Friday, August 11, 2017

New York City Peter Principle Memorial

There will be a memorial service for Peter at 23 windows in New York on August 19. Details in the post.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Livestream Video From Peter's Memorial 25/7/2017

Here is a video derived from the livestream from Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels of Peter's Memorial Gathering, July 25, 2017.

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate. Bodhi. Svaha!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuxedomoon Dates Cancelled

It is with deepest regret and sorrow that Tuxedomoon must cancel all of the shows that had been booked for July and August 2017, due to the sudden death of our beloved brother and bandmate, Peter Principle Dachert. Watch this space for further news.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Eulogy for Peter from Neil Martinson

I was deeply saddened to hear that a dear friend of mine named Peter Principle (née Dachert) passed away today. Peter was a truly remarkable person, a brilliant musician, and an inspiring intelligence.
Ever since my teens, I had seen him play bass in the amazing band Tuxedomoon, and admired his unique style. I was also quite enamored of his solo albums "Sedimental Journey" and "Tone Poems" – both beautiful examples of 1980s style magnetic-tape music. Over the years I met a few of the other guys in the band (StevenBlaineMichael, Winston Tong, the recently departed Bruce Geduldig), and when I asked my good pal, the graphic designer Patrick Roques about him, he described Peter as "a walking Amok Press catalog"…
In 1990, I arranged to meet Peter for an interview which ended up being published in the first issue of my magazine Proof. We hit it off right away, and as it turned out, this first meeting would dramatically change the course of my life forever. Aside from being generally impressed with this tall, dignified, stentorian and highly articulate entity, during the course of this first conversation I was introduced to numerous things that would deeply influence my thinking, including Anthroposophy and a particularly profound Alchemical/Rosicrucian worldview. Those who know me well understand how significant all this is for me. Well, it was largely Peter's influence that set me on that path!
Over the years, we became pretty close and spent a lot of time together. He did the final mix of some recordings by my band Mercurians (some of which were released on a 45), and I was instrumental in arranging Tuxedomoon's last US appearance over a decade ago. In addition to being a warm and generous friend, he continued to introduce me to tons of amazing music, film, and esoteric knowledge; to say he was an influence seems a dramatic understatement. Getting to know Peter was absolutely revolutionary for my mind, and I was always proud and excited to introduce him to various friends of mine. Pretty much anyone who met him was equally astounded and transformed by him.
It must be noted that he had quite a temper and would occasionally explode about something seemingly small, like a book borrowed and not returned in a timely manner. Once during a heated phone call I told him to "stop yelling at me" and he immediately softened, gently explaining "well, if I don't yell it seems like nobody ever listens." He occasionally complained of people treating him poorly, condescending to him, insulting him and downright ripping him off. He was not shy about naming names, and many of his alleged detractors were people well-established in the avant garde music world. I sometimes wonder if he didn't imagine some of these slights, though I really have no way of knowing. Mostly, I found it hard to imagine anyone not liking him! It definitely conveyed a certain sense of loneliness and shyness, which I don't think most people who met him were aware of, as well as a generally well concealed class-conscious insecurity. He described his upbringing to me as quite rough and tumble and would joke about being "just a yobbo from Queens," although I gather his household prided itself as "enlightened proletariat." I suspect his bold demeanor and choleric temperament may have been offputting to some. In many ways he was a classic Sagittarian and definitely rode a pretty high horse! In any case, I felt honored that he was comfortable enough around me to reveal this vulnerable side of his complex personality.
The last time I saw him, he stormed up to me and griped about being "almost dead!" It was indeed quite offputting, but I do believe he was having a hard time financially and emotionally during his last few years in New York City. He had a wonderful girlfriend at the time and I gather they moved off to Kentucky or Tennessee or somewhere flabbergasting like that for several years … His landline was disconnected and we lost touch, and I regret not making more effort to reach out to him during these last few years. I had been hoping to arrange for Tuxedomoon to come back and play the United States again, and I just figured we'd be reunited some sunny day and pick up where we left off with some more wonderful conversations. Now it looks like I'll have to wait until some future incarnation!
Blessings on all your future endeavors, friend of ages.

Neil Martinson

Peter Principle Dead at 63

Tuxedomoon's bassist and co-composer, Peter Principle Dachert, 63, has died. He was found in his room at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels, where Tuxedomoon has been preparing a new tour and new music. He was the apparent victim of a heart attack or stroke.

We are all stunned. Words will come later.

Peter on the James River in Virginia, June, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tuxedomoon Summer Tour 2017

Tuxedomoon's tour of Europe for Summer 2017 will begin with the arrival of the members in
Brussels July 3rd.

The following dates are planned

Jul 07 - Art'n'Music Festival - Lublin, Poland 
Jul 28 - festival Brindisi, Italy
Aug 03 - Tolhuistuin - Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Aug 04 - Jazz Cafe London, United Kingdom 
Aug 07 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany 
Aug 08 - Lagerhaus - Bremen, Germany
Aug 09 - Day off Bremen
Aug 10 - Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany 
Aug 26 - Castelo de Leiria - Leiria, Portugal
Aug 28 - Magasin 4 Brussels, Belgium 

The setlist will feature previously unperformed music from Tuxedomoon albums, spanning the entire discography, with two tracks selected from each of the records.

tuxedomoon, December 2016.

from left, Luc van Lieshout, Blaine Reininger, David Haneke, Steven Brown, Peter Principle.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Half Mute Tour Finished

Tuxedomoon's epic 2016 Half Mute Tour comes to a close tonight, June 10, here in Milano. It has been quite a ride. We thank all the fans, friends, and others who have come to these shows and made this the rich inspiring experience it has been. Much love to all and sundry.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Peter Principle and Dok Gregory's Zero Gravity Thinkers

Peter Principle and Dok Gregory's Zero Gravity Thinkers' new CD is now released. It will be available at the Merch table for all of the dates on the tuxedomoon Half Mute tour.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Les Disque du Crepuscule Releases Steven Brown's Album of Music for Film and Theatre

Announcing the release of Steven's album of Music for Film and Theatre 

Music For Film & Theatre | Steven Brown | Crépuscule

Music For Film & Theatre is a soundtrack anthology by Tuxedomoon member Steven Brown