News: Fusion supergroup Asteroid Ekosystem, with Ed Kuepper, Lloyd Swanton, Alister Spence and Toby Hall, announce their debut gigs in the new year.

The material composition of the Asteroid Ekosystem alone is stunning: Alister Spence is the leader of avant-improv group the Alister Spence Trio and touring keyboardist with Sunnyboys, The Aints! and Laughing Clowns, bassist Lloyd Swanton plays with jazz giants The Necks and the catholics, world class percussionist Toby Hall on drums and the legendary and pioneering Ed Kuepper; guitarist and founding member of The Saints, Laughing Clowns, The Aints! and a long and distinguished solo career.

Spence first brought together this eclectic mix of extraordinary musicians, saying of Kuepper’s inclusion:

I first heard Ed Kuepper’s music more than thirty years ago. His interest in and skill with sound and improvisation came across so clearly. His songs always unfolded in interesting ways and often opened out to be extended by the players in his bands

The musical output is something that almost defies adequate definition: a little dash of jazz, and little splash of ambience and a little grinding of gritty rock. It’s an amalgamation that results in something quite special, and Asteroid Ekosystem have just announced they will be playing live across a number of venues in Australia in their debut performances. The tour details and tickets are listed below:

Feb 23: Canberra
Ainslie Salon @ Ainslie & Gorman Arts Centre – tickets here
Feb 24: Melbourne
Brunswick Ballroom – tickets here
Feb 26: Sydney
Jazz: NOW Summer Festival, Marys Underground – tickets here
Feb 26: Sydney
Jazz: NOW Summer Festival, Marys Underground – tickets here
Mar 11: Womadelaide  – tickets here

You can get a taste of what to expect with this atmospheric, organic piece ‘Not A Leaf In Any Forest’:

This track is off Asteroid Ekosystem’s album released last year:

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