Starless Night: a celebration of the King Crimson ‘Starless’ theme

Starless Night

Starless Night is a celebration of the May release of the David Cross and Robert Fripp album ‘Starless Starlight’.

David Cross (King Crimson) will be joined by , David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator) Yumi Hara (The Artaud Beats) and Tony Lowe (Producer\ Guitarist\Composer) performing tracks from the album and, in keeping with the spirit of this venture, will individually and collectively devise, and compose original new interpretations of the Starless theme. Anything could happen… and probably will – expect the unexpected!

There will be a collection on the night for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

David Cross and Friends
David Cross: Violin
Yumi Hara: Keyboards, voice
David Jackson: Saxophones
Tony Lowe: Guitar

Tue 26 May

77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD London, United Kingdom

£10 adv £12 door
7.30 doors open

StarlessStarlightThe story of ‘Starless Starlight’ is that of a short melody composed by David Cross and Robert Fripp that emerged as one of the key themes of the King Crimson song ‘Starless’ (1974). The tune resurfaced in two improvisations performed and recorded by Fripp at Blueberry Hill, St Louis in 2006. These recordings and the theme itself were then transformed by David Cross (and co-producer Tony Lowe) into the album ‘Starless Starlight’. Find out more aboutStarless Starlight’, Creativity, and King Crimson in this Interview with David Cross  or view the Starless Starlight Loops  promo video.

“A beautiful and unexpected collision of Violins and Soundscapes”. Available May 4th at Burning Shed

David Cross is an internationally respected rock musician and improviser with a discography of more than 40 albums. David was a member of the legendary ‘Larks’ Tongues’ version of King Crimson and has performed in Europe, USA and Japan. In recent years he has performed at Athens Conservatory of Music, at festivals in Poland and Italy and most recently (April 2015) with Stick Men in Japan.

David Jackson was in Van der Graaf Generator for a long time! After much acclaim and recognition, Melody Maker christened him ‘The Van Gogh of the Saxophone’ way back in 1971. He has also played with Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill and Keith Tippett and released many solo albums. David is also well known for his mastery of Soundbeam and his international work in the field of music and disability. After Tomorrow’s World in 1997, the BBC christened him ‘The Soundbeam Guru! Massive VdGG success in Italy still means regular recording and live spots with Italian Progressive Rock Bands in Europe, America and Asia. Osanna, Aldo Tagliapietra, Alex Carpani Band, ReaGente 6, Playing The History, Pandora and Twinscapes are very recent associates. It was at such a Prog Festival in Verona in 2010 that DJ met David Cross on stage for an emergency duo set. The rest is history. Cross & Jackson’s first band album is due for release in 2015. It will be such a thrill for DJ to join this exciting band and add his own interpretations of the Cross masterpiece at the ‘Starless Starlight’ concert in Balham.
David Jackson

Tony Lowe is a Producer\Guitarist\Composer and is currently Creative Director at Sunn Creative. An independent record label and media production company formed by Cheryl Stringall in 2011. Tony has produced records by Simon Townshend, David Cross & Robert Fripp, John Foxx, Toyah, Bram Stoker, Yumi Hara and Chris Gray. Played guitar with Simon Townshend, Roger Daltrey, David Cross, Julian Lennon, Pet Shop Boys, Modern English, Bram Stoker, Flying Colours and Julien Clerc.
Tony is producing, playing, and writing for a number of different projects. He released ‘Human Sleeping’ in 2014 with Alison Fleming and has recently co produced the new album by David Cross and Robert Fripp of King Crimson called ‘Starless Starlight’. Tony is currently writing the music for the ESP project which will include Mark Brzezicki, David Cross, John Young, Phil Spalding, Simon Townshend, John Beagley, Alison Fleming and Pat Orchard among others on an album release next November.

Yumi Hara is a Japanese performer based in London. As a composer, she has written pieces for contemporary classical performers such as PianoCircus, [rout], Delta Saxophone Quartet and OKEANOS. She was a tour member of Frank Chickens in the ’90s, and since she recorded a CD with Hugh Hopper in 2008, she became seriously active in performing improvisation based on avant-rock aesthetics. She has performed and/or recorded with David Cross, Tony Lowe, Daevid Allen, Dave Sinclair, Charles Hayward, Tatsuya Yoshida, Yoshihide Otomo, HACO, David Toop, Geoff Leigh, among many others. She is permanent member of The Artaud Beats (with Chris Cutler, Geoff Leigh, John Greaves).

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2014 – Early 2015

Human Sleeping by Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming2014 was an eventful year with two releases; the critically reviewed ‘Cold Reading‘ by Bram Stoker, with over 23 brilliant industry reviews, and the ambient prog album, ‘Human Sleeping’ by Tony Lowe and Alison Fleming. Both well received by listeners and radio alike.

Meanwhile Chris Gray has been gigging steadily, getting ready for a busy 2015. This year he supported Matt Cardle and John Power as well as headlining a number of shows while recording his debut album, ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’; release April 2015.Bram Stoker - Cold Reading

We have exciting plans going forward for the label and a number of new releases in 2015, starting off with Chris Gray’s new digital EP as part of the ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ spring campaign. His album will be released April 2015.

Our collaborations with David Cross (King Crimson) in a number of areas resulted in a completed video in support of David and Robert Fripp’s new Album, ‘Starless Starlight’ (a Tony Lowe co-production). Tony is also working with David on a new collaboration and Sunn Creative produced a related documentary – See below. All to be released in  2015.

We have a number of projects on the go; one being the forthcoming ‘esp’ album project which will involve contributions by various name musicians.

Sunn Creative would like to thank the music lovers,  radio stations, reviewers, customers, fans, artists, photographers, and friends who have supported our music releases in 2014 (and earlier) and who have written us, and the artists with their support and comments.