20 settembre 2018


Altre anticipazioni - oltre a quanto trapelato dall'esibizione al Rock in Opposition Festival qualche giorno fa a Carmaux - relative al nuovo album di Bob Drake L'isola dei lupi saranno offerte nel corso del prossimo concerto (semicasalingo) del Nostro: il 29 settembre a Caudeval (Francia), con Mark Lockett, Kate Hardy, Ezra Lockett e Chris Cutler.

http://bdblog.bdrak.com/next-solo-shows-news-about-new-album

19 settembre 2018


Al quintetto di Michel Edelin che già l'anno scorso aveva presentato in concerto qualche brano si è aggiunto in questi giorni per alcune sessioni di studio John Greaves. Non dovrebbe tardare molto perciò il documento ufficiale di Echo d'Henry Cow, un cd per la parigina RogueArt: con Michel Edelin, Sophia Domancich, Sylvain Kassap, Stéphane Kerecki, Simon Goubert e appunto John Greaves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_07ii8C7YY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV11t7lxudw

18 settembre 2018


Nuova opportunità a Londra di avvicinarsi - e di immergervisi - a uno dei più importanti lavori di Christian Marclay degli ultimi anni, The Clock: in visione alla Tate Modern fino a gennaio 2019.

'The Clock' is constructed out of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, watch or just a particular time of day. Marclay has excerpted thousands of these fragments and edited them so that they flow in real time. While 'The Clock' examines how time, plot and duration are depicted in cinema, the video is also a working timepiece that is synchronised to the local time zone. At any moment, the viewer can look at the work and use it to tell the time. Yet the audience watching 'The Clock' experiences a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions at once. Even while 'The Clock' tells the time, it ruptures any sense of chronological coherence.
'The Clock' plays with how audiences experience narrative in cinema, examining the conventions and devices through which filmmakers create a persuasive illusion of duration. When watching a film, an audience is removed from normal time and swept up in a new register that corresponds to the narrative at hand. 'The Clock' transforms this condition of cinema: time, in this case, corresponds precisely to the actual time beyond the work. The audience will have the peculiar awareness of experiencing a fictional event, or countless events, at what appears to be the same time as when they watch it.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/10/christian-marclay-the-clock-tate-modern-london

17 settembre 2018


Farà parte dell'album What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing in uscita tra poche settimane per la newyorkese Temporary Residence Records. Intanto Clouds from Cuckooland, fortemente derivato dall'album di Robert Wyatt Cuckooland, fa ottima mostra di sé in un video disponibile in Vimeo. Così scrive l'autore, Janek Schaefer: "Clouds from Cuckooland was commissioned for an exhibition about the legend of the Canterbury Scene, and in particular the work of Robert Wyatt. I was invited to create an installation from his Cuckooland album, which I evaporated into a 21 minute cloud of sound that floats around and around the gallery. Using 3 x FM transmitters I broadcast the composition to 3 groups of radios set out on a vinyl circle, accompanied by lasers, feathers, mirrors and glitter. Commissioned by Artistic Director Matt Wright for the Sounds New Festival, Canterbury 2014."

JanekSchaefer.com
http://janekschaefer.com/=Clouds_from_Cuckooland.html
https://vimeo.com/94340321
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkNPxDy2m6o

16 settembre 2018


Extra Normal Records riporta in doppio cd il meglio del Contra Pop Festival tenutosi a Ramsgate (Regno Unito) il 20 e 21 agosto di due anni fa: tra i convenuti c'era anche il quartetto internazionale errorista di Jean-Hervé Peron, Geraldine Swayne, Yumi Hara e Chris Cutler. L'album è The Second Ahistorical Report, e lo si trova/ascolta tramite Bandcamp.

https://extranormalrecords.bandcamp.com
http://www.extranormal.org.uk/index.html
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/search?q=Contra+Pop+Festival

15 settembre 2018


Adele Schmidt e Jose Zegarra Holder, che molti protagonisti attuali e storici del Rock in Opposition hanno intervistato e filmato nelle loro precedenti produzioni video, sono al lavoro per completare il prossimo capitolo (in due parti) della serie Romantic Warriors: si intitolerà Krautrock e sarà un ritratto della scena rock d'avanguardia in Germania - e in particolare a Colonia, Düsseldorf, Amburgo, Berlino e Monaco - tra gli anni Sessanta e Settanta e dei loro principali alfieri. Presenti nel primo volume: Can, Faust, Cluster, Neu!, Floh de Cologne e Kraftwerk.

Developed in Germany in the late 60s and early 70s, and largely divorced from the traditional rock influences of British and American bands, the so-called Krautrock genre contributed to the evolution of electronic music, techno and hip hop, ambient music, minimalism and avant-garde. In order to organize the large amount of material that we filmed over the past three years, we have divided Romantic Warriors IV into two parts. Part 1 focuses on the bands in the Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg regions, and Part 2 (to be released in late 2019) will be focusing on bands of the Berlin and Munich scenes. Both documentaries are feature lengths stand alone films. Through interviews with "Krautrock" musicians, clips of live performances, photographs, and current/archival footage, the films will bring you onto a journey of remarkable times of musical innovation that has shaped the decades after.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/romantic-warriors-iv-krautrock-part-1#

14 settembre 2018


E in perfetto tempismo con lo svolgimento dell'edizione francese di quest'anno giunge il documento in dvd dei momenti chiave dell'edizione giapponese del festival di Rock in Opposition, svoltosi a Tokyo il 15 e 16 novembre 2014. Protagonisti in quell'occasione furono alcuni iniziatori storici ed eredi attuali del RIO internazionale: Aranis, The Artaud Beats, Happy Family, Koenji Hyakkei, Mats-Morgan Band, Picchio dal Pozzo, Richard Pinhas, Present, Le * Silo e SOLA-Lars Hollmer's Global Home Project.

https://www.facebook.com/riofestivaljapan
https://tinyurl.com/y8ljg96k
https://tinyurl.com/yabhtjol

13 settembre 2018


Prende l'avvio domani l'undicesima edizione del festival Rock in Opposition France Event con tre giorni intensi di concerti e incontri nella tradizionale sede della Maison de la Musique di Cap Découvert a Carmaux. Molte novità in programma e un notevole spazio riservato alle proposte della scena francese, come ampiamente annunciato: "For its eleventh edition, RIO is reinventing itself and is therefore going to be a brand new festival. Young bands from the "new French scene" will be its cornerstone. Novelties, talent, surprising mix of current music, originality, commited and sincere artists… great moments are surely to be expected. Far from the classic format and yet respectful of a henceforth legendary and demanding programme, this edition is willing to highlight the different musical trends that are currently appearing in our country. The ranks of the worldwide and faithful audience is now swollen by lots of enthusiatic fans of local and adventurous talents. RIO has become an international reference and quite a summit in terms of musical inventiveness in Occitanie. Our staff always make sure that the public will be pleasantly surprised and do their best to make of our festival the very place-to-be. We are extremely devoted to a warm and caring welcome both of the artists and of the audience. We work hard to improve it year after year. The whole team does its best to turn each encounter into a true, humane experience. So welcome to the RIO family for those three musically surprising days!"

http://rockinopposition.rocktime.org

12 settembre 2018


13 e 14 settembre 2018, alla Casa di Alex di Milano e al Club Il Giardino di Lugagnano di Sona (Vr) ci sono i Soft Machine: John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington e John Marshall.

https://softmachine-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-details-hd

11 settembre 2018


15 gennaio 1971, al Theatre 140 di Bruxelles ci sono i Soft Machine: Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper e Robert Wyatt.

https://tinyurl.com/ybk5jvps
http://theater.ua.ac.be/theatre140/html/1971-01-16_ad_soft-machine.html

10 settembre 2018


E chissà se al banchetto del merchandising degli attuali concerti italiani dei Pere Ubu si troverà qualche esemplare del singolo realizzato di recente da David Thomas con il gruppo The Holy Soul: contiene una versione del classico Hawkwind, Master of the Universe, forse innocua e poco più che curiosa, ma l'appellativo non sarebbe spiaciuto a chi già di suo fu "capitano dei dragoni, officiale di fiducia di re Venceslao, decorato con l'ordine dell'aquila rossa di Polonia, ex re d'Aragona e conte di Sandomir"...

https://theholysoul.bandcamp.com
https://www.discogs.com/David-Thomas-2-The-Holy-Soul-Master-of-the-Universe-bw-Man-in-the-Dark/release/11554561
http://www.hearpen.com/hr158.html

09 settembre 2018


Cinque volte Pere Ubu a partire da stasera: Acquaviva di Montepulciano (Si), Monteprandone (Ap), Bologna, Roma e Milano. E' la sezione italiana del MonkeyNet Tour, dedicato (anche) a chi è vissuto per vent'anni in un rifugio sotterraneo per missili balistici.

http://www.ubudance.com

08 settembre 2018


Su YT Yumi Hara pubblica invece un brano, Prefab Wreckage, tratto dal debutto londinese del trio The Watts, composto da lei con Tim Hodgkinson e Chris Cutler: al Cafe Oto, il 16 giugno 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUDRN-RD9Uw

07 settembre 2018


Yumi Hara ripropone su FB qualche estratto di Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Falling Away e Anno Mirabilis dal concerto londinese dell'anno scorso dedicato a Lindsay Cooper. Con Yumi c'erano allora Chloe Herington, Dagmar Krause, Chris Cutler, Mitsuru Nasuno, Miwazow e Wataru Ohkuma. Al Cafe Oto, il 22 giugno 2017: Half the Sky.

https://www.facebook.com/yumi.cawkwell/videos/10156394690902860

06 settembre 2018


I recenti lavori di Mike Westbrook (Starcross Bridge, Hat Hut Records) e Kate Westbrook (Granite, Westbrook Records) sono entrambi disponibili tramite il sito WestbrookJazz, dove sono presentati con molte informazioni aggiuntive, recensioni, immagini, estratti audio e video. C'è in particolare un toccante ricordo di Lou Gare in uno scritto di Mike per lo Smith's Academy Notice Board, in riferimento al suo nuovo album solista. A breve sarà pronto anche Catania, prezioso documento in due cd dei concerti orchestrali del 1992 la cui pubblicazione sarà accompagnata in Italia dai concerti di metà novembre appunto a Catania, poi Palermo e Pesaro. Prima di allora c'è in calendario una nuova proposta di Glad Day-The Westbrook Blake, a Bournemouth per il Parry 100 Festival il prossimo 6 ottobre.

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/diary.shtml
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/starcross_cd.shtml
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml#starcross
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook/granite.shtml

05 settembre 2018


E torna disponibile, stavolta tramite Bandcamp, l'album che nel 1989 segnalò la collaborazione tra Anthony Braxton e il Rova Saxophone Quartet avviata qualche tempo prima: The Aggregate, in origine per Sound Aspects.

Ricorda Larry Ochs: "Rova’s prospects for launching itself into the late 1970s indy jazz-improv scene were increased exponentially by the early advocacy of Anthony Braxton. Substantiated legend has it that AB was in the (then West German) office of the Moers Festival of New Jazz - a preeminent music festival in Europe at the time - in May 1978 when he heard a cassette of a Rova demo. Excited by what he was hearing, Braxton exclaimed that the festival’s executive director, Burkhard Hennen, should hire us! Around October that year, Larry Ochs was surprised by a letter of invitation to not only play Moers, but to do a Moers-sponsored tour of Europe. Thus began Rova’s European connection, and our fellowship with Anthony Braxton - one of the true innovators in modern music. When Braxton came to the west coast to teach at Mills College, Rova had the opportunity to record with him. Although the 5 of us had done some informal playing, his presence on the coast gave Rova and other serious practitioners access to Mr. Braxton’s wealth of knowledge, and exposed us to his infinitely generous spirit. All of us were eager to play, perform and record together, and Larry, Jon and Anthony each refashioned existing works for the Rova-Braxton Quintet to play. The results were and are exciting and mind-bending."

https://newbraxtonhouse.bandcamp.com/album/the-aggregate

04 settembre 2018


Altro classico che torna in circolazione è lo studio dal vivo di Graham Lock dedicato ad Anthony Braxton: Forces in Motion, uscito trent'anni fa per la neyorkese Da Capo Press e ora ripreso da Dover Books, arricchito di un nuovo capitolo e di una nuova postfazione per mano dello stesso Braxton.

One of modern music's towering figures, composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton has redefined critical concepts of jazz and the wider world of creative music. The Chicago native's works range from an early piece for 100 tubas to proposed compositions for orchestras on different planets. A modern classic, Forces in Motion follows Braxton's lauded quartet on a 1985 tour of England, noting his opinions of his musical predecessors - including Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Karlheinz Stockhausen - as well as his thoughts on racism and poverty. For this new 30th anniversary edition, Graham Lock provides a new chapter, detailing later encounters with Braxton and the quartet; Anthony Braxton has penned a new Afterword as well. In addition to inside views of the mind of a musical visionary, this book offers an entertaining chronicle of a touring band. Braxton's subjects run the gamut from chess and hamburgers to astrology, feminism, and ancient Egypt. Above all, it offers a captivating view of the frustrations and rewards that result from an artist's dedication of his life to creative music.
"This book should be required reading for anyone interested in my music," Anthony Braxton has observed. "Graham Lock writes from the perceptual plane of insight and dedication - coupled with a keen wit and a dynamic intellect. This is serious writing and thinking. I could not have been more fortunate."

http://store.doverpublications.com/0486824098.html

03 settembre 2018


Corbett Vs. Dempsey brucia l'estate 2018 con un classico immortale: Amarcord Nino Rota, tale e quale all'Hannibal 1981.

If you think you know how to put a mix-tape together, take a lesson from Hal Willner, the absolute master. In 1981, Willner produced a landmark record of interpretations of music written by Nino Rota for the films of Federico Fellini. With ten tracks and as many different lineups, this record set the template for a series of brilliant tributes that Willner has made over the ensuing 35 years, covering the songbooks of Monk, Mingus, Weill, and Disney, with a mind-expanding range of performers from Eugene Chadbourne to Chuck D to Diamanda Galas to Peter Frampton. On Amarcord Nino Rota, Willner drew together an equally dazzling spectrum of musicians, compiling them into a perfect program that explores Rota's wonderful, sly, sexy oeuvre from contrasting and complementary perspectives. Pianist Jaki Byard sets the stage with the title track and ends things with "La Strada", and in his first appearance on record, guitarist Bill Frisell contributes a haunting solo acoustic version of "Juliet Of The Spirits". Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, who lived in Rome early in his international years, offers a take on Rota's "Roma" and vibraphonist Dave Samuels provides interludes and transitions in a couple of spots. On the other end of the size bracket, Muhal Richard Abrams arranges and conducts his band as part of "La Dolce Vita Suite", which ends with a rock group featuring Debbie Harry singing a wordless waltz. The Carla Bley Band presents a daunting, suitably hilarious version of "8 ½", with Gary Windo's ballistic tenor saxophone, a David Amram Quintet with Sharon Freeman on French horn plays "Satyricon", and in a surprise appearance, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays alongside his brother Branford, tenor saxophonist George Adams, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Wilbert Fletcher, in William Fischer's arrangement of a medley of Rota chestnuts. Long out-of-print on LP and only released on CD for a hot minute in the early nineties, Amarcord Nino Rota is a certifiable classic.

http://www.corbettvsdempsey.com/2018/07/17/album-amarcord-nino-rota
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Amarcord-Nino-Rota/master/229372

02 settembre 2018


Due audiocassette ora pressoché introvabili, uscite in Francia nei primi anni Ottanta per AAA (8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs, 1983) e Ayaa (Cough, 1985), riunite per la prima volta in cd con il titolo Earlier Music: ottimo contributo alla conoscenza storica del progetto Officer! guidato da Mick Hobbs, per lodevolissima iniziativa di Walter Robotka e Klanggalerie.

Officer! was founded by Londoner Mick Hobbs. His roots were in the Rock In Opposition scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Initially he worked as guitarist in The Work, subsequently he became closely associated with This Heat and their Cold Storage Studio in Brixton, working with artists like Family Fodder, Catherine Jauniaux and Zeena Parkins. The band's first album 8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs came out in 1982 on cassette only. It forms the first half of this CD re-issue. With the exception of two songs that came out on 7" on Blackest Ever Black in 2014, the album has never been re-issued in any form, the cassette is nearly impossible to get. It marked the birth of a unique songwriter and improviser with a gift for melodies, difficult arrangements and poignant lyrics. The second album, Ossification, arrived a year later and has been made available on CD. The third album, Cough was recorded and released in France in 1985. It is often overlooked in the band's discography, a fate that many cassette releases share. Again, this is the first time that these songs are being made available. Both tapes have been remastered in 2018 and are presented here for the first time ever in digital quality. Officer! are one of the most important bands in the British art-rock scene. Don't miss this rare chance to get hold of two long lost albums.

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg265
https://www.discogs.com/artist/722910-Officer!

01 settembre 2018


Simpatico contributo animato di Hans Voigt per il cinquantesimo compleanno del primo Soft Machine: 'The nicest lp cover ever?'

https://www.facebook.com/hans.voigt.16/videos/10155539423036078

31 agosto 2018


L'edizione di quest'anno della festa (anche) musicale Gig in the Garden si è tenuta domenica scorsa nella magnifica ambientazione del Priory a Louth (Regno Unito), nel pieno dei festeggiamenti per i duecento anni dalla fondazione. Con Robert Wyatt quale ospite d'eccezione, intervenuto a ricordare il profilo storico della prestigiosa sede e il valore sociale di molte iniziative benefiche messe in atto dall'ente promotore.

https://youtu.be/Vmegb_32_8I
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1359887
https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife/priory-hotel-celebrating-200th-birthday-1853504

30 agosto 2018


Fabio Lugaro ha seguito le gesta degli Alterationssenza Terry Day, ma con Max Eastley - nei giorni della loro residenza artistica al Cafe Oto londinese la settimana scorsa: alcune sue immagini sono su Flickr.

http://www.unpredictable.info/project/alterations-residency-2018
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiolug/albums/72157698955631861

29 agosto 2018


Wings On Our Shoes, Emperor's New Guitar, Heavy Heart, Ride the High Atlantic, Levi Stubbs' Tears, Arms of Miklosko, Let Me Sleep Tonight, Summer In The City, Different World, Cloths of Heaven, Afraid of Clowns con Walking the Dog e Shakin' All Over nei bis: questa la scaletta dello strepitoso concerto di Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin - con Beren Matthews e Gavin Harrison - a Londra la settimana scorsa, con molti nuovi brani tratti dall'imminente Star Clocks.

https://davebarb.com

28 agosto 2018


L'unico concerto dei Magma del 2018, in attesa di altri speciali eventi l'anno prossimo in occasione dei festeggiamenti del cinquantesimo compleanno, si è tenuto a Vienne (Francia) lo scorso 11 luglio, con una formazione rinforzata - se mai ce ne fosse bisogno - da un'efficace sezione fiati. Diventerà presto un documento ufficiale: https://www.facebook.com/zeuhlwortzmekanik

https://www.facebook.com/robert.guillerault/photos

27 agosto 2018


Altro racconto d'estate, affatto diverso e ad altra latitudine, è quello di Bill Wells con l'ineffabile National Jazz Trio Of Scotland: Summer's Edge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_i5EsNAXrs

26 agosto 2018


Phil Howitt è stato a Deià sulle tracce di Daevid Allen, Kevin Ayers, Lady June e Robert Graves - facendo tesoro dei sacri testi, ovviamente - e ne ricava il suo racconto d'estate: A Mallorcan Adventure.

https://canterburyscene.com/2018/08/20/canterbury-deia-and-tomas-graves-a-mallorcan-adventure

25 agosto 2018


(Lindsay Kemp, 1938-2018)





24 agosto 2018


Una puntata di Battiti interamente dedicata a Phil Miller: è quella dello scorso 18 agosto, a dieci mesi esatti dalla scomparsa del Nostro.

https://tinyurl.com/ydythked

23 agosto 2018


Giunge finalmente al termine la spasmodica attesa per il concerto londinese di Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin: l'appuntamento è domani alla Bush Hall di Uxbridge Rd alle ore 20.00 (ma le porte si aprono mezz'ora prima). Shaking All Over!

A rare chance to see one of the UK's most respected, innovative and intelligent pop acts, whose music has continued to evolve since their radio hits of the eighties. The Stewart / Gaskin band will perform a selection of songs from the duo's current repertoire and forthcoming new album.
Dave and Barbara began their careers as band members in the late '60s: Barbara was vocalist of the Canterbury psychedelic folk band Spirogyra, while Dave played keyboards with Egg, Hatfield and the North and National Health. During this time Dave won a reputation as a leading keyboard player and composer, while Barbara's pure, unaffected English vocals wowed the listeners of the day.
In 1981 the two joined forces and enjoyed immediate success with their debut release 'It's My Party', a worldwide hit which occupied the number one spot in the UK singles chart for four weeks. A succession of colourful cover versions (including 'I'm in a Different World' and the quirky, surreal 'Busy Doing Nothing') followed, leading to a lifelong partnership which has seen the duo's unique exploratory pop style develop and flourish over the years.
Dave & Barbara release their music on their own independent Broken Records label (distributed by Burning Shed) and occasionally perform live as a trio or quartet. For this concert they'll be joined by longstanding colleague Gavin Harrison (an outstanding drummer known for his work with Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief and the current incarnation of King Crimson), and new member Beren Matthews, an exciting and dynamic guitarist whose band Grip-Like Vice are flying the flag for original UK power pop.

https://davebarb.com
https://burningshed.com/store/davebarb/stewartgaskineticket
https://bushhall.seetickets.com/event/dave-stewart-barbara-gaskin/bush-hall-london/1234068

22 agosto 2018


Quattro giorni di concerti, incontri, presentazione di materiali e laboratori musicali con gli Alterations, collettivamente e individualmente, con il piccolo aiuto di grandi amici: a Londra negli spazi del Cafe Oto, dentro e fuori, da domani fino a domenica. Imprevedibili!

After the success of Alterations Festival in 2016, Alterations (Peter Cusack, David Toop, Terry Day and Steve Beresford) plus guests will be back to perform at Cafe Oto in London, and present workshops, some of their archives and artworks at Oto Projects, responding to nature, history and music. Guest artists include John Butcher, Gina Southgate, Pierre Bouvier Patron, Cath Roberts, Max Eastley and Blanca Regina.

21 agosto 2018


Due album appena usciti dal giro della Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook: Wodgi, in capo al New Brew guidato da Dave Holdsworth (con l'altro 'veterano' Alan Wakeman, Roz Harding, Marcus Vergette e Coach York) e Supermood, prodotto dal trio della bravissima Roz Harding con Mike Outram e Jim Bashford. Si ascoltano e si richiedono tramite Jazzcds e Bandcamp.

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/albums/index.shtml

20 agosto 2018


Ai materiali già pubblicati dall'associazione culturale Kuda.org prodotti nel corso del Festival in Opposition-Art and Politics of Improvisation, tenuto dal 26 al 29 ottobre 2016 presso il CK13 di Novi Sad (Serbia), si aggiunge il cd Conspiracies, con l'esecuzione del brano ideato da Chris Cutler effettuata a conclusione del seminario condotto in quei giorni. Lo produce in quantità limitata la stessa associazione, lo distribuisce ReR Megacorp, lo recensisce Julian Cowley sul numero di settembre 2018 di The Wire.

Limited release by Kuda, in Novi Sad, of a time and rule-based composition drawn up by Chris Cutler as part of the final workshop concert of one of Kuda’s Indefatigable Residencies at their Festival in Opposition. There were 12 participants, electric, acoustic, traditional and invented - and they certainly rose to the occasion. Chris Cutler and Howard Slater are the two non-locals involved.

https://tinyurl.com/y6vrgeb2
https://archive.org/details/SempleScoreConspiraciesChrisCutler
http://kuda.org/en/audio-cd-published-kudaorg-conspiracies-chris-cutler
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/search?q=ck13

19 agosto 2018


Richard Williams toglie momentaneamente il silenziatore al suo blog The Blue Moment per onorare Aretha Franklin ('Forever Aretha') e invita a contemplare una perla autentica - e rara - della Regina del Soul: Sweet Bitter Love.

https://thebluemoment.com/2018/08/17/forever-aretha
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/16/aretha-franklin-obituary
https://youtu.be/-wW5Q0pMUdo

18 agosto 2018


(Claudio Lolli, 1950-2018)




17 agosto 2018

16 agosto 2018


Anche Liron Leist - che dopo Blade Runner 2049 si fa chiamare Stelline - si è fatto un tuffo dove l'acqua è più blu (con LibbyL): Sea Song.

https://soundcloud.com/user-699133072
https://tinyurl.com/yajy9rzn

15 agosto 2018


Tra le istantanee più memorabili del Ferragosto di quest'anno c'è anche il cavallo che nella gran calura si gode - più o meno - un po' di Soft Machine:
https://tinyurl.com/y7kf6ps6

14 agosto 2018


Prende il via tra pochi giorni l'edizione 2018 del festival francese Météo - già Jazz à Mulhouse - con un programma particolarmente appetibile e un'avveduta politica dei prezzi di biglietti e abbonamenti. Un'anticipazione su contenuti e luoghi di svolgimento di concerti ed eventi collaterali è offerta oggi dal programma Moacrealsloa di Radio Panik.

Conçu dans les années 80 comme un festival d’envergure internationale dédié au jazz contemporain et à la free music, le festival mulhousien, intitulé alors Jazz à Mulhouse, s’est ouvert petit à petit à l’improvisation libre, aux musiques expérimentales et contemporaines. Rebaptisé Météo en 2009, en référence au caractère imprévisible de l’improvisation, le festival revendique aujourd’hui une forme de généralisme et défend toutes les musiques inventives et créatives d’aujourd’hui, qu’elles lorgnent du côté des musiques improvisées et expérimentales, de la musique contemporaine, du rock et de l’électronique, tout en n’oubliant évidemment pas ses profondes racines jazz.

http://www.festival-meteo.fr
http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/moacrealsloa/meteo-2018

13 agosto 2018


Registrato in parte a casa della divergente compositrice australiana Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990) a Sydney, e a lei dedicato, è il nuovo avventuroso lavoro di Jon Rose realizzato assieme a Chris Abrahams, Peggy. L'album esce per ReR Megacorp, e così lo presenta Cutler: "Jon Rose and Chris Abrahams (of The Necks), after four decades of being parts of other projects, finally got around to recording as a duo. Jon uses a number of violins, including the bird - a specially made tenor hardanger fiddle with sympathetic strings; his tunings are non-standard, and create complex microtonal dissonances with the standard keyboard. Abrahams is unfazed and somehow manages to make the conversation coherent; they’re still speaking one language – probably because these are both virtuosi and they’ve been around the block a few times. So this is not easy music; the simple problems aren’t stimulating, so these negotiations begin at masterclass level. Though pitch and counterpoint are the main topics, the third extended piece pushes timbral exploration to the edge; piano and violin are typecast as ‘classical’ but here they sound more electronic and industrial. Probably not for everybody, but the real innovators seldom are."

https://tinyurl.com/y78vhkh7
https://www.realtime.org.au/jon-rose-chris-abrahams-and-peggy
https://www.cyclicdefrost.com/2018/05/jon-rose

12 agosto 2018


Due nitide sequenze di alterazioni elettriche per chitarre orchestrate e giustapposte ripescando il buon vecchio strumentario del multitraccia, senza distorsori, senza effetti speciali: le produce Frank Crijns, sempre molto attivo in proprio al di là degli impegni con Blast, Betonfraktion e Fraqx, e le affida a Bandcamp col nome di Altered Circuit[s].

http://www.frankcrijns.nl
https://alteredcircuits.bandcamp.com/releases

11 agosto 2018


Prosegue con il secondo volume la serie di ripubblicazioni in CD di Secret Signals, preziose antologie di versioni alternative, rarità e improvvisazioni tratte dagli archivi storici del gruppo The Muffins a suo tempo diffuse in formato audiocassetta grazie a Wayside Music. Lo si trova presso Manna Mirage, scrivendo direttamente a Dave Newhouse: "These are some of the earliest recordings that The Muffins were able to archive throughout our 'career'. We didn't have access to a record label when we first started out (we would later put together our own label, Random Radar Records), but we did own some of the early TEAC 4-Track 1/4" reel-to-reel tape recorders that had begun to go on sale at the time, and we took advantage of that fact, recording anything and everything that we could get our Muffiny hands on. It was a time of intense creativity, camaraderie, love, struggle, hunger, and joy. These 3 Secret Signals CDs were eventually mass produced as cassettes. Wayside Music was kind enough to sell the entire run when they appeared in the 80s. This is the first time that they've been available since then."

http://www.mannamirage.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/biz/The-Muffins-139444456082920

10 agosto 2018


Le registrazioni sono pronte fin dal luglio dell'anno scorso, ma l'uscita di Stad, nuovo capitolo Testbild!, è prevista solo a novembre, tra l'altro in poche copie in vinile. Stuzzica la curiosità l'apripista rétro Stjärnor som, già disponibile su Bandcamp, assieme a un allusivo comunicato: "Testbild!'s new album was recorded at Sonores Studios in Gothenburg, deep inside a hidden shelter where saxophones and mellotrones may howl and buzz as much as they want without the rest of the city hearing. Van Der Graaf Generator and Nürnberg 47 are lurking behind the facades, the flashing and crackling of stars falling down into a dark pond at night."

http://www.testbild.org
https://www.facebook.com/Testbild-94350211151
https://kalligrammofon.bandcamp.com/album/stad

09 agosto 2018


Aymeric Leroy indaga e rivela dettagli e retroscena di una delle più pittoresche immagini di copertina mai apparse nel firmamento canterburyano, Of Queues and Cures, splendido album dei National Health concepito e realizzato esattamente quarant'anni fa, nell'estate 1978. Il post è presso Legends In Their Own Lunchtime.

https://canterburyscene.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/a-closer-look-at-the-cover-for-national-healths-of-queues-and-cures

08 agosto 2018


Alcune riprese del concerto del Lindsay Cooper Songbook allo Zappanale 29 sono su YT, mentre un paio di gallerie fotografiche si trovano direttamente al sito web del festival:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Spockminder/videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHq11bGaF6eUXm8WDSUj35w/videos
https://www.zappanale.de/de/component/phocagallery/category/351-lindsay-cooper-songbook.html

06 agosto 2018


Why... Why... Why... Why Are We Schwepping?

05 agosto 2018


Carla Diratz trova finalmente il coraggio di affrontare la wyattiana Sea Song, si fa aiutare da Pascal Vaucel e affida il risultato a Bandcamp. A parte poi confessa: "Like many others of you here my friends, I have a long "love story" with Robert, a story that started (late) in 1971. I even kneeled in front of him in his wheel chair and kissed his hands in 1975 (... thank god he does not remember it). Meeting my friend Andrea (aka Sister Andrea), who is a close friend of his, gave another dimension to my relationship with him. A few months ago, he was kind enough to take the time to listen to the Diratz record with Dave Newhouse, Bret Hart, Jerry King, Mark Stanley, Sean Rickman, and even reviewed it after Andrea had nicely, generously sent it to him. So... when my Beloved Sister asked, insisted on me doing THE Sea Song there was no way I could have refused even though I felt nervous, anxious, intimidated etc. but with my friend-partner-collaborator Pascal and his fine sharp ears and huge talent, here it is... voilà!"

https://carladiratz-pascalvaucel.bandcamp.com/track/sea-song-robert-wyatt
https://www.facebook.com/carla.diratzjoyeux
https://musicaficionado.blog/2016/08/23/sea-song-by-robert-wyatt

04 agosto 2018


Tra gli aggiornamenti e le novità presso il sito Une discografie de Robert Wyatt curato da Jean-Paul Marillier compare da qualche giorno una nuova utilissima sezione dedicata ai testi cantati da Wyatt:
http://www.disco-robertwyatt.com/images/Robert/lyrics/index.htm

03 agosto 2018


A seguire la più recente esecuzione di Paintbox Jane di Westbrook & Company - a St Ives in Cornovaglia presso il celebrato St Ives Jazz Club, l'ultimo prima di New York - c'era Angela Jianu: ne scrive per lo Smith's Academy Notice Board.

"The narrative in Paintbox Jane revolves around the French painter Raoul Dufy (played with panache by Tim Goodwin) as he paints an imaginary portrait of a female friend. It shares with A Bigger Show the quintessentially Westbrookian fusion of jazz, musical, cabaret and theatre, but on a smaller scale. The powerful big orchestra sound of the earlier show is here replaced by the more intimate music made by piano, vocals, saxophone and bass. On that summer evening of 24 July at the St Ives Jazz Club, this jazzy chamber music sounded perhaps more enthralling than ever before. The vocals provided by Kate Westbrook, Martine Waltier and Billie Bottle soared above Mike Westbrook’s broody keyboards, Alan Wakeman’s groovy saxophone and Marcus Vergette’s dramatically pounding double bass. Jane Mann – for whom the show was commissioned – was among an audience who appeared mesmerised by both music and lyrics."

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

02 agosto 2018


La fitta trama verbale impressa da R. Stevie Moore al recente The Embodiment of Progressive Ideals può aver distolto l'ascoltatore dalle molte arguzie finemente annodate nel tappeto sonoro dal contitolare Alan Jenkins (con The Kettering Vampires). La versione solo strumentale dell'album, disponibile tramite Bandcamp, offre la possibilità di coglierle appieno: https://rsteviemoore.bandcamp.com/album/embodiment-progressive-ideal-instrumental

"Nashville's greatest underground music explorer makes a return with a new album of odd ditties, strange sermons and recitations retrieved from discarded product packaging and advertisement blurbs. Assisted by Deep Freeze Mice guitarist Alan Jenkins and The Kettering Vampires, R. Stevie Moore lets blurt a plethora of miniature monologues, the bulk of which sound like they have been composed using the William S Burroughs / Brion Gysin cut-up method. Hilarious, manic and tinged with a sense of despair, Moore's latest laconic commentary on his own life, and the continually warping world we all share with him, is a revelation."

http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk
https://rsteviemooreandalanjenkins.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.rsteviemoore.com/cd/embodiment.html