Band : Ziguri
Label : Moloko Plus, Schönebeck, Germany
Year : 2020
audio CD (73 min, 12 tracks)
Language : German/English/French
Artwork : Udo Erdenreich
Photography : Leo Leander
The CD comes in a gatefold sleeve
with an 8-page booklet
Postage & packing not included
Ziguri’s history started in 1983 in West Berlin during the production of Antonin’s Artaud’s Le Théatre et son double by Theater 100Fleck. The word ziguri means peyote in Tarahumara and was mentioned by Artaud in his volume D’un voyage au Pays des Tarahumaras. The connection with the theatre has remained characteristic of this band since then. Originally conceived as the musical wing of the theatre group Ziguri Ego Zoo, the band started to operate independently as well under the moniker Ziguri in 1987. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 the band reached out to fellow musicians and actors from East Berlin, such as Ines Burdow, who features on some of the bonus tracks of this album.
The core members of Ziguri are guitarist Günter Schickert, visual artist and filmmaker Udo Erdenreich and actor Dieter Kölsch. On the album Howgh Howgh Howgh the band is completed by percussionist Zam Johnson. Günter Schickert’s musical experience goes back to the 1970s when he released his solo album Samtvogel in 1974 and recorded with Klaus Schulze, for whom he worked as a roadie and technician, one year later. Schickert (born in 1949) co-founded the krautrock band GAM in 1976 and played with Can’s Jaki Liebeszeit, while Ziguri played with Can’s singer and performer, Damon Suzuki, in 2011.
Howgh Howgh Howgh was released on vinyl by Adansonia Records in April 2020 while Moloko Plus released the album on CD with six bonus tracks. The uptempo music with its trance-like rhythms, chord schemes and chants has aptly been described as Zen Punk from Berlin-Kreutzberg.