31 luglio 2014


Per la puntata di Spinning on Air di domenica scorsa David Garland ha avuto ospiti Karen MantlerDoug Wieselman e Kato Hideki, con alcuni brani dall'album Business is Bad eseguiti dal vivo in studio. Video e galleria di immagini sono su YouTube e Flickr.

Karen Mantler has felt the economic downturn. In fact, her new album is called Business is Bad. But for Karen, less has always been more. Her jazzy songs are lean, witty, and keenly observed, without an once of fat, or an extra note. Economy comes naturally to Karen. She brings her new trio, with Doug Wieselman and Kato Hideki, to the WNYC Studio, joining David Garland for performances and conversation.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/karen-mantlers-lean-songs-lean-times
https://www.youtube.com/user/SpinningOnAir
https://www.flickr.com/photos/spinningonair/sets/72157645922544614

30 luglio 2014


Notizie dal Pianeta Gong confermano che il lungo tour annunciato per il prossimo autunno è stato quasi completamente cancellato, in attesa del miglioramento delle condizioni di salute di Daevid Allen. Anche l'uscita del nuovo album I See You, pressoché pronto, è stata leggermente posticipata a metà ottobre 2014.
Un messaggio di auguri a Daevid accompagna il comunicato ufficiale del gruppo: "It is with regret and sadness that Gong must announce the cancellation of the UK tour this coming Autumn. Following Daevid's illness we had hoped to make the tour viable in some way without him. This has ultimately proved impossible. Apologies to all who looked forward, as we did, to the shows. We hope to see you all again before long. Love and flying teapots, Gong."

http://www.planetgong.co.uk
http://tinyurl.com/qbglfzv

29 luglio 2014


Ospiti la settimana scorsa di Asti Musica, gli Stormy Six hanno proposto pressoché integralmente i materiali di Benvenuti nel ghetto, pur senza Moni Ovadia. In coda all'ultimo brano, Invocazione, e appena prima della girandola di bis da Il biglietto del tram, ha trovato posto una splendida poesia dello scrittore polacco Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), Campo dei Fiori: una ripresa è su YouTube.

http://youtu.be/SMozXBIJ68Q

28 luglio 2014


Poco prima della presentazione al festival Les Nuits de Fourvière a Lione (Francia) del progetto Le Monde de Robert Wyatt dedicato alla rilettura integrale di Rock Bottom, Ugo Nicolas ha raccolto qualche commento da alcuni protagonisti del concerto - Craig Fortnam, direttore musicale dell'operazione, Élise Caron e John Greaves - seguendoli in una prova domestica di Forest.

C’est à Craig Fortnam, leader du North Sea Radio Orchestra, une sorte de société idéale située au carrefour de la musique de chambre et de la pop, que nous avons confié la direction musicale de la création "Le Monde de Robert Wyatt". Avec lui et son ensemble, une belle galerie d’électrons libres. Deux funambules, Élise Caron et John Greaves – un partenaire historique de Wyatt –, qui serpentent depuis toujours entre chanson, improvisation et musique contemporaine; et un chanteur au timbre incomparable, Silvain Vanot, dont la sensibilité pop s’accorde à merveille avec celle du génial barbu. Générique auquel s’ajoute un pianiste sans matricule, Pascal Comelade, admirateur de la première heure de Wyatt, avec lequel il a notamment gravé une délicieuse version du September Song de Kurt Weill. À travers une relecture intégrale de Rock Bottom et une sélection de titres emblématiques (Moon in June, Shipbuilding, O Caroline…), voici donc une opportunité unique de redécouvrir ou de se familiariser avec le très grand petit monde d’un des créateurs les plus affranchis de la planète pop.

http://www.nuitsdefourviere.com/node/104
http://vimeo.com/100306438

27 luglio 2014


Con Smiths e Morrissey il flirt - se mai c'è stato - è durato poco. Oggi l'album preferito di Jonathan Coe è Rock Bottom, di Robert Wyatt. Detto chiaro e tondo domenica scorsa a margine della presentazione di Expo 58 al festival Collisioni a Barolo (Cn).

http://www.jonathancoewriter.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/photocronista

26 luglio 2014


Compie oggi quarant'anni esatti Rock Bottom, il Capolavoro.

Così Domino Recording ne accompagnò la ripubblicazione nel 2008: "Continually, and rightly, regarded as an emotionally charged masterpiece Rock Bottom, like all truly great records, defines its own moonlit world. Defiantly graceful, listening to Rock Bottom is like being invited into another person’s consciousness: fluid, deep, mesmerising and utterly unique. An intense meditative song cycle recorded in difficult circumstances Rock Bottom adds another layer of meaning to the term soul music. Its influence on successive generations of musicians is almost as palpable as the influence it has had on anyone who has immersed themselves in its ever glowing, self-willing beauty."

E narrandone in prima persona la genesi e il compimento, in una nota del 1998 per Hannibal/Rykodisc così concludeva Robert Wyatt: "On July 26th 1974, (the 21st Anniversary of the attack on Moncada, which was the first action that led to the Cuban Revolution), Rock Bottom was released, and I married Alfie, and we lived happily ever after."

Grazie!

25 luglio 2014


In coda al concerto offerto poche sere fa a Rovereto (Tn) da Massimo Giuntoli e Eloisa Manera - il loro progetto in duo si chiama Hobo - c'era una gustosa e pertinente rilettura di Little Red Robin Hood Hit the Road, (quasi) un omaggio all'album capolavoro di Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom nei giorni che celebrano il suo quarantesimo anniversario. Su YouTube, alla pagina di photocronista.

http://www.massimogiuntoli.com
http://www.eloisamanera.com
http://youtu.be/l9XbT5XaGbs

24 luglio 2014


Vincendo le minacce del maltempo e alcune piccole pecche organizzative si è infine tenuto al festival Collisioni di Barolo (Cn) l'atteso concerto con le musiche dello scrittore inglese Jonathan Coe, eseguite dall'autore stesso con Francesco Zago, Eloisa Manera, Clara Zucchetti e Massimo Giuntoli, responsabile quest'ultimo anche degli arrangiamenti. In scaletta una decina di brani originali - con titoli come Sarah At The Beach, Carissima, Two Days Later, Christmas Eve, Princess Grace, For Someone Unknown - e un paio di citazioni dagli immortali repertori di National Health e Hatfield and the North: Arriving Twice e Fitter Stoke Has A Bath. Delizioso!
Una recensione è apparsa su La Repubblica, immagini e altri commenti sono in https://www.facebook.com/massimo.giuntoli.7

23 luglio 2014


In ricordo dello scomparso Casey Kasem, dj radiofonico di enorme popolarità negli Stati Uniti - sua per anni la voce dei Top 40 - nonché attivo sostenitore di numerose cause per i diritti civili, il collettivo californiano Negativland riesuma il proprio famigerato singolo U2 del 1991, in cui anche Kasem aveva un piccolo ruolo, e ne diffonde i materiali d'origine per pubblico e creativo riutilizzo: informazioni e file audio si ottengono al sito del gruppo e tramite Mediafire.

In 1991, Negativlandʼs U2 single had one of the shortest releases in music history, squashed like a bug after less than ten days on store shelves, under legal fire from the Irish rock band U2ʼs music publisher (Warner/Chappell) and then-record label (Island). The history of this fracas was detailed in Negativland’s book and CD release, Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 (Seeland 013).
Now, instead of merely reissuing the U2 record itself, Negativland presents, for free digital download, the original un-mixed studio multi-track tape "stems" for re-mixing, re-purposing and re-inventing in whichever way the listener may choose. Negativland encourages the re-contextualization of this seminal work for whatever reason, whatsoever. In keeping with the working methods and philosophy of Negativland, and the Fair Use provision in U.S. Copyright Law, the group offers up this raw material in the hopes that entirely new versions of the work are created and disseminated.

http://www.negativland.com
https://www.facebook.com/Negativlandland
https://soundcloud.com/bart-conway/negativland-found-what-hes-looking-for
http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/06/15/casey-kasems-life-outside-of-radio-voice-over-acting-political-activism

22 luglio 2014


ReR annuncia per settembre-ottobre la realizzazione di una speciale antologia di inediti e rarità di Lindsay Cooper in occasione dei concerti di novembre a Londra e Huddersfield a lei dedicati: Rarities from the Lindsay Cooper Archive. In sottoscrizione ora presso http://tinyurl.com/pmpu9cf

This double CD set collects together, amongst other things (still finalising, suggestions welcome), all of Outtakes for Other Occasions and The Small Screen-Music for Television, both of which were never commercially available; all four pieces from A Classic Guide to No Man's Land; a luminous, unreleased, live recording of Trio Trabant with Alfred Harth and Phil Minton, Education sung by Sally Potter, In the Dark Year, sung by Robert Wyatt, an extraordinary solo piano piece, recorded at Roulette in 1985, material from the Pedestrians and various other unheard works. With a substantial memorial booklet. Numbered and with an extra item for subscribers only.

http://tinyurl.com/pmpu9cf

20 luglio 2014


Concerto degli Stormy Six domani sera ad Asti, in piazza Cattedrale, alle 21.00: Archimede De Martini (basso, violino), Carlo De Martini: (violino, voce), Umberto Fiori (voce, chitarra), Salvatore Garau (batteria), Tommaso Leddi (mandolino, chitarra, voce), Francesco Zago (chitarre), Giorgio Albani (tecnico del suono).

http://www.astigiando.it/event/asti-musica
http://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Asti-Musica/382702335173323

19 luglio 2014


Esordio in pubblico per le musiche composte dallo scrittore Jonathan Coe: domani al festival Collisioni a Barolo (Cn) eseguite dallo stesso autore (tastiere, chitarra) con Massimo Giuntoli, responsabile degli arrangiamenti (tastiere, voce), Eloisa Manera (violino), Francesco Zago (chitarre) e Clara Zucchetti (vibrafono, percussioni, voce). In Piazza Verde, alle 21.30.

http://www.collisioni.it/it/ospiti/jonathan-coe-music

18 luglio 2014


Importante onorificenza per meriti musicali concessa dall'Università del Kent a Robert Wyatt: la cerimonia di consegna è oggi, nella cattedrale di Canterbury. Ehi dottore!

"Comedian Harry Hill, broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, artist Billy Childish and musician Robert Wyatt are among those to receive honorary degrees from the University in ceremonies being held at Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals during July. Musician Robert Wyatt was born in Bristol but moved to Canterbury where he attended the Simon Langton Grammar School and was a leading light of the city’s influential music scene of the late 1960s as the founder of the band Soft Machine. He continued his music career as a solo artist and had a 1983 chart hit with the song Shipbuilding. He will receive a Doctor of Music degree, in recognition of his contribution to music, at a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 18 July."

http://www.kent.ac.uk/campusonline/updates/campusnews.html?id=honorary-degrees-july.txt
http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/event/2014/07/15/uok-graduation-ceremonies-1

17 luglio 2014


Soft Machine Legacy e Keith Tippett tornano ad esibirsi insieme in concerto, il prossimo 20 luglio al Band on the Wall a Manchester (Regno Unito).

John Etheridge brings the Soft Machine Legacy to the Band on the Wall for an exclusive engagement with special guest Keith Tippett (piano). Soft Machine Legacy is a reunion of three members of 70's pioneer band Soft Machine (John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall) plus reedsman Theo Travis. They have been together for nine years - originally with Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean - and have produced five albums so far. Pianist Keith Tippett has been a national treasure and cornerstone of the improvising scene for five decades with an astonishing history of creativity. At the Frankfurt Jazz Festival in 2012, Keith joined Soft Machine for a triumphant concert and this unique collaboration is being re-united especially for this year's Manchester Jazz Festival.

http://bandonthewall.org/events/4411
http://bandonthewall.org/files/season-brochure.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/bandonthewall

16 luglio 2014


Prende il via domani a Nickelsdorf (Austria) Konfrontationen, uno dei migliori e più longevi festival europei dedicati alle musiche di improvvisazione, quest'anno alla sua trentacinquesima edizione. Informazioni e programma completo sono in http://www.konfrontationen.at/ko14

Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf
Cafe Restaurant Falb / Limbeck
Untere Hauptstr. 13 / A-2425 Nickelsdorf
tel: 02146 2359 / fax: 02146 2776
jazzgalerie@konfrontationen.at
www.konfrontationen.at

15 luglio 2014


I concerti di questi giorni dell'Artchipel Orchestra - ancora nel segno dello splendido repertorio canterburiano (ma non solo) curato dal leader Ferdinando Faraò e in procinto di trovar sbocco anche su cd - avranno illustre ospite lo scrittore Jonathan Coe: questa sera a Rho, parco di villa Burba e domani a Milano, cortile della Rocchetta del Castello Sforzesco.

http://it-it.facebook.com/ArtchipelOrchestra
http://www.ilritmodellecitta.it/programma/16-luglio

14 luglio 2014


Estratti da due recenti concerti milanesi di La1919 sono al canale YouTube di maximalist2012: Luciano Margorani e Piero Chianura con Federico Zenoni e ospiti.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/353651534324
https://www.facebook.com/luciano.margorani
https://www.facebook.com/piero.chianura

13 luglio 2014


Gesta e avventure del Nippon Eldorado Kabarett al Milano Manga Festival lo scorso 1 giugno: Sarah Stride, William Nicastro, Giovanni Venosta, Emilio Galante, Alberto Turra e Sergio Quagliarella.

https://m.facebook.com/MilanoMangaFestival
http://www.youtube.com/user/maximalist2012/videos

12 luglio 2014


Craig Fortnam guida la North Sea Radio Orchestra alla scoperta del mondo di Robert Wyatt attraverso Rock Bottom - in lettura integrale, anche per festeggiarne il quarantesimo compleanno - e altri brani scelti: questa sera a Lione (Francia), per Les Nuits de Fourvière. Ci sono anche John Greaves, Élise Caron, Silvain Vanot e Pascal Comelade.

An enthusiastic reinterpretation of Robert Wyatt’s repertoire through his entire masterpiece Rock Bottom and a selection of his hit songs. "Thank you for bringing a breath of fresh air to my music. To hear it played by other musicians makes me feel like a grandfather. It’s now leading a life of its own – but we, the grandparents, we also see ourselves in it somehow. It's a wonderful feeling": these were the words of Robert Wyatt when he welcomed the idea of ​​creating a show around his work at Fourvière. Showing great modesty, these words shouldn’t minimize his essential contribution to the history of Pop music. Because in his collaborative projects (Soft Machine, Matching Mole and more) as well as in his solo career, the Englishman is indeed a model: hasn’t he been a source of inspiration for personalities as well-known as Elvis Costello, Bashung, Mark Hollis (Talk Talk), Björk and PJ Harvey? Fed on classical music and bebop songs as much as songs by Ray Charles and Burt Bacharach, Wyatt was swept by a never-ending desire to escape – perhaps this was reinforced by the accident that nailed him to a wheelchair for life in 1973. An eternal wanderer, he strut his imagination and his high-pitched voice, playing with the barriers between Pop, Jazz, Latin sounds and Electronic music. An art of fugue brought to its poetic peak in the album Rock Bottom (1974), a "song of love and curiosity" intended for his wife and muse Alfie: here, as others put boats into bottles, Robert Wyatt has managed to fit an entire world, his personal world, into his songs. The fortieth anniversary of the release of this unparalleled album is the perfect opportunity to celebrate its maker. Craig Fortnam, leader of the North Sea Radio Orchestra – a sort of ideal society at the crossroads between Chamber music and Pop – is in charge of the musical direction of the evening. Alongside him and his ensemble will be a beautiful gallery of free electrons. Two brilliant entertainers, Élise Caron and John Greaves – one of Wyatt’s longstanding partners – who have always winded their way between song, improvisation and contemporary music; and a singer with a timbre like no other, Silvain Vanot, whose pop edge is perfectly in tune with that of the fabulous bearded artist. Also featuring is a little-known pianist, Pascal Comelade, an early admirer of Wyatt’s, with whom he recorded a delicious version of Kurt Weill’s September Song. Through a full reinterpretation of Rock Bottom and a selection of iconic tracks (including Moon in June, Shipbuilding and O Caroline) this is a unique opportunity to rediscover or get acquainted with one of the most unfettered artists in the universe of Pop and his immense little world.

http://www.nuitsdefourviere.com/en/programme/world-robert-wyatt

11 luglio 2014


Altri documenti dai due ultimi concept tour dei Residents, Wonder of Weird e Shadowland: rispettivamente una compilazione dal vivo con il meglio del concerto tenuto ad Amsterdam il 20 maggio 2013 (Marching to the See) e le musiche di ingresso utilizzate in apertura dei concerti dello scorso maggio (The Highway).

Holding up the underground since 1972, The Residents celebrated four decades of unbridled creativity with The Wonder of Weird, their 40th anniversary tour. This album, Marching to the See, collects the musical highlights from that tour. Having recently come out as Randy, Chuck and Bob after years of anonymity, the group now presents itself in concert as the ultimate offbeat power trio, pared down to guitar, keyboards and vocals. Shrugging its collective shoulders, the band re-interprets and devours its classic material like a hungry horse inhaling hay, while still stumbling along at full speed. Sex, shrugs and anti-rock'n roll - it's all there in The Residents' Marching to the See.
If you got to see the Shadowland concerts, then you will be able to relive the moments prior to said shows. If not, you can pretend as if you are there (but then are forced unexpectedly to leave just before the show starts): The Highway.

http://www.residents.com
http://mvdb2b.com/s/ResidentsMarchingToTheSee/MVD6472A
http://ralphlet.bandcamp.com/album/the-highway

10 luglio 2014


Esce in una nuova edizione il libro del 2010 di Philippe Gonin sui Magma, con immutato sottotitolo programmatico Décryptage d’un mythe et d’une musique. Oggi come allora, per la marsigliese Le mot et le reste.

Un nom, un emblème, un homme, un mythe. Telle pourrait être résumée l’existence même de Magma. Un nom qui cingle et traduit le bouillonnement intense qui sous-tend l’existence du groupe ; un emblème qui, tel un étendard, représente à lui seul la force et toute la cosmogonie qui l’entoure ; un mythe, celui d’un peuple avec ses craintes, ses doutes, ses combats et sa langue, si obscure et claire à la fois ; un homme enfin tant l’histoire de Magma semble se confondre avec celui qui, depuis le début, est, sinon l’unique créateur de l’œuvre, le socle indéfectible du groupe: Christian Vander. Depuis quarante ans, Magma traverse le paysage musical français hors des modes et des courants. Baptisé zeuhl, ce croisement de chant choral, avant-garde, rock et jazz, innove par le biais de paroles chantées dans une langue imaginaire aux consonances germaniques et slaves, le kobaïen. Marqué par la personnalité charismatique de son compositeur, batteur et chanteur, Christian Vander, Magma a construit autour de sa musique tout un univers centré sur une quête spirituelle à travers les mythes et légendes de Kobaïa, la planète rêvée.
Philippe Gonin nous invite dans ce livre à décrypter ces mythes et analyser le fonctionnement des différentes formations du groupe Magma. C’est surtout à la musique qu’il s’intéresse, expliquant, album après album, titre après titre, comment une œuvre se construit et évolue. Guitariste, spécialiste de l’histoire et de l’analyse des musiques actuelles, Philippe Gonin enseigne à l’Université de Bourgogne.

http://lemotetlereste.com/mr/formes/magma
http://lemotetlereste.com/mr/formes/magmanouvelleedition

09 luglio 2014


Per l'ultimo saluto a Kevin Ayers l'anno scorso a Deià (Spagna) si raccolse attorno alle figlie Rachel e Galen una piccola folla di amici, vicini e conoscenti, per una cerimonia amichevole e lieve allietata da musica, luci, racconti e ricordi. Tra i presenti c'era anche Susan Lomas, che ha fissato con parole e immagini la cronaca di quel giorno: Kevin Ayers, August 16th 2013, Deià.

“My aim in writing this short book is to capture a moment in time and to keep the creative spirit of Kevin Ayers in the hearts and minds of music lovers for years to come. It’s not a biography, but rather a starting point for anybody who wants to know a little more about Kevin Ayers, his music and Deià. I have included descriptions of my visits to Montaulieu and Montolieu too.
How can I sum up Kevin Ayers? A career spanning forty-five years, the first Soft Machine album, fifteen solo studio albums, sessions for the BBC, several official live albums and of course many more bootleg recordings. Dozens of singles releases and compilation albums with previously unreleased tracks as extras. If one counts ten songs on each solo album, even allowing for Kevin’s habit of re-working tunes, that’s way more than one hundred original songs in his repertoire. A charismatic live performer with a distinctive voice, which matured beautifully, like a fine red wine. Recording contracts with Harvest, Island and Virgin, to name a few companies. If you simply took the lyrics of Kevin’s songs and published them as a book of poetry it would be an outstanding achievement, full of emotion, wit and wisdom. The fact that these ideas became songs and arrangements which inspired outstanding performances from his musical collaborators needs to be celebrated.
Why isn’t Kevin Ayers as well known as his friend and management company stable-mate from the 1970s, Sir Elton John? No disrespect to Elton, but Kevin wrote the lyrics AND dreamed up the music. I urge you to listen to Kevin’s songs, read his interviews and do what Kevin would want you to do… figure it out for yourself! If you have any time left over to read my little book then I would be delighted.”

http://www.kevinayers.org
https://www.facebook.com/KevinAyers.org
http://www.kevinayers.org/blog/kevin-ayers-august-16th-2013-deia

08 luglio 2014


Massimo Giuntoli (harmonium, flauto dolce, voce) e Eloisa Manera (violino, glockenspiel, voce) sono questa sera a Rovereto (Tn) per la rassegna Altri Suoni a proporre il loro progetto Hobo. Presso Impact Hub, alle 21.30.

"Una formazione agile, dalle sonorità intense e possenti quanto sospese e delicate, determinata a dare vita a una camera da musica itinerante capace di trasformare spazi e luoghi della più varia specie in un’inconsueta avventura sonora. La musica di Hobo è caratterizzata da una nutrita varietà di linguaggi di frontiera, con marcate influenze avant-rock, canterburiane, zappiane e novecentesche, nel senso più ampio del termine. Cui si aggiungono audaci incursioni nel repertorio classico e popolare dal sapore ironico e surreale."

http://www.massimogiuntoli.com
http://www.eloisamanera.com
http://tinyurl.com/khra5jg
https://www.youtube.com/user/maximalist2012/search?query=hobo


07 luglio 2014


Un video su YouTube riporta in estrema sintesi l'esoterica esibizione di Jump for Joy! all'Avantgarde Festival a Schiphorst (Germania) qualche giorno fa: Yumi Hara, Chris Cutler, Geoff Leigh, Zappi W. Diermaier e Jean-Hervé Peron.

06 luglio 2014


Non fa in tempo a uscire il suo nuovo album - Lawn Ornaments, l'ottavo da solista, portentoso, fresco di stampa per ReR - che Bob Drake già pensa al prossimo, 20 Nitre-Encrusted Hits. Incorreggibile!

"My 8th solo album. Since my previous album had a deliberately stripped-down production, the moment I finished it I wanted to do an "overproduced" album. This was the starting point and general direction for Lawn Ornaments. It is very dense, yet still has a lot of space even in the most overdone passages, as well as some sparser moments too for a little contrast. More organ and piano than any of my previous albums, and features my first-ever trumpet playing, which is sure to please or repulse depending on the listener's constitution. Musically, it continues my attempts to come up with the best songs I can, the sheer joy of playing and singing, recording, microphones, amps... always reaching for that good feel, oh you know, make some good music with plenty of laffs and surprises and thrills of various kinds. The artwork includes the cover and 16 more illustrations by fine artist Joe Mruk and is absolutely gorgeous, so I do encourage you to get the CD rather than an art-less digital download."

www.bdrak.com

05 luglio 2014


Bing Selfish torna a Resonance FM non con il suo classico, epico show radiofonico ma per suggerire ascolti estivi e riflessioni di più ristretta natura: (quasi) ogni sabato da qui a inizio agosto, a ora di pranzo, con vari ospiti. Ah, Sunflower, weary of Heart FM!

Welcome to the Bing Selfish radio show that is not the same as The Bing Selfish Radio Show. For the latter is a sprawling epic mega-serial of exquisite dimensions, whereas the former is a summer-long series of live broadcasts of Bing Selfish playing records and talking to people. You heard me.
Saturdays at 12pm-1:30pm on 5th, 19th, 26th July and 2nd August, Bing will be hosting a salon from the vast palace of ResonanceFM HQ to play the kind of records that should be played on the radio. Guests will be joining us, including on 5th July: Pu P’ao in Chinese clothes, the mystic seer of Essex dive bars and Bob Drake, the furry fury who goes to work in a funicular.

www.bingselfish.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bing-Selfish/275093339210470
https://www.facebook.com/events/257560491103802

04 luglio 2014


Corposo set di immagini d'archivio per una presentazione un po' patinata del radicalismo afroamericano nel jazz degli anni Sessanta e inizio Settanta: Black Fire! New Spirits! (Soul Jazz Books, 2014), con John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Eric Dolphy e Cecil Taylor in primo piano.

The 100s of stunning photographs in this new deluxe large format hardback book capture the radicalism and self-determination of pioneering jazz artists in the 1960s and early 1970s. During this era, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by civil rights, the avant garde, Black Power and a new spiritual awakening. At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique new period of revolution as African-American musicians re-defined the art form in the context of the civil rights movement, afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment. John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, to the collective and community concerns of Chicagos Advancement for Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz music never looked back.
This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s presented with introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.

http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/releases/?id=37331

03 luglio 2014


E al sassofono più piccolo del mondo - il sopranissimo, ribattezzato Soprillo dal suo costruttore, Benedikt Eppelsheim - è dedicato un intero album, Soprillogy (Saxtet Publications, 2008), realizzato dallo specialista Nigel Wood, accompagnato da Jonathan Taylor, Tanya Houghton e Karen Street. Introduce all'album un estratto pubblicato su YouTube, Sonnet, composto da Mike Westbrook e Chris Biscoe, ispirato a un testo di Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

The Eppelsheim Soprillo is such a new instrument that there is not much performance history to provide a reference or a benchmark. This recording solves that problem. The Soprillo, while difficult to play, is not an impossible instrument, and Nigel Wood has gone past its difficulties and uses this incredible instrument to play music on the highest level, no pun intended.

soprillo.com/soprillogy.php
http://www.saxtetpublications.com/catalogue/viewrecording.php?id=295
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqCjpwMzXYk



02 luglio 2014


Non solo Elton Dean. Per un breve saggio di tecnica ed espressione nell'impiego del saxello si può vedere in azione anche Simon Picard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqCjpwMzXYk


01 luglio 2014


Prosegue su Inconstant Sol la pubblicazione - autorizzata da Paul Dunmall - del catalogo Duns Limited Edition, e oggi è la volta del concerto tenuto a Londra al Vortex il 28 settembre 1997 da un quartetto stellare, con Dunmall, Paul Rogers, Tony Levin ed Elton Dean. A quest'ultimo è dedicato fin dal titolo l'importante documento, uscito nel 2006: Elton. Qualche copia del cdr originale potrebbe essere ancora disponibile presso Mind Your Own Music.

Scrive nelle note di copertina Andy Isham, responsabile della registrazione dal vivo (su audiocassetta) e del progetto grafico dell'album: "Elton Dean only ever sounded like himself, which was always heartfelt and beautiful. The vitality of this thing we call jazz, improvised music, is so great, so inspiring and so useful that we must embrace and treasure it. Like any sax player on the scene, Elton recognised Paul Dunmall to be the giant that he is, and once said he thought Mujician was the best band since Coltrane's. So to play in the grouping presented here with Paul and the superlative Paul Rogers and legendary Tony Levin, I know was special to him. And the music was happening, like it always did when Elton played. Everyone plays great and is great."

http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/cd-catalogue-dunmall.htm
http://inconstantsol.blogspot.com/2014/07/dean-dunmall-rogers-levin-elton-dle051.html