planet gong archives

graham clark

1989-91 : Gongmaision
April-September 1989 : Daevid Allen, Wandana Bruce, Graham Clark, Didier Malherbe, Shyamal Maitra, Harry Williamson : Did the first April tour and Glastonbury Festival appearance as the Invisible Opera Company of Tibet UK, renamed to Gongmaison, long UK tour, two trips to France; October-December 1989 : Daevid Allen, Graham Clark, Didier Malherbe, Shyamal Maitra, Harry Williamson, Elliett Mackrell, Jaki Dankworth, Jenni Rodger : Gongmaison; January 1990 - December 1991 : Daevid Allen, Graham Clark, Didier Malherbe, Shyamal Maitra, Keith Bailey : Strong and Streamin' cassette tape from UK and French tour
1992 : Les Poissons d'Or Perdu
Daevid Allen, Graham Clark, Shyamal Maitra : toured northern France and Belgium by train
Clark Thorne Fell
1991-92 : Magick Brothers
Daevid Allen, Graham Clark, Mark Robson : Live at the Witchwood (Voiceprint), Live in the New World (GAS tape MB1)
Jah Wobble
The Complete Motive Force Studio Sessions (GAS)
Gong - Shapeshifter(approve sites) (Celluloid)
Daevid Allen - Dreamin a Dream(approve sites) (GAS)
Magick Brothers - Live at the Witchwood (Blueprint)
Gongmaison - Gongmaison(approve sites) (Demi Monde)
Gongmaison - Live at the Glastonbury Festival 89 (GAS)

Graham began playing the violin in 1972. He has been involved in the modern and free jazz scene for many years, and has played with Andy Sheppard, Keith Tippett, Jon Lloyd - amongst others - and also formed the trio Motive Force with Brian Godding and David Fowler. Graham met Gong's Daevid Allen in 1988, and was the first instrumentalist to be recruited for a newly formed Gong band, Gongmaison. This was followed by The Magick Brothers trio, as well as involvement in Daevid's 'solo' projects and ultimately a re-formed Gong. He later worked with Graham Massey (of 808 State fame, and Graham's friend since childhood) on experimental musical pieces, some of which aired on the BBC Radio 3's 'Mixing It'.

1991 : Magick Brothers

The acoustic periods in Daevid's life have always coincided with periods of spiritual self initiation and renewal. Of course these themes are encoded in the music, so that listeners might access similar changes through osmosis. Named after his first album in 1969, Magick Brothers is the freshest and most human of his material to date. Little remains to be said, except that in this band he can be who he really is. He is in his true element.

Graham met Daevid in London in 1988 at the last concert of Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, UK, and instantly became the first instrumentalist to be recruited for Gongmaison. Graham's virtuoso technique and heartfelt approach are a vital element in all of Daevid's recent music.

Mark, though born in Sussex, UK, spent much time in Australia where he played with the Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, OZ and most notably with his own band, Kangaroo Moon.