12 marzo 2013

In Rant & Dawdle William E Smith pubblica uno splendido omaggio a Lol Coxhill: In the Ear of the Beholder. E tra i ricordi personali c'è anche quello del loro primo incontro, a Londra nel 1977, per una convocazione della Company di Derek Bailey: "Me and Lol first met in London at one of Derek Bailey’s Company events, a splendid night at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) theatre, in May 1977. The program featured ten musicians from different parts of the world; Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Lol and Steve Beresford from England, Maarten van Regteren Altena and Han Bennink from Holland, Tristan Honsinger from Canada/USA, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton and Leo Smith from America. All had mutually agreed to meet and create unplanned music, presenting the sound of surprise not only for the audience, but in many cases for the players themselves. Derek selecting, like a magician pulling tricks from a hat, the players names on pieces of paper, the random selections hidden from view. Out from behind the backdrop curtains came Lol, Steve, Maarten and Han. Steve took to wandering about with his collection of wind-up toys – a talent that at that time I did not appreciate – and Lol’s sliding, twisting, rhythmic melodies leading always into another dance. A young, excited Japanese spectator, seated in the front row, leapt up onto the stage in the middle of the performance, thinking he could participate, thinking anyone could join in."