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Nik Turner's Hawkwind
One of the founding members of Hawkwind, saxophonist/flutist Nik Turner has had perhaps the

most prolific and varied outside career of all its many alumni. Turner grew up in Margate, Kent,

England, with future Hawkwind bandmate Robert Calvert, and came to Hawkwind's original

1969 lineup from a band called Mobile Freakout. Turner was an integral part of the band's prime

period, contributing not only sax and flute work but also vocals and occasional songwriting

(including the band staple "Brainstorm," which appeared on 1972's Doremi Fasol Latido, and the

classic "Silver Machine," which he co-wrote with Dave Brock). Turner's final album with Hawkwind

was 1976's Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music, after which group leader Brock fired most of his

personnel (including Turner).

Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and

culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid

of Cheops. With backing from several musicians associated with Gong, the results were released

in 1978 as Turner's solo debut Xitintoday (credited to Nik Turner's Sphynx). Turner next played

on the 1979 Mother Gong album Fairy Tales, and headed up a new group called the Inner City

Unit, which also featured guitarist Trevor Thomas, bassist Baz Magneto (soon replaced by Dead

Fred Reeves), and drummer Mick Stupp. The group's debut album, Pass Out, was issued in

1980, displaying an odd blend of influences that ranged from prog-rock to punk and big band

swing. Turner rejoined Hawkwind in 1981, but initially continued to record with the Inner City Unit,

which released The Maximum Effect in 1981 and Punkadelic the following year. Also appearing

in 1982 was Ersatz, an ICU collaboration with Turner's boyhood friend and Hawkwind mate

Robert Calvert. Turner departed Hawkwind once again in 1984, restarting the Inner City Unit and

releasing New Anatomy.

In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in

a fairly rural, isolated area. The ICU released The President's Tapes that same year, which would

prove to be Turner's last album with the group; he left in 1986 to concentrate on a smaller-scale

project called the Nik Turner All-Stars, who took the big band swing predilections of The ICU

into relatively straightforward territory. The group never recorded, remaining a largely local and

concert-oriented outfit. In the early '90s, Turner moved to California, where he began working with

progressive, industrial-influenced artists like Helios Creed and Pressurehed. He also resumed his

solo recording career, beginning with 1993's Sphynx, a belated sequel to the Egyptian-themed

Xitintoday. 1994's Prophets of Time involved former Hawkwind members Simon House and Del

Dettmar, with whom Turner would work frequently over the rest of the decade, sometimes as

part of the spacy Anubian Lights (which also included members of Pressurehed, and debuted

on record in 1995). Also in 1994, Turner put together a new backing band called Space Ritual

that was mostly devoted to performing Hawkwind repertoire. The group toured in 1994 and 1995,

releasing live recordings culled from each separate year (Space Ritual and Past or Future?,

respectively). Turner has continued his activity in the late '90s, frequently collaborating with

various Swedish prog-rock bands, including Darxtar and the Moor.

Today Turner returns to perform Space Ritual, recording new material and touring. The unlikely

new line up features the former UK Subs guitarist and Co-founder Nicky Garratt and his Subs

band mate (from 2001 to 2006), Jason Willer. On Bass is Jeff Pitchinini, (AKA Geoff Miles), from

the classic period Chelsea and also, arguably, the first ever punk band Stormtrooper (circa 1975).

With the addition of Jürgen Engler on Keyboards and guitar, (by an odd coincidence the former

front man for Germany's first punk band MALE but more famously the singer of the legendary Die

Krupps), this new line-up recorded a new album produced by Engler. Do not worry, there wasn't a

safety pin in sight, this is strictly space-rock.

The twin keyboards of Lana Voronina, and Kyrsten Bean augment the live line up.

The Space Ritual is back!
Sash The Bash
Sasha Vallely has been performing across the globe for over a decade with various bands such as Midnight Larks, Spindrift, The Silver Chords, The Mobsters and The Warlocks, and guested with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mondo Generator, Lords of Altamont, King Adora and members of QOTSA, The Hives, Portishead, Massive Attack, Cat Power, Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Masters of Reality, The Seeds, The Black Angels, Gong, Dead Meadow, Entrance Band, Yahowha 33 and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys along with many others. She has opened for some acts such as Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, The Black Angels, Black Mountain, Dead Meadow, Flaming Groovies, Strawberry Alarm Clock, King Khan, Shannon and The Clams, Night Beats, Biters and The Coathangers. She has also worked on many independent film scores such as El Gringo starring Christian Slater and directed music videos.