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Jakko Jakszyk
From Calyx - The Canterbury Website

"In 1994, Jakszyk's first solo release finally came out on Resurgence - a 4-song, 20-minute EP; entitled Kingdom Of Dust it featured three ex-members of Japan, Richard Barbieri, Mick Karn and Steve Jansen. This was followed in 1995 by a full-length effort, Mustard Gas And Roses, featuring Danny Thompson, Gavin Harrison, Sam Brown, B.J. Cole, Mick Karn and Steve Jansen. Jakszyk then started work on a project based on his own family life's story, The Road To Ballina, an almost classical work first aired on Radio 3 in December 1996 and released a few months later. It featured his ex-Level 42 colleagues Mark King, Gary Barnacle and Gavin Harrison."

Kingdom Of Dust Mustard Gas & Roses

Jakko has also released "Are My Ears On Wrong?". Visit Voiceprint to order Jakko's music, and visit Calyx - The Canterbury Website for an extensive biography and more information on his career.

In 1978, Jakko was in The Legendary 64 Spoons along with Lyndon Connah. Thsey released the album "Landing On A Rat Column" that year and it was remastered and released on CD in 1992. Jakko has toured with Level 42 (guitar and backing vocals), and Lyndon Connah now tours with Mark King's Level 42 (keyboards and backing vocals).

My wife Laurel, Jakko and me after Mark King's performance at Shepherd's Bush in London. Also in attendence that night were Paul Crockford, Gary Husband and Boon.

He was kind enough to sign my copy of Kingdom of Dust, and said he is currently working on a new composition to be broadcast on radio.

"The Church of Lanza" was broadcast on March 6th. The theme of the piece is fame and its effects on both the fans and the artist. Mario Lanza died young, has been deified by his mad fans and died amidst great mystery.

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