After an ordinary start to life on the 29th of December 1954, it wasn't until around eight years later that Tourette's Syndrome entered Greg Kingston's life. In it's 'only it knows how' bizarre way, and of course unbeknown to him, Tourettes set him off on a course that was most unlikely without it.
For all the frustrations, both physical and mental, Tourettes has proved to be a unique and extremely personal benefit to Kingston as an improviser. On the on hand, there's the quirky lightening quickness of response and on the other, the constant battle against the scourge of obsessive repetition that Tourettes imposes. After 30 years of development, puncuated by periods of intense activity in visual art forms, the music is a 'Schwitters'-like collage with the intensity of a Pollack action painting.
Greg Kingston's performances are those of a modern virtuoso augmented by the use of toys, vocals and home-made instruments. He is often referred to as Australia's Eugene Chadbourne and criticised for being too obsessed with Derek Bailey, however we feel he better than both! During Company Week in 1988 he was described in The Guardian as "a foot-stomping Barney Kessel on speed?.
Greg Kingston himself would prefer to be remembered as the Joseph Spence of improvised music and he hopes that some similar recognition may come late in life.
* 'ORIGINAL GRAVITY' Tony Bevan / Greg Kingston / Matt Lewis ( incus )