12 gennaio 2015

A comporre il puzzle multiculturale di Under Your Skin - ambizioso progetto editoriale lanciato qualche anno fa da Alexander Mclean e basato, almeno nelle intenzioni, sull'interazione tra carta stampata, video e web - ci sono interviste e commenti di Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Dead Prez, Cindy Blackman, Yusef Lateef, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Korn, Sepultura, Henry Rollins, Bob James, Skip Mcdonald, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Roy Ayers, Living Colour, Dinosaur Jr, Amiri Baraka, Lydia Lunch, Marshall Allen, Jack Dejohnette, Public Enemy, Lenny White, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Frisell, Esperanza Spalding, Fred Frith e molti molti altri. Tra i video più recenti - circa cinquanta i frammenti attualmente visibili via Facebook o YouTube - c'è qualche minuto di amabile conversazione con Steve Swallow e Carla Bley in occasione di una loro visita londinese lo scorso novembre.

In many ways Under Your Skin is the first exploration on the cultural diversity of music. DVD and book give a valuable insight on artists from around the globe – from Popular Music to Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Avantgarde, Metal, Electronic, DJ-ing/Turntablism and Classical. The book comprises a vast affiliation of artistic and social culture in its variety and illuminates in a world-wide discussion its usefulness in today’s societies. In interviews the artists discuss their careers, their ups and downs, their tactical skills needed to bring music to the market, the light and shadow sides of touring and the effect it causes. Under Your Skin covers musicians from different generations and gives the reader a close insight into the music business which is rarely shown, from the day to day pursuits to the more humorous side of the business.