13 giugno 2012

Pubblicato prima come saggio nella serie Arcana curata da John Zorn - era il Volume IV, nel 2009 - è poi uscito come testo a sé stante, in versione riveduta ed estesa: Solo Gig, Essential Curiosities in Musical Free Improvisation (Birdfeeder Editions, 2011), scritto dal chitarrista Davey Williams. Una recensione di Kevin Whitehead è in Point of Departure.

Davey Williams is generally acknowledged as one of the founders and preeminent exponents of American free-improvised guitar playing. Born in York, Alabama in 1952, he began playing guitar around age 12. During high school he developed a deep interest in blues, and following graduation found his first professional work in the blues band of Johnny Shines, and subsequently in the soul band and revue Salt and Pepper. During this time he began involvement in new jazz, avant-garde composition, electronic music, surrealism and free improvisation. In 1974 he formed with LaDonna Smith the improvisation ensemble (and independent record label) Trans Museq. He was active in the Rev. Fred Lane’s Debonairs and the Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue'. From the mid 1980s he was part of the downtown New York scene, playing in the band Curlew with George Cartwright and Tom Cora, and in many other settings. He has worked with many contemporaries in new composition and free improvisation, including Anne LeBaron, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, the Shaking Ray Levis, Jim Staley, Ikue Mori, Amy Denio, Gustavo Matamorous, Col. Bruce Hampton and the London-based trio Say What!. To date, he has appeared on many recordings, and has performed nationwide and internationally in a wide variety of solo, ensemble and multi-media events. Throughout this time he has published many articles on music, improvisation and surrealism, and a cartoon book, “Which Came First: The Fried Chicken or the Fried Egg?”