Following a performance of Space Ritual Alive at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on 10th March, Nik played SXSW on 15th March with a band including Jurgen Engler (Die Krupps) on guitar, audiogenerator and synthesizer, Nicky Garrett (UK Subs) on guitar and Geoff Miles (Chelsea) on bass.
Nik was busy whilst out in LA, recording and collaborating on an album with the live band. Nik and the band also recorded a track called "I'm Shaking" with 86 year old Big J. McNeely. Nik's been working with Billy Sherwood of Yes too, on Billy's Fusion Syndicate 2 project and on a track for an album by William Shatner. He's also been recrding with the legendary Billy Cobham.
Updated 9th May
Hertford Corn Exchange
C-Fab Festival, nr Caster, Lincs
Sonic Roack Solstice, Bulith Wells, Wales
The complete Outriders of Apocalypse set from Alchemy is now available to listen to on SoundCloud.
"Now here's something different! I just received the new release from The Fusion Syndicate. This band is made up of jazz, rock and blues superstars and the recording is all you could wish for in this format. Billy Sherwood, writer of all compositions and with a background of top bands as long as your arm played keys, guitars drums, synth and vocals throughout this recording. The opening track, Random Acts Of Science, has strong hints to the Mahavishnu Orchestra featuring Rick Wakeman (Yes) on keys, Jerry Goodman (Flock, Mahavishnu Orchestra) on violin, Nik Turner (Hawkwind) on sax and Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) on bass."
The classic Hawkwind track from Xin Search Of Space, co-written by Nik, is featured in a TV advert for Ford's B-Max.
A new interview with Nik has been posted on It's Psychedelic Baby.
Thunder Rider is featured in a new 15 minute film by Andrew Cross, featuring improvised saxophone performed in the landscape of Salisbury Plain.
Project 9, formed by Nik in 2011, plays an amalgam of (more or less) all the bands Nik has formed in his musical career, past, present and future.