The Artaud Beats
Geoff Leigh (flute, voice, electronics)
Yumi Hara (keys, voice)
Chris Cutler (drums)
John Greaves (bass, voice)
New CD album LOGOS order here
The Artaud Beats (Geoff Leigh: sax, fl, vo, electronics, Yumi Hara: p, vo, Chris Cutler: dr, John Greaves: b, vo) came together in a chance encounter at Jean-Hervé Péron's Avantgarde Festival in Schiphorst, 2009. Geoff Leigh and Yumi Hara were there as a duo, Chris Cutler and John Greaves with Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause. It was Geoff who proposed the quartet and Jean-Hervé enthusiastically supported the idea - since Geoff, Chris, and John had all been in Henry Cow together when they toured with Faust; and Yumi seemed the perfect companion. The concert was fine, the public happy and a Norwegian promoter from Bodo, who happened to be in the audience, immediately invited us to his next festival. So our casual meeting metamorphosed into a band. We gave ourselves a name: The Artaud Beats, and made ourselves available. Two tours of Japan and a box-set later, we're back - still with no programme and no songs, and still engaged in the hazardous but honourable art of conjuring music out of empty air.
And Japan tour 2013.
first studio CD out on 5 June 2015 Order
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NEWS: 10 February 2015
LOGOS new review: 27 January 2016, Rythmes-Croisés (France)
NEWS: 15 September 2015
The Artaud Beats will be playing at Copenhagen Jazzhouse on Fri 26 Feb 2016
NEWS: 16 June 2015
LOGOS Japanese version (with Japanese liner notes and obi) is out on 1 July from DiskUnion.
NEWS: 19 April 2015
very pleased to announce that our first studio CD album 'LOGOS' will be launched on 5 June at Le Triton
5 June 2015, 8pm
NEWS: 18 March 2015
Le Triton date announced:
5 June 2015, 8pm
NEWS: 30 Sept 2014
Two Japanese dates in November:
13 Nov 2014, BIG APPLE, Kobe, JAPAN
Open: 18.30 Start: 19.30
15 Nov 2014, Rock in Opposition Japan, Tokyo, JAPAN
performance at RIO 2014 on 20 Sept was joined by Fred Frith
photo by Matin Horst individual photos by Lutz Diehl
NEWS: 16 June 2014
The Artaud Beats will perform for the first time in the UK at Fort Process Festival, Newhaven, East Sussex, UK (13 Sept).
Also RIO JAPAN 2014, (15 Nov), Tokyo, Japan
NEWS: 6 May 2014
A work-in-progress version of a track 'Green Arena/E=MC2' from forthcoming studio album has been uploaded on SoundCloud
NEWS: 29 January 2014
The Artaud Beats will be playing at RIO 2014, (20 Sept) , Carmaux, France
NEWS: 24 June 2013
The Artaud Beats 'Archive Box' Japan Tour 2012 second impression. SOLD OUT
The Artaud Beats 'Japan 2012 revisited', a single CDR compiled by Chris Cutler & Yumi, remastered by Yumi
The Artaud Beats T-shirt in Grey Marl (S-XXL) and Pink Marl (ladies M)
Please visit discography page for details
Current AB T-shirts stock availability:
NEWS: 7 May 2013
The Artaud Beats 'Archive Box' Japan Tour 2012 has been completely sold out, and we are still getting orders. So we decided to create 'second impression' in slightly different box, numbered and signed by all memberes of the band, with extra DVDR (Shibuya gig shot from behind Chris Cutler), limited to 25 copies. Price will be £90 which is higher than the 1st edition, taking the change in recent currency exchange rate and extra items into consideration. Available from 29 May, beginning of Japan tour 2013. Owners of 1st edition can purchase the extra DVD for £10 (already available, and actually most of the owners already bought!)
NEWS: 26 Feb 2013
The Artaud Beats Japan Tour 2013 dates announced. For details, please scrol down to the bottom of the page:
Wed 29 May, Nagoya, Tokuzo
NEWS: 16 Jan 2013
Now ready to dispatch worldwide: previously only available at the merchandising table of Yumi's Japan Tour in December 2012.
Sizes available: Ladies XS (chest width 39cm), Ladies S (42cm), Ladies M (45cm)
Colours: Lilac (ladies only), Red, Dark Purple, Black, White.
NEWS: 15 Nov 2012
We are currently making 'The Artaud Beats T-shirts', featuring illustrations of the members of the band: Chris Cutler, Geoff Leigh, John Greaves and Yumi Hara Cawkwell, drawn by Yumi originally for 2012 Japan tour flyers. The illustration portrays the characteristic movements and postures of the musicians, and the positive energy of the band's performance.