THE SPIRIT IN THE DUST
20 January and 23 May 2024
AFRIT NEBULA's piece featuring Japanese Butoh-influenced dancer YUMINO SEKI is back this year following its acclaimed debut at the Kino-Teatr, St Leonards, UK in September 2023.
With original music by the band, the 50-minute piece explores light and darkness, shamanistic practice and scientific research, reaching into the unknown.
Projected images/lighting design by Mark French
ABOVE: Afrit Nebula's previous outing with Yumino Seki, together with Mark French's film, at the Kino-Teatr, St Leonards on Sea, 8 February 2019.
"Kwaidan AI" is a composition by the band, incorporating Japanese ghosts and bots. It inspired a film by Hastings film-maker Mark French. Here, the film (which was screened behind Afrit Nebula while they played) is mingled with live footage of the band. A new version of this composition is on our album INALIENABLE.
is a powerful demon in Arabian myths
is an interstellar cloud of dust
ELAINE EDWARDS saxes/flute/keyboard
KEN EDWARDS bass guitar and vocals
YAIR KATZ drums, guitar, vocals
Afrit Nebula was founded in 2014 in St Leonards on Sea, UK. Founder member Jamie Harris (percussion and vocals) left the band in May 2021.
"Strong bass lines from Ken Edwards and Yair Katz’s lively drumming form a bedrock on which the sinuous lines of Elaine Edwards’ soprano flourish, with Dervish-like circular excursions."
Yair, born in Israel, spent many years in New Zealand, where he toured, played international festivals, including WOMAD, and contributed to over 25 albums. He is a registered music therapist, and joined Afrit Nebula in 2021.