One of the 21st century’s grooviest bands are returning to Ljubljana.
The Comet Is Coming have been ripping it up ever since their inception in a London warehouse back in 2013. To mark the release of their first album, Channel The Spirits, in 2016, the band raised the Channel Zero roof to the skies at a spectacular Druga Godba concert, writing themselves into festival history as they did so. The prime mover and first man of the new London jazz scene Shabaka Hutchings first came to the attention of the Slovenian audience with Sons of Kemet, and has also performed in Ljubljana with The Ancestors. Each of his formations has its own history, but the return of The Comet Is Coming brings with its such special, unique sounds, it’s as if the music were coming from somewhere deep in space – not far, perhaps, from where Sun Ra, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, the most important influences on the band’s creativity, are living.
Following the release of their second album, Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse, 2019), which has received rave reviews, the Comet have invited nations and generations to board their spaceship and land on some of the world’s biggest stages. People are still talking about their performance at this year’s Glastonbury…
12 February is the day the Katedrala stage at Kino Šiška plays hosts to a sci-fi musical adventure that will scramble your mind and get you asking who you are (and where) for a long time afterwards. Dress code? Something that makes you stand out from the crowd: it will make it easier for them to find you when you’re lost in space.
King Shabaka, sax; Danalogue, keyboards; Betamax, drums
‘Powered by Arkestral cosmic forces, The Comet Is Coming. Brace for impact’ The Guardian
‘If intergalactic jazz voyager Sun Ra had relocated to Cologne in 1971, he may well have made an album like this’ MOJO
‘A fine chunk of Afrofuturism’ NME
‘The Comet Is Coming embraces stargazing psychedelia on its maiden voyage, outfitting spacey synth arrangements with taut saxophone riffs that spiral off into the inky abyss’ Time Out, New York
The evening will be opened by Slovenian band Etceteral, a new duo by Boštjan Simon and Marek Fakuč who are exploring the dimensions of repetitive polyrhythmic music complemented by improvisational excursions through the black holes of science fiction.
PHOTO: Fabrice Bourgelle