30 luglio 2012


Sono diverse le iniziative che celebrano quest'anno il settantacinquesimo anniversario delle prime incisioni di studio di Raymond Scott: concerti in suo onore e con le sue musiche, conferenze, proiezioni commentate del film biografico Deconstructing Dad, pubblicazioni di materiali inediti e ristampe - specialmente in vinile - di alcuni suoi rari lavori. Uno dei massimi conoscitori e divulgatori dell'opera di Scott, Jeff Winner, ha preso parte al programma monografico prodotto per l'occasione dall'emittente radiofonica di Berkeley, Kalx, ora archiviato in SoundCloud. Anche Battiti, il programma di Pino Saulo su Rai RadioTre, mette in onda domani sera, a partire dalla mezzanotte, uno speciale dedicato al geniale compositore newyorkese scomparso nel 1994.

2012 marks the 75th Anniversary of Raymond Scott's music, which is forever associated with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck - though bandleader-composer Scott had no interest in cartoons. Ever! Composer, electronic music pioneer, inventor, and bandstand drill sergeant Raymond Scott was born Harry Warnow, in Brooklyn, in 1908. After graduating from Juilliard, he wrote the 1934 hit song “Christmas Night In Harlem,” recorded by Louis Armstrong. In December 1936, Scott debuted his six-man “Quintette,” which featured jazz giant Bunny Berigan on trumpet and drummer Johnny Williams, father of famous movie score composer John Williams. By early 1937, Scott's Quintette were stars on radio, on records, and - after landing a contract with 20th Century Fox - in Hollywood films. The Raymond Scott's Quintette reeled off a string of quirky hit records, including “Powerhouse” (recorded February 20, 1937 in New York at their first studio session). Thanks to its being quoted by Carl Stalling in dozens of Looney Tunes, the "Powerhouse" melodies have become genetically encoded in the DNA of every earthling.

http://raymondscott.com/
http://raymondscott.blogspot.it/2011/06/celebrations-for-75th-anniversary-of.html
http://soundcloud.com/jeffewinner/kalx-radio-special-with-guest
http://tinyurl.com/cyz7wvc
http://tinyurl.com/6laty3w