03 dicembre 2020


E' pronta per Uniformbooks l'edizione completa di Imagine, Observe, Remember, uno dei progetti più importanti - e di più lunga elaborazione - di Peter Blegvad. Un'autentica meraviglia.

Peter Blegvad is a musician, songwriter, graphic artist, writer, teacher and broadcaster. Born in New York, he lives in London with his wife, the painter Chloë Fremantle. He has been writing and recording music since the mid 1970s with Slapp Happy, Faust, Henry Cow, the Golden Palominos, John Zorn, Andy Partridge and others. His latest album, Go Figure (2017), and The Peter Blegvad Bandbox (2018) were both released on the ReR MegaCorp label. As a broadcaster, he created many dozens of ‘eartoons’ (audio cartoons) for BBC Radio 3, winning a Sony award in 2003. He won another in 2012 for Use It Or Lose It a radio play about dementia made with composer Iain Chambers. His comic strip, The Book of Leviathan, is published in the UK by Sort Of Books and is also available in Mandarin, Cantonese and French.

His life-long epistemological project, Imagine, Observe, Remember, was begun in 1975. Related works have been exhibited in Kunstverein Hannover and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2004); in the Kunsthalle Luzern (2007); in Extra City, Antwerp (2010); West Den Haag; Eigen & Art Lab, Berlin (2017); and elsewhere.

He taught creative writing at Warwick University, was Senior Tutor in Visual Writing at the RCA, and has taught at other institutions in the UK and abroad. In 2000 he was awarded the Ordre de la Grande Gidouille by the Collège de ’Pataphysique, Paris, and in 2011 was elected president of the London Institute of ’Pataphysics.

02 dicembre 2020

Dal festival belga Ars Musica proviene invece il concerto di John Greaves 'Songs from now, songs from then...' tenuto nel corso della maratona sonora dello scorso 21 novembre presso Les Brigittines a Bruxelles. Molti i classici in scaletta: The Trouble of Happiness, The Green Fuse, Air de la lune, Séguidille, l'infallibile tripletta Walking on EggshellsThe Same Thing e Dead Poets, La lune blanche, Chanson d'automne, Summer on Ice e in crescendo The Price We Pay, Bad Alchemy e Kew.Rhone.


01 dicembre 2020

Dall'EFG London Jazz Festival, che nell'edizione di quest'anno offre concerti dal vivo necessariamente senza pubblico, proviene Music of Protest, bel programma di brani e canzoni di impegno politico tratto da Charles Mingus, Max Roach e Mike Westbrook (Let the Slave, in un nuovo arrangiamento scritto da Mike per l'occasione), passando da Victor Jara a Leon Rosselson (e perfino Joni Mitchell). Ne è responsabile un gruppo di musicisti associati al collettivo londinese Way Out West, in questo caso Kate Williams, Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Conor Chaplin, Jon Scott e l'ospite Tony Kofi. E' stato trasmesso in streaming dal palchetto del Riverhouse Barn di Walton-on-Thames la sera del 19 novembre, ora lo si può rivedere negli archivi del festival su YT.

Musicians from west London collective Way Out West plus guest Tony Kofi present 'Music of Protest'. Drawing on the tradition of music with a political content, the programme includes pieces by jazz master and activist Charles Mingus, a setting of William Blake's poetry by Mike Westbrook, material from the repertoire of The Liberation Music Orchestra, instrumental versions of songs by Victor Jara, and from the British folk tradition, Leon Rosselson’s ‘The World Turned Upside Down’, which tells the story of The Diggers. In 1650 The Diggers (also known as The Levellers) created their first collective on St George’s Hill, Walton-on-Thames.