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Ahead of their shows at London's Cafe Oto, watch a short documentary on the Anglo-German avant pop band

Avant pop group Slapp Happy reunited last November at Cologne festival WEEK-END for what was their first performance in 16 years. The group's three original members – Anthony Moore, Dagmar Krause and Peter Blegvad – were joined by Faust’s Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier on bass and drums, both of which appeared on Slapp album's Sort Of (1972) and Casablanca Moon (1974).

The documentary features footage taken from the festival and a brief interview with the group.

Slapp Happy and Faust will appear at London's Cafe Oto for three performances (including a matinee) on 10–12 February.

Watch a solo drum performance by Ikuro Takahashi

In February 2010, Japanese percussionist Ikuro Takahashi performed at Akebono Art and Community Centre in Sapporo, capital city of Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido. Film maker Mikio Saito was there to capture it