Jaz Coleman On The Day The Earth Went Mad

Reuben Raj
Jaz Coleman and Ondrej Smeykal (Black & Red) 'On the Day the Earth Went Mad'

Jaz Coleman's 'mad' new project is called Black & Red, a collaboration with Ondrej Smeykal. The debut single On The Day The Earth Went Mad was released in late June including a limited edition 10" vinyl via Cadiz Music


Ondrej Smeykal at the recording of ‘On The Day The Earth Went Mad’

“The Black and Red project was born in Australia in 2010 when I set out to find the greatest virtuoso of the didgeridoo only to find the maestro of the instrument resided in Prague where I lived. Upon my return to the Czech Republic, I was introduced to Ondrej Smeykal. We ended up not just developing an ancient instrument but recording the Black and Red project (adding only Indian Harmonium) and an explosive duo was formed which could recreate the recording live perfectly. The funny thing is Black and Red only made sense after lockdown” explains the prophetic Jaz Coleman.


Jaz Coleman recording ‘On The Day The Earth Went Mad’

Jaz Coleman began this project with a single challenge, “to create and develop a new therapeutic musical system whose primary function was healing. The project was called the Dodecahedron as a dual tribute to the Russian scientists Morasov and Makarow who began to examine the globe to see if any pattern should emerge linking significant places in history…”

Written By: Reuben Raj Reuben is a film and digital photographer who is driven by music in his head. Often seen lurking behind a camera inside the pit of a concert or wandering the streets of China with a blond, Reuben harbours intimate feelings for vinyl records and his Hasselblad SW/C from 1965. He is also the founder of Radio 13.