21 gennaio 2018


Un pensiero affettuoso e di buon auspicio a Guy Klucevsek lo ha inviato qualche tempo fa Amy Denio, tramite Bandcamp: Whimsy for GK. E per seguirne l'arte ha voluto consigliare un brano scritto in onore di Pauline Oliveros eseguito dal suo attuale quartetto di fisarmoniche, Bellows Brigade, erede in qualche modo di quell'Accordion Tribe II di cui fecero parte a suo tempo tanto Amy quanto la stessa Pauline: https://youtu.be/l-bTR_ng-2c

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/whimsy-for-gk

20 gennaio 2018


Giornata speciale quella di oggi per Shirley Collins, ospite pomeriggio e sera della British Library a Londra per la presentazione del suo nuovo libro autobiografico All in the Downs e un concerto, il primo, con il gruppo di musicisti con cui l'anno scorso è stato realizzato l'album Lodestar. In programma c'è anche la proiezione del documentario The Ballad of Shirley Collins, presto disponibile per la generalità del pubblico anche in dvd e cd audio.

One of the key voices of British folk music discusses and performs her music, and reads from her new autobiography All in the Downs.
Widely regarded as the 20th century's most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the folk music scene during the 1960s and 70s, building on her remarkable  travels with folklorist Alan Lomax, recording local singers around the US Deep South states of Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. Unable to perform for four decades, she finally released a triumphant new album, Lodestar, last year.
This will be the first time Shirley has performed live with the band who recorded the album with her: Ian Kearey (music director, guitar) from Blue Aeroplanes and The Oyster Band, Dave Arthur (guitar, banjo, mandolin) and Pete Cooper (fiddles), both of folk group Rattle on the Stovepipe, Pip Barnes (guitar) and Glen Redman (dancer).
Shirley will be in conversation with Luke Turner, writer and co-founder and editor of award-winning online arts magazine The Quietus, followed by a live set.

https://www.bl.uk/events/shirley-collins-words-and-music
https://www.bl.uk/events/the-ballad-of-shirley-collins

19 gennaio 2018


(Christian Burchard, 1946-2018)



18 gennaio 2018


Vede la luce ora un progetto di Fred Frith e Hardy Fox - uno dei Residents - dalle lontane e sorprendenti origini nei primissimi anni Novanta, tra registrazioni digitali a San Francisco e meditazioni zen a Big Sur, recuperato all'oblio grazie a un casuale ritrovamento recente e all'interessamento diretto di Walter Robotka di Klanggalerie: A Day Hanging Dead Between Heaven And Earth.

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg264

17 gennaio 2018


Un invito a sostenere la fase finale di realizzazione del suo nuovo lavoro Out of Sinc, atteso per la primavera, viene da Dave Sinclair, attraverso le tipiche modalità della piattaforma PledgeMusic. Piatto forte dell'album è un lungo composito brano di cui l'autore è particolarmente orgoglioso, ma c'è anche un esplicito rimando all'epoca Matching Mole: "One track in particular over 17 minutes long incorporates most of the music genres that I love including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Choral, Pop, Folk and Classical. It’s climactic and powerful, and I wonder sometimes how it all manages to come through and out of me. But thankfully out of me it does come, hence the title of the album ‘Out Of Sinc’. Of course some of the music could also be ‘Out Of Sync’ but that’s because it’s being played by humans and not machines. Another track is one I wrote, while in the band Matching Mole, which Robert Wyatt used to sing at live shows. It has never been recorded until now."

https://tinyurl.com/ycp75tfa

16 gennaio 2018


C'è anche un pochino di Wyatt nel caleidoscopico lascito che Ralph Carney ha via via affidato ai suoi affezionati ascoltatori: tra le pieghe del repertorio Tin Huey (Robert Takes the Road to Leibernawash/Little Red Riding Hood Hits the Road), per esempio, o in qualche chiamata diretta effettuata più di recente via Bandcamp (Robert Wyatt). Frugando tra le miriadi di collaborazioni e la ricca discografia in proprio dell'uomo dai cento strumenti, scomparso all'improvviso il mese scorso a Portland (Stati Uniti), compone un bel ritratto Paul Ciminero con uno speciale episodio podcast di Transmusic Airwaves:
https://transmusicairwaves/episodes/2018-01-04

15 gennaio 2018


Qualche giorno fa è tornato disponibile su YT il filmato realizzato nel 2010 da Tali Atzmon durante la produzione dell'album For The Ghosts Within, lavoro congiunto di Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon e Ros Stephen per Domino Records. Si intitola The Muses Within, e a diffonderlo è l'autrice stessa: https://youtu.be/MhII5hG2hLM

A close look into the making of The Ghosts Within, a 2010 co-production by Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen. The film brings to light the unique relationship between the three artists and explores some of the underlying substances that brought this project to life.

http://www.gilad.co.uk/news/2018/1/1/the-muses-within-robert-wyatt-ros-stephen-gilad-atzmon
http://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/search?q=The+Muses+Within

14 gennaio 2018


Se aveva un po' sorpreso la Suzanne proposta da John Greaves in coda ai recital solitari dei mesi scorsi, ulteriori segni di una possibile sintonia con l'universo-Cohen si sono poi profusi nel concerto reso a metà novembre al Theatre du Garde-Chasse a Les Lilas (Francia) in omaggio all'illustre canadese. C'erano Keren Ann, Bertrand Belin, Elise Caron, Katel, Loic Lantoine, Melissa Laveaux, Emily Loizeau, Jp Nataf, Helmut Tellier, Pierre Guenard, Angelina Wismes, e Greaves con Suzanne, appunto. E Tower of Song: 'I was born with the gift of a golden voice...'

Le 7 novembre 2016, Leonard Cohen s’éteignait à l’âge de 82 ans, bouleversant l’ensemble du monde de la culture. Légende de la musique, de la chanson et bien sûr de la poésie du XXème siècle, il incarnait le talent, l’intelligence, l’ouverture et l’apaisement. Le Triton et le Théâtre du Garde-Chasse s’associent pour rendre hommage à l’artiste incontournable qu’était Leonard Cohen en accueillant l’émission historique Le Pont des Artistes d’Isabelle Dhordain sur France Inter, diffusée depuis deux ans sur tritOnline et TVM Est-Parisien, et depuis septembre sur VIA Grand Paris. Une soirée unique à l’occasion de laquelle chanteuses et chanteurs essentiels à la scène française, s’empareront des perles du répertoire du grand Cohen.

https://youtu.be/bPg4NylUIMo
http://www.letriton.com/programmation/temps-forts/le-pont-des-artistes-3081
http://www.letriton.com/programmation/temps-forts/date/le-pont-des-artistes-19-hommage-a-leonard-cohen-2153

13 gennaio 2018


Allora è deciso, lo si fa alla Bush Hall di Londra il prossimo 24 agosto. Con Beren Matthews, e non Andy Reynolds. E per quella data anche Gavin Harrison, come d'accordo. Biglietti già ora presso Burning Shed. Puoi venire?

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin will be performing at London's prestigious Bush Hall on Friday August 24th 2018. The band will feature Barbara (vocals), Dave (keyboards), Beren Matthews (guitar) and Gavin Harrison (drums), performing song-based material in the duo's unique pop style dating from 1981 to the present day. The concert will be standing, with some unreservable side seating available on the night. Tickets for this rare one-off UK appearance are likely to sell quickly, so early booking is advisable. Doors: 19:30.

https://burningshed.com/store/davebarb/stewartgaskineticket
http://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/search?q=currently+our+most+practical+option+in+the+UK

Bush Hall
310 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush,
London W12 7LJ
www.bushhallmusic.co.uk

12 gennaio 2018


E a proposito di R. Stevie Moore, sono ormai giunti a undici i volumi della serie Copy Me a lui dedicata, con centinaia e centinaia di cover e di interpretazioni semiprofessionali o casalinghe offerte da emuli e ammiratori di tutto il mondo. Uno di essi, particolarmente capace, si fa chiamare Vesent Sornis e ha raccolto in un album a sé stante tre gustosi medley assolutamente plausibili: è disponibile presso Bandcamp con il titolo Vesent Sornis = 39​:​38 Medlie of 16 RSTVMO Compositions. Da sentire!

https://rsteviemoore.bandcamp.com/album/vesent-sornis-39-38-medlie-of-16-rstvmo-compositions

11 gennaio 2018


Se trentatré anni e un terzo è lo stupefacente intervallo temporale - effettivo, non solo simbolico - tra la prima pubblicazione di Cuneiform Records (What’s the Point? di R. Stevie Moore, nel 1984) e l'ultima (il box degli Art Zoyd 44 ½: Live and Unreleased Works, poche settimane fa), una pausa di riflessione nel 2018 sarà non soltanto meritata, ma anche necessaria. Forse foriera di grandi cambiamenti. Lo scrive in prima persona Steve Feigenbaum, cercando comunque di rincuorare i sostenitori dell'etichetta (e quelli di Wayside Music): "The biggest news this week is that, due to the fact that the market for recorded music continues to dwindle while the expenses of making and releasing recorded music, especially the promotional expenses, stay the same or go up, I am forced to lay off my (excellent) promotional staff and am discontinuing releasing any new Cuneiform titles for the immediate future. Maybe you've heard this elsewhere and maybe you are hearing it now for the first time, but it's very important that all of Wayside Music's customers understand this: We are not going bankrupt; I and Simon and Lindsey are still here and running Wayside Music, which remains a viable operation. I am also still here running Cuneiform, including doing administration of the label, handling any sales that comes in, and paying royalties to the artists for all sales. Just as we have for over 3 decades. It's actually exactly 33 1/3rd years (really!) from the date of our first release by R. Stevie Moore to our final release of the Art Zoyd set. I didn't plan it that way, but 33 1/3rd years does somehow seem beautifully appropriate.
If you like what Cuneiform does, and there are releases you've been meaning to buy, but just never quite got around to it, and would like to help us by throwing a little coin in our direction, please go here for what you can buy in physical format and please go here for what you can buy in digital format.
So, that's that. You can read the full press release here if you're interested in it. Thank you everyone for your interest and support over the decades. Obviously we could not have accomplished so much without your support and this newsletter is the place to be if you want to know any news if there is new news to be known! Once again, thank you; while all this doesn't make me happy, we had a good run thanks to our friends!"

http://www.waysidemusic.com
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/cuneiformrecords

10 gennaio 2018


Forte emozione emana anche un'altra vetrinetta, quella su Vimeo dell'artista israeliano Yair Meirovitz. Molto oltre i Falsi di Modigliani.

https://vimeo.com/129408751

09 gennaio 2018


Trovata commerciale nei giorni di punta della stagione dei saldi? Nooo... Gesto d'artista non conformista di Fred Frith e Heike Liss in favore dell'ATA di San Francisco (Stati Uniti) nella vetrinetta all'ingresso della storica sede in Valencia Street...

Dal manifesto dell'associazione: "Artists’ Television Access is a San Francisco-based, artist-run, non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally-aware, underground media and experimental art. We provide an accessible screening venue and gallery for the presentation of programmed and guest-curated screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops and events. We believe in fostering a supportive community for the exhibition of innovative art and the exchange of non-conformist ideas."

https://www.facebook.com/joethequilter/videos/10214752779879112

08 gennaio 2018


E' disponibile negli archivi web della belga Radio Panik lo speciale su Caroline Kraabel andato in onda qualche giorno fa, con diversi brani dalla discografia ufficiale, estratti da un recentissimo concerto a Bruxelles e un'estesa intervista: si riascolta presso http://www.radiopanik.org.

Caroline Kraabel came to London from Seattle as a teenager, just too late to realise her punk dreams and instead discovering the saxophone, street performance and busking. There were ideas about freedom in the air, including the punk ideal of music as something anyone could do, which led to music in which one could, with application and inspiration, do anything: improvisation. London’s vibrant improvised music scene and its many great musicians gave Kraabel opportunities to explore extended techniques (especially the use of voice with the sax) and to spend time thinking about acoustics and the interactions of electricity and music: reproduction, synthesis, and their implications.
Caroline Kraabel is committed to improvisation as a way of living and working, making music in unexpected ways and places (Taking a Life for a Walk; Going Outside) but also composing and playing written music (Mass Producers and Saxophone Experiments in Space for large groups, and many pieces for smaller groups). She has worked with Anri Sala, Maggie Nicols, Andrea Zarza Canova, Evan Parker, Annie Lewandowski, John Tchicai, Cleveland Watkiss and Susan Alcorn, among many fine artists, and was a director of the London Musicians' Collective, which created Resonance 104.4 fm, London’s art radio station.

07 gennaio 2018


Tre piccoli capolavori irrisolti della cinematografia underground catalana escono allo scoperto su YT per intercessione dello stesso collettivo che li produsse qualche anno fa a Barcellona, quel Libre Albedrio autarchico e semiclandestino in cui militavano Bing Selfish, Andi Haller, Mauro Devoto e Ramon Prat (e altri cento). I titoli sono Picnic En El Garraf (2004), Dry Town (2005) e Antoni Antoni Antoni (2007), tutti tratti dal dvd Spitting in the Eye of the Hollywood Mammoth, tutti imperdibili, tutti da morir dal ridere. L'ultimo, omaggio ad Antoni Tapies, è presente anche tra le proposte del primo appuntamento del 2018 con il Depresstival, convocato questa sera all'Others Club londinese dall'instancabile Lottie Bowater.

http://www.bingselfish.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/393739211065022

06 gennaio 2018


Doveva essere un bonus riservato ai propri ammiratori, a compensare la lunga attesa di un nuovo album continuamente procrastinato; invece ora è disponibile a tutti - tramite Bandcamp - il set wyattiano di uno speciale doppio concerto che gli olandesi Grey Lotus hanno effettuato ad Haarlem poco più di un anno fa. Per l'occasione erano in formazione allargata a nonetto, e in scaletta avevano brani affrontati già in precedenti occasioni assieme ad altri in prima esecuzione: Out of the Blue, Alifib, Memories, Forest, Blues in Bob Minor, Shipbuilding, Free Will & Testament, The Ghosts Within e Sea Song. E il Nostro ha gradito: "The Grey Lotus sound is magical”.

Haarlems artrock collectief Grey Lotus waagt zich opnieuw aan het werk van de Britse jazz/artrock zanger Robert Wyatt. Het gezelschap was oorspronkelijk van plan om het concept eenmalig uit te voeren twee jaar terug, maar het project beviel zowel band als publiek zo goed dat het al een aantal malen herhaald is. Nu twee jaar na het debuut van de dubbelconcerten waarbij de band zowel eigen werk als dat van Wyatt speelt is er een nieuwe set samengesteld. Van Grey Lotus verschijnt binnenkort een nieuw album. De nieuwe nummers zijn divers, dynamisch, weldoordacht en hebben een scherp oog voor detail. Zoals de grote meester, Robert Wyatt zelf zegt: “The Grey Lotus sound is magical”.

https://greylotus.bandcamp.com/album/songs-by-wyatt-live
https://www.facebook.com/events/166084170506329
https://www.pletterij.nl/event/grey-lotus-robert-wyatt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZihIfcuHUTI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tEyE3aiiuI

05 gennaio 2018


Tra le promesse di inizio anno che Mike Westbrook consegna al 2018 ci sono almeno due importanti pubblicazioni - oltre a un altro paio, su cui c'è ancora riserbo - con il consueto invito ad appassionati e ammiratori a sostenerne preventivamente la realizzazione: si tratta di un omaggio al compianto Lou Gare, ricordando alcune sue recenti partecipazioni ai lavori dell'Orchestra, e di uno sguardo retrospettivo all'eccezionale festival westbrookiano di Catania del luglio 1992. Informazioni: http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk

‘Mike Westbrook in memory of Lou Gare, tenor saxophone (1939 to 2017)’
In the early '60s Lou Gare, worked in the Mike Westbrook Band in a saxophone section alongside John Surman and Mike Osborne. He then spent several decades away from the jazz scene, as a member of the seminal free-music ensemble AMM. Eventually he moved to the relative obscurity of the West Country, continuing to play occasionally, a legendary figure among the cognoscenti, little known to the public. In 2010 he was re-united with Mike Westbrook when he joined what was to become The Uncommon Orchestra. In re-connecting with his jazz roots, a innovative and imaginative improviser, Lou showed himself to be an historically aware saxophonist in a line from Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins. He was a major contributor to the Orchestra’s workshops and concerts, until health problems began to take their toll. Lou was involved in early performance of A Bigger Show but he was unable to participate in the recording of the album. He died on the 6th of October 2017. Lou Gare’s playing made a deep impression on all who heard him. There has to be a way of celebrating this creative period in the musical life of one of the UK’s and most original saxophonists. Fortunately Matthew North taped some of the concerts. Out of that material it has been possible to put together a series of musical snapshots of Lou Gare, tenor saxophonist, in full flight. As only such live recordings can, these tracks capture the essence of the sheer inventiveness, audacity and lyricism of a great Artist.

Over three nights in the summer of 1992 the Associazione Catania Jazz presented a Mike Westbrook Music Festival, featuring the Orchestra in three programmes: Big Band Rossini, The Orchestra of Smith’s Academy and The European Song Book. The Orchestra at that time was at a peak and boasted one of its strongest line-ups. Featured soloists included saxophonists Alan Barnes, Chris Biscoe, Pete Whyman and Alan Wakeman, trombonist Paul Nieman, pianist Pete Saberton and vibraphonist Anthony Kerr. Vocalists Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton were joined, in Catania, by special guests Danilo Terenzi on trombone and by violinist Dominique Pifarely. This was the period of touring in the UK and Europe with Big Band Rossini, culminating in an Albert Hall concert in the BBC Proms. There followed a season at Ronnie Scott’s and an appearance at the Crawley Jazz Festival. The Catania album features state-of-the-art performances of Westbrook ‘classics’, many of them never heard before on record. With the discovery of previously unknown tapes, and with the help of Jon Hiseman and his Temple Music Studio, it is at last possible to re-create on CD a historic moment in European Jazz.

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/emails/catania_lou_a.html

04 gennaio 2018


Rilanciate anche dal magnifico recupero che ne han fatto recentemente The Unthanks, le canzoni e le poesie di Molly Drake - mamma di Nick e di Gabrielle - tornano nuovamente in circolazione in due edizioni curate da Bryter Music assieme a Fledg'ling Records, una sobria e una più lussuosa, questa con doppio cd e prezioso volume anticato di quasi duecento pagine: The Tide’s Magnificence.

The Tide’s Magnificence comes as a full colour 196 page hard-back case-bound and stitched book printed on contrasting paper stock with printed page edges. The book contains 79 poems by Molly Drake, lyrics to the songs, a 14 page introduction by her daughter, the actor Gabrielle Drake, photos, diary extracts, song manuscripts and handwritten notes by Molly, as well as the essay Give Me A Place To Be, which previously appeared in the book about Nick Drake: Remembered For A While.
There are two CDs containing 26 songs. The first CD was originally released as a limited private pressing in 2013, the second contains 7 unreleased songs all of which were recorded in mono in the 1950s on home tape recorders by Molly’s husband Rodney Drake. The songs were digitally transferred by Nick’s producer and engineer; John Wood and mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering carefully preserving the varying qualities inevitably found in such old recordings.
Many of the songs and poems were so exquisitely covered on the 2017 tour by The Unthanks and on their CD and vinyl release The Songs Of Molly Drake.
The Tide’s Magnificence is a limited edition, there will only be one pressing of the set before it is made available as a single CD.

http://fledglingrecords.co.uk/product/molly-drake-the-tides-magnificence-fled-3105

03 gennaio 2018


Kevin Ayers e Galen, padre e figlia uniti per l'ultima canzone insieme: Girl on a Swing. 'She sways, silently she sings... Her song gives my body wings...'

https://galenayers.com
https://youtu.be/_dHuT08Uz9Q

02 gennaio 2018


Qualche rara copia prodotta ad aprile in occasione del Record Store Day dev'esser finita nel sacco di Babbo, se qualche bimbo buono se l'è vista consegnare nei giorni scorsi tra uhh e ahh d'incontenibile ammirazione: è un Kevin Ayers da collezione, con Champagne And Valium e My Speeding Heart stampati in vinile biondissimo, trendy quest'anno come non mai. I brani non son nuovi e nemmeno di massimo pregio, ma la confezione e il pensiero quelli sì inebrianti. Letteralmente!

Kevin Ayers, the hugely influential and much-loved British singer-songwriter, founder member of Soft Machine and free spirit, died on 18th February, 2013. Thirty years previously, Kevin released his controversial album Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain from which the two stand-out songs, the chillingly beautiful Champagne And Valium and the driving electronica of My Speeding Heart were released as a single by Charly Records. Exclusively for Record Store Day 2017, both tracks have been cut directly from the recently discovered original Audiofilm Studios analogue master tape by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios and pressed on “champagne” coloured vinyl and released as a strictly limited edition 7-inch single. The single features a full-colour picture label of Kevin while the picture sleeve adapts the original Charly sleeve with beautiful imagery from the singer’s home in Deià.

http://www.charly.co.uk/albums/champagne-and-valium-7-single

01 gennaio 2018


ReR prepara al nuovo anno con due tempestive anteprime, precorritrici di quanto poi verrà, ma buone e compiute anche a sé stanti: Peter Blegvad con il nuovissimo Go Figure e ZNR con lo storico Traite de Mechanique Populaire. Salute!

http://www.rermegacorp.com