What do we have. Toulouse.

The end of the year is near. Of 2023, that is. Meanwhile I am in the South of France, doing a couple of shows with Titty Twister BB and The And. On November the 3rd TITTY TWISTER BB launched their new album Sueur et Tremblements. I did lyrics and vocals on the album-track If I Can’t and live I joined the band for three more songs. First party was THE AND which used to be a duo (Nicolas Lafourest and me), but is now a trio (enter Marie Olaya), that makes two guitars and one voice.

Before Toulouse I was in Amsterdam together with Ignacio Córdoba from Copenhagen, working on ideas for our second album. Meanwhile, our first album Is This A House will be released in January 2024. Its planned release got ” s l i g h t l y ” delayed… There was some covid period stuff, home stuff other things to do first stuff, no time to do any gigs now anyway stuff, so yeah, we decided on putting it out early next year.

Before Toulouse and Amsterdam, there were a bundle of shows with BAZIP ZEEHOK (Lukas Simonis, Gert-Jan Prins, and me), to celebrate the release of our album In De Sloop Der Tijd (which kinda translates as “In the crush of time”). It contains ten improvised tracks and they all got lyrics in Dutch.

Before Toulouse and Amsterdam and Allthat, the people of SKILL DREAMS (“OMA”), i.e. Don McLean, Bianca Biblioni, and me, finished the recordings and mixing of the ten-track album As We Speak, which will be released around the middle of next year, followed by a US tour in July.

Remember September?

On September 22 there will be the release of BAZIP ZEEHOK’s album IN DE SLOOP DER TIJD, consisting of 10 instantly composed improv tracks by Gert-Jan Prins, Lukas Simonis and G.W. Sok. Watch out, all lyrics will be in Dutch! (Tractor Notown, NOT 14)

In the fall there will be the release of IS THIS A HOUSE, a new album by G.W. Sok and Ignacio Córdoba (Spain/Denmark). Experimental live sessions, 8 in total, recorded at Worm Studios in Rotterdam in 2019. Due to serious reasons this release got “slightly” delayed, but here we are.

BAZIP ZEEHOK will be doing a series of shows during the coming months, to celebrate the arrival of the album. G.W. SOK & IGNACIO CÓRDOBA are planning to organise various concerts no sooner than in 2024.

Coming up in June and Thereafter…

After a slew of concerts with OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE in March April May, next there will be 6 shows with L&S, playing their album WHEN THE VOWELS FALL live in Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

After the Summer, in September, there will be the release of BAZIP ZEEHOK’s album IN DE SLOOP DER TIJD, consisting of 10 instantly composed improv tracks by Gert-Jan Prins, Lukas Simonis and G.W. Sok. Watch out, all lyrics will be in Dutch!

In the fall there will be the release of IS THIS A HOUSE, a new album by G.W. Sok and Ignacio Córdoba (Spain/Denmark). Experimental live sessions, 8 in total, recorded at Worm Studios in Rotterdam in 2019. Due to serious reasons this release got “slightly” delayed, but here we are.

Both BAZIP ZEEHOK and G.W. SOK & IGNACIO CÓRDOBA are planning to organise various concerts to celebrate the arrival of the two albums.

Concerts 2023

coming up … my concerts this year … with…

BAZIP ZEEHOK
• 01-10 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii
• 07-10 Deventer (NL) – Walhalla (Zondvloed)
• 27-10 Rotterdam (NL) – t.b.a.

TITTY TWISTER BRASS BAND
• 03-11 Toulouse (F) – Le Taquin (album release-party)
• 04-11 Revel (F) – The Natio
• 18-11 Sainte Croix Volvestre (F) – Art Cade

2024

L&S + Orchestra
• 24-04 Juvisy-sur-Orge (FG) – Bords de Scène

Moondog H’artsongs
• 11-01 Rennes (F) – Opéra de Rennes (Autre Mesures Festival) option
• 27-04 Bruère-Allichamps (F) – Abbaye de Noirlac option
• 25-05 Rezé (F) – La Soufflerie option
• 25-05 Lens (F) – L’Aeronef/Louvre option

OMA/Skilldreams
July US tour, t.b.a.

. . . so far in 2023 . . .

G.W. SOK
01 • 14-01 Haarlem (NL) – Patronaat (Wigmania)
OMA
02 • 28-01 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii
ACTION BEAT
03 • 28-01 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii
G.W. SOK + TITI TABARNAC
04 • 04-03 Rotterdam (NL) – Slash Gallery (booklaunch)
L&S + Orchestre du GAM
05 • 12-03 Nancy (F) – Salle Poirel
OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
06 • 17-03 Grenoble (F) – La Bobine
07 • 18-03 Martigny (CH) – Caves du Manoir
08 • 31-03 Nantes (F) – Stereolux (festival Variations)
09 • 08-04 Laval (F) – 6par4
10 • 14-04 Biarritz (F) – L’Atabal
11 • 15-04 Merignac (F) – Krakatoa
12 • 19-04 Paris (F) – La Marbrerie
13 • 20-04 Tilburg (NL) – Terminal (Roadburn festival)
14 • 21-04 Tilburg (NL) – Terminal (Roadburn festival)
15 • 22-04 Tilburg (NL) – 013 (Roadburn festival)
16 • 27-04 Liège (B) – KulturA
17 • 28-04 Brussel (B) – Botanique (Les Nuits)
18 • 20-05 Gent (B) – De Vooruit (Dunkfestival)
L&S
19 • 23-06 Liège (B) – L’An Vert
20 • 24-06 Middelburg (NL) – Kaffee ‘t Hof
21 • 29-06 Charleroi (B) – Le Vecteur
22 • 30-06 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii
23 • 06-07 Strasbourg (F) – La Grenze (Météo festival)
24 • 07-07 Tournan-en-Brie (F) – La Ferme Electrique
BAZIP ZEEHOK
25 • 09-09 Neeritter (NL) – Inne Graasj

Concerts 2022

THE AND
01 • 10-02 Beauregard (F) – Le Presbyt’hair
02 • 11-02 Auch (F) – Le Migou
03 • 12-02 Montauban (F) – La Mémo
04 • 12-02 Toulouse (F) – Ches Bovy Dit Chanpagne
05 • 13-02 Loubajac (F) – Au Chantier
OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
06 • 25-02 Périgueux (F) – Sans Réserve (cinéconcert)
MOONDOG H’ART SONGS
07 • 05-03 Valence (F) – Theatre de Valence
G.W. SOK
08 • 08-03 Amsterdam (NL) – De Nieuwe Anita (booklaunch)
OMA
09 • 14-04 New York NY (USA) – Saint Vitus
10 • 15-04 Philadelphia PA (USA) – The Pouch
11 • 16-04 Kent OH (USA) – Zephyr
12 • 18-04 Detroit MI (USA) – Trixies
13 • 20-04 Chicago IL (USA) – The Burlington
14 • 21-04 Cincinnati OH (USA) – Junkers Tavern
15 • 22-04 Columbus OH (USA) – Dirty Dungarees
SNIRP KOS SINOMIS
16 • 12-05 Amsterdam (NL) – De Tanker
MOONDOG H’ART SONGS
17 • 14-05 Lyon (F) – Opéra de Lyon
SNIRP KOS SINOMIS
18 • 30-06 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii
OISEAUXTEMPÊTE
19 • 02-07 Lärz (D) – Fusion festival
G.W. SOK
20 • 21-08 Zeddam (NL) – Pieter’s Boerderij
21 • 21-09 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii (1)
dSCi
22 • 21-09 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii (2)
G.W. SOK
23 • 01-10 Amsterdam (NL) – Willem de Zwijgerkerk (Occii 30)
G.W. SOK + ZEA & XAVIER CHARLES
24 • 01-10 Amsterdam (NL) – Willem de Zwijgerkerk (Occii 30)
G.W. SOK + RIK VAN IERSEL
25 • 15-10 Deventer (NL) – Plato (Hier en daar een bui))
26 • 15-10 Deventer (NL) – Walhalla (uitgeverij Petrichor avond)
G.W. SOK + ZEA
27 • 15-10 Deventer (NL) – Walhalla (uitgeverij Petrichor avond)
L&S
28 • 20-10 Brest (F) – Mac Orlan (Atlantique Jazz Festival)
OISEAUXTEMPÊTE
29 • 03-11 Lille (F) – Aeronef
30 • 05-11 Lorient (F) – L’Hydrophone (Festival les Indisciplinées)
31 • 17-11 Paris (F) – La Station Gare de Mines (record-launch)
32 • 18-11 Brest (F) – La Carène (Festival Invisible)
33 • 19-11 Rennes (F) – L’Antipode
34 • 23-11 Nancy (F) – L’Autre Canal
35 • 24-11 Nevers (F) – Café Charbon
36 • 25-11 Cognac (F) – Les Abattoirs 
37 • 26-11 Nîmes (F) – La Paloma
38 • 07-12 Le Havre (F) – Le Tetris
39 • 08-12 Joué-les-Tours (F) – Temps Machine 
40 • 09-12 Limoges (F) – CCM John Lennon
41 • 01-12 Angers (F) – Chabada 


L&S, the new album

The album is called WHEN THE VOWELS FALL

LP, CD, download, streaming…

Release-date September the 23rd, 2022
on Sérotine Records (F) and Tractor Notown (NL)
SR001 / NOT12

L&S is Anthony Laguerre, G.W. Sok, Jean-Michel Pires, Eric Thomas, together with L’Orchestre du GAM from Nancy, France.

Music by Anthony Laguerre (Myotis, Praag, Filiamotsa, …)
Words by G.W. Sok (Oiseaux-Tempête, ex-The Ex, Filiamotsa, …)

Guitars, drums, strings, horns and vocals.
Powerful and poetic things of beauty.

Distributed by:
Konkurrent – Netherlands
L’Autre Distribution – France
Code 7 – United Kingdom

Available via https://exmailorder.nl/shop/sok
and https://gwsok.bandcamp.com/

Jouw zomer daar

De dagen hier zijn niets
de ketting van m’n fiets
een teentje waar een voet op stond
een beetje in de zon gezond
naar de blauwe lucht gekeken
die schapewolk geen boek gebleken
duf drankje op een dakterras
een boodschap in een plastic tas

De krant?
de tour?
de rest?
geen moer

Het glas nu leeg
het hoofd nog dol
en ook nog een of ander
hart op hol

Die nacht als in een droom vergleden
en dan? weer zien? misschien? een ander heden?
ondertussen wordt er heel geleidelijk geleden…
ik ben hier en jij verleden

tijd

is relatief

En toch,
het opent perspectief
ikke dinges
vinje lief

Jouw zomer daar
en de mijne hier,
maar lang niet slecht
zo’n allereerste kier