20 giugno 2013

In occasione del suo impegno mensile al Vortex Evan Parker dedica il concerto di stasera a Martin e Madelaine Davidson, figure storiche della scena dell'improvvisazione londinese, tra i fondatori quasi quarant'anni fa della rivista Musics e della benemerita etichetta discografica Emanem (sigla forgiata sulle iniziali dei loro due nomi, e non frutto di qualche inaccurato spelling). Il programma si intitola Hasta la Vista, e vi intervengono tra gli altri John Russell, Caroline Kraabel, Adam Linson e Hannah Marshall.

"The Emanem label was founded in 1974 by Martin Davidson in order to publish music too good and too adventurous to be considered by most other labels. In particular, it seemed (and still seems) vitally important to document improvised music that does not use the vagaries of notation as a (somewhat imperfect) means of preservation. After sporadically releasing LPs on three continents, the label returned to London and has been releasing CDs since 1995, extending the Emanem tradition of undiluted exploratory excellence. The Emanem CD Series features improvised music at its very best - unadulterated new music for people who like new music unadulterated. Every CD is a labour of love - every one an important masterpiece - too good to discontinue. (Why waste time, effort and resources on anything less?) Most feature total improvisation, but some use partly composed material. The presentation of each CD and Emanem's web site concentrates on clarity (as does the music) - there is no desire to emulate the current fashion of obscuring and/or omitting vital information. But then, Emanem is not about fashion, it is about substance."

Di Martin Davidson e della sua creatura discografica ebbe a dire Lol Coxhill: "Best record company in the world - for my taste. Certainly the best person to put out improvised music." Un serrato botta e risposta intercorso di recente tra Davidson e il direttore di QRD si legge in http://tinyurl.com/QRDemanem