31 dicembre 2008


Mike Fowler inaugura un sito interamente dedicato alle musiche, alle vicende e alla storia dei magnifici Johnny Dyani, Mongezi Feza, Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo e Dudu Pukwana: The Blue Notes. Note di un promettente avvio: Joyful Noises! (and a Happy New Year)...

30 dicembre 2008


Da qualche giorno è nei negozi l'ep 'Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese', frutto della recente collaborazione tra Hot Chip, quintetto piuttosto noto in ambito electro-pop e dance, il duo Geese e Robert Wyatt: quattro brani tratti dall'album Made in the Dark riproposti con aggiunte e diverso missaggio, un nuovo respiro ritmico e un grande ruolo affidato alle voci di Wyatt (in particolare, in We're Looking for a Lot of Love). Due dei brani si ascoltano anche in www.hotchip.co.uk

Hot Chip have assembled a lovingly put together little present in time for Christmas involving the services of none other than the godfather of the experimental psych-prog world, Robert Wyatt and kindred musical spirits Geese. Long recognised as one of the pioneers of avant-jazz rock, from his beginnings as a member of Soft Machine and through his collaborations with Scritti Politti and Syd Barrett, Robert Wyatt brings his quietly magical touch to 3 songs personally chosen from Hot Chip's 2008 album "Made in the Dark". The result - as recorded at Gallery Studios earlier this year - are several mutations of songs that are as delicate and whimsical as they are adventurous and distinctive.
Meanwhile, Hot Chip's old friends and collaborators Geese (aka Emma and Vince from The Elysian Quartet) also lent a hand, reworking the new, Robert Wyatt-assisted "We're Looking..." while completely overhauling "One Pure Thought" from a straightahead floor shaker into something stranger, dreamier, but no less lovely. All in all, a deliciously unpredictable collaboration made in quirk-pop heaven.

http://www.hotchip.co.uk

29 dicembre 2008


Guy Klucevsek pubblica un breve scritto su MySpace in ricordo dell'amico - e collega in Accordion Tribe - Lars Hollmer:

My heart is very heavy today. My dear friend and Accordion Tribe colleague, Lars Hollmer, has died at the age of 60, after a long battle with lung cancer. I first heard Lars's music in the early 90s, through singer-songwriter and DJ extraordinaire, David Garland. I instantly recognized a kindred spirit and he was the first person I invited to be a part of what eventually became the Accordion Tribe. We began the group in 1996 and continue to this day, although there will be a gaping void on stage and in our hearts from now on.
Lars was an auto-didact and multi-instrumentalist (accordion, keyboards, voice, melodica, etc.) who was completely fearless in his approach to music. He could be unabashedly sentimental (Boeves Psalm, Soon Song), write incredibly dense and complex counterpoint with the best of them (Pas de Valse, Utflykt med Damcyckle), and be mischievous and joyfully wacked-out (Circus I, II). And that's only the Accordion Tribe repertoire! He managed to record about 30 albums in all, mostly in his legendary home studio, the Chickenhouse, both solo (11), and with his many groups, including The Looping Home Orchestra and Samla Mammas Manna. What is the common element in all these? To quote Lars from the documentary film, "Accordion Tribe: Music Travels" (Stefan Schwietert, Maximage Films, 2002), "It all begins here," (he says, pointing to his heart); "it may go through here eventually," (he points to his head), "but it all begins with the heart."


28 dicembre 2008


Se ne è andato a Natale all'età di sessant'anni Lars Hollmer, fisarmonicista e musicista svedese molto amato e apprezzato per la travolgente grinta concertistica e l'inesauribile ispirazione, lirica e insieme ironica, testimoniate in una carriera lunga quarant'anni che lo ha visto protagonista - con il gruppo Samla Mammas Manna, e le sue successive incarnazioni - sia del rinnovamento delle musiche rock-folk in Svezia nei primi anni settanta sia dell'importante stagione europea di Rock in Opposition. A quelle esperienze han fatto seguito una vivace discografia solista, punteggiata di numerose collaborazioni internazionali - Sola e Fanfare Pourpour tra le più recenti - e molti riconoscimenti ufficiali sia come compositore per teatro e danza sia come fine esecutore in seno all'ensemble di sole fisarmoniche Accordion Tribe. Citando lo studiolo domestico appena fuori Uppsala - 'il pollaio' - dove sono state concepite e realizzate quasi tutte le sue musiche più belle, alla consegna del Grammy Award svedese per il suo album Andetag dieci anni fa si scrisse: "To a giant in the Swedish musical society. From Samla Mammas Manna to Boeves Psalm to the new CD Andetag. There's always wonderful music coming from the Chickenhouse."

L'annuncio, in svedese, è in http://tinyurl.com/8c8ty6
Ritratto, cronologia e discografia di Hollmer sono in http://tinyurl.com/a9fkxa e in www.amigo.se/krax/home.htm. Per gli album su Cuneiform: www.cuneiformrecords.com

27 dicembre 2008


Con buon anticipo giunge notizia che a curare assieme agli organizzatori la prossima edizione del festival Unlimited a Wels, Austria sarà Ikue Mori. Il festival si terrà dal 6 all'8 novembre 2009. Documentazione delle precedenti edizioni del festival e delle molte altre attività del centro Alter Schlachtof si trova in www.musicunlimited.at

24 dicembre 2008


Da ReR Megacorp un breve aggiornamento su ultimi album pubblicati e in distribuzione, con un gruzzolo di titoli a prezzo agevolato a partire da gennaio 2009 e un leggero slittamento temporale nella realizzazione dell'atteso box antologico di Henry Cow. Scrive Chris Cutler:

"Preliminary Note: since the pound has collapsed against both the Dollar and the Euro, imports from Europe and America are now about 30% more expensive for us. We will try to hold all our prices down for as long as we can, but eventually they will rise. I’d like to make it clear that we believe that the criminals and idiots responsible for all our present miseries should be obliged to do social service on minimum wage for the rest of their lives.

Dear friends and subscribers,
Late discovery of some extra materials has delayed the box slightly and it won't arrive now before the holiday lull. However, everything is moving and delivery is expected for early January - and the box will be better for it which, since we will only ever do this once, is I hope better than making a late quality compromise for the sake of a few days. Apologies to all of you anticipating a bovine xmas.. "

ReR Megacorp
79 Beulah Rd.
Thornton Heath
Surrey CR7 8JG
UK
44 (0) 208 771 1063
http://www.rermegacorp.com

23 dicembre 2008


Su Ubuweb sono disponibili numerosi filmati tratti da concerti, installazioni e performance presso lo storico locale newyorkese Roulette, che quest'anno compie trentanni di attività tutti dedicati al sostegno e alla promozione di musiche e varie arti nel segno della sperimentazione e dell'innovazione. Due le stagioni al momento rappresentate, quella attuale e quella del 2000. I filmati integrali - in vhs e dvd, e inoltre i cd audio prodotti per l'etichetta Einstein - si possono ottenere attraverso www.roulette.org/noisy/store.html

UbuWeb is pleased to announce a partnership with the legendary New York City experimental music organization Roulette. Founded in 1978, is a major New York City venue for contemporary music and intermedia art.
We are happy to present ten videos from the 2008 season of Roulette TV and 32 more streaming and downloadable episodes of Roulette TV from the 2000 season. Roulette TV is an on-going, innovative video series which presents unique contemporary music in compelling and engaging performances given by the creators themselves. Each performance is followed by an insightful interview with the artist. The 2008 series includes performances by: David Behrman, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Joan La Barbara, Oliver Lake, Phoebe Legere, Margaret Leng Tan, Kathleen Supové, Blue Gene Tyranny and Lois V Vierk. The 2000 series includes performances by: Billy Bang, Chris Cutler, Michael Gordon, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Sainkho Namchylak, Phil Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Elliott Sharp, Jim Staley and many others.

22 dicembre 2008


Yumi Hara Cawkwell, titolare assieme a Hugh Hopper del progetto Humi e dell'album Dune (MoonJune Records, 2008), mette a disposizione alcuni materiali aggiuntivi che nelle intenzioni dovevano accompagnare in Giappone il tour 'Dune in June' prima rinviato e poi cancellato a causa delle non buone condizioni di salute del bassista: tra questi un cd-r audio con inediti (Parallel Dune) e un dvd-r con le riprese del debutto del duo a Londra nel 2007 (Humi Live in London). Si richiedono tramite www.myspace.com/humimyspace

Nel frattempo sono state messe in rete altre immagini fotografiche tratte dal concerto londinese dello scorso 14 dicembre in aiuto a Hopper: http://tinyurl.com/8jgqm5

21 dicembre 2008


Due bei titoli, uno nuovo e una ristampa, si aggiungono al prezioso catalogo di Ad Hoc Records, etichetta che Dave Kerman gestisce e distribuisce tramite ReR Usa. Si tratta di Zürich / Bamberg, lavoro a quattro mani realizzato 'a distanza' da Bill Gilonis e Chantale Laplante, e di Differently Desperate, il debutto nel 1991 del 'supergruppo' The Hat Shoes (ancora Bill Gilonis, con Tom Cora, Catherine Jauniaux e Charles Hayward, diversi ospiti in studio e altri contributi esterni).

Bill Gilonis - Chantale Laplante: Zürich / Bamberg
Bill Gilonis and Chantale Laplante worked on Zürich-Bamberg intermittently for three years. The CD comprises a series of pieces that fall loosely into a category that could be called "electro-acoustic Hörspiel." However, with Bill in Zurich and Chantale based firstly in Bamberg, Germany and later in Montreal, Canada, it was difficult to find a way of collaborating by conventional means. But, by ping-ponging audio file CDs between these cities they managed to develop a practical, and in some ways advantageous, composition and recording strategy. For this project conventional instrumentation has been virtually abandoned. What we hear on these recordings - collaged and sometimes manipulated via processing technology - is street noise, household clatter, fragments of radio, close-miked objects, etc. By and large the pieces are constructed from precisely the sounds that our ears are constantly and automatically filtering out; but by orchestrating these sounds into pieces to be listened to - as opposed to heard - listeners are introduced to a radically personal world.

The Hat Shoes: "Differently Desperate"
Ad Hoc Records' new, four-panel digipack reissue of The Hat Shoes' debut album will be especially welcomed by lovers of intelligent and thoughtful Progressive music, with a hint of Romanticism. Originally released in 1991, "Differently Desperate" is a studio offering of diverse avant-pop songs by a "super-group", comprised of members Bill Gilonis (The Work), Catherine Jauniaux (Fluvial), Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now) and Tom Cora (Skeleton Crew, Curlew). There's also a slew of well-known guest performers: David Thomas, Amos, Chris Cochrane, Tim Hodgkinson, Hahn Rowne and Rick Brown, among others.

20 dicembre 2008


Danny Ecclestone intervista Robert Wyatt ('The godfather of righteous jazz-pop lullaby') per Mojo: http://www.mojo4music.com/blog/2008/12/robert_wyatts_back_pages_1.html e a seguire http://www.mojo4music.com/blog/2008/12/robert_wyatts_back_pages_pt_2_1.html

Altra intervista, di Jonny Mugwump, è per The Quietus:
http://thequietus.com/articles/00909-robert-wyatt

19 dicembre 2008


New World Records pubblica Musica Elettronica Viva - MEV40, importante documento antologico curato direttamente da tre dei suoi membri storici - Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski e Richard Teitelbaum - che raccoglie in quattro cd alcune tra le migliori registrazioni del periodo 1967-2007 del leggendario gruppo di improvvisatori e compositori. Alcuni estratti si ascoltano in www.alvincurran.com/Curran_discography.html, mentre le note informative si trovano in .pdf in http://www.newworldrecords.org/uploads/filesPdmv.pdf

Scrive Alvin Curran: "Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) was begun one evening in the spring of 1966 by Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzweski, Richard Teitelbaum and Ivan Vandor in a room in Rome overlooking the Pantheon. MEV’s music right from the start was also totally open, allowing all and everything to come in and seeking in every way to get out beyond the heartless conventions of contemporary music. Taking its cue from Tudor and Cage, MEV began sticking contact mics to anything that sounded and amplified their raw sounds: bed springs, sheets of glass, tin cans, rubber bands, toy pianos, sex vibrators, and assorted metal junk; a crushed old trumpet, cello and tenor sax kept us within musical credibility, while a home-made synthesizer of some 48 oscillators along with the first Moog synthesizer in Europe gave our otherwise neo-primitive sound an inimitable edge. In the name of the collectivity, the group abandoned both written scores and leadership and replaced them with improvisation and critical listening. Rehearsals and concerts were begun at the appropriate time by a kind of spontaneous combustion and continued until total exhaustion set in. It mattered little who played what when or how, but the fragile bond of human trust that linked us all in every moment remained unbroken. The music could go anywhere, gliding into self-regenerating unity or lurching into irrevocable chaos—both were valuable goals. In the general euphoria of the times, MEV thought it had re-invented music; in any case it had certainly rediscovered it."

18 dicembre 2008


Aymeric Leroy racconta in What's Rattlin'? la serata dedicata a Hugh Hopper domenica scorsa presso il londinese 100 Club:

We all had a great evening! It was great meeting all our friends, musicians and others, on and off-stage... including Mike King & Mikki Dandy from Reel Recordings who flew from Canada, Rick Biddulph and Celia, Jim Dvorak, Brian Hopper, Gerry Fitzgerald, Marino Dean, Cyrille Ayers, Hugh's wife Christine etc. The evening began with Alex Maguire & friends, playing a loose version of "Wanglo-Saxon"... with Patrice Meyer, Fred Baker and Mark Fletcher (who replaced Liam Genockey whose car had broken down), plus Frank van der Kooij on sax and Robert Jarvis on tenor. Sophia Domancich and Simon Goubert did a duo set, a medley of pieces from their recent duo album. The Delta Sax Quartet played two tracks, their variation on the first 4 notes from "Dedicated To You..." followed by their great arrangement of "Facelift". Yumi Cawkwell played a personal arrangement of "Hope For Happiness" and a piano version of her variations on"Box 25/8 Lid". John Etheridge, Roy Babbington (on double bass) and John Marshall, as "Soft Trio", did an improvised number. And finally In Cahoots, as a quintet (with Simon Picard on sax), played the "Hic Haec Hoc" medley and "ED Or Ian"... Great solos from all, especially Phil and Simon. In the middle of all that, Mike Horovitz, of New Departures & Albert Hall poetry reading '65 fame, came on stage to read some of his poems. Jon Newey from Jazzwise did the announcements. Everything went smoothly - John Etheridge put the whole thing together and did a great job. It was good coming back to the 100 Club, this time not for a memorial - this is where the Alan Gowen (in 1981) and Elton Dean (in2006) memorial concerts took place. I remembered I had one of my last conversations with Pip in that very place. Between this and the Whitstable gig two days earlier I think over 4000 pounds were collected for Hugh, which is tremendous help. Jon also read a message from Hugh thanking all the fans who sent him money in the post. Hopefully by Spring 2009 we can hope to see Hugh back in action... stronger than ever!

Altra cronaca, con galleria fotografica, è di Francisco Macias in http://tinyurl.com/3kmqm2 mentre altre foto ancora si vedono in http://tinyurl.com/3zb4cf e in http://tinyurl.com/3za79g

La sera del 12 dicembre anche
Battiti, su RadioTre, aveva dedicato a Hugh Hopper parte della sua scaletta: la puntata si riascolta in http://www.radio.rai.it/podcast/A0035394.mp3

17 dicembre 2008


Il numero di dicembre 2008 di The Smith's Academy Informer, bollettino informativo sulle attività di Mike e Kate Westbrook, si legge e si scarica in formato .pdf in http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/sai/sai.shtml

Dopo la riproposta a inizio mese di Glad Day nella versione corale - con Mike e Kate erano Phil Minton, Karen Street, Billy Thompson, Steve Berry e The London College of Music Chamber Choir diretto da Paul Ayres - i prossimi concerti, in perfetto clima natalizio e in omaggio alla zuppa inglese, sono con The Village Band: http://tiny.cc/fU73J

16 dicembre 2008


'Scarpe diem' anche per Bob Ostertag, che da' vita a un'iniziativa fotografica a favore di Muntadhar al-Zeidi, il giornalista che scagliando le sue scarpe in faccia a Bush ha ricordato al mondo i crimini di guerra contro l'Iraq.

Throw my shoes too!
Muntadhar al-Zeidi is a hero. Know what Bush was saying when al-Zeidi threw his shoes? "The war is not over. But . . . it is decidedly on its way to being won." And Muntadhar al-Zeidi lost it. Threw both his shoes, yelling that shoe #1 was "a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people!" His second shoe was "for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq!"

This was a gift to the entire world. We all owe a debt to this 28-year old journalist who, for one beautiful moment, letting go of all rational calculation of the possible consequences, stood up and spoke truth to power. He is currently being held by Iraqi security forces and faces an unknown fate. I would not want to be in his shoes right now.

I have started a Flickr group called Throw My Shoes Too! I put up a picture of myself with my shoes. In support of Mr. al-Zeidi, I urge you to go to Throw My Shoes Too! and put up a picture of your own. You can also leave a comment. If you are new to Flickr you will have to create an account, but that is free and only takes a moment.

15 dicembre 2008


Chiude in bellezza un anno di intensa attività musicale il londinese Cafe OTO con i concerti di The People Band (il 17 dicembre) e John Butcher, Veryan Weston, Hannah Marshall e Fabrizio Spera qui in quartetto per la prima volta come Quartet for the End of Year (il 22 dicembre).

The People Band established a reputation in the 60s for extending the boundaries of free music, and their album from that time, produced by Charlie Watts, is still relevant. Expect trade-mark full-on unqualified improvisation, radical yet entertaining free-form from original members including Terry Day, Davey Payne, George Khan, Paul Jolly, Mel Davis, Tony Marsh, Charlie Hart, Tony Edwards, Mike Figgis, Adam Hart, Terry Holman.

Although this particular ensemble - Quartet for the End of Year - of four players has never played as a quartet, there are strong connections within the group. John has worked in Italy with Fabrizio, Veryan has numerous projects with Hannah, John works Veryan in the Phil Minton Quartet etc….the evening will also see smaller combinations of the four musicians. A very fitting end to the year.


Cafe OTO is a venue based in Dalston, London presenting the most innovative artists working today with a particular focus on new music. Our aim is to support and foster a vibrant creative community rooted in our local surroundings whilst embracing the best new music and art from the U.K. and abroad.
Cafe OTO (meaning noise/sound/music in Japanese) comprises of one large café/performance space open during the day serving food and drink with an evening programme of live music, films, talks and discussions.
Performers who have played at Café Oto so far include: Henry Flynt, Kan Mikami, Kath Bloom, Jandek, Otomo Yoshihide, Evan Parker, Toshimaru Nakamura, Meg Baird, Chirs Corsano, Peter Walker, John Butcher, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Mt. Eerie, Diane Cluck, Saya (Tenniscoats), John Sinclair, Lol Coxhill, Eddie Prévost, Adam Bohman, Steve Beresford and many more.

Cafe OTO
18 - 22 Ashwin Street
Dalston
London E8 3DL
info@cafeoto.co.uk

13 dicembre 2008


Periodo di sconti dal 25% al 40% su una settantina di titoli - la lista completa è in http://www.actuellecd.com/en/boutique/spc_rouge - distribuiti da Dame, etichetta creata nel 1991 da Joane Hétu a sostegno delle nuove musiche a Montréal. Fino al 5 gennaio 2009.

DAME was created in 1991 by musician-producer Joane Hétu to distribute and promote new music and musicians. With many years of experience in the music industry, DAME opens up new musical avenues little known in Canada. In its constantly expanding catalogue, DAME supports different independant labels from Quebec, mostly specialised in musique actuelle, amongst which we find Ambiances Magnétiques, Ambiances Magnétiques Jazz, Malasartes Musique, Monsieur Fauteux m’entendez-vous? and Collection QB. DAME distributes throughout Canada and abroad and is rapidly acquiring world reputation. For the passionate listener, the curious ear and all music lovers.

DAME / actuellecd.com
4580, avenue de Lorimier
Montréal (Québec)
H2H 2B5 CANADA
tel +1 / 514-526-4096
fax +1 / 514-526-4487

http://www.actuellecd.com

08 dicembre 2008


Per il festival parigino Musique et Littérature, alla sua prima edizione dal 18 al 20 dicembre prossimi, John Greaves presenta il raffinato repertorio di Verlaine, stavolta in trio con Jef Morin (chitarra) e Scott Taylor (tromba, fisarmonica).

Les 18, 19 et 20 décembre 2008 se tiendront au Lavoir Moderne Parisien les premières rencontres « Musique et Littérature ».
Cette manifestation qui reprend l’une des préoccupations majeures de l’association JazzoSphère, à savoir la pluridisciplinarité, entend surprendre et réunir tout à la fois mélomanes et lecteurs pour trois soirées phares.
Ici la musique enrobe le texte, lui donne une lecture nouvelle, accentue la dramaturgie et capte l’attention.
Géraldine Keller et Jean-Luc Cappozzo sont initiés à ce genre de rencontre. Ils nous proposent, en ouverture du superbe projet de John Greaves - Verlaine -, une improvisation échevelée autour de textes utilisés comme stimuli à leur créativité débordante.
Le lendemain, vendredi 19 décembre, sera proposé en exclusivité parisienne, le projet du batteur Bruno Tocanne autour de la Beat Generation. En première partie, le groupe mythique Palo Alto interprètera les textes de Jacques Barbéri.
Enfin la soirée de clôture permettra aux auditeurs de redécouvrir la chanteuse Violetta Ferrer qui interprétera, avec la passion qui l’anime, les textes de Federico Garcia Lorca. Le dernier concert s’articulera autour d’un dispositif quadriphonique qui, par la spatialisation qu’il créera, donnera vie à Lilas Triste, fabuleux voyage initiatique proposé par Franck Vigroux et Marc Ducret.
Trois soirées où l’intensité du texte sera renforcée par la vision éclairée de quelques musiciens aventureux.


Lavoir moderne parisien
35, rue Léon
75018 Paris
M° Marcadet-Poissonniers ou Château rouge
Bus 31, 56, 60
Réservations : 01 42 52 09 14

07 dicembre 2008


Un'intervista a Robert Wyatt condotta da Rosie Swash per The Guardian si ascolta in http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/audio/2008/dec/05/robert-wyatt-interview; un estratto della stessa intervista è anche in http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/audio/2008/dec/05/robert-wyatt-music-weekly-podcast

02 dicembre 2008


Un articolo di qualche giorno fa di Rob Fitzpatrick per The Guardian volge l'attenzione a uno dei più singolari progetti artistici realizzati in seno all'industria discografica britannica ufficiale a metà degli anni ottanta, la El Records di Mike Alway, cercando di collegare le recenti attività dell'etichetta a quella prima irripetibile stagione, quando nel giro di pochi mesi uscirono a raffica decine di album e singoli raffinati e coloratissimi, eleganti e anticonformisti: li firmavano Louis Philippe, Would-Be-Goods, Momus, Simon Fisher Turner, Monochrome Set, Anthony Adverse, Marden Hill, Bad Dream Fancy Dress e tanti tanti altri nomi, in molti casi effimeri e di pura fantasia. Ricordi e commenti di Alway punteggiano l'articolo richiamando ragioni e ispirazioni dietro l'efficace 'immagine' voluta e costruita per la El: peccato però che né lui né l'articolista facciano cenno alcuno a chi brillantemente e con opera certosina ne realizzò il 'suono' (e tra questi appunto Louis Philippe, ma anche Dean Brodrick, e il produttore Richard Preston). Una diversa intervista con Mike Alway, una mezzoretta circa, si trova in www.cherryred.co.uk/el/index.htm, mentre della reazione di Philippe all'articolo di Fitzpatrick si legge nel piccolo forum del sito Sunshine: www.louisphilippe.co.uk

01 dicembre 2008


Il Teatro Comunale di Bolzano propone giovedì 4 e venerdì 5 dicembre 2008 (con inizio ad ore 20.00), in esclusiva nazionale, I Went To The House But Did Not Enter, recente creazione di Heiner Goebbels. Coprodotta dal Festival di Edimburgo, dal Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne e dai teatri di Bolzano, Lussemburgo, Francoforte e Strasburgo, I Went To The House But Did Not Enter si configura come un concerto scenico in tre quadri di cui è unico protagonista l’Hilliard Ensemble, il quartetto vocale inglese (David James, controtenore, Rogers Covey-Crump e Steven Harrold, tenori, Gordon Jones, baritono) apprezzato in tutto il mondo per le sue splendide interpretazioni di musica antica, rinascimentale e contemporanea. Nella realizzazione di questo suo nuovo lavoro, Goebbels si è avvalso dell'abituale team di collaboratori: Klaus Grünberg (scene e luci), Florence von Gerkan (costumi), Willi Bopp (suono).

Ognuno dei tre quadri di I Went To The House But Did Not Enter è ambientato in epoche e spazi differenti ed è dedicato ad un testo letterario del XX secolo, rispettivamente uscito dalla penna di un giovanile T. S. Eliot ("The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock"), di Maurice Blanchot ("La folie du jour") e di Samuel Beckett ("Worstward Ho"). Nonostante siano rigorosamente diversi tra loro, i testi hanno qualcosa in comune: delineano un "io" anonimo, frammentato, moltitudine di voci e di sfaccettature in cui il lettore non può affidarsi a personaggi e ruoli chiaramente definiti. Il loro linguaggio – benché differente – non offre alcuna promessa di sicurezza. E tutti i testi hanno in comune la diffidenza verso le forme narrative lineari, persino quando questi stessi testi sono pieni di storie: i racconti non rivelano il loro senso, spesso paradossale, se non quando gli ascoltatori li completano.