15 novembre 2013


Prende il via oggi la ventunesima edizione del London Jazz Festival, con una miriade di concerti ed eventi da qui al 24 novembre dislocati un po' ovunque a Londra, in teatri, sale, club e luoghi anche all'aperto. Sede di numerose iniziative saranno ovviamente anche il Vortex Jazz Club e il Cafe Oto: al Vortex passeranno tra gli altri i Township Comets con le musiche di Dudu Pukwana, Alexander Hawkins in duo con Louis Moholo-Moholo, Evan Parker, Maggie Nicols, John Russell con Quaqua, Philip Catherine e John Etheridge. Tra le cose in programma al Cafe Oto spicca la proiezione del film di Helen Petts su Lol Coxhill, Solo Soprano, prodotto pochi mesi fa per il festival Full of Noises a Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria. A presentarlo con lei domani pomeriggio, ripresi da Jazz on 3, ci saranno Steve Beresford e Mick Audsley, responsabile quest'ultimo del documento video del 1972 ampiamente citato dall'autrice nella stesura finale dell'opera.

Solo Soprano is an exploration of the nature of creativity, artistic integrity, improvisation and ageing - through an intimate portrait of free improvising soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill, who died last year. Specialising in the solo improvisation but also known for his work with soul singer Rufus Thomas, progressive rocker Kevin Ayers, the Damned, and film directors Sally Potter and Derek Jarman - Lol Coxhill was a leading member of the international free improvisation scene. He was a much loved personality  as well as a great musician. The film features a 30 minute solo from the 2009 Freedom of the City Festival in London, intercut with archive footage from a documentary made in 1972 by leading feature film editor Mick Audsley, Petts' more intimate recordings of other Coxhill solo improvisations and footage of his personal archive of music, instruments, toys and ephemera. Final sound mixed by Dave Hunt.

http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk
http://www.cafeoto.co.uk
http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk
http://www.helenpetts.com
http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/project-space-solo-soprano-lol-coxhill-helen-petts.shtm
http://www.soundandmusic.org/thesampler/event/2013/11/solo-soprano-portrait-lol-coxhill
http://www.fonfestival.org/Helen_Petts.html