17 novembre 2018


Approda finalmente anche a Pesaro, in felice coincidenza con la notte bianca della musica e l'anniversario a gran cifra tonda della morte del compositore, la personale rilettura di materiali rossiniani che Mike Westbrook ha concepito e variamente proposto in innumerevoli occasioni concertistiche - e discografiche - fin dagli anni Ottanta. Recuperato in tempi recenti con dicitura Rossini Re-Loaded, il programma di temi e arie dal Guglielmo Tell, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Otello, La Cenerentola e La gazza ladra è affidato stasera alla scalpitante Uncommon Orchestra, cui si aggiunge come ospite Frank Schaefer.

Roz Harding, Pete Whyman, Sarah Dean, Alan Wakeman, Ian Wellens (sassofoni), Graham Russell, Stuart Brooks, Dave Holdsworth, Dick Pearce (trombe), Joe Carnell, Stewart Stunell, Sam Chamberlain-Keen, Ashley Nayler (tromboni), Jesse Molins e Matthew North (chitarre), Marcus Vergette (basso), Coach York (batteria), Kate Westbrook e Martine Waltier (voci), Billie Bottle (chitarra basso, pianoforte, voce), Mike Westbrook (pianoforte e direzione). Ospite: Frank Schaefer (violoncello).

Teatro Rossini
Piazza Lazzarini 1
Pesaro

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/diary.shtml

16 novembre 2018


Prosegue stasera a Palermo, e qui inaugura il cartellone del Nomos Jazz, il tour de force di tre concerti consecutivi amorevolmente offerti da Mike Westbrook all'Italia. Come ieri a Catania con Mike sono l'inseparabile Kate Westbrook, la strepitosa Uncommon Orchestra e gli ospiti Phil Minton e Dominique Pifarely. Il programma è, letteralmente, oro puro: "Westbrook classics from 1975 to 2018 including pieces from Citadel/Room 315, On Duke’s Birthday, Westbrook Blake, The Cortege and A Bigger Show."

Roz Harding, Pete Whyman, Sarah Dean, Alan Wakeman, Ian Wellens (sassofoni), Graham Russell, Stuart Brooks, Dave Holdsworth, Dick Pearce (trombe), Joe Carnell, Stewart Stunell, Sam Chamberlain-Keen, Ashley Nayler (tromboni), Jesse Molins e Matthew North (chitarre), Marcus Vergette (basso), Coach York (batteria), Kate Westbrook e Martine Waltier (voci), Billie Bottle (chitarra basso, pianoforte, voce), Mike Westbrook (pianoforte e direzione). Ospiti: Phil Minton (voce) e Dominique Pifarely (violino).

Cinema Teatro Golden
Via Terrasanta 60
Palermo

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/diary.shtml

15 novembre 2018


Inizia naturalmente da Catania il tour de force di tre concerti consecutivi amorevolmente offerti da Mike Westbrook all'Italia, con Palermo e Pesaro tra gli appuntamenti immediatamente successivi. Con Mike sono stasera l'inseparabile Kate Westbrook, la strepitosa Uncommon Orchestra e gli illustri ospiti Phil Minton e Dominique Pifarely. Il programma è, letteralmente, oro puro: "Westbrook classics from 1975 to 2018 including pieces from Citadel/Room 315, On Duke’s Birthday, Westbrook Blake, The Cortege and A Bigger Show."

Roz Harding, Pete Whyman, Sarah Dean, Alan Wakeman, Ian Wellens (sassofoni), Graham Russell, Stuart Brooks, Dave Holdsworth, Dick Pearce (trombe), Joe Carnell, Stewart Stunell, Sam Chamberlain-Keen, Ashley Nayler (tromboni), Jesse Molins e Matthew North (chitarre), Marcus Vergette (basso), Coach York (batteria), Kate Westbrook e Martine Waltier (voci), Billie Bottle (chitarra basso, pianoforte, voce), Mike Westbrook (pianoforte e direzione). Ospiti: Phil Minton (voce) e Dominique Pifarely (violino).

Teatro ABC
via Pietro Mascagni 92
Catania

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/diary.shtml

14 novembre 2018


Christian Marclay è al centro di speciali attenzioni nell'edizione di quest'anno del prestigioso Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, in calendario dal 16 al 25 novembre prossimi. Tra gli interpreti e i collaboratori in maggiore evidenza al suo fianco ci sono Steve Beresford, John Butcher, Okkyung Lee, Thurston Moore e Shelley Hirsch. Il programma dettagliato è in https://hcmf.co.uk.

The internationally recognised Swiss-American visual artist and composer Christian Marclay is to be Composer in Residence at the 2018 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) which runs from Friday 16 November-Sunday 25 November.
Now in its 41st year, hcmf// is the UK’s leading contemporary music festival and takes place across venues in and around Huddersfield over 10 days every November. Regarded as a weather-vane for the state of contemporary music in all its forms, the festival is a must for audiences, composers, ensembles and commentators from all over the world.
Arguably, art and music have been sharing a gene pool since the ‘60s, but the invitation to Christian Marclay represents a yet more radical departure for the 40 year-old festival, which continues to challenge accepted notions of what contemporary music can be.
Over the past 35 years, Christian Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video.
His residency at hcmf// will include the world premiere of a new work featuring 20 pianos – Investigations – produced by hcmf//. The festival will also present an exhibition of graphic scores and documentation of past performances by Marclay running throughout the ten days. Marclay and some of his closest collaborators, including former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, the extraordinary vocalist and performer Shelley Hirsch and master improviser-saxophonist John Butcher, will present improvisations and performances of existing scores.

https://hcmf.co.uk
https://hcmf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/hcmf-2018-programme.pdf

13 novembre 2018


A dieci anni esatti dalla scomparsa, Bob Ostertag invita a sostenere la realizzazione di un film documentario sulla vita di Henry 'Hank' Wilson (1947-2008), uno dei massimi eroi delle lotte per i diritti e la sopravvivenza della comunità LGBT di San Francisco fin dalla metà degli anni Settanta. Regista e produttore del film sarà lo stesso Ostertag, con l'ausilio delle animazioni di Jeremy Rourke e le musiche di Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton e Kronos Quartet: Thanks to Hank.

https://bobostertag.wordpress.com
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/845108579/thanks-to-hank
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Wilson
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-city-of-saint-francis_b_143131

12 novembre 2018


Il trasferimento da Malmö a Stoccolma di buona parte del gruppo ne mette un po' in forse le sorti future, ma nell'immediato il momento è particolarmente buono per gli svedesi Testbild! con recenti apparizioni dal vivo - un tempo rarissime - e ben due album pronti contemporaneamente, Ännu mer musik från en handfull filmer av Henrik Möller e Stad. Di quest'ultimo scrive gran bene Michael Björn in Popgruppen: "While Barrikad remains Testbild!’s masterpiece, this new album may actually contain some of their best pieces ever!".

https://kalligrammofon.bandcamp.com/album/stad
https://testbild-make-the-parts-greater-than-the-whole
https://www.facebook.com/Testbild-94350211151

11 novembre 2018


Il tema è anche attuale, ma il suo interprete lo è molto molto di più: Massimo Giuntoli, Face News.

10 novembre 2018


Tra le esperienze di studio e di formazione dei giovanissimi allievi della Oakland Elementary School Children a Chabot, Montclair e Thornhill (California) c'è stato, nel cuore degli anni Novanta, l'approccio dinamico alla musica creativa e improvvisata promosso dall'insegnante Randy Porter, che in più di un'occasione si è avvalso anche del sostegno diretto di alcuni luminari in materia quali Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Dave Slusser e vari membri della Sun Ra Arkestra, Marshall Allen in primis, Dave Gordon e Tyrone Hill tra gli altri. Alcune registrazioni di allora, già apparse in un paio di sparsi documenti, sono ora riprese da Modern Harmonic in forma più organica e spettacolare (specie la versione in radioso vinile, con tanto di allegato album da colorare con i personaggi e i costumi dell'Arkestra): The Saga Of Padani.

The Saga Of Padani presents the odyssey of 1990’s 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from novice musicians into an avant garde ensemble – an ensemble that engenders an array of sonic textures which never remain static or stagnant, but flow in a way that it’s always surprising, often startling and astonishing. On many of these imprecise, meditative, ethereal soundclouds of wonder and joy, the children were joined by such luminaries as Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Dave Slusser, and Dave Gordon, Tyrone Hill, & Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra! Among these 34 amazing transmissions of interplanetary improv pieces are a few Sun Ra covers, and two liner note sets of deep enlightenment.

https://theoaklandelementaryschoolarkestra/the-saga-of-padani

09 novembre 2018


Una nuova strepitosa edizione del festival Unlimited - la numero 32 - prende il via questa sera a Wels (Austria) a cura dell'infaticabile collettivo che anima l'Alter Schl8hof in Dragonertrasse. Il programma completo dei tre giorni da qui a domenica è in http://www.waschaecht.at/music-unlimited

http://www.waschaecht.at/unlimited_32/Broschure2018.pdf
http://www.schlachthofwels.at/25_Buch.pdf

08 novembre 2018


Hanna Bächer incontra Peter Brötzmann in occasione di una serie di conferenze e lezioni pubbliche prodotte a Berlino dalla Red Bull Music Academy.

Peter Brötzmann is a revered free jazz musician from West Germany whose over 50-year career has taken him from the interdisciplinary radicalism of the late 20th-century Fluxus art movement to extensive collaborative and solo recording and performance. Primarily a saxophonist and clarinetist, Brötzmann has worked with experimental greats such as Dutch drummer Han Bennink, British fellow saxophone powerhouse Evan Parker and Japanese sound artist Keiji Haino, exploring an avant-garde, largely improvisational style of free jazz with his signature rough timbre. His octet album Machine Gun remains a seminal free jazz album of the late ’60s, a genre-expanding work that aurally articulated the anxieties surrounding the Vietnam War and his country’s uncertain future. With over 100 releases to his name, including some with jazz supergroup Last Exit, Brötzmann’s creative passions have not diminished. In 2017 he released Live In Tel Aviv, a live album with trombonist Steve Swell and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, and in 2018, his third studio collaboration with steel guitarist and singer/songwriter Heather Leigh, Sparrow Nights.
In his lecture at Red Bull Music Academy 2018 in Berlin, Brötzmann talked about learning from the ’60s avant-garde, why he doesn't believe in teaching jazz and how improvisation comes down to fitting or fighting.

https://youtu.be/ywtHnhDqZsU

07 novembre 2018


John O'Rourke ha ripreso a lavorare alla sua scultura lignea di Robert Wyatt: "After a very extended break I have recommenced working on an oak piece entitled A Robert Wyatt Construction Kit. An initial working drawing for the sculpture is featured in Marcus O'Dair's excellent biography of Robert Wyatt. It's called Different Every Time. I'm really pleased to have the time to be working on it again. There are three buildings inside of his cranium and Robert has placed something within one of them. I've no idea what it is, nor will it ever be revealed. The beard is currently in progress and then I have his hair to add. All of the holes will be plugged with cross grained oak, to fully match the components. Following that there will be further forms to create below his head, mainly architectural but with Romanesque influences: I love the Lewis Chessmen and without mimicking them in any way, there will be an indirect allusion to their form."

http://www.johnorourkeart.com
https://robertwyattconstructionkit.com
https://tinyurl.com/ycgyclr2

06 novembre 2018


A cinque anni da Musik från en handfull kortfilmer av Henrik Möller i Testbild! tornano a comporre musica per le animazioni grafiche del loro autore preferito: Ännu mer musik från en handfull filmer av Henrik Möller, un'audiocassetta prodotta per Zeon Light.

"Henrik Möller bodde i ett smutsigt rum i Malmö där han spelade in rasande filmer om mänsklighetens tillkortakommanden. Nu mera bor han i en mer städad lägenhet och äter riktig mat så han kan leva tills han blir 100. Han gör fortfarande samma skitfilmer."

https://zeonlight.bandcamp.com/album/nnu-mer-musik-fr-n-en-handfull-filmer-av-henrik-m-ller
https://zeonlight.bandcamp.com/album/testbild-musik-fr-n-en-handfull-kortfilmer-av-henrik-m-ller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WFuOvxdATc

05 novembre 2018


Tre nuove uscite per l'eccellente Langham Research Centre: un paio di postille ad alcuni Tape Works pubblicati sull'album di esordio affidate a Jim O'Rourke e al Group A (Tape Reworks Vol. 1, EP in vinile per Nonclassical) e due audiocassette immersive (Tics and Ampersands, per Never Anything, e Gateshead Multi-storey Car Park, per Econore).

Langham Research Centre’s radiophonic experiments are twisted into new shapes on Tape Reworks Vol. 1, a split EP featuring remixes by renowned experimental musician Jim O’Rourke and Berlin-based industrial band group A. Tics and Ampersands features music made using ¼” tape recorders, cassette machines, sine tone oscillators, shortwave radios, and contact microphones. Gateshead Multi-storey Car Park is a piece composed entirely from sounds of the polarising brutalist structure before it was demolished in 2010.

http://www.langhamresearch.co.uk/discography

04 novembre 2018


Dai periodici incontri di un gruppo di amici in un pub londinese per discutere di politica (e di tutto un po') prende spunto il nuovo album di Kev Hopper, Corbyn Sceptic Club, sua seconda opera per Linear Obsessional, l'eccellente catalogo digitale - ma qualche titolo, come questo, è prodotto limitatamente anche in cd o audiocassetta - inaugurato cinque anni fa da Richard Sanderson e ormai forte di oltre 120 titoli.

The mischievously entitled Corbyn Sceptic Club is a joyous collection of new tracks, some are abstract and beautiful vignettes- tone colours and splanging electronics and his unique electric bass sound, others use the quirky gurgles and squelches Hopper has rather made his trademark, and some, including the majestic title track, are glorious pop songs complete with heroic twangy guitar and lush vocoder choruses.

https://www.linearobsessional.org
https://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/corbyn-sceptic-club
https://linear-obssessional-an-interview-with-richard-sanderson

03 novembre 2018


Torna a farsi viva una delle mitiche Raincoats, Ana da Silva: un album realizzato in collaborazione con Phew (Island) e una collezione di disegni e paginette illustrate (Love, oh love) pubblicato da Rough Trade: "A collection of drawings from the pencil of Ana da Silva, songwriter and musician in the legendary group The Raincoats. Having always drawn and written poetry, lyrics, ideas, in Love, oh love Ana presents us with these disparate elements merged together, combining to express, with a renewed vigour, her unique vision."

http://www.anadasilva.net
http://roughtradebooks.com/editions/love-oh-love
https://www.loudandquiet.com/reviews/ana-da-silva-phew-island

02 novembre 2018


'Paintbox' Jane Mann presenta l'album Granite di Kate Westbrook ai lettori di LondonJazzinvitando all'ascolto anche appassionati di altre musiche: "Kate Westbrook has a track record for delving into many musical genres. Jazz, pop, rock ‘n roll, European cabaret and English music hall have all been influential, as have classical music including opera. She is well-known as a performer of contemporary music. Despite knowing of that huge range, this work took me by surprise. It is in essence a concept album, with an extraordinary soundscape.  The jazz elements are mixed in with contemporary music and spoken sections. The Blues are definitely in there too, and it will certainly appeal to rock fans – indeed it was reviewed favourably in Prog magazine."

http://www.londonjazznews.com/cd-review-kate-westbrook-granite.html
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook/granite.shtml

01 novembre 2018


In anteprima per i sottoscrittori, e all'immediata vigilia dei concerti in Italia di metà mese, è pronto l'album Catania tratto dall'eccezionale festival interamente dedicato a Mike Westbrook nel luglio 1992. Ed è magnifico.

July 2017 saw the 25th anniversary of the three-day Mike Westbrook Music Festival in Catania, Sicily. Presented by the Associazione Catania Jazz the Mike Westbrook Orchestra, plus guests performed, on consecutive nights Big Band Rossini, After Smith's Hotel and The European Song Book. This autumn Westbrook Records are releasing a double cd of selected highlights from the festival, entiled simply Catania. The album is drawn from various live recordings of the concerts, some of them only recently discovered, expertly assembled by the late Jon Hiseman with additional work by Jay Auborn and Callum Godfroy of dBs sound, producers of Granite.

31 ottobre 2018


Senza troppo penare, ché materia ce n'è, Dr. Jazz Podcast mette in fila un'ora e mezza di orrorifiche cose zorniane adatte (anche) per gli scherzetti di stanotte...

https://the-dr-jazz-podcast-the-john-zorn-halloween-spectacular-2018

30 ottobre 2018


(Hardy Fox, 1945-2018)




29 ottobre 2018


Emanem lo annuncia per il 2019 al numero di catalogo 5048, in verità il cd è già pronto e lo si può ottenere senza esitazione direttamente da Caroline Kraabel: si tratta di Last1 & Last2, doppia documentazione del progetto in favore di migranti, profughi e rifugiati - in particolare quelli seguiti a Calais dalle organizzazioni non governative Care4Calais e Utopia56 - presentato dalla sassofonista in due distinte occasioni, e con due distinte formazioni, negli anni scorsi al Cafe Oto londinese. A far da guida in entrambi i casi è la voce di Robert Wyatt.

Cd released on the Emanem label, featuring live large-group and quartet versions of Kraabel’s piece Last, for improvisers with occasional interjections from the pre-recorded voice of Robert Wyatt singing a song composed by Kraabel for this purpose. Musicians' profits from sales of this cd will go to two NGOs working with migrants in northern France, Care4Calais and Utopia56.

kraabel@greenisp.co.uk
http://www.masskraabel.com/shop.html#last
http://care4calais.org
http://www.utopia56.com/en
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/2017/06
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/2017/12

28 ottobre 2018


Bob Drake in esultanza chitarristica a tre anni dall'exploit di Classic Guitar StylingsOctober Improvisations 2018, con le fedeli Alhambra 4p, Harmony H955 e Courtright GG.

https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/album/october-improvisations

27 ottobre 2018


E' stanotte che si dorme un'ora in più, verooo?...

26 ottobre 2018


Tra i partecipanti al festival letterario Litquake in programma a San Francisco dall'11 al 20 ottobre scorsi c'erano anche i Residents, con la presentazione di letture tratte dal loro romanzo The Brickeaters e uno speciale concerto diffuso in rete in streaming a 360 gradi. Qualche problema tecnico in verità ne ha interrotto la trasmissione, tuttavia due corposi spezzoni sono stati recuperati e sono ora su YT.

One of the West Coast’s most beloved annual literary festivals, this smart, eclectic, 76% free ten-day gathering draws booklovers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy words and ideas, straight from the artists’ mouths. Now with 160 venues in its 19th year, the festival’s uniquely portable format provides even greater access to literature. Litquake nurtures and amplifies an ever-expanding community of conversation and engagement in the Bay Area’s cultural landscape. Litquake’s mission is to contribute to the creative economy at large and make more literature more available to readers of all ages through ever-evolving performances, readings, workshops, and film programs during the annual festival and its year-round programming. By commingling public life and literary art, Litquake uses literature as an agent of public good.

Legendary San Francisco art-music pranksters The Residents celebrate the release of their debut novel The Brickeaters with this special full-length music show, incorporating live readings from the book. What is The Brickeaters? Briefly, an absurdist buddy story which teams together a very tall and young internet content screener with an aging career criminal, who work to prevent a middle-aged lottery winner from polluting the Los Angeles water supply with massive amounts of fluoride. Also, the narrator is an unreliable alcoholic! 

https://www.litquake.org
https://www.residents.com
https://youtu.be/_CB1vPMu5Ek
https://youtu.be/xz5Gsgc656I

25 ottobre 2018


Muneaki Shimizu era a uno dei tre concerti di Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin (con Beren Matthews) in programma nei giorni scorsi al club Tsuki-Miru Kimi-Omou a Tokyo, quello del 19 ottobre: alcune sue impressioni sono su FB.

https://www.facebook.com/muneaki.shimizu.3

24 ottobre 2018


L'intricata vicenda della Tricatel, creatura prediletta e un po' sfortunata di Bertrand Burgalat, è raccontata al mondo da Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe - già autore del relativamente celebre Yé-Yé Girls of '60s French Pop - in un libro di 240 pagine zeppo di immagini, interviste, racconti di prima mano (e qualche pettegolezzo): Tricatel Universalis, pubblicato in questi giorni da Maison Cocorico, è presentato ufficialmente stasera con una festa - ovviamente danzante - al Pardon parigino. Vi sfilano senza soluzione di continuità oltre vent'anni di attività dell'etichetta, con una cinquantina di raffinate produzioni di April March, Jef Barbara, Chassol, Catastrophe, AS Dragon, Ladytron, Valérie Lemercier e Michel Houellebecq tra i molti molti altri. Senza dimenticare Jonathan Coe con Louis Philippe e Danny Manners (9th & 13th) e Robert Wyatt (This Summer Night): "Louis Philippe, Mike Alway et El Records ont été décisifs dans ma perception de la pop", confessa Burgalat. E su Wyatt: "Si j’avais su il y a trente-cinq ans que j’enregistrerais un jour avec Robert Wyatt, je crois que je me serais fait moins de bile pendant toutes ces années. Je n’ai jamais trop compris le cliché selon lequel les gens talentueux sont souvent horribles: il y a des artistes surestimés qui se révèlent assez affreux dans la pratique, mais je n’ai jamais rencontré quelqu’un d’admirable artistiquement qui ne soit pas en même temps touchant et intéressant humainement (ce qui n’empêche pas d’avoir des défauts, bien sûr). En tout cas, Wyatt a un ratio talent/gentillesse très, très élevé..."

Depuis plus de vingt ans, le label Tricatel grave son propre sillon, exigeant, étonnant, élégant et tout à fait unique dans le paysage musical français. Son catalogue de plus de cinquante albums aborde tous les genres musicaux, dans un esprit de découverte, refusant la mode dominante. Compositeur, arrangeur, producteur, et, ici, directeur du label, Bertrand Burgalat ouvre les pages de l’album d’une famille d’artistes - musiciens, graphistes, vidéastes et hommes de son - tous réunis par la joie d’aimer et de faire de la musique. «Tricatel est un désastre», dit-il. Cela vaut bien un livre.

https://www.facebook.com/BertrandBurgalat
https://www.brain-magazine.fr/article/leche-vitrines/49246-Tricatel
https://www.brain-magazine.fr/article/news/24074-Tricatel-by-Tricatel

23 ottobre 2018

22 ottobre 2018


E con il ritratto di Sue Lynch pubblicato il mese scorso è giunta quasi a compimento anche la serie di videointerviste con performer e musicisti improvvisatori realizzate per la British Music Collection da Blanca Regina in collaborazione con Steve Beresford e Pierre Bouvier Patron: Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers.

https://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/article-category/unpredictable-series
https://tinyurl.com/y9mnlenb

21 ottobre 2018


Caroline Kraabel sta curando per Resonance FM una bella serie di conversazioni e ascolti dedicati all'improvvisazione nelle arti, nella musica, nella politica e nella vita quotidiana: Why Is Improvising Important? Dopo Maggie Nicols e John Butcher tra gli altri, nella puntata di giovedì scorso era suo ospite Evan Parker: "To improvise freely means you're free to use material that you know very well indeed and you're also free to invent and take risks, to do stuff you're not quite in control of, just to see where it leads."

http://www.masskraabel.com
http://www.londonimprovisersorchestra.co.uk
https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/stream

20 ottobre 2018


Nove anni dopo Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin tornano al Tsuki-Miru Kimi-Omou di Aoyama, a Tokyo, per tre concerti consecutivi, memori della recente esperienza alla Bush Hall di Londra. Con loro c'è di nuovo il chitarrista Beren Matthews: "We'll be playing tracks from Star Clocks along with a selection of songs from the Stewart / Gaskin catalogue. We'd like to thank all those who came to our concert at Bush Hall, London on August 24th and made it such a memorable evening. We were touched by your enthusiasm and support, and appreciate that many of you travelled long distance to see us. We hope to play another UK show in 2019 (this time in a seated venue) and look forward to meeting you all again!"

https://davebarb.com

19 ottobre 2018


Debutta oggi e domani presso due importanti festival jazz in Germania - Jazztage, a Leipzig, e Enjoy Jazz, a Heidelberg - il progetto del giovane batterista berlinese Max Andrzejewski dedicato a Robert Wyatt. Ne è interprete il suo quartetto Hütte, esteso per l'occasione a sestetto con ospiti Cansu Tanrikulu e Jörg Hochapfel: Max Andrzejewski´s Hütte and guests play the music of Robert Wyatt.

"Man arbeitet und singt, man lernt und singt, man lebt und singt. Lebenserfahrung sedimentiert sich im Gesang. Das ist Folklore, authentische populäre Musik. In dieser Tradition sehe ich mich", sagte Robert Wyatt vor einigen Jahren. Und nun? Seine Stimme fehlt! Verstummt ist damit eine auch stets politische Stimme, deren traurige und deprimierende Brüchigkeit nicht nur von Verlorenheit und Einsamkeit erzählte, sondern auch – wie Diedrich Diederichsen einmal formulierte – eine kämpferische Haltung spüren lies, "die sich alles Männliche und Kriegerische abgeschminkt hat". Genau davon haben sich immer wieder Künstler/innen inspirieren lassen und sich mit der Musik Robert Wyatts auseinandergesetzt. 2018 übernehmen die so ambitionierten wie abenteuerlustigen Max Andrzejewski’s Hütte, souveräne Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreis Mannheim 2013, mit Gasten die Stafette und versprechen ein 50 minütiges dramaturgisch durchdachtes Programm aus Wyatt-Songs verschiedener Perioden. Aus gesundheitlichen Gründen ist mit dem persönlichen Erscheinen Wyatts in der Feuerwache zwar nicht mehr zu rechnen, aber er zeigte sich vom Projekt durchaus bewegt.

"On travaille et chante, on apprend et chante, on vit et chante. Les expériences de la vie se réunissent en sorte de sédimentation dans le chant. C’est le folklore, une musique populaire authentique. Cette tradition est la mienne" a expliqué Robert Wyatt il y a quelques ans. Et aujourd’hui ? Sa voix manque! Il nous manque beaucoup! En automne 2014 Robert Wyatt (ex-Soft Machine, ex-Matching Mole) s’est retiré de la musique. Il voulait avoir plus de temps pour la politique et après avoir travaillé 50 ans dans le domaine et avec 69 ans il trouvait qu’il méritait sa retraite comme un conducteur de train a aussi droit à la retraite à 65 ans. Mais ainsi une voix politique s’est tu, dont la fragilité triste n’a pas seulement témoigné de la solitude et de l’individuation aux temps du néolibéralisme, mais aussi d’une attitude combative qui s’est emparé de tout masculin et martial comme l’a décrit Diedrich Diederichsen. Beaucoup d’artistes sont inspirés par Wyatt et ont travaillé avec sa musique. En 2018 Max Andrzejewski’s Hütte, lauréat du prix Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis Mannheim de 2013, se lance à son tour et promet un programme de 50 minutes comprenant des chansons de Wyatt des phases différentes. En raisons de santé Wyatt ne peut pas venir à la Feuerwache, mais il était très ému du projet: «Le projet est bien pour mon sentiment d’être vivant et de savoir que des jeunes musiciens brillants vont dans ma direction pour un moment.» Cette soirée les regards, les pensées et les vœux vont surement vers Lincolnshire Wolds. Old Rottenhat!

https://tinyurl.com/y7x7noyd
https://tinyurl.com/y8xwobks

18 ottobre 2018


A un anno esatto dalla scomparsa del benamato Phil Miller giunge notizia che a gennaio 2019 si terrà un nuovo concerto in suo onore, al Vortex Jazz Club londinese. Mancano per ora altre informazioni, ma i dettagli verranno presto diffusi attraverso lo splendido sito Phil Miller-The Legacy, dove ormai abbondano le testimonianze audio e video dell'impareggiabile lavoro del Nostro con Delivery, Hatfield and the North, National Health, Short Wave e In Cahoots.

https://philmillerthelegacy.com/vortex-jazz-club-commemorative-concert

17 ottobre 2018


Catania (l'album) è ormai pronto, e Catania (il concerto) è anch'esso imminente: ogni dettaglio è al sito dei Westbrook.

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/catania
https://www.facebook.com/events/256565648230702

16 ottobre 2018


A elogiare il metodo Westbrook è anche Ali Sharpe, che ha diretto il Rising Voices Wessex Choir nell'esecuzione di Glad Day sabato scorso a Bournemouth: "This music, created by Mike & Kate Westbrook, opens up the potential for every one of us participating in the experience; whether as listener or performer; to transcend what is usually described as the ego-self-I-me... The musicians and the singers on Saturday radiated an essence of authenticity which gave every individual the opportunity to immerse their “self” in a sublime and overwhelming sense of “oneness” with humanity and the universal state of being. If we allow ourselves to experience music at this deep level of absorption, without expectation or desire, and, be “in the moment”, it will transport us to a new level of consciousness akin to what some may describe a spiritual experience."

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml#Glad_Ali

15 ottobre 2018


Jay Auborn svela alcuni aspetti tecnici delle registrazioni sul campo effettuate per la produzione del nuovo affascinante album di Kate Westbrook, Granite, e nel contempo elogia il metodo di lavoro indicato e perseguito dai Westbrook: "We wanted to find ways to incorporate the sound and atmosphere of the Granite Quarry, to give the music a unique sense of place, somewhere between the natural world and how Kate heard in her mind. It was about getting beyond the studio and making the music otherworldly and unique. The Westbrooks were interested in this idea, of trying something outside of the normal studio process. They have a tremendous progressive and experimental passion in their work."

https://tinyurl.com/ycoe8akj
https://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook/granite.shtml

14 ottobre 2018


Rimane aperta fino al prossimo 4 novembre l'esposizione Good morning! How are you? Shut up! allestita al Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art a Londra dedicata all'inimitabile Ivor Cutler: tra le opere in mostra ci sono schizzi, disegni e illustrazioni, canzoni, aforismi e poesie, libri, articoli di stampa, poster e molti altri materiali originali mai visti in pubblico.

Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist Ivor Cutler (1923–2006) was a singular force in popular culture. His oeuvre encompassed absurd songs and poems, surreal performances, and illustrated publications. These abstract the banal and everyday with warmth, occasional darkness, and quiet radicalism. Self-styled as an ‘Oblique Musical Philosopher’, Cutler saw himself as having ‘….the effect of a very mild earthquake, one that nudges people into having a look around themselves, through all the rubbish that passes for convention.’ This exhibition pulls from his archive to present original musical scores, lyrics, sketches, artworks, letters, press cuttings, and posters, gathered to celebrate Cutler’s life and work, many of which have never been previously exhibited.
His whimsical performances gained him a cult following across generations, not least as part of 60s and 70s counterculture. Broadcasts on the Home Service in the 1950s lead to albums, later with Virgin Records and Rough Trade. TV appearances on the BBC caught Paul McCartney’s attention. Cutler appeared in the Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and George Martin produced his album Ludo (1967). Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine invited him to play on two of his tracks on the album Rock Bottom (1974). New generations were introduced to his work in the 1980s on TV for the Old Grey Whistle Test, and on radio for John Peel and later Andy Kershaw. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jim O’Rourke, Laura Marling and Franz Ferdinand.
As a live performer Cutler was unmistakable with his minimal set that consisted of a largely empty stage, where he appeared, usually in plus fours and a hat, dourly sat at a wheezy harmonium. His songs, performed in a diminutive deadpan style, presented surreal but somehow truthful observations of the world, which also drew on a childhood spent in Glasgow. With titles such as Pickle Your Knees, Egg Meat, I Believe in Bugs, Gravity Begins at Home, and Bicarbonate of Chicken, his songs and poems were written to turn the world on its axis, just a little, and let original thinking in.
Cutler wrote many books for children and adults, and his wish to open adults up to their childish self (as counter to intellect and convention) was bolstered by his work as a teacher, at A. S. Neill’s Summerhill School and for inner-city schools in London for 30 years.
A specially commissioned publication that reproduces items from the archive will accompany the exhibition.

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
St James’
New Cross
London SE14 6AD
020 8228 5969

http://goldsmithscca.art/exhibition/ivor-cutler
http://wyattandstuff.blogspot.com/2018/10/ivor-cutler-exhibition-at-cca.html

13 ottobre 2018


Per i festeggiamenti dei suoi quarant'anni di attività l'illustre tipografia d'arte Æncrages & Co di Baume-les-Dames (Francia) mette sotto la lente d'ingrandimento il progetto MW sui testi e le canzoni di Robert Wyatt e Alfreda Benge iniziato nel 1997 con le versioni in francese di Jean-Michel Marchetti e documentato in diverse pubblicazioni (anche audio). Due giorni di incontri, presentazioni e concerti nella regione della Borgogna-Franca Contea: https://www.luciole-universite.fr/programme-2018

http://www.aencrages.com
https://www.facebook.com/aencrages.et.co
http://www.disco-robertwyatt.com/images/Robert/mw
https://www.luciole-universite.fr/2018/spectacle-wyatt-lareine

12 ottobre 2018


Ritratto dell'artista da giovane: Kevin Ayers secondo Richard Penguin, in una recente puntata di Acoustic & Eclectic per Future Radio a Norwich (Regno Unito).

https://www.mixcloud.com/futureradio/kevin-ayers-special

11 ottobre 2018


Terminato il pluriennale ciclo di studi all'University of Errors, Josh Pollock ha finalmente trovato il modo per omaggiarne il Magnifico Rettore, con un sincero canto funebre (Threnodius Daevidius) e un toccante ricordo della sua fulminante sapienza (A Piss Is Just A Piss). Per Daevid Allen.

"A few years ago my collaborator/compadre Daevid Allen shuffled off this mortal coil. When he passed, it hit me hard, and yet I was tongue-tied... mere words seemed spectacularly trite and ridiculous. I was incapable of expressing any of it, until, by chance, I was asked to play guitar on the air at KZSU a few nights later, and out it came: the grief, the acceptance, even his journey from this plane to the next, straight from my heart to my hands. No overdubs, no second take. A straight-up threnody ("a wailing ode, song, hymn, or poem of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person"). And not surprisingly, my purest playing caught on 'tape' to date. That is
The Lake Millions new album Threnodius Daevidius (also with one last bit of singing from Daevid, on the fitting afterward, A Piss Is Just A Piss."

10 ottobre 2018


Trecento pubblicazioni in venticinque anni sono certamente un buon motivo per festeggiare: la rivista Mojo lo fa allegando al fatidico numero - quello di novembre 2018 - un cd di rarità e versioni alternative da collezione, dove spicca un inedito casalingo di Robert Wyatt, Invisible, realizzato una decina di anni fa su un brano di Paul Weller (poi sul suo 22 Dreams), presente anch'egli nella compilazione.

MOJO celebrates its 25-year existence with an All-Legends issue. A collectable all-white cover with embossed logo marks 50 years of The Beatles' White Album, whose upcoming reissue, enhanced with outtakes and the legendary Kinfauns demos, is explored in an exclusive in-depth feature. Our best ever cd, The MOJO Anthology, delivers exclusive tracks from our favourite stars, from Beck, U2 and Arctic Monkeys to Robert Wyatt, St. Vincent, Paul Weller and Nick Cave. There are revealing interviews with Elvis Costello, Jack White and Paul Simon. Jimmy Page hymns Bo Diddley. Aretha Franklin ascends to her throne. An unpublished Frank Zappa interview enthrals. Krist Novoselic remembers the dawn of Nirvana. Ray Davies, The Edge, Ron Wood, Ian Gillan, Damon Albarn, John Fogerty, Neneh Cherry, Paul Simonon, Aimee Mann and Cypress Hill drop by to share cake and champagne. Plus! Bowie, Blondie The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes, Youssou N’Dour, Garcia Peoples and… Hair!

09 ottobre 2018


Termina prima del previsto l'anno sabbatico annunciato per il 2018 da Steve Feigenbaum per Cuneiform Records. E le novità non sono poche:
https://autumn-transforms-cuneiform-resumes

"It's October of 2018, and the season is Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring below the Equator. Autumn, Spring; both are seasons of change, of metamorphoses. A time when the natural world transforms and evolves from what came before to what comes after, times of transition. Read about the exciting new developments at the offices of Cuneiform Records World Headquarters, home to Cuneiform Records, Wayside Music and The Music Outpost."

http://www.cuneiformrecords.com
http://www.themusicoutpost.com

08 ottobre 2018


Lo stringato aggiornamento al catalogo ReR di questo mese propone a raffica le ultimissime cose di Bob Drake, The Necks, Biota, Steve Maclean, Vitor Rua, Jon Rose con Chris Abrahams, il box di ZNR e quello di Peter Blegvad, il dvd Rio Japan 2014, le ristampe in vinile di Musci e Venosta prodotte da Soave e qualche copia di un nuovo René Lussier. E altro ancora...

https://tinyurl.com/ohuo45k
http://www.rermegacorp.com

07 ottobre 2018


Bing Selfish sarà protagonista della puntata odierna - in replica anche più tardi in settimana, e poi disponibile in Mixcloud - del programma radiofonico The Ambrosia Rasputin Show, condotto da Ivor Kallin per Resonance FM. Tra le sue imperscrutabili proposte ci sarà certamente anche un ricordo di Simon King, scomparso pochi giorni fa, amico e collega di tante avventure non solo di Bing - negli Ideals, e più di recente nei Windsors - ma anche di Frank Chickens e dell'intero giro Murphy.

http://bingselfish.com
https://www.resonancefm.com/schedule/2018-10-07
https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-ambrosia-rasputin-show-7th-october-2018

06 ottobre 2018


Mike Westbrook dirige questa sera a Bournemouth il suo Glad Day blakeiano in versione ancora una volta unica e rinnovata, con l'aiuto di Matthew Bourne (piano) e Tim Goodwin (recitazione) in aggiunta al classico quintetto degli anni più recenti (Billy Thompson e Steve Berry con Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook e Chris Biscoe) e con il rinforzo del coro Rising Voices Wessex diretto da Ali Sharpe. Le origini e l'evoluzione del Westbrook Blake nel corso dei decenni è riassunto in un recente scritto pubblicato presso lo Smith's Academy Notice Board.

Over the years the Blake material has been constantly re-invented, by changes in instrumentation, a variety of choirs, occasional personnel changes and the introduction of fresh material. The performance in the Parry 100 Festival sees further innovations. Composer Mike Westbrook has stepped back to concentrate on the role of musical director, bringing in pianist Matthew Bourne and actor Tim Goodwin plus Rising Voices with Ali Sharpe. There will be more of Blake’s poetry spoken. 

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/blakecd.shtml
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/gladdaycd.shtml
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/gladdaydvd.shtml

05 ottobre 2018


Un'indagine sui fondamenti della democrazia britannica attraverso il viaggio di una bottiglia di latte: il manifesto sociopolitico di Billie Bottle & The Multiple - con alcuni baldi giovani componenti l'Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook - apparso in prima forma al tempo delle elezioni del 2015 e in una movimentata serie di concerti l'anno successivo tra Plymouth, Brighton e Londra vedrà presto la luce anche come album, The Other Place. Ce n'è un fresco assaggio su Bandcamp: Plebs.

http://www.billiebottle.co.uk
https://billiebottle.bandcamp.com/track/plebs
http://www.billiebottle.co.uk/the-other-place/4592286231
http://dontjustvote.org

04 ottobre 2018


Segnano perfetta continuità con l'ecologico Green and Blue le alate lancette temporali di Star Clocks, il nuovo album di Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin che indica direzioni remote e spazi interstellari profondi oltre le orbite dei pianeti, nel ricordo lieve di antichi testimoni terrestri (Henry e James) ormai fuori dalla portata della BBC...

https://davebarb.com

03 ottobre 2018


Altro raro documento di rilievo è quello che Aymeric Leroy affida agli archivi del Phil Miller-The Legacy, un concerto degli Hatfield and the North (con due illustri ospiti) all'Imperial College a Londra datato 17 novembre 1972, pressoché agli esordi: "a performance by the original line-up of Hatfield and the North, just weeks after it had changed names from Delivery following the replacement of Steve Miller by Dave Sinclair. Better still, a couple of friends make guest appearances – Lol Coxhill is heard wailing away on soprano sax during the opening Shaving Is Boring, and Robert Wyatt contributes Echoplexed vocals to Dave Sinclair’s A Mewsing, as he would again a few weeks later when Hatfield appeared on French TV’s Rockenstock programme."

https://philmillerthelegacy.com/music/hatfield-and-the-north-1972

02 ottobre 2018


Da un suo vecchio nastro VHS al limite del degrado Steve Dinsdale recupera due apparizioni televisive di Robert Wyatt del maggio e giugno 1983, entrambe ben note: una è con Elvis Costello in Loose Talk, con la prima diffusione del video di Shipbuilding, l'altra è dal vivo all'Old Grey Whistle Test con Nick Clyfus, Clive Langer, Mark Bedford e Kieran O'Connor per presentare Born Again Cretin e appunto Shipbuilding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw3c_V8yW8k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf9s7OKd94c
https://www.facebook.com/groups/robertwyatt/10155661702416716

01 ottobre 2018


Rock Bottom diventerà un film d'animazione 3-D? A Valencia ci stanno seriamente pensando María Trenor, Joaquín Ojeda e Raúl Colomer. Con el beneplácito del propio Wyatt...

La gestación de Rock Bottom y la historia de amor con Alfie - que se casó con él meses después del accidente y todavía continúa a su lado -, son el telón de fondo de una película de animación que llevará al cine por primera vez los años de juventud de Robert Wyatt. A pesar de estar basada en personajes y hechos reales, y de contar con el beneplácito del propio artista, ni el fondo ni la forma de este proyecto se asemejan al de un documental o un biopic al uso. Se trata más bien de una fabulación dotada de una narrativa no lineal y una estética experimental, que combina la artesanía y la gestualidad de la animación clásica en 2D con la tecnología del 3D.
El contexto histórico de la película - el momento de declive de la contracultura hippie a principios de los setenta - tendrá gran protagonismo. También la relación de Wyatt con España, concretamente con el pueblo mallorquín de Deià, donde se concentró parte de la comunidad hippie expulsada de Ibiza entre 1970 y 1971. El escritor Robert Graves, que residió en esta localidad durante más de treinta años, acogió al músico durante una etapa fundamental en su vida.

https://valenciaplaza.com/asi-sera-rock-bottom-la-pelicula-de-animacion-sobre-el-pionero-de-la-musica-psicodelica-robert-wyatt

30 settembre 2018


Hardy Fox, un ex dei Residents, lascia con un canto d'amore, forse il suo ultimo: Rilla Contemplates Love.

Hardy Fox used to be composer for The Residents. He left the group when he didn't feel fit enough for touring. Since then, he has released many albums under the name Charles Bobuck, switching to his real name Hardy Fox when his albums became more personal. The first, self-titled and also known under the name Heart, is a study of the young Hardy Fox, an album about Love. The second, Nachtzug is about his last days touring with The Residents. After a break from recording, Hardy Fox is now back with a concept album about a gorilla: "A few years ago a study was done by scientists who were really interested by the idea of how gorillas think. Work was being encouraged by the success of sign language with a gorilla named Koko, who unfortunately recently died. The new research was investigating if they could get information by working with computers directly taking information from the mind of a friendly gorilla. Rilla. Hardy Fox did not get the actual results, but did get inspired by his own mind as it was sent into the imagination of what a gorilla might think.".

http://hardyfox.com/home
https://bobuck.bandcamp.com
http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg294

29 settembre 2018


Una settantina di tracce strumentali firmate Warrick Sony per un ipotetico catalogo di musiche per cinema e video: è il nuovo album di Kalahari Surfers, Film Music.

https://kalaharisurfer.bandcamp.com/album/film-music