otherworldly soundscape doom ambient

feat. Matthew Rice - electric guitar, overtone vox, Byron R. Howell - drums, Tom Glenn - live visual projections

Images: J. Emdon


Solo and ensemble electro-acoustic soundscape performance utilising samples of the various Western Cape biosphere and city sounds.

Cape Dimensions - Maxim Starcke

Cover painting by Helmut Starcke


“…Her set was a study in focused emotional dissection, her voice as clear and pure as mountain rainwater.”
Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

“Lisa Bauer’s music is full of joy. It is also full of soulfulness and sorrow, but her voice is packed with such delicacy that even woe sings like a plucked string… Understated yet urgent, her vocals are spangled with the improvisational essence of jazz, the heartfelt essence of the blues and gospel and mystical riffs.”
Myles Keylock, Mail & Guardian

Vocalist Lisa Bauer brings her new project Moon Song to Kalk Bay Books this July. Inspired by her connection to the moon cycles, the divine feminine, new life and the power of vocalisation, the performance will feature her composition Moon Suite - live for the first time in its entirety. The set will also include tunes by some of Bauer’s favourite, unique American jazz artists. She will be joined by rising jazz guitarist on the Cape Town music scene Keenan Chas Ahrends and multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Maxim Starcke on electric bass.

Lisa Bauer - vocals/composition
saxophones - Mark Fransman
Andrew Lilley - piano
Max Starcke - electric bass
Andre Swartz - drums


Souls of Ancient Fish live at Edge Of Wrong Festival 2015, Straight No Chaser Club, Cape Town.

DIZU PLAATJIES uhadi, umrhube, mbira, harp, drums, percussion
MAXIM STARCKE electric guitar, electronics, soprano saxophone, soundscape composition

Photography: Ronan Skillen (Kalk Bay) / Dirk H


Fusing poetry, world music, electro-acoustic soundscapes and jazz, Souls of Ancient Fish offers a mystical journey that’s hypnotic, haunting and sublime. A collaboration between the poet Ruben Mowszowski, traditional music artist and cultural historian Dizu Plaatjies and soprano saxophonist and electronic musician Maxim Starcke, it forms a lush current, a confluence of leaping vocabularies that celebrate the fluid and rich possibilities of words and sounds. Tempered by love and loss and infused with the musicality of the oral tradition and ritual, the group’s incantations are a poetic and spiritual atlas of new imaginative territories.” - Mail & Guardian (This Week’s top 10)

A remarkable interdisciplinary meditation.” - Peter Merrington (author of Zebra Crossings: Tales from the Shaman’s Record and The Zombie and the Moon)

A true trance journey.” - Tom Glen, film-maker

All of these feel like incantations or rituals, exorcisms even, and they work because their context and purpose remain partially mysterious. It means that they can be, maybe should be heard repeatedly. I’ll definitely make the next reading.” - Jacques Coetzee

Souls of Ancient Fish - ‘Incantations’ from Tim Drabandt on Vimeo.

Premiere performance at The Forge, Kalk Bay

Dizu Plaatjies appears courtesy of Mountain Records.



Maxim Starcke - electronics/electric guitar/saxophones/samples
Ronan Skillen - hybrid percussion/effects
Tom Glenn - visual projections

Maxim Starcke + Ronan Skillen FORGERY

Maxim Starcke - electric guitar / soprano saxophone / electronics / field recordings / soundscape compositions

Ronan Skillen - tabla / hybrid percussion kit / cymbals / slide didgeridoo / kitchi gbo / udu / water gongs / bells / thunder sheet