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Metal Moves: Metalkymist (FMR)

Percussionist Steve Hubback's project Metal Moves presents the percussionist, composer and instrument maker's work, using drums, gongs, bells, cymbals and percussive sculptures in well-developed compositions, evoking mysterious environments that evolve into muscular displays of extraordinary power, a beautifully balanced album of uniquely voice solo percussion.

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UPC: 642415162753

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR582
Squidco Product Code: 29428

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Mindpark Studio, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, during February to April, 2014, by Ralph Timmermans.

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Percussionist Steve Hubback's project Metal Moves presents the percussionist, composer and instrument maker's work, using drums, gongs, bells, cymbals and percussive sculptures in well-developed compositions that evoke mysterious environments that evolve into muscular displays of extraordinary power, a beautifully balanced album of uniquely voice solo percussion. All instruments in these recordings are created and performed on by Hubback. "Son Yr Christr" is a traditional Breton work; all other pieces are composed and performed by Hubback.

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"Steve Hubback is from Barry in South Wales where his musical career began in 1978 playing in local rock and rock and roll groups and later attending the Barry Jazz and Improvised music Summer School where he met and was inspired by Tony Oxley. Gordon Beck. Evan Parker. Alan Holdsworth. Phil Wachsman. Trevor Tomkins. Roy Babington. Keith Tippet. Alan Skidmore. Fred Van Hove, Peter Brotzmann and many other great musicians. It was a life changing experience.

He started a jazz club in Barry in a big hotel which became well known in Wales and soon after a Friday night rock club in the same venue. After turning professional Steve left Wales for Paris in early 1981 which was a fantastic cultural and learning experience. During his time in Paris he first played in a rock 'n' roll group and later in the rock group Splat with Goffo and Joe Hamilton.. He also began performing solo and performed surrealist theatre with Italian Artist - dancer/sculptor Loredana Celi who is an amazing artist and Steve learnt a lot from Loredana about working with visual and movement as well as sound. In 1983 Steve also had the opportunity to perform in Versailles with the legendary Bob Vatel. 'He saw me playing in Paris and invited me to play a concert with him and that was a fantastic experience for me.

In the mid 1980's Steve founded and led It's My Head originally with rock guitarist 'Goffo' from London. Peformed in Denmark. Norway and Sweden. Goffo left in 1986 and Steve invited the phenomenal Swedish guitarist Jorgen Cremonese to join. The highly acclaimed debut CD was recorded in Aarhus with Danish guitarist R L Lunding from the band Picnic and the rest at Jorgen Sangsta's Urania Studios in Gothenburg Sweden with Jorgen Sangsta contributing a rythym track on Mime For The blind. Steve played drums, motorized guitar, keyboards and made recordings of live smashing glass and metal sheets dropped from a stairway in an abanded factory and recording angle grinders which are all intergrated on the recordings. Jorgen Sangsta played lead guitars and keyboards.Norwegian photographer Per Talleraas had joined the group in 1985 intergrating his film and slide projections and his photo's were always used on IMH covers and art. Most of the live performances were in Scandinavia and included a legendary performance at Hennie Onstad Senter outside Oslo. In 1988 through Dossier Records in Berlin Steve toured for 2 weeks in the DDR (East Germany) with Dietmar Diesner and performed solo at Druga Godba in Slovenia. Steve was also was in the original line up of the Danish chamber group Atlantis Transit.

In 1996 invited to tour South Korea as part of Lim Dong Chang's 'World is One' ensemble. That was an incredible experience. ' I learnt a great deal about movement and breathing and space in music through Lim Dong Chang. In 1996 together with Danish artist Harald Viuff co founded The Hydronorts in Denmark for very large scale performances. Steve created a series of floating sculptures along with Paul Burwell from Bow Gamelan Ensemble. The sculptures were moored in Kolding Fjord for the Summer of 1996. Later that year The Hydronorts gave large scale performances in Copenhagen harbour which included The Hot pipe Organ - Bastiaan Maris, Geo Homsey and Stock and high voltage sculptor Barry Schwartz.

In 2000 An invitation to participate in The Kortrijk Percussion project led by Belgian master drummer Dirk Wachtelaer and which featured English drummer Trevor Taylor. Dirk was working with his electronic sounds. Trevor Taylor was playing Sculptures Sonores by the Baschet Brothers and Steve was performing on his sound sculptures and percussion creations.

In 2002 In Iceland was founding member of the Icelandic group Jord Bifast together with Egill Johannsson and Siggi Hrellir. Due to logistics Jord Bifast only performed live in Iceland. That same year Steve formed Recreator together with Nick Le Beat and Theo Travis (Soft Machine and Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree).

Since 1999 Duo performances and recordings with Dutch pioneer sax and reeds improviser Ad Peijnenburg. Also in 1999 Steve began performing and recording with Norwegian saxophonist and clarinetist Frode Gjerstad.

In 2008 Steve was invited to perform on The Large Hot Pipe Organ at Robodock in Amsterdam and Blast in Birmingham. 'I was playing electric drum pads to trigger the explosions in the pipes which was strange as the sound was generated a few seconds later. In London recorded together with Paul Clarvis on sound sculptures and gongs on the soundtrack of State of Play (Russel Crowe, Ben Aflack and Helen Miren) Music was composed by Alex Heffes.

In 2009 Steve began performing with the highly respected Celtic harpist Nadia Birkenstock. Their first performance was at the International Harp festival in Selstad outside Barcelona. They have continued since then as The Glow Within. Performing in Germany. Czech Republic. Italy. Netherlands. France. Spain and Portugal."

-Steve Hubback Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Metalkymist 3:29

2. The Animal Sorcerer 6:37

3. Medovina 2:23

4. Son Ar Christr 1:04

5. The Bee Priestess 2:55

6. At The Forges 3:39

7. In The Ruins 7:18

8. Going Through The Mirror 3:44

9. Athanor 1:40

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