31 dicembre 2012

Ore piccole all'Hangover Lounge, complici anche Louis Philippe e Would-Be-Goods... Hic!

30 dicembre 2012

Where Did This Begin? propone uno sguardo retrospettivo a quanto prodotto dagli svedesi Testbild! in dodici anni di attività, pescando cronologicamente da album e singoli della discografia ufficiale, rarità, prove sparse, tracce nascoste, collaborazioni di lustro e riletture di brani altrui. Senza tralasciare alcuni capolavori assoluti (gli estratti da Imagine a House e Aquatint, En gång i Stockholm, Astroboy, l'intero The Ocean Tango). Si ottiene gratuitamente tramite Bandcamp, ed è uno dei regali più preziosi di questo Natale.

Where Did This Begin? is a Testbild! retrospective album, an addition to the book 'Where Did This Begin?' which is to be released in January 2013 by Bläck Charm Nostalgi Vassa Tänder. Songs recorded and/or released between 2000-2012. Bear in mind that this album is not to be considered a 'best of', but a chronological presentation of the various styles and costumes Testbild! have tried on over the years.


29 dicembre 2012

Capsule del tempo. Andy Diagram e Keith Moliné sigillano in uno dei sottovuoti argentati di Entr'acte il pallido ricordo di un pomeriggio nel giardino di casa, a Leytonstone: Ley. “So there we were in Leytonstone, talking about identity, how the Self imprints itself on musical performance, whether consciously or unconsciously. Which, arguably, is what we mean when we talk about Style. Would circumventing Style be possible, and if so desirable? Would a new identity impose itself in the absence of the Self, perhaps the identityof the Moment, or the Place? So we went out into the garden with a stereo mic, a bunch of junk shop guitars, and a trumpet ‘plugged in’ to a bowl of water via rubber tubing. Now, normally we’re hooked up to a bunch of tech, trumpet looped and harmonised, guitar synth’d, all cranked through amps. This time, attempting to give our Selves and their attendant Styles the slip, we played un-plugged. An hour passed in that Leytonstone garden; it felt like minutes, one of us said, no, no, it felt like days came the reply. So we listened back, hoping to hear Leytonstone, but we could still hear our Selves. We volte-faced, booted up the computer, spent months, months searching for ways to feed the garden recording into the software, treating the soundfile as if it were a punchcard on an old main-frame machine, hoping that technology would efface us, to reveal something elemental about the Place itself, at the Moment of creation. Once we’d finished developing a series of patches designed to interface with the source recording, we pressed Return, sat back, and listened. Ley is what we heard.”


28 dicembre 2012

Ha lasciato tracce indelebili in storici album zappiani come Freak Out!, Absolutely Free e Cruising with Ruben & the Jets. All'età di 76 anni se n'è andato pochi giorni fa Ray Collins, voce ruggente delle Mothers of Invention originali. Scrive l'amico Denny Walley: "Ray was one of the founding members of Geronimo Black. We did a demo recording at Devonshire Recording Studio in the San Fernando Valley, CA that led to us getting a recording contract with UNI records. Ray’s impromptu lyrics of the recording of Mayonnaise Mountain clinched the deal! Ray had very strong feelings about ecology, in fact he once quit Geronimo Black because Tjay threw a fast food wrapper out of the car window! He said he couldn't be associated with anyone that would do something like that! He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”


27 dicembre 2012

Love is a Careless Sea è il titolo di un nuovo volumetto di poesie di Daevid Allen, con disegni illustrazioni e una trentina di titoli quali Back From Touring, O Death I Shall Not Die For You, Madame Zero, I Am Your Political Experiment, Giants of Science, Seasonal Adjective Inventory, Triangular Dream, History & Hope e Broken Mouth Ocean Dream.
Disponibile in qualche copia presso http://www.planetgong.co.uk

26 dicembre 2012

Lo avevano ripreso già in passato, oggi ci tornano con ancor più ampiezza ed enfasi: al celebre riff OM che nell'album dei Gong You (1974) preludeva a Master Builder ('iao za-i za-o ma-i ma-o ta-i ta-o now') riservano l'intero loro nuovo album gli Acid Mothers Temple. In edizione limitata in vinile rosso, oppure nero, oppure in cd: IAO Chant From The Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out

'IAO Chant From The Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out' finds the band revisiting the past and once again taking Gong's infamous 'Om Riff/Master Builder' to soaring new heights. This is a completely new version/recorded in a new Japan, one still coming to terms with recent catastrophic events. Split into two almost equal parts, 'OM Riff From The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Parts 1 & 2' this is the sound of a reinvigorated AMT playing some of their most up-tempo and groove based music for some time. The laid back nature of last years acclaimed 'The Ripper At The Heaven's Gates Of Dark' opus is put firmly aside, in favour of some heads down cosmic riff heavy freak-out.


25 dicembre 2012

Cooler than cool. Per Natale quest'anno va in vendita l'opera omnia dei Residents: Ultimate Box Set, ogni cosa prodotta dal gruppo, le prime edizioni di cd, dvd, audiocassette, cd-rom, libri, album, singoli, ep, promo, picture disc, qualche poster e t-shirt, i materiali rarissimi degli esordi e perfino un bulbo oculare originale (usato), il tutto convenientemente stipato in un capiente frigorifero. Una strenna natalizia davvero esclusiva, disponibile in soli dieci esemplari (frigorifero compreso). Il prezzo è conforme: lo annuncia Randy Rose in http://vimeo.com/53441332.
Ci si consoli scaricando gratuitamente dal web la versione aggiornata al 2012 del super-classico Santa Dog, da molti ritenuto l'atto di nascita ufficiale del gruppo, nel Natale 1972.

Launching the celebration of their 40th Anniversary, The Residents are proud to announce the soon to be released UBS - or Ultimate Box Set. Packaged in a 28 cubic foot refrigerator containing releases spanning the group's entire career, the UBS holds well over 100 different products including 40 vinyl LPs, 50 CDs, and dozens of singles, EPs, DVDs, and CD-roms plus other releases. In addition to this vast array of music products, each box set will also contain one of The Residents' signature eyeball-with-top-hat masks. While the UBS is priced well beyond the reach of most consumers, it should be noted that the intended market for the box set lies within the realm of fine art. Indeed, most people are unaware of The Residents' renown in the world of museums and art galleries, but considering their current installation at the Shanghai Biennale, as well as their many exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and performances at the Pompidou Center in Paris, Lincoln Center in NYC and the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art among others, The Residents' reputation in the art world is undeniable. Only ten of these sets will be created and it is expected that most will be sold to various museums around the world, but serious collectors are also encouraged to inquire.


24 dicembre 2012

Kate Westbrook scrive a Laura Cole per il suo blog Little Woman, Lonely Wing a proposito di condizionamenti e opportunità di carriera incontrati in quanto donna nell'industria musicale britannica: "I am fortunate to have a platform working closely with my husband. I see former students of mine who have hoped to live a life playing music, losing heart and going in to other professions in order to live. This applies to both sexes, but I still feel it is harder for women. It is particularly difficult for anyone working at the experimental end of the spectrum. Are we really back to glamorous girls doing standards nicely? Certainly in jazz, the climate is such that almost everyone is having a struggle, just a few ‘names’ earn a lot and play as much as they choose to. Not long ago after a gig at the 606 Club in London, as I was coming out at the end of the evening I was stopped by a young woman. She asked me how she could get started as a singer with a band. My reply was ‘Marry a band leader’. Only half joking, I’m sorry to say". Il post completo si legge in http://littlewomanlonelywing.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/december-18th-2012-post-2-kate-westbrook.html oppure in http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook/laura_cole.shtml


23 dicembre 2012

All'inaugurazione pochi giorni fa a Londra della mostra Music & Liberation su musica e attivismo femminista in Gran Bretagna negli anni settanta e ottanta c'era anche una delle protagoniste del movimento in quegli anni, Frankie Armstrong. La mostra è allestita alla Space Station Sixty-Five fino al prossimo 13 gennaio, e si basa su documenti e materiali raccolti da Deborah Withers e Frankie Green, in gran parte riprodotti anche negli archivi del loro blog Women’s Liberation Music Archive.
Il programma della mostra è in http://tinyurl.com/bns5caa.

Music & Liberation: Women’s Liberation Music Making in the UK, 1970 -1989 shows how feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and '80s. Featuring the work of Jam Today, the Northern Women’s Liberation Rock Band, Feminist Improvising Group, Ova, the Fabulous Dirt Sisters, Abandon Your Tutu, the Mistakes and many more, the exhibition brings together a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage. Music & Liberation will inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making. The exhibition will showcase rare ephemera and artefacts such as posters, songbooks, t-shirts, instruments and fliers. Visitors will be able to watch films, interact with installations, look at photographs and, of course, listen to music. This is a unique opportunity to listen to unreleased recordings of practices, live performances and studio tracks from women musicians yet to be discovered by contemporary audiences. Ten oral histories, which have been collected especially for the project, will also be available to listen to and watch. Music & Liberation: A Compilation of Music from the Women’s Liberation Movement will be sold at the exhibition.


22 dicembre 2012

Scritto da George Burt pensando a Harry Beckett, e affidato alla Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra con una mirabolante girandola di parti soliste, tra cui quelle di Evan Parker e Lol Coxhill: Improcerto, registrato dal vivo al Gateshead Jazz Festival 2011 e pubblicato dall'etichetta Iorram Records. Spiega Burt: "The origins of this piece go back to one summer when I saw The Barry Guy New Orchestra and Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet within a few weeks of each other. I was looking for ways that a composer (like Barry Guy) or a bandleader (like Peter Brötzmann) could organise music into a structure without inhibiting the players and promoting co-operation between them. I thought I could see one solution in Barry Guy’s graphic scores. In trying to get to the essence of how these work, I drew little diagrams on scraps of paper. Symbols like a triangle for a trio passage or linked circles for a duo came quite naturally. While I was planning a more complicated piece that would bring out the useful aspects of conduction while keeping the emoting and arm-waving to a decent minimum, we got the news of Harry Beckett’s death. An orchestral piece with space for solos seemed a good way to celebrate his life and music, because one of the characteristics of his playing was his ability play lines which floated cheerfully over the broiling chaos of a big free-jazz improvising group. That’s the origin of the Improcerto. Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill, Harry’s old muckers, play the first two solos followed by Neil Davidson, Raymond MacDonald and John Burgess. Conducted sections are by George Burt, Raymond MacDonald, Una MacGlone, George Burt again and Peter Nicholson".


21 dicembre 2012

Ancora per qualche giorno si può recuperare la serie I misteri di Canterbury curata nel marzo 2004 da Alessandro Achilli per Fuochi, programma di Pino Saulo su Radio Tre: http://wtrns.fr/_CeB47bf4RkumcA. Scaletta e dettagli sono in http://tinyurl.com/fuocanterbury

20 dicembre 2012

In attesa dell'intero box - ora previsto per febbraio 2013 - compilato per festeggiare il trentennale, Christoph Anders, Chris Cutler e Heiner Goebbels ci ricordano com'era un tipico (?) concerto dei Cassiber nel periodo 1987-1992, nella formazione a tre: The Way It Was.

"These are great recordings that paint the best – and most devil-take-the-hindmost – picture of this extraordinary, groundbreaking band. The sound is exemplary and the music constantly thinks around corners. Plus you have all the complexity and serendipity of live interaction and spontaneous rearrangement; you can hear the band is having a good time, even when some of the sounds seem to come out of nowhere. It’s a radical programme, all the more so for its shifts between organised noise, rhythmical intensity, lyricism, cultural debris and semantic complexity. OK I’m biased, but when I finished putting this together it was like finishing a new Cassiber CD and, arguably, the best of them. You really get a picture of what the group was made of. There’s also the pleasure of guests Dietmar Diesner and Rene Lussier on two tracks." (Chris Cutler)


19 dicembre 2012

Prosegue su Radio Web Macba la diffusione in podcast della serie Probes, un'indagine su estetica e pratiche musicali del ventesimo secolo curata da Chris Cutler. Audio e trascrizione della seconda puntata, pubblicata lo scorso 30 novembre, sono negli archivi web del Museu d'Art Contemporani a Barcelona.


18 dicembre 2012

Prende il via domani un breve periodo di residenza artistica di John Greaves al club Le Triton a Les Lilas (Francia), nuova fase di un articolato progetto sulla vita e l'opera del poeta Paul Verlaine dal titolo Verlaine-Les airs. Ai concerti serali prendono parte Elise Caron, Jeanne Added, Thomas de Pourquery, Guillaume Roy, Léon Milo, Olivier Mellano e Eve Risser, oltre a Greaves. Sue tutte le musiche, mentre l'impianto narrativo e testuale è di Emmanuel Tugny. Filmati di presentazione ed estratti dalle prove sono su YouTube.

En mars 2012 débutait au Triton la résidence de John Greaves consacrée à la création du troisième volet de l'œuvre qu'il consacre à Paul Verlaine. Il s'agit ici d'un spectacle d'un nouveau genre, croisant texte poétique, musique et jeu d'acteur. Ce spectacle met en scène le vertige de Paul Verlaine, faisant ici figure d'anti héros d'avant les temps modernes, et dépeint la célébration d'une vie tordue et confuse, où le poète, alors mourant, captif de sa folie, regarde comme des spectres les vestiges de ses œuvres, tantôt amusé, stupéfié ou ému.
Pour écrire le livret de ces chansons aigres-douces, malades, détraquées, d'une dernière ronde, John Greaves qui signe toutes les musiques, a fait appel au romancier, philosophe, chroniqueur et musicien Emmanuel Tugny. Il réunit autour de lui trois autres voix bien connues du public du Triton et quatre instrumentistes aux univers personnels puissants.
Le spectacle "Verlaine-Les airs" est la première étape d'une série de déclinaisons déjà en chantier (pour orchestre symphonique et chœurs, pour le cirque et pour l'opéra). Son sous-titre aurait pu être "espèce d'opéra", "tragédie musicale", "récital", nous avons opté sobrement pour "les Airs".


17 dicembre 2012

Volge al termine il tour di concerti in Scozia e Inghilterra del trio Konk Pack - Thomas Lehn, Roger Turner, Tim Hodgkinson - dopo un'assenza di oltre sei anni: la tappa di domani è a Londra, al Cafe Oto.

Konk Pack brings together three major figures in contemporary music. This is their first UK tour for six years. The group has amazed audiences at festivals and concerts all over the world with the sheer energy of its rapid fire interplay, earning numerous critical accolades. This is a band that stretches free improvisation, opening out an architecture in which shifting space and detail of sound can volcanically explode into zones of accelerated high volume electronica & sonic detritus. Since 1997, Konk Pack have toured regularly throughout Europe, completed three major tours of the US, and been described by The Wire magazine's Lee Henderson as "one of the most exciting improv groups in the world." Along the way, they've done a live broadcast for BBC's Mixing It, and a sold-out London concert with Derek Bailey. The group have released four CDs on the German label Grob, and performed at major music festivals from Vancouver to Belgrade.The musics they've made individually are reason enough to take note of this trio, but the music they make together leaves audiences amazed and inspired.


16 dicembre 2012

Un omaggio a Captain Beefheart a due anni dalla scomparsa: I Love You, You Big Dummy.


15 dicembre 2012

Alexander Hawkins scrive del suo sodalizio artistico con Louis Moholo-Moholo, sulla scorta della pubblicazione in questi giorni del loro album in duo Keep Your Heart Straight, per l'etichetta Ogun: 'Don't Compromise', in Destination Out.


14 dicembre 2012

Oltre a Roxy Music, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Pretenders, Tom Robinson, Clash e Ian Dury convocano anche Robert Wyatt - per un'intervista e un contributo musicale originale - gli svedesi Sören "Sulo" Karlsson e Petter Karlsson, autori di Keep Yourself Alive. Nel testo non mancano ahimè sviste e svarioni, come segnala il blog Robert Wyatt and Stuff.

Vad hände egentligen med de där profilerna i Iron Maiden, Pretenders, Genesis, Squeeze och Dr Feelgood som alla minns, men ingen riktigt längre har koll på – vad gör de i dag? I boken Keep Yourself Alive får du svaren. Sören "Sulo" Karlsson och Petter Karlsson (som bland annat skrivit Drömelvan) har träffat några av vår tids främsta rockmusiker och intervjuat dem. Förutom alla avslöjanden och otroliga historier som boken bjuder på medföljer även en cd, där Sulo tillsammans med de medverkande artisterna gjort nya versioner av deras mest kända låtar. Kultrockikonen Robert Wyatt har till och med bidragit med ett helt nyskrivet spår, exklusivt för Keep Yourself Alive.


13 dicembre 2012

La serie Arcana prodotta dalla Tzadik è al sesto volume: i contributi sono di Duck Baker, Eve Beglarian, Karl Berger, Chuck Bettis, Claire Chase, Anna Clyne, John Corigliano, Jeremiah Cymerman, David Fulmer, Jeff Gauthier, Alan Gilbert, Judd Greenstein, Mary Halvorson, Hillary Hahn, Jesse Harris, David Lang, Mary Jane Leach, Steve Lehman, Steve Mackey, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Denman Maroney, Brad Mehldau, Jessica Pavone, Toby Picker, Gyan Riley, Jon Rose, Steve Schick, Jen Shyu, Dave Taylor, Richard Teitelbaum, Julia Wolfe, Kenny Wollesen, Nate Wooley e Charles Wuorinen.

The acclaimed Arcana series is a small step toward educating the interested listener about the inner workings of the artistic process and is a major source on new music theory and practice in the 21st century. Rather than an attempt to distill or define a musician’s work, Arcana illuminates via personal vision and experience through manifestoes, scores, interviews, notes and critical papers written by the practitioners themselves. Essential for composers, musicians, students and fans alike, this challenging and original series provides insight into the work, mind and methodologies of some of the most remarkable creative minds of our time.


12 dicembre 2012

Nel 1995 era un pastiche multimediale in cd-rom pensato per Windows, ora è un libro con la trascrizione di gran parte delle storie parallele previste dal gioco originale e tanto di colonna sonora rivista e aggiornata ai giorni nostri: Bad Day on the Midway, dei Residents.

"In this multimedia extravaganza, you take on the role of a little boy named Timmy who visits a run-down amusement park. Quickly you learn that all is not well on the midway -- intrigue, blackmail and murder are everywhere. To survive, you have to leave Timmy at one point and "soul-jump" to other persons by clicking on them. Each of the characters on the midway has their own story, each illustrated by a different comic artist. Some of the stories can be learned only while playing Timmy; others, by visiting different attractions. Soon it becomes clear that every character is following a separate agenda. inSCAPE, the company that produced the games, have made sure no two games can be the same, and you won't be able to see the entire story in one play -- or even in ten. It's best not to approach Bad Day on the Midway as a game, but as a multimedia experience -- try to see as much as you can in one go. If you do, the story will slowly start to emerge".


11 dicembre 2012

Gli svedesi Testbild! partecipano al progetto collettivo Bläck Charm Nostalgi Vassa Tänder, interpretando un brano del compositore polacco Krzysztof Komeda, Ballad for Bernt, nel cd che accompagna il libro 'I hear a new world: 1958-1962'.
A parte, e in proprio, il leader del gruppo Petter Herbertsson confeziona il prezioso Sternpost, gioiellino in vinile in soli 99 esemplari su etichetta Kalligrammofon, disponibile anche in formato digitale via Bandcamp.

Sternpost is a plunge down into a crystal clear deep-sea trench, a voyage out onto a restless sea where the horizontal line is erased and the sky merges with the crests. A creaking ship, sails torn. Sternpost is the new moniker of Petter Herbertsson (Testbild!). The self-titled debut release is a seven-inch EP limited to 99 copies, bundled with a poster that measures 366x549mm.


10 dicembre 2012

Ancora pochi giorni per partecipare alla End of the World Sale promossa da Leo Feigin per la sua Leo Records: "Before we all perish on 21.12.2012 Leo Records offers a unique opportunity to all music fans to find out more about the music on this legendary label. Who knows, may be this music will make your transition into a different reality much smoother. Apart from that, you cannot find a nicer and cheaper Christmas present for your friends and relatives!"


09 dicembre 2012

Tre nuovi Ambiances Magnétiques e una nutrita lista di titoli a prezzo speciale, fino al 7 gennaio 2013: al sito di Actuellecd ('La boutique des nouvelles musiques').


08 dicembre 2012

Novità in casa Recommended: mini-aggiornamento al catalogo di dicembre 2012, con i box di Cassiber e Jon Rose in bella evidenza; riorganizzazione del sito centrale ReR Megacorp per la consultazione e l'acquisto dei titoli negli originali formati cd e lp; inaugurazione del nuovo sito ReR Downloads per l'ascolto e l'acquisto dei titoli in formato digitale. Con l'invito a collaborare per migliorare il tutto!

"ReR was set up in 1978 by Chris Cutler (myself) and Nick Hobbs as an independent label and distribution service. The idea was to find and make available recordings from around the world (on numerous independent and specialist labels, including some rare and hard to find limited editions) which embodied the most interesting, experimental or important work in the musical field I cared about. It’s opinionated. I have tried to explain my choices in the notes that accompany each title - which are reviews rather than promo. We don’t deal in narrow genres but look for what’s unusual across a very wide field. And since, with the worldwide web replacing record shops and the music press, certain kinds of music have, paradoxically, become harder rather than easier to find, our work of finding and selecting is, I hope, still useful, time saving and might be a source of serendipitous discoveries. By being strict with our choices, we hope to earn enough trust that you try things you don’t know as well as things you do.
You can listen to every track of all the ReR label titles, which are also available as mp3 and FLAC downloads: the 'listen' and 'buy as download' links take you to the ReR Download site, where you can buy both ReR downloads and physical CDs.
ReR is an artist run label and distribution service; we are beholden to one and we work only on the basis of musical judgement. Commercial considerations don’t get a look in. Although we keep everything as cheap as possible, musicians have to live and we aren’t going to squeeze them: We want more music; they need encouragement. We try to be an unbusiness, but we don’t do bad business; we try to act is if the world were as it should be, we do know how it is."


07 dicembre 2012

Splendido omaggio a Jon Rose in occasione dei suoi sessant'anni, compiuti l'anno scorso: Rosin, variegato campionario in 4 cd di lavori e progetti recenti e inediti, impensabili e impossibili ai più - come un duetto con un uccello lira del Principe Alberto - con oltre cinque ore di file audio e video, dediche, annotazioni, scritti e saggi di colleghi illustri, immagini storiche dal Museo Rosenberg e una messe di vari altri documenti. Il box è prodotto da ReR Megacorp in soli mille esemplari, con tanto di autentico crine d'archetto da violino incluso in ogni copia. Così lo annuncia Chris Cutler: "Jon Rose is one of the most productive, original and focused people I know; he’s also an extraordinary musician and an inspired composer. To mark his 60th anniversary we are releasing this 3 CD box of previously unreleased works ranging from radio documentary and radio fiction, virtuoso performances - taken from all manner of contexts, using both the acoustic violin and the hyperstring interactive bow system. There’s a remarkable improvised violin concerto (the rest of the mini-orchestras’s parts are written out), as well as collaborations with Australian locals (multiple brassbands, musical whips, lounge pianists, aboriginal choirs, orchestrated corrugated iron, musical gum leaves, auctioneers, chainsaws, singing dingos, bowed saw orchestras, and so on); there’s a duo with George - an Albert’s Lyrebird - and concerts with contemporary ensembles and heavy earthmoving equipment. Accompanied by a great deal of extraordinary visual and some purely audio material collected together on a supplementary data disc, comes with a generous booklet of texts, documents and photographs and, of course, a souvenir sample of bow-hair."


06 dicembre 2012

Setola di Maiale produce il nuovo album dei K-Space (Tim Hodgkinson, Ken Hyder e Gendos Chamzyryn): Blue Sky, tratto da un concerto a Catania nel 2009.


05 dicembre 2012

Dallo show n. 18 - Eighteen with a Bullet - dello scorso gennaio, proviene il nuovo singolo 'virtuale' di Peter Blegvad per Radio Free Song Club: Too Much.


04 dicembre 2012

Senza passare da Kickstarter, il Cafe Oto londinese chiede ai suoi fan sostegno diretto e aiuto economico per dotarsi (finalmente!) di un pianoforte degno di questo nome e rinnovare qualche attrezzatura: lo fa mettendo all'asta poster, dischi, libri, t-shirt, trofei privati e gioiellini fatti in casa. Informazioni e lista completa sono in http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/index.shtm

03 dicembre 2012

Radiotre Suite Jazz trasmette i tre concerti di Kip Hanrahan tenuti lo scorso agosto a Sant’Anna Arresi al festival 'Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz': Conjure, Beautiful Scars e Deep Rumba. Stasera, l'11 dicembre e il 2 gennaio 2013, con inizio alle ore 20.30.


02 dicembre 2012

Dopo quattordici anni giunge a una svolta, e probabilmente al termine, l'esperienza per molti versi straordinaria di Peter Brötzmann con il Chicago Tentet. Lo annuncia il sassofonista stesso, una riflessione a voce alta fatta pochi giorni fa: "14 years… The Chicago Tentet. That's a long time for a 10/11 piece band. Time to say goodbye? Time to stop? For sure time to think about the future! There are a couple of reasons why I decided to stop it, at least for the moment. The first one is the everlasting critical economic situation, actually with no expectation for better times - we Germans and Americans can't count on support from our cultural departments. The second, much more important, is the music. Hanging together for such a long time - with just a couple of small changes - automatically brings a lot of routine. In general nothing against, you need it sometimes to survive, but if it gets so far that one can't exist without the other - music is over. In 2011 with the weekends in London and Wuppertal we have reached the peak of what is possible in improvisation and communication with an immense input from all of us. For my taste it is better to stop on the peak and look around than gliding down in the mediocre fields of 'nothing more to say' bands. I love to work with larger ensembles and I won't say, 'That's it,' but I need a bit of time to think about some changes, the financial situation is important and in a way the financial situation forms and builds sometimes the music. Who can afford to travel with a quintet nowadays, you see what I mean? I think the next fall will answer the question about the future of a NEW tentet. Tokyo, 17th of November 2012. P Brötzmann. WE NEED AGAIN AND AGAIN A MORE ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT”.


01 dicembre 2012

Calendari dell'avvento, a ciascuno il suo... Nella newsletter che (irregolarmente) invia ai sottoscrittori Dave Stewart rilancia oggi un suo breve saggio sulla transizione tecnologica dall'analogico al digitale - Time Trial: Bringing Multitracks and MIDI into the 21st Century - scritto per 'Sound On Sound' un paio d'anni fa, sulla scorta della pubblicazione di Green and Blue, e quasi con nonchalance annuncia l'uscita nel 2013 di un nuovo lavoro con Barbara Gaskin. E più d'uno inizia il conto alla rovescia...


30 novembre 2012

Un'accurata autobiografia sonora segna il ritorno dei patafisici Toupidek Limonade a oltre sei anni dall'ultima uscita discografica: Il y a des vies qui dévient, in vinile su In-Poly-Sons.

"Versailles. Le château. Le parc du château. Un Toupidek y promène souvent sa limonade. Dans le parc, un bassin. Le bassin «du fer à cheval». Nommé ainsi en raison de sa forme. Et le Toupidek de se dire: «Si je faisais une musique qui traduirait les contours du bassin du fer à cheval?». «Cheval-faire!» se poursuit-il en lui-même. Et «lui-même» serait le sujet de cette musique. Entre autobiographie et autobiosonie."


29 novembre 2012

Puntuale a ogni luna piena giunge un nuovo episodio di Canterbury Soundwaves. E questa volta è un omaggio a Pip Pyle!

A tribute to drummer and composer Pip Pyle, including his work with Delivery, Gong, Hatfield and the North, National Health, Soft Heap and more. Also, Kevin Ayers with and without Lady June, Caravan's finest studio work, Robert Wyatt drumming with Soft Machine in Norway '71 and singing a jazz standard in '82, and something new from co-presenter and current Canterbury drummer Adam Brodigan's band Delta Sleep. Also, the first live performance (of Pip's briefest composition) on Canterbury Soundwaves!


28 novembre 2012

Un nuovo titolo Emanem recupera una session del 1978 - prova di 'riscaldamento' per un concerto che poi non ebbe luogo - di John Stevens, Paul Rutherford, Evan Parker e Barry Guy, pubblicata in passato su View e Konnex con il titolo 4, 4, 4, aggiungendovi inediti di epoca successiva del duo Rutherford & Guy (1979) e del duo Stevens & Parker (1992): One Four and Two Twos.


27 novembre 2012

Diversi video su YouTube documentano la ventiseiesima edizione del festival Unlimited, in programma a Wels (Austria) dal 9 all'11 novembre scorsi:

26 novembre 2012

Nuovo appuntamento londinese con le performance multimediali di Sonic Rituals, serie ideata da Yumi Hara Cawkwell e Guy Harries con il coinvolgimento di volta in volta di artisti diversi: stasera al Servant Jazz Quarters, a Dalston, interverranno Geoff Leigh, Mark Hewins, Valerie Pezeron, un gruppo di studenti universitari e, ospite specialissimo, Daevid Allen.


25 novembre 2012

Ospite domani sera del programma di Marcello Lorrai Jazz Anthology, ogni lunedì dalle 22.30 alle 23.30 su Radio Popolare, Riccardo Bergerone presenta il cd di Elton Dean e Ninesense tratto da una sua registrazione al 100 Club di Londra il 5 marzo 1979 e pubblicato qualche mese fa da Reel Recordings.


24 novembre 2012

Al canale YouTube di photocronista un assaggio dal concerto di 'Zeuhl Jazz' presentato ieri sera a Trento al Museo delle Scienze: Emilio Galante (flauto), Giovanni Venosta (tastiera), Alberto Turra (chitarra elettrica), Stefano Senni (basso elettrico) e Francesco Cusa (batteria) al loro debutto insieme in un programma di musiche originali ispirate a Magma e John Coltrane, con un tocco niente male di 'Canterbury sound'. Tra le cover un'ampia sezione di Mëkanïk Destruktiw Kommandöh e Sohïa.


23 novembre 2012

David Toop, Steve Beresford, Roger Turner, Ted Milton, Veryan Weston, Roberto Bellatalla, Fabrizio Spera, Luca Tilli, Hannah Marshall, Sylvia Hallett, Alison Blunt, Geoff Hawkins, Mike Adcock, Richard Sanderson, Chris Hladowski, Family Elan, Tim Hill, Clive Bell, Scanner, Dave Tucker... tutti attorno a Mike Cooper a festeggiare in musica i suoi settant'anni: questa sera a Londra al Cafe Oto, a partire dalle ore 20.00.

For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own as an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. With his roots lying in acoustic country blues he has, arguably, stretched the possibilities of the guitar even more than his better known contemporaries Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn etc. by pursuing it into the more avant-garde musical areas also occupied by contemporary guitar innovators such as Elliott Sharp, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith and Marc Ribot with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years. Ranging freely through traditional country blues, folk, original songs, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing utilising open tunings and extended techniques. He is also a soundscape artist; film and video maker and composes and performs live music for classic and contemporary silent films. His favored instruments – his voice, a vintage 1930’s National tri-cone resophonic guitar and a handmade carbon fibre copy of the same guitar (a gift from the late Allen Timmins) both played acoustically and/or ‘treated’ through a series of digital sampling and looping devices. He is also a music journalist, writing features for magazines, particularly on Pacific music and musicians, a collector of Hawaiian shirts, runs his own Hipshot record imprint and appears on more records than he can remember.


22 novembre 2012

Speciali festeggiamenti mercoledì scorso per i venticinque anni dell'eccellente programma radiofonico Spinning on Air, curato da David Garland per l'emittente newyorkese WNYC: tra gli ospiti c'erano Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Vashti Bunyan, Diane Cluck, Jean Rohe, Anders Griffin, Isabel Castellvi, Ryan Maxwell e Brian Lehrer.
Registrazione integrale della serata è in http://www.davidgarland.com, mentre la primissima puntata del programma - era il 2 agosto 1987 - è ripresa in http://www.wnyc.org/shows/spinning/2012/nov/11

On Wednesday evening, November 14th, the 25th Anniversary of WNYC's Spinning On Air was celebrated in the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. The event was hosted by the show's creator David Garland, and featured performances by, and conversations with, very special guests including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, John Zorn, and Diane Cluck. The eclectic weekly music program Spinning On Air was created in 1987 by David Garland, who's been hosting, producing, engineering, mixing, booking, conceptualizing and planning the show ever since. Garland, a musician and artist, often welcomes passionate, personal, adventurous musicians on the show to perform, and to talk about the creative process and experience. Garland specializes in making connections, offering surprises, and bringing attention to the neglected, forgotten, and uncategorizable. For 25 years WNYC's Spinning On Air has taken listeners to unusual musical places, exemplifying the curiosity and enthusiasm of downtown New York.


21 novembre 2012

Libero di tanto in tanto dagli impegni con la sua band 'sudista', Richard Sinclair si concede qualche occasionale uscita in solo: lo si può ascoltare domani all'Accademia Real di Avellino e il 7 dicembre al Velvet di Grottaglie (Ta).


20 novembre 2012

Magma al club Le Triton di Les Lilas (Francia) per una nuova intensa settimana di concerti: da oggi al 24 novembre, ogni sera a partire dalle ore 21.00.

"Magma est le seul groupe français à avoir dépassé les barrières des générations, des frontières et du temps. Christian Vander, son leader depuis 1969, en nourrissant le répertoire contemporain d'œuvres aussi insolites qu'inouïes, aura provoqué un véritable séisme chez de très nombreux auditeurs. La force de Magma, au-delà d'une identité unique, est d'être parvenu à une universalité à laquelle ne peut prétendre qu'un petit nombre de grands compositeurs. Après quarante ans d'existence, Magma est plus qu'un groupe, c'est une légende qui continue à s'écrire. Durant ces dix dernières années, le Triton et Magma ont construit un compagnonage exemplaire : 65 concerts, 4 DVD coproduits, un cinquième en préparation, une résidence de création... Cette année encore, le groupe investira la scène du Triton pour une semaine de concerts, et même si c'est désormais une tradition, il n'en reste pas moins qu'un concert de Magma au Triton est toujours un évènement unique, puissant et bouleversant."


19 novembre 2012

Un nuovo album di Gilad Atzmon - 'Best musician living in the world today', indica Robert Wyatt - è di imminente uscita: si intitola Songs of the Metropolis, e se ne ascolta in anteprima qualche brano in http://www.gilad.co.uk/music-videos/2012/11/15/soonsongs-of-the-metropolis-new-ohes-album.html

Maverick, award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble are back on the road with their latest album Songs Of The Metropolis. For the last 12 years the quartet have been touring all over the world, stunning audiences with their firebrand performances packed with drama, pathos, luscious harmonies and wit. Atzmon's latest compositions are a sweeping homage to our great cities, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and beyond. Each tune is at once reminiscent and hopeful; in a time of great uncertainty and turbulence Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble deliver melodies that provide an anchor to wherever it is that we call home.


18 novembre 2012

Evviva, è in arrivo un nuovo lavoro di Bing Selfish: Handsome Out Together.

"Some people mellow, others keep their eyes open and can’t help but find more entities, situations and discoveries to set off neurone explosions all over the china shop. Mr Selfish, known for his wide range of interests, arrives again to say a lot of stuff we never even knew we were thinking and even if we did know we were thinking it, we'd never have written a song about it. We fly back to the days of Marcus Aurelius, zip through today’s catalogue of dirty digital mugshots (PC Mark Kennedy, the banking system, architects) and zap to the future in Shanghai and with Xentos Bentos’ Genderizer. Don’t let this make you think there ain’t a few laughs along the way and a few dreams we’re allowed to have before the sun disappears one last time. A set text in a country you wish existed."


17 novembre 2012

Guigou Chenevier torna brevemente in Italia con il suo progetto a geometria variabile - in assetto rockettaro, per questa occasione - Le Miroir et le Marteau: con lui sono Gille Laval (chitarra), Franck Testut (basso elettrico) e Emmanuel Gilot (suono). Concerti questa sera al CSC a S. Vito di Leguzzano (Vi) e domani all'Area Sismica a Ravaldino in Monte (Fc).

Le Miroir et le Marteau est un projet à double détente : tout d'abord un trio. En fait le trio le plus banal de l'histoire du rock : une guitare, une basse, une batterie (trio renforcé pour l'occasion par un travail important sur le son). La musique de ce trio ne garde du rock que son énergie brute et électrique. Les compositions du Miroir sont minimalistes, répétitives et dépouillées. Le son est sans fioritures, malgré certaines écritures rythmiques beaucoup plus complexes que les rythmiques binaires d'usage dans le rock. Voilà pour le noyau dur du trio. Mais l'idée du Miroir et Marteau, c'est aussi que ce trio de base rencontre et joue avec toutes sortes de musiciens invités : amateurs, professionnels, joueurs de luth ou de guimbarde, de harpe ou de cornemuse, qu'importe! Tout est ouvert et principalement les compositions du trio, volontairement ouvertes et dépouillées pour laisser de l'espace et des plages d'expression à tous les invités possibles.


16 novembre 2012

MoonJune Records atterra su Bandcamp e fino alla fatidica data del 12 dicembre prossimo offre una compilation promozionale di sette ore di musica - una sessantina di brani tratti dalle varie produzioni dell'etichetta - al costo suggerito di un dollaro: http://moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com

MoonJune Records came into being in 2001. The focus of MoonJune is to discover and release music by artists from a variety of international settings. The ongoing goal of MoonJune is to support music that transcends stylistic pigeon-holing, but operates within an evolutionary progressive musical continuum that explores boundaries of jazz, rock, avant, ethno, the unknown and anything in between.


15 novembre 2012

Un concerto delle Mothers of Invention inaugura per la Vaulternative Records - etichetta di casa Zappa votata a materiali d'archivio, inediti e rarità - una nuova serie di documenti dal vivo, Road Tapes, sottraendoli alla sola circolazione non ufficiale: con Frank Zappa a Vancouver B.C. il 15 agosto 1968 c'erano Art Tripp III, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston, Ian Underwood, Jimmy Carl Black, Motorhead Sherwood e Roy Estrada.
Sguardo retrospettivo, ma di altra natura, lancia anche l'antologia Understanding America, progettata in vita dallo stesso Zappa e pubblicata negli Stati Uniti in concomitanza con le scorse elezioni presidenziali.
Nel frattempo il ciclo di ristampe del catalogo Barking Pumpkin - una sessantina di titoli - è giunto quasi al termine, e Barfko-Swill ne propone l'acquisto cumulativo per ampie sezioni o per intero: un confronto analitico con le precedenti edizioni degli album si trova nella sezione 'What You Need and Why' in ww.lukpac.org/~handmade/patio/vinylvscds/2012hotpoop.html.

14 novembre 2012

Cambia indirizzo e impostazione generale Progressive Ears, uno dei più frequentati forum di informazione e conversazione su rock progressivo e affini: il nuovo url è http://www.progressiveears.org.
Dopo cinque anni chiude invece le pubblicazioni Continuo, uno dei blog più importanti e qualificati in materia di musiche di ricerca, d'arte e d'avanguardia: http://continuo.wordpress.com

13 novembre 2012

Esce per l'etichetta Fmr uno degli ultimi concerti del compianto Tony Marsh: For the Last Time, registrato l'8 gennaio di quest'anno al Victoria Rooms di Bristol insieme a Paul Dunmall e Phill Gibbs.

12 novembre 2012

Doppio battesimo per Fataka, nuova etichetta discografica londinese dedicata a jazz e improvvisazione: un concerto del 2008 di John Coxon, Evan Parker e Eddie Prévost (Cinema) e uno del 2010 di John Butcher e Matthew Shipp (At Oto). Edizioni in cd limitate a 500 copie, disponibili anche come file audio flac e mp3.

It is always a pleasure to welcome a new improvised music label, particularly when its initial releases give a strong indication that it will be releasing high quality recordings by some of the best improvisers around. That is certainly the case with Trevor Brent's Fataka, the newest label to emerge onto the London scene. As well as American pianist Matthew Shipp, Fataka's first two releases feature four British musicians who are active on the London scene, and each of whom has their own label: saxophonist John Butcher (Weight of Wax), guitarist John Coxon (Treader), saxophonist Evan Parker (Psi) and percussionist Eddie Prévost (Matchless). Without a doubt, such a line up would be the envy of many another label. Yes, Fataka is starting with a bang-and setting a very high standard for future releases to match. The label's music will be issued on CD, in numbered limited editions, and also on MP3 and FLAC.