Founding member of the pioneering space-rock band Hawkwind Nik Turner is scheduled to play The Masquerade in Atlanta on Dec. 2, with the progressive ensemble Hedersleben.
Nik Turner was a founding member of Hawkwind during what has been considered their most commercially successful and critically acclaimed period for the band, from 1970 to 1976. He wrote/co-wrote some of the group’s most popular songs, such as “Brainstorm” and “Master Of The Universe.”
Space Fusion Odyssey has been considered the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound and stimulate all at the same time.
As with many of his previous releases, Turner has surrounded himself with an incredible crew of fellow musicians who help him bring his vision to life.
Dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra (hat tip to Sun Ra), the group includes some of the most gifted and groundbreaking musicians of his generation, such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage & Gilli Smyth of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl.
The album sees Turner depart on a whole new kind of spaceship, a musical project that finally frees him from the gravitational pull of traditional rock music orbits and launches into new stratospheres of jazz, blues, fusion, and other eclectic styles.
Check out the video for “Hypernova” featuring some truly mind blowing guitar work from both Robby Krieger and Megadeth’s Chris Poland: