SOFT MACHINE is a legend and an institution of British music, a band who included Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers, Andy Summers (later of The Police), Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Roy Babbington, John Marshall, Karl Jenkins, Allan Holdsworth, John Etheridge, Percy Jones, Rick Sanders, Dave McRae and Jack Bruce among others (Jimi Hendrix briefly jammed with the band in 1968!).
Since its creation in 1966, this band pioneered Psychedelic and Progressive Rock, led the ‘Canterbury’ trend, pioneered jazz-rock, and then guitar-led fusion (launching the guitar god Allan Holdsworth in 1974), influenced generations of musicians. Disbanded in 1978, recreated in few occasions in 1981 and 1984. Much was said about this band with a very complex intriguing history of constant personal changes during the 1966-1978 period.
The band resurfaced in 1999 under the name of SOFT WARE for one off festival gig in Germany, and it was reunited by Leonardo Pavkovic in 2002 under the name SOFT WORKS, continued under the name SOFT MACHINE LEGACY between 2004-2015, and returned to the original name SOFT MACHINE in 2015. The new album Hidden Detail will be released in July on MoonJune Records (North America), DYAD (UK/Europe) and Vivid (Japan). On this tour, 50 years after the release of the band’s first album, SOFT MACHINE will perform material from the new album, as well several tunes from the classic Soft Machine period (1970-1976), and some tunes from the Soft Machine Legacy period (2004-2015).
New York guitarist, pianist, and composer, Beledo was born in Montevideo Uruguay. He began formal music and piano study at age six. As the British Invasion began to take hold of airwaves around the world, influenced by the Beatles and other emerging pop rock bands, he gravitated towards and discovered a natural proficiency for guitar. Beledo gained guitar-hero status in his teens, playing every theatre in his hometown of Montevideo, and captivating audiences in Uruguay and Argentina.