05 ottobre 2011

La musica improvvisata britannica è protagonista assoluta del festival Just Not Cricket!, dal 6 all'8 ottobre a Berlino presso l'HBC di Karl-Liebknecht Strasse. Curatore del programma è il regista Antoine Prum, che tra gli ospiti ha voluto Steve Beresford, Tony Bevan, Gail Brand, Lol Coxhill, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Dominic Lash, Phil Minton, Eddie Prévost, Orphy Robinson, Mark Sanders, Alex Ward e Trevor Watts. Nei giorni del festival inizierà la lavorazione di un lungometraggio dedicato alla scena storica e a quella attuale dell'improvvisazione in Gran Bretagna, con riprese dei concerti e conversazioni con i musicisti raccolte da Stewart Lee.

Just Not Cricket! brings together the creme de la creme of British free improvised music for a three-day event in the centre of Berlin. Surveying four generations of musicians – from 1960s pioneers such as Lol Coxhill, Eddie Prevost and Trevor Watts to emerging artists like Shabaka Hutchings, Matthew Bourne and Tom Arthurs – it bears witness to the exceptional liveliness of a scene which despite consistent lack of public support has not only managed to survive, but has continually brought forth new generations of exciting and original artists. Just Not Cricket! is curated by Antoine Prum in collaboration with British saxophonist Tony Bevan and Helma Schleif, long-time coordinator of the Total Music Meetings in Berlin. The concerts also mark the beginning of a documentary film on the history, past and present, of the British free improvised music scene. As part of this film, which follows Prum’s prize-winning documentary on free jazz legend Sunny Murray (Sunny’s Time Now, Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten kritik 01/2010), Just Not Cricket! has invited the acclaimed stand-up comedian and long-time supporter of British improvised music Stewart Lee to chat with the musicians over the course of the festival.