09 maggio 2013



L'emittente californiana KFJC dedica oggi un lungo programma - 'Ascension Day' - a uno dei lavori più celebri e controversi di John Coltrane, Ascension, invitando all'ascolto non soltanto della versione originale del 1965, ma di almeno cinque moderne reinterpretazioni. Attenzione particolare è rivolta all'incessante processo di lettura 'aperta' condotto negli ultimi anni dal Rova Saxophone Quartet, Electric Ascension, con formazioni ed esiti differenti ad ogni esecuzione: la più recente, quella dello scorso anno al festival di Guelph, in Canada, è anche oggetto del documentario Cleaning the Mirror, e il regista John Rogers è tra gli ospiti del programma.

John Coltrane's landmark 1965 release, Ascension, was a controversial recording, and at the same time the culmination of Coltrane's search for spirituality expressed in the exploratory free jazz vocabulary of the turbulent 1960s. The work was hailed as genius by many, and unlistenable by others. In this extraordinary radio event we'll hear Coltrane’s original version, and at least five modern interpretations of the piece (in whole or in parts), illustrating the possibilities of this historic composition.
Rova Saxophone Quartet's ongoing Electric Ascension Project will be a key component of the broadcast, and will feature interviews with musicians Larry Ochs, Chris Brown, Ikue Mori, and unreleased recordings of Rova’s Electric Ascension—including the most recent in Guelph, Canada. Also on the bill is a revealing interview with film-maker John Rogers, who has just completed the documentary Cleaning the Mirror about Electric Ascension as well as the concert video of the 2012 Guelph performance, and has seen/heard more of the eleven Electric Ascension performances than anyone else outside of the band members themselves.

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