16 ottobre 2018

A elogiare il metodo Westbrook è anche Ali Sharpe, che ha diretto il Rising Voices Wessex Choir nell'esecuzione di Glad Day sabato scorso a Bournemouth: "This music, created by Mike & Kate Westbrook, opens up the potential for every one of us participating in the experience; whether as listener or performer; to transcend what is usually described as the ego-self-I-me... The musicians and the singers on Saturday radiated an essence of authenticity which gave every individual the opportunity to immerse their “self” in a sublime and overwhelming sense of “oneness” with humanity and the universal state of being. If we allow ourselves to experience music at this deep level of absorption, without expectation or desire, and, be “in the moment”, it will transport us to a new level of consciousness akin to what some may describe a spiritual experience."


15 ottobre 2018

Jay Auborn svela alcuni aspetti tecnici delle registrazioni sul campo effettuate per la produzione del nuovo affascinante album di Kate Westbrook, Granite, e nel contempo elogia il metodo di lavoro indicato e perseguito dai Westbrook: "We wanted to find ways to incorporate the sound and atmosphere of the Granite Quarry, to give the music a unique sense of place, somewhere between the natural world and how Kate heard in her mind. It was about getting beyond the studio and making the music otherworldly and unique. The Westbrooks were interested in this idea, of trying something outside of the normal studio process. They have a tremendous progressive and experimental passion in their work."


14 ottobre 2018

Rimane aperta fino al prossimo 4 novembre l'esposizione Good morning! How are you? Shut up! allestita al Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art a Londra dedicata all'inimitabile Ivor Cutler: tra le opere in mostra ci sono schizzi, disegni e illustrazioni, canzoni, aforismi e poesie, libri, articoli di stampa, poster e molti altri materiali originali mai visti in pubblico.

Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist Ivor Cutler (1923–2006) was a singular force in popular culture. His oeuvre encompassed absurd songs and poems, surreal performances, and illustrated publications. These abstract the banal and everyday with warmth, occasional darkness, and quiet radicalism. Self-styled as an ‘Oblique Musical Philosopher’, Cutler saw himself as having ‘….the effect of a very mild earthquake, one that nudges people into having a look around themselves, through all the rubbish that passes for convention.’ This exhibition pulls from his archive to present original musical scores, lyrics, sketches, artworks, letters, press cuttings, and posters, gathered to celebrate Cutler’s life and work, many of which have never been previously exhibited.
His whimsical performances gained him a cult following across generations, not least as part of 60s and 70s counterculture. Broadcasts on the Home Service in the 1950s lead to albums, later with Virgin Records and Rough Trade. TV appearances on the BBC caught Paul McCartney’s attention. Cutler appeared in the Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and George Martin produced his album Ludo (1967). Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine invited him to play on two of his tracks on the album Rock Bottom (1974). New generations were introduced to his work in the 1980s on TV for the Old Grey Whistle Test, and on radio for John Peel and later Andy Kershaw. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jim O’Rourke, Laura Marling and Franz Ferdinand.
As a live performer Cutler was unmistakable with his minimal set that consisted of a largely empty stage, where he appeared, usually in plus fours and a hat, dourly sat at a wheezy harmonium. His songs, performed in a diminutive deadpan style, presented surreal but somehow truthful observations of the world, which also drew on a childhood spent in Glasgow. With titles such as Pickle Your Knees, Egg Meat, I Believe in Bugs, Gravity Begins at Home, and Bicarbonate of Chicken, his songs and poems were written to turn the world on its axis, just a little, and let original thinking in.
Cutler wrote many books for children and adults, and his wish to open adults up to their childish self (as counter to intellect and convention) was bolstered by his work as a teacher, at A. S. Neill’s Summerhill School and for inner-city schools in London for 30 years.
A specially commissioned publication that reproduces items from the archive will accompany the exhibition.

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
St James’
New Cross
London SE14 6AD
020 8228 5969