational ad hoc spirit.
Jaki Liebezeit & Club Of Chaos is a trio formed by the Can drummer whose motto is “new music needs new instruments” and consequently specialise in playing modified electronic and acoustic instruments.
Irmin Schmidt & Kumo is a duo formed by the keyboards player who have just completed work on a score for an opera based on Mervyn Peake‘s fantasy trilogy Gormenghast which will premiere in May 2000 at London’s Sadler’s Wells. Their rare live performances – Schmidt is the least active ex-Can member in the live arena – are described as intense, with Schmidt literally attacking his piano.