23 aprile 2018


Speciale episodio la scorsa settimana di Obscured by the Light, programma curato da Michael Hodges per One World Music Radio, poiché a raccontare e a scegliere le musiche c'era Didier Malherbe in persona: Charlie Parker, Daevid Allen e Gong, Faton Bloom, Hadouk in trio e quartetto, Phil Miller con In Cahoots e molto molto altro. Lo si riascolta da Mixcloud.

22 aprile 2018


Anche Guy Segers è stato protagonista di uno speciale curato di recente da Nico Bogaerts per il programma Moacrealsloa su Radio Panik: la puntata è quella dello scorso 10 aprile, con oltre tre ore di conversazione e brani tratti dalla discografia ufficiale, alcuni inediti e diversi spezzoni dal vivo. Molto Univers Zero e Present, ovviamente, ma anche Electric Maybe Band, Emergent Sea, Gurumaniax, Morton Fork Gang, un passaggio dallo Zappanale 2009 assieme a Daevid Allen, Makoto Kawabata e Mani Neumeier, Uneven Eleven dal vivo a Brighton nel 2013 di nuovo con Makoto Kawabata e Charles Hayward, e lo storico inedito d'epoca Henry Cow Hold to the Zero Burn, Imagine (ovvero Erk Gah) infine ricomposto nel 1994 da Tim Hodgkinson per il suo Each In Our Own Thoughts.

http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/moacrealsloa/guy-segers

21 aprile 2018


Ampi estratti dal concerto dello scorso 14 marzo all'Ancienne Belgique a Bruxelles, alcuni ascolti dalla discografia ufficiale e un'articolata intervista divisa in due podcast: è il bel ritratto di Philip Jeck prodotto da Nico Bogaerts per il suo programma del martedì Moacrealsloa, su Radio Panik.

http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/moacrealsloa/philip-jeck
http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/moacrealsloa/philip-jeck-2-2

20 aprile 2018


Prosegue con virtuosa parsimonia l'ineffabile serie di (finti) Standards proposta da Bill Wells e il suo National Jazz Trio of Scotland, inaugurando con questo, il quarto volume, un breve ciclo di episodi affidati ciascuno a una sola delle voci in seno al gruppo: tocca qui alla brava Kate Sudgen, mentre a seguire saranno presto Gerard Black e Aby Vulliamy. Dice Wells di Kate: "It’s just a case of her being a brilliant singer. I feel that she’s underrated. She’s as good as people like Liz Fraser. It’s almost like her voice sounds like it’s double tracked without it being double tracked, like Gerry Rafferty or Robert Wyatt. There’s a graininess to it. [...] I suppose I like things to be very plain. I do like people who can hit notes, but I can’t stand most jazz singers because they over-sing. I think sometimes the more emotional you are, the less emotion you convey. With Kate, it’s very deliberate, it’s all very considered, and in a way people like that are the best jazz singers. It might sound quite casual, but there’s a lot of thought behind it."

https://www.facebook.com/NJTOS
https://karaokekalk.de/releases/the_national_jazz_trio_of-scotland_standards_vol_4
https://thenationaljazztrioofscotland.bandcamp.com/album/standards-vol-iv
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9XjK6FwRP4

19 aprile 2018


Michael Björn è (non immotivatamente) entusiasta del nuovo Sternpost, Anti-Clock, e nello scriverne per POPgruppen cita tra le influenze ammesse dal titolare - Petter Herbertsson, dei Testbild! - anche Lindsay Cooper e Chris Cutler: "Petter himself describes the music on “Anti-clock” as a sound collage, but it could really fit into a number of genres, such as ambient, experimental, electronic, musique concrète. Or progressive rock. Although Peter cites Lindsay Cooper and Chris Cutler as inspirations, I would rather describe this as National Health filtered through Karda Estra and imagined as the soundtrack to a film about a world where humans never regained language capacity after being punished for building the tower of Babel."
Anche Richard Wileman, chiamato in causa, ne ha un'ottima impressione: "Two kaleidoscopic 20 minute tracks bringing to mind a surreal landscape where Jonny Trunk rumages around Salvador Dali's record fair looking for unearthed Studio G library music while turning a dial on a radio broadcasting fragments of found sound, uneasy narrations and bursts of Rattigan Glumphoboo's beautiful writing and arrangements. Fab."
Le copie in vinile sono esaurite, ma presso la casa madre Dilettante Productions l'album si può scaricare anche in digitale.

www.dilettante.se

18 aprile 2018


ReR annuncia un nuovo lavoro del grande Allen Ravenstine dal titolo Waiting for the Bomb, pronto probabilmente per fine giugno. Chi ne prenota una copia ora riceverà anche un libretto con alcuni scritti dell'autore, comparsi a suo tempo su un quotidiano di Cleveland, The Plain Dealer, o raccolti nei preziosi volumetti ReR Quarterly.
Dell'album scrive in termini entusiastici Chris Cutler: "Allen and I worked for several years together in the second coming of Pere Ubu before we both decided to quit at around the same time. I carried on playing – and running the ReR label; Allen became a commercial airline pilot and designed simulator stress tests for other airline pilots. Now retirement has brought him back to music and modular synthesis and - in this unusual recording - he arrives at a hybrid musical form that is more or less without precedent: discursive, digressive and disrupted by generic and emotional shifts; a music in which real-world sounds and real-world instruments occasionally argue with - or complement - the electronic current; there’s agon here - and narrative. Narrative. Narrative. Narrative. For a largely abstract and instrumental recording, that’s a real achievement. These pieces – and the interactions between them – cumulatively capture an historical moment - allusively and elusively, out of the corner of their eyes - and, I dare to say, that’s not just an achievement, it’s a great achievement."

https://tinyurl.com/ycedakak

17 aprile 2018


Peter Blegvad e Slapp Happy sono stati ospiti a Den Haag (ovvero L'Aja, Paesi Bassi) del progetto Feedback, un programma pluriennale di conferenze e incontri in diverse sedi internazionali - tra cui appunto Den Haag, Berlino, Leipzig, Parigi e Toronto - dedicato ai temi dell'ecologia dell'informazione e al ruolo della letteratura e delle arti nell'era dell'elettronica e dell'informatica. Il concerto si è tenuto lo scorso 28 settembre nell'ambito di un affollato simposio intitolato a Marshall McLuhan: lo si ritrova in video negli archivi di West o su Vimeo.

Exploding out of the wreckage of World War II the early cyberneticists Norbert Wiener and Claude Shannon, sketched out a future where even thinking could be automated. In the electronic information of global instantaneous mass-communication of the satellite and TV age Marshall McLuhan saw the end of the rational tradition of enlightenment Humanism, and the emergence of a ‘Global Village’ and ‘Global Theatre’ where people would be caught up in their interconnectivity and develop new social art forms.
The pace of technological transformation, automation and globalization has resulted in massive human migration, precaritization, displacement and new transitional modes of existence. The Internet, built to maintain command and control of the US military in an extreme emergency has become a commercialized infrastructure where unprecedented new forms of communication and exchange are emerging. Publics are formed and dissolved algorithmically according to need, no longer at the level of opinion or knowledge, but according to advanced social cybernetics of politics and the advertising economy. The medium is the message.

http://www.westdenhaag.nl/exhibitions/17_09_McLuhan
http://www.westdenhaag.nl/films/Slapp_Happy
https://vimeo.com/257152050

16 aprile 2018


Quattro concerti consecutivi a Londra dedicati esclusivamente al repertorio dei primi due album dei Pink Floyd, The Piper At The Gates of Dawn e soprattutto A Saucerful Of Secrets. Li propone Nick Mason in persona, con un gruppo ad hoc denominato appunto Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets. Al Dingwalls di Camden e all'Half Moon di Putney, dal 20 al 24 maggio prossimi. Ovviamente i biglietti sono andati esauriti nel giro di pochi istanti dopo l'annuncio.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets are Nick Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. This is a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums The Piper At The Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful Of Secrets. Very few bands are as culturally important as Pink Floyd. They are one of the best selling music artists of all time and Nick Mason is a founder and the only constant member of the band performing on all of their albums as well as all of their live shows. This will be Nick Mason’s first live musical outing since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London.

http://www.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com

15 aprile 2018


A un anno di distanza dalla scomparsa, le note di Allan Holdsworth (1946-2017) risuonano forti e chiare negli omaggi che amici e colleghi hanno organizzato in questi giorni in California, ieri a San Pedro (Alvas Showroom) e oggi ad Anaheim (Phoenix Club). Dal canto suo Leonardo Pavkovic di MoonJune Records, amico di Holdsworth e produttore di suoi innumerevoli concerti, condivide un pensiero degli indonesiani simakDialog (Water on the Brain, pt. 2) e rimette in circolazione una personale dedica con le parole di Tony Levin (Crack in the Sky) siglata a suo tempo da Dewa Budjana e Stick Men.

https://www.facebook.com/allanholdsworthmusic
https://www.facebook.com/groups/361803263942657
https://tribute-to-allanholdsworth-moonjune.bandcamp.com
https://simakdialog.bandcamp.com/tribute-to-allan-holdsworth

14 aprile 2018


Da un altro luogo londinese divenuto nel giro di pochi anni pressoché imprescindibile per arti e musiche di ricerca e innovazione - l'Iklectik in Carlisle Lane, a Lambeth - giunge un nuovo documento ufficiale, stavolta un doppio cd prodotto dal London Experimental Ensemble contenente l'esecuzione integrale del Treatise di Cornelius Cardew proposta in concerto a gennaio dell'anno scorso con l'ausilio di proiezioni a scorrimento in tempo reale della celebre partitura grafica a beneficio (anche) del pubblico. Esce per l'etichetta Split Rock Records con le note esplicative di Eddie Prévost, sotto la cui guida molti dei musicisti coinvolti hanno fatto pratica.

The full two-hour performance of Cornelius Cardew's entire 193-page legendary Treatise graphic score, performed at Iklectik in London, England on January 28, 2017 in an 11-member ensemble of some of London's most interesting improvisers including participants in Scratch Orchestra, in a double CD release with liner notes by AMM founder Eddie Prevost.

http://iklectikartlab.com/treatise-cornelius_cardew
https://www.discogs.com/London-Experimental-Ensemble-Cornelius-Cardew
http://www.squidco.com
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/The+Mount+Everest+of+graphic+scores
http://www.spiralcage.com/improvMeeting/treatise.html

13 aprile 2018


Il primo concerto al londinese Cafe Oto si tenne il 13 aprile 2008, una domenica pomeriggio di dieci anni fa esatti. C'era poco di pronto, la pittura ancora fresca alle pareti, e un impiantino scadente. Eppure!

"Hi there. Ten years ago today we hosted our first concert. At the time we had no idea how long we would be doing this or where it might lead. Thank you to all of you who have supported us over the past decade.  It’s been an intense, exhausting and life changing experience. OTO is only here because so many people have contributed in different ways over the years. To mark the occasion we've just posted a free download of a set from Saya of Tenniscoats, recorded at that first concert we hosted here. Enjoy. Thank you all!"

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk

12 aprile 2018


Phil Manzanera diffonde in questi giorni una traccia inedita registrata in studio all'epoca di Cuckooland (ottobre 2006) assieme a Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno e Yaron Stavi: The Unknown Zone.

'A few years ago when Robert Wyatt was recording Cuckooland at my studio Eno popped round for dinner, a chat, and an overdub or two and after a few bevvies we had a jam. This track, The Unknown Zone grew out of that night's improvisations, as did my track 50 Minutes Later'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=hccWMwtqKy4
https://burningshed.com/store/phil-manzanera_the-unknown-zone
https://twitter.com/dark_shark/status/484490926807453696

11 aprile 2018


Due nuove importanti occasioni per le musiche di Lindsay Cooper in concerto: a Londra (Cafe Oto) il 16 giugno e a Bad Doberan (Zappanale #29) il 21 luglio prossimi. L'iniziativa prende le mosse dall'esperienza Half the Sky adottando stavolta il nome Lindsay Cooper Songbook: ci sono Yumi Hara, Chlöe Herington e Dagmar Krause con Tim Hodgkinson, John Greaves e Chris Cutler.

Yumi Hara formed Half The Sky in 2015 to perform Lindsay Cooper’s songs in Japan: "The original group was entirely Japanese, with the exception of original drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler. This group - with small personnel changes - was later invited to Europe, when it was joined by the songs’ original singer Dagmar Krause. For these new European concerts the line-up adds two more members of Henry Cow, for whom much of this material was written, and we call ourselves Lindsay Cooper Songbook. As was true of the original bands Henry Cow and News From Babel - the new line-up retains an equal gender split."

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/lindsay-cooper-songbook
http://www.zappanale.de/de/programm-29/lindsay-cooper-songbook-uk.html

10 aprile 2018


Quelli di Bisou Records volevano un album per bambini, ma lui se ne è uscito con una raccolta deviante tutta dedicata a mostri e film dell'orrore. Ben spalleggiato da Steve Beresford e Alex Ward nel corso di un'unica sessione agostana in uno studio londinese di gran lusso, Eugene Chadbourne ha trovato poi modo di traviare, citandolo nel titolo, anche l'amatissimo Phil Ochs: Pleasures Of The Horror.

Bisou a demandé à Eugene Chadbourne de faire un album pour les enfants et il a proposé un album sur les films d’horreur et les monstres. Certains morceaux sont des références évidentes comme ‘The Thing’, ‘Blacky Lagoony’, certains parlent de personnages étranges ‘Vampire Tiger Girl’, et certains sont des reprises (Sam and The Shams, Shockabilly). C’est probablement l’album en groupe le mieux enregistré d’Eugene Chadbourne. Eugene a rencontré Steve Beresford et Alex Ward à Londres à Eastcote Studios (où Adele, Duran Duran, Aswad, Tindersticks et Depeche Mode ont enregistré!). Ils ont utilisé une bonne partie des instruments disponibles (piano à queue, orgue en bois, beaucoup d’amplis, plein de claviers).

http://www.bisou-records.com/produit/pleasures-of-the-horror-lp
https://bisourecords.bandcamp.com/album/pleasures-of-the-horror

09 aprile 2018


L'avventurosa storia del club newyorkese The Stone - ben tredici anni nella sede all'angolo di East 2nd Street e Avenue C - raccontata in poche battute da Sasha Frere-Jones e John Zorn. Ora le attività si sono pienamente trasferite presso The New School Glass Box Theater: https://www.artforum.com/music/sasha-frere-jones-on-the-closing-of-the-stone-s-second-street-location-74880

“From the beginning, the driving idea behind The Stone has been to provide a home for avant-garde musicians to perform in an intimate and supportive environment. The New School and The Stone are natural partners in their fundamental belief in the importance of freedom of thought and expression. What is more, the venue has always been, and will remain artist-centric,” says Richard Kessler, Executive Dean of College of Performing Arts and Dean of Mannes School of Music. “It has been a joy to work with my hero, John Zorn, to bring The Stone and The New School together.”
The partnership between The Stone and The New School began in 2013 when Kessler and Zorn began a monthly series of half-day residencies at The New School, “The Stone Workshops at The New School, Curated by John Zorn”. With The Stone itself now in residence, the partnership will deepen and will also include opportunities for students at The New School to attend performances, attend open rehearsals, work with The Stone through production internships, collaborate and learn from Stone artists, and more.
Located in Arnhold Hall at 55 West 13th Street, The Stone at The New School will operate Tuesday through Saturday evenings, presenting one show a night. Designed by architectural firm Deborah Berke Partners, the Glass Box Theater is a state-of-the-art ground level performing arts space surrounded by windows to the street.

08 aprile 2018


L'avventurosa storia di Jacky Barbier e del suo club A l'Ouest de la Grosne a Bresse-sur-Grosne (Francia) raccontata a puntate da Aymeric Leroy al sito web Legends In Their Own Lunchtime, riprendendo e ampliando un suo contributo incluso nella pubblicazione uscita nel 2007 a cura del Centre régional du jazz en Bourgogne (Editions de l'Armançon). Il primo episodio è in https://canterburyscene.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/chez-jacky-1

Ancien du 'Café de la Gare' parisien qu'il a créé avec Romain Bouteille et où il a côtoyé Miou-Miou, Patrick Dewaere, Coluche et Gérard Depardieu, Jacky Barbier est le fondateur du club 'A l'Ouest de la Grosne' dans le village clunisois de Bresse-sur-Grosne. Pendant 28 ans, ce café-concert a accueilli un grand nombre d'artistes et de musiciens de tous bords, notamment de jazz, français et étrangers. Le lieu fut à la fois une scène tremplin pour les groupes régionaux, une étape sur leur tournée pour les artistes confirmés, et un espace de rencontre et de création pour tous. Outre des concerts réguliers, il proposait un studio d'enregistrement et des stages de formation aux techniques de masterisation.

https://audio.archives71.fr/campagnes/detail_campagne.php?campagne=7
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/search?q=Ouest+de+la+Grosne

07 aprile 2018


L'avventurosa storia dei Matching Mole raccontata a spizzico da uno dei suoi impareggiabili protagonisti, Bill MacCormick. Una decina di episodi, per ora, su FB: https://www.facebook.com/bill.maccormick

06 aprile 2018


La vita e le opere di Graham Collier (1937-2011) sono oggetto di un nuovo importante studio di Duncan Heining: Mosaics, fresco di stampa per l'editrice accademica Equinox.

Mosaics draws extensively on Collier’s personal archive, as well as on interviews with fellow musicians, ex-students and colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music. It locates Collier and his work within the social and cultural changes which occurred during his life and, particularly, in relation to developments in British and European jazz of the 1960s and 70s. Collier’s work as a composer-bandleader represented an attempt to resolve the paradoxes inherent in jazz between composition and improvisation, familiarity and spontaneity and change and tradition. In this regard, Mosaics compares Collier’s work with other composers such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Mike Westbrook, Stan Tracey, Barry Guy and Butch Morris.

https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/mosaics-music-graham-collier
http://www.grahamcolliermusic.com
http://jazzcontinuum.com
http://thejazzcomposer.com
http://www.londonjazznews.com/2018/03/interview-dr-duncan-heining
http://www.londonjazznews.com/2018/03/book-review-duncan-heining

05 aprile 2018


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04 aprile 2018


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03 aprile 2018


L'incontenibile slancio creativo di Kavus Torabi trova ora sbocco anche nell'attività solistica, con un programma di concerti questo mese in Inghilterra nei panni del musicante solitario - voce, chitarra, armonium, viaggi in treno senza accompagnatori e con bagaglio a mano - e un imminente album a proprio nome registrato tra le mura domestiche. Un'anticipazione è nell'EP Solar Divination, con grande soddisfazione: "I couldn't be happier with how it has turned out, currently it's my favourite thing I've done."

http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/1837.htm
https://kavustorabi.bandcamp.com/releases

02 aprile 2018


In attesa dell'onnicomprensivo Blegvad Bandbox Clive Bell scrive di Go Figure sul numero di aprile della rivista inglese The Wire: "The warmth and ingenuity of Peter Blegvad are undiminished as the ex-happy slapper completes a series of small combo albums begun in 1988".

E l'annuncio di ReR: "This CD will be part of the 6-CD Blegvad Bandbox, containing all the Blegvad Trio and Quintet studio releases: Downtime, Just Woke Up, Hangman’s Hill and Go Figure, re-mastered and repackaged, plus two additional CDs of rarities, unreleased studio recordings and live performances, mostly featuring songs not available on any of the studio CDs and a handful of other obscure related items - as well, of course, as a fat, definitive, book of photographs, memorabilia, drawings, documents and recollections by the main actors, other witnesses and friends. All in a sturdy box."

https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/410

01 aprile 2018


Un nuovo Harvey Cow, wow!



31 marzo 2018


Assai diversa nelle premesse e negli esiti dalle collaborazioni a quattro mani intraprese negli ultimi anni per esempio con Jad Fair, Ariel Pink o Jason Falkner, quella di R. Stevie Moore con Alan Jenkins - che ha via via rilanciato per la sua Cordelia Records molti titoli di Moore - aggiunge un avvincente capitolo agli originalissimi cataloghi personali di entrambi: The Embodiment of Progressive Ideals.

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

30 marzo 2018


Il concerto di Eugene Chadbourne dello scorso 29 ottobre al Cafe Oto - una delle tappe di un tour particolarmente intenso anche per gli standard del Nostro, con oltre 33 concerti in sei diverse nazioni europee, Italia inclusa - è disponibile come file audio nella sezione Otoroku del club londinese:
https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/shop/eugene-chadbourne-291017

29 marzo 2018


Un esteso ritratto di Holger Czukay, scomparso lo scorso settembre, attraverso la ricca produzione esterna al gruppo di cui fu co-fondatore, Can: Cinema, box prodotto in distinte versioni in cd e in vinile (più video) da Grönland Records.

Nella sua recensione per Pitchfork, Daniel Martin-McCormick si concentra su uno dei capolavori iniziali di Czukay, Boat-Woman-Song (su Canaxis, 1969): "Recorded in a single night in Stockhausen’s studio, after the composer had left—“We had a second key and went in and switched everything on,” recalled Czukay; “I prepared myself at night at home, so in four hours the whole thing was done”—that piece’s haunting cruise across the airwaves blends ominous orchestra music, “unknown traditional singers from Vietnam,” and expansive drones with a hypnotic magnetism. It’s one of the strongest pieces in Czukay’s catalogue, darkened by the long shadow of World War II. You can hear Czukay wrestling with anger and despair, invoking a fevered vision of global agony. The endless downwards march of European imperialism is epitomized by a simple, elegiac descending string figure that repeats throughout, itself slowly pitching down and receding into the shadows. Spectral cries pierce the gloom; reverberant echoes suggest abandoned industrial spaces. After an extended peak in the middle, the mix collapses in on itself with tragic inevitability. The music is so enveloping it’s easy to miss its astonishing prescience, but in this early outing Czukay is making connections that musicians are still unpacking today. If this isn’t a template for modern electronic music—the remix, the DJ set, sampling, and ambient music all find precursors here, as does club music’s fascination with lost futures, re-processed voices, the layering of found sounds, loop-based minimalism, and dystopian collapse—then what is?"

https://www.groenland.com/product/holger-czukay-cinema
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/holger-czukay-cinema

28 marzo 2018


Il festival di arte radiofonica Radio Revolten tenuto nel 2016 ad Halle (Germania) produsse un impressionante numero di eventi nell'arco dell'intero mese di ottobre, inclusi concerti, laboratori, progetti e incontri collettivi molti dei quali trasmessi in diretta, in streaming, archiviati sul web o rilanciati da altre emittenti. Tra gli oltre settanta artisti e performer invitati c'erano Chris Cutler, Caroline Kraabel, Lukas Simonis, la Resonance Radio Orchestra, Alessandro Bosetti, Roberto Paci Dalò, Famoudou Don Moye, Hartmut Geerken, Felix Kubin, Ed Baxter e Xentos Fray Bentos. Il dibattito culturale, l'esperienza organizzativa e la cronaca di quei giorni si traducono oggi in un corposo volume per Spector Books: Radio Revolten-30 Days Of Radio Art.

The international radio art festival Radio Revolten is to published a book on its October 2016 edition held in Halle (Saale), Germany. Hosted by the community radio station Corax who transmitted over a dedicated city wide radio art frequency, the event gathered 100 contemporary radio artists and featured installations, live performances, conferences, workshops and public interventions. Edited by Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington and Ralf Wendt, the book, much like the event itself, sets to “reclaim FM radio as an open access medium for cultural use”, covering some of the festival artworks and events, and featuring articles (written in English) by Anna Friz, Hartmut Geerken, Lucinda Guy, Martin Hartung, Lukas Holfeld, Udo Israel, Tina Klatte, Michael Nicolai, Gregory Whitehead, Florian Wüst, and Elisabeth Zimmermann. It also includes specially commissioned colour photographs. It is released on Leipzig publishers Spector Books.

http://radiorevolten.net/en/category/archive/audio-archive
http://radiorevolten.net/en/de-crowdfunding-fuer-das-radio-revolten-buch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjrTaQQ3bjQ
https://www.startnext.com/radiorevolten
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/revolten

27 marzo 2018


Bravo Aymeric! Cerca che ti cerca...

"The ultimate Canterbury Scene Holy Grail? You thought you'd never get to ever hear it? Well, here it is - the final minute or so of Alan Gowen's Double Quartet piece, performed (on just two occasions) by Gilgamesh and Hatfield and the North as a single eight-piece beast, but never heard since 1973 (apart from the aptly titled Extract, of which versions by both Gilgamesh and Hatfield exist). Still holding hope that the other performance (in Leeds) may one day see the light of day as an archive release..."

https://www.facebook.com/100013972129086/videos/395830447559356

26 marzo 2018


Tenemos Roads e Clocks and Clouds sono brani tra i più noti dei National Health, due autentici capolavori pubblicati rispettivamente nell'album di esordio (Affinity, 1978) e nell'antologia postuma Missing Pieces (Voiceprint, 1996). Dave Stewart iniziò a lavorarci ancora in epoca Hatfield, faticando più che con le musiche con i testi, che poi interpretò (magnificamente) Amanda Parsons. Gli originali dattiloscritti sono in mostra su FB:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.tenemosroads
https://www.facebook.com/photo.clocksandclouds

25 marzo 2018


In attesa che venga ultimata - anche con il suo zampino - la versione in inglese del poderoso libro di Aymeric Leroy L’école de Canterbury (Le mot et le reste, 2016), Phil Howitt di Facelift ospita al suo blog le acute osservazioni di Marc Hadley, musicologo e musicista competente in materia, amico tra gli altri di Phil Miller e al suo fianco nelle sue penultime e ultime vicende musicali con il gruppo The Relatives. Del valore del lavoro di Leroy dice senz'altro: "This oeuvre will be the primary source for historical record and critical evaluations of the music in the decades to come. Perhaps its main achievement is to have provided a reliable set of musical biographies of the bands and artists set within a well-researched chronology. Those who love this music must offer Mr Leroy a vote of thanks - he has been the first to accomplish what would have been a daunting task for any musical author or musicologist". Il resto si legge in https://tinyurl.com/cshadley.

https://lemotetlereste.com/musiques/lecoledecanterbury

24 marzo 2018


Una candida versione di Sea Song proposta senza remora alcuna da Joo e Jon, ovvero Two Little Woodpeckers. La suggerisce Svenn Sivertssen di Robert Wyatt and Stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nJ90kG0ve4
http://wyattandstuff.blogspot.com/2018/03/sea-song-cover.html

23 marzo 2018


Chi oggi festeggia il quarantacinquesimo compleanno di Larks' Tongues In Aspic ritrova sul web le note di copertina scritte da Sid Smith in occasione della riedizione per il quarantesimo, e con esse la cronaca del topico momento in cui Fripp - impegnato in quegli stessi giorni alla produzione del secondo Matching Mole con un certo batterista - ebbe l'immensa idea di unirsi a due altri batteristi, Bill Bruford e Jamie Muir: "I suddenly thought ‘Well, Bill’s a lovely drummer but he’s perhaps a little too straight for some things... Then I thought of this nut Jamie Muir whom I’d just met, and I thought, well Jamie’s a great drummer but he’s not really straight enough for some of the things I’d like him to do. Now, while I was sitting in the bath... I suddenly had this vivid idea to use the two of them... and it seemed so right."

22 marzo 2018


Dopo le sapienti appropriazioni dei repertori di Soft Machine (Dedicated To You... But You Weren't Listening) e King Crimson (Crimson!) l'eccellente Delta Saxophone Quartet sfoglia il catalogo del Bowie del periodo berlinese - ma non solo - e se ne esce con un nuovo capolavoro: Bowie, Berlin & Beyond, fresco di stampa per l'etichetta FMR. Loro sono Graeme Blevins (soprano), Pete Whyman (contralto), Tim Holmes (tenore) e Chris Caldwell (baritono).

Scrive quest'ultimo nelle note di copertina: "This album is the result of the collective work of one saxophone quartet, two composers, an artist, and a sound designer.. all inspired by the iconic pop actor/artist/musician, David Bowie and what he continually pointed towards: the unknown. The Delta Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1984 and held its first rehearsals in SE London not far from Bowie’s Beckenham roots and his Experimental Arts Lab Project. The quartet has always looked to merge the boundaries of its sound world, often combining contemporary jazz, progressive rock and the avant-garde. A constant mission to surprise and experiment, looking to re-invent itself but being respectful to the ‘art form’, very much like Bowie.
This album is a ‘sonic’ and ‘ambient’ stroll through Bowie’s Berlin years and beyond. An Englishman’s ‘doffing the cap’ to the echoes of a European cultural history, a reflection on time past combined with the constant of moving forwards. A recognition of an innate sense of belonging but striving to be independent and creative too. This recording was made at a time when the U.K. has been polarised by Brexit and a breaking away from Europe. Hopefully when the political dust settles there will be a realisation that it’s our shared fragility and not short term power which unites everyone of us. Something David Bowie always knew."

http://www.deltasax.com/project.php?idp=4
https://www.facebook.com/DeltaSaxophoneQuartet
https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/DeltaSaxophoneQuartet

21 marzo 2018


Tra i lavori di Mike Westbrook scritti per il cinema ci sono anche le musiche per accompagnare il film muto Moulin Rouge, opera del 1928 del regista tedesco Ewald André Dupont. Negli anni Novanta le affidò al Matrix Ensemble diretto da Robert Ziegler, che le propose in qualche occasione dal vivo e anche in televisione. Un frammento è ora su YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmS0N3BcBrQ

One of the most lavish British films of the silent era in both budget and scope, Moulin Rouge stars Jean Bradin, Eve Gray and Russian-German screen sensation Olga Tschechowa in the story of a young aristocrat driven to a suicide attempt after falling in love with a young dancer and her elegant, ravishingly beautiful mother. Set in and around the famous dance-halls of Paris, Moulin Rouge showcased British International Pictures' engagement of leading Continental film-makers during the late 1920s. The first British film directed by expressionist pioneer Ewald André Dupont, it also features Werner Brandes' stylish, distinctively European cinematography and art direction by Oscar winner Alfred Junge. Filmed at Elstree through the winter of 1927, it was originally trade-shown in March 1928 as a silent feature with live musical accompaniment.

https://archive.org/details/MoulinRouge1928OlgaTschechowaEveGrayJeanBradinGeorgesTreville

20 marzo 2018


Un saluto all'inverno, magari con un Primitivo di Manduria: Richard Sinclair, e il profumo di Winter Wine.

https://www.facebook.com/richard.sinclair.9404/videos/1417147791723291

19 marzo 2018


Mark Hewins ricorda l'esistenza di un progetto musicale e simil-letterario iniziato nel 1997 assieme a June Campbell-Cramer (la celebre Lady June), l'autobiografico Rebela, interrotto alla scomparsa della sua autrice due anni dopo e mai portato a compimento, nonostante negli anni si siano accumulati contributi e apporti di varia natura da parte di moltissimi protagonisti - oltre una quarantina, inclusi figli, nipoti, eredi ed ex - della scena canterburyana. In attesa di vederne un giorno la forma definitiva - e di meglio comprendere i ruoli dell'Artista Dai Baffi Rosa (Daevid Allen) e di Billibum (Robert Wyatt) - si trovano sul web, ma non da oggi, sparse indicazioni, bozze di testo, schizzi musicali e missaggi provvisori, questi ultimi soprattutto tramite Soundcloud.

Rebela is a mega musical project that Mark Hewins has been putting together since 1997. A collection of tunes, narration and aural 'dream sequences' based on Lady June's autobiographical book of prose poems of the same name. The list of guesting participants is beyond amazing, it's virtually a Canterbury scene who is who: Phil Miller, electric guitar, Pip Pyle, electronic box drums, Lol Coxhill, soprano saxophone, Galen Ayers, as young Rebela, Shyamal Maïtra, tuned percussion, Rick Biddulph, bass, Hugh Hopper, bass, Jim Dvorak, trumpet, Ken Hyder, percussion, Elton Dean, saxello, Andy Ward, drums, Gerry Fitzgerald, electric guitar, Pete Brown, percussion, Mike Howlett, bass, Daevid Allen, glissando guitar, Fred Theolonius Baker, fretless bass, Theo Travis, tenor sax, Graham Clark, violin, Keith Missile, bass, Gilli Smyth, space whisper and many, many more. All words and narration by Lady June. Music and production Mark Hewins (who is still working on it and adding more guest musicians, like Richard Sinclair recently). It'd be very nice to see this work available on a physical release someday, hopefully very soon.

https://soundcloud.com/markhewins/rebela
http://web.archive.org/web/musart.co.uk/org/ladyjune/playreb.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/musart.org/rebela/the_story.htm
https://www.charlesmarlow.com/blog/2016/05/13/celebrating-lady-june

18 marzo 2018


Carole Bulewski debutta da romanziera con The Music Of The Cosmos (Kensington Gore Publishing, 2018), un racconto fantasy dalle tinte horror che flirta con lo psichedelico e il soprannaturale, muovendo dalla scena musicale della Swinging London alle turbolente vicende della Parigi sessantottina, incrociando nel contempo molti eroi della cosiddetta scuola di Canterbury e anzi tirandoli in ballo con nome e cognome direttamente nella trama. La titolazione dei capitoli è quasi una playlist, prendendo da Wilde Flowers (Memories), Soft Machine (Why Are We Sleeping?, Love Makes Sweet Music, Hope for Happiness, Plus Belle qu’une Poubelle, Feelin' Reelin' Squealin' e Moon in June), Kevin Ayers (Joy of a Toy) e Robert Wyatt (Sea Song e Rock Bottom). C'è un breve video promozionale su Vimeo e una festa per il lancio del libro in programma tra qualche giorno al club londinese The Others. L'autrice intanto confessa su FB fatiche, ansie, attese e insospettate coincidenze, e in merito all'ispirazione per il libro dichiara: "I was reading an interview by French director Claude Lelouch, who was recounting driving from Paris to the Cannes Film Festival in a rented car at the time of the events of May 1968, when the entire country was paralysed by a general strike. I had this first idea of a group of friends going through something similar. In my mind, something was always going to go wrong at some point during the journey, preferably in a remote part of the country, and there would obviously be a supernatural element to it. The group of friends rapidly transformed into a group of musicians, and I made the connection with the music of those times, which happens to be my music of choice: Soft Machine and the Canterbury Music. Or, as the friends who first introduced me to it call it: the Music of the Cosmos."

https://vimeo.com/258396341
https://www.facebook.com/CBulewski
https://www.facebook.com/events/1989654137964677
http://www.kensingtongorepublishing.com
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Cosmos-Carole-Bulewski

17 marzo 2018


David John Taylor dedica agli scrittori sperimentali inglesi degli anni Sessanta uno speciale programma per BBC Radio 4, The Advance Guard of the Avant-garde, realizzato con tecniche radiofoniche poco ortodosse e affini alla poesia sonora spesso promossa da quegli autori. Cita Ann Quin, Bob Cobbing, Alan Burns, Christine Brooke-Rose e soprattutto Bryan Stanley Johnson, con il contributo tra gli altri di Jonathan Coe, biografo di Johnson (Like A Fiery Elephant) e curatore di alcune edizioni di sue opere (Well Done God): "He was certainly one of the best British prose stylists of the 1960s and on that subject I can do no better than quote the poet and novelist Adrian Mitchell's words from 1964: "Mr Johnson is a fine poet and he writes the prose of a fine poet. Every word is weighed for its rhythmic effect as well as for its sense and sound." It's good to remember, incidentally, that Johnson began his working life as a poet, one whose preferred mode was the confessional, and who would only allow himself one subject: "nothing else but what happens to me". It may have been a common enough view in poetic circles at the time, but Johnson was perhaps the only person to carry this aesthetic over into the novel."

In the 1960s a group of writers set about shaking up the polite conventions of the British realist tradition through a whole range of experimental approaches. Sound poets created some of the strangest programmes ever broadcast by the BBC, while the likes of BS Johnson cut holes in the pages of his novels - and in the case of his book The Unfortunates published the unbound chapters in a box for the reader to mix up and read in whatever order they wished. Johnson and similarly minded writers like Ann Quin, Bob Cobbing, Alan Burns and Christine Brooke-Rose were prominent in their day, appearing regularly on TV and radio programmes, but by now they've largely been forgotten.
Using some of the rich archive these writers left behind, D.J. Taylor sets out to tell their story, with the help of Johnson's biographer Jonathan Coe, editor of a new Ann Quin collection Jennifer Hodgson, novelist Eimear McBride and poetry critic Jeremy Noel Tod.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tybwl
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/jun/17/biography.samueljohnsonprize2005

16 marzo 2018


Ferdinando Faraò e l'Artchipel Orchestra festeggiano in concerto il premio Top Jazz 2017 ottenuto quale migliore formazione dell'anno. E sfoggiano un bel po' del loro meglio: musiche di Hugh Hopper, Mike Westbrook, Lindsay Cooper, Django Bates, Gustav Holst, Yoko Kanno, con nuovi arrangiamenti mai proposti finora e i video di Fabio Volpi... Questa sera a Milano al teatro Fontana - luogo del loro debutto nel 2010 - alle 21.15. Auguri!

https://www.facebook.com/ArtchipelOrchestra
https://www.musicajazz.it/artchipel-orchestra-top-jazz-milano
https://www.facebook.com/ArtchipelOrchestra/videos/1939166802791778

15 marzo 2018


Proseguono a buon ritmo le pubblicazioni presso il sito Phil Miller-The Legacy, anche grazie all'apporto di materiali forniti da appassionati e collezionisti, tanto che nel giro di poche settimane gli archivi si sono arricchiti notevolmente in ogni sezione. Da tener d'occhio in particolare quelle dedicate a discografia complessiva, concerti dal vivo, gallerie fotografiche e riprese video, suscettibili di più frequenti aggiornamenti.

https://philmillerthelegacy.com

14 marzo 2018


Hugh Hopper, Phil Miller, Didier Malherbe, Patrice Meyer, Alex Maguire e Manuel Denizet - riuniti in un gruppo ad hoc denominato Canterbury Legends - ritratti durante le prove in preparazione di un concerto in ricordo di Jacky Barbier nel maggio 2007, e un omaggio fotografico ad Elton Dean montato nel 2006 sulle note di Psychic Warrior, brano di Alex Maguire con testo di Pip Pyle eseguito spesso dal vivo quell'anno dagli Hatfield and the North. Sono due brevi ma preziosi documenti d'epoca rispolverati da Aymeric Leroy e pubblicati poche settimane fa al suo spazio FB:
https://www.facebook.com/100013972129086/videos/343743916101343
https://www.facebook.com/100013972129086/videos/347170539092014

13 marzo 2018


Alle produzioni dell'etichetta AltrOck, come a quelle di Soleil Zeuhl e di Cuneiform Records, hanno fatto speciale riferimento Kavus Torabi e Steve Davis in alcuni recenti episodi del loro The Interesting Alternative Show, in onda ogni lunedì sera per Phoenix FM. Si possono riascoltare sul web tramite Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/interestingalternative

https://interestingalternative/2018-02-19-soleil-zeuhl-special
https://interestingalternative/2018-02-12-altrock-special
https://interestingalternative/2018-01-29cuneiformpart2
https://interestingalternative/2018-01-22cuneiformpart1

12 marzo 2018


Petter Herbertsson di Testbild! si fa notare con eleganza anche nel nuovo Homunculus Res Della stessa sostanza dei sogni (AltrOck/MaRaCash, 2018), contribuendo a uno dei brani più belli, Rimedi ancestrali. L'album si pregia dell'apporto di molti altri ospiti, tra cui Dave Newhouse, Luciano Margorani, Tommaso e Lorenzo Leddi.

https://www.facebook.com/HomunculusRes
https://homunculusres.bandcamp.com/album/della-stessa-sostanza-dei-sogni

11 marzo 2018


Dalle pagine di Bläck Charm Nostalgi Vassa Tänder a Stoccolma Petter Herbertsson di Testbild! accosta il fantastico mondo di Karda Estra e offre un'intervista con il suo ideatore, Richard Wileman: "Karda Estra is one of the most interesting contemporary artists I’ve come across in the last ten years or so. Often described as ‘cinematic’, or unfairly associated with the horrible neo prog scene, this music certainly does something to my head, conjure up dark images and shadowy worlds of dreamt up SF movies of the 70’s (and yes, that’s a good thing). I simply had to interview the mastermind Richard Wileman to find out more!"

http://www.kardaestra.co.uk
https://kardaestra.bandcamp.com
https://bcnvt.se/2018/03/03/karda-estra
https://www.facebook.com/richard.wileman.5
https://www.mixcloud.com/interestingalternative/richard-wileman-karda-estra-presents-the-interesting-cinematic-show

10 marzo 2018


L'attesa di Stad, più e più volte annunciato, potrebbe essere ancora lunga - e non è rara cosa con gli svedesi Testbild! - ma la promessa almeno di un nuovo Sternpost entro l'anno è dolce, tanto quanto il suo primissimo assaggio: Anti-Clock.

https://www.facebook.com/Testbild-94350211151

09 marzo 2018


In occasione della Giornata internazionale della donna è andato in onda ieri uno speciale episodio di Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) condotto da Verity Sharp e dedicato ai collettivi musicali di sole donne, con la partecipazione in studio di Maggie Nichols (fondatrice con Lindsay Cooper del Feminist Improvising Group, nel 1977), Verity Susman (già in Electrelane) e Amble Skuse (tuttora nell'Orchestra For Females And Laptops): lo si può riascoltare ancora per qualche giorno in https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09th2st

As part of BBC Radio 3's schedule marking International Women's Day, Verity Sharp celebrates the female musical collective in all its forms, styles, and structures. A special Late Junction collaboration session has been assembled for the occasion, featuring members of notable performance collectives past and present. Our unique, one-off trio features: Maggie Nichols, who co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group; Verity Susman, formerly of Electrelane; and Amble Skuse, a member of the Orchestra For Females And Laptops aka OFFAL. Tonight, hear the results of this historic, improvised musical meeting, as well as a roundtable conversation between participants on the history and future of the female collective.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/not-the-fish-bowl-but-the-sea

08 marzo 2018


E' Granite il nuovo frutto dell'inesauribile vena creativa di Kate Westbrook, un composito brano dedicato all'enigmatica e leggendaria storia delle cave di granito e caolino dell'area di Dartmoor e Haytor, nel Devon (Regno Unito), a poche miglia da dove risiedono i Westbrook. Testi, storia e ispirazione sono di Kate mentre le musiche sono di Mike; interprete è un settetto direttamente scaturito dall'Uncommon Orchestra, con Roz Harding, Jesse Molins, Matt North, Billie Bottle e Coach York. Ci sarà un album pronto a tarda primavera e una prima presentazione dal vivo ad Ashburton, per il Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival, in coincidenza con il solstizio d'estate. Informazioni: http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook/granite.shtml

07 marzo 2018


Un ritratto della celebre fotografa e scrittrice Val Wilmer, figura centrale nella storia sociale della cultura musicale afroamericana (ma non solo) fin dagli anni Sessanta, è nell'episodio di domenica scorsa di Sunday Feature, per BBC Radio 3, prodotto da A Falling Tree. Il suo storico testo As Serious As Your Life (1977) vede di nuovo la luce in questi giorni presso Serpent's Tail.

Jazz writer, social historian, acclaimed photographer: over six decades, Val Wilmer has become "a world figure in the history of African-American musical culture". What drives her? In 1956, Valerie Wilmer - aged 14 - took a snap at London Airport of a grinning Louis Armstrong. Thus began a remarkable career that has brought her close up to almost every significant figure in post-war jazz, blues and R&B. Her books, articles and photographs delve deep into the minds, lives and politics of jazz's most famous exponents - John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus - as well as countless unrecognised men and women who have shaped African-American culture since the 1950s. How does she reveal the intimate humanity of her subjects? How, "as a white woman, as an English woman!", has she gained such trust and respect? What makes her "a world figure" in the history of Black music?
Val Wilmer is a woman with remarkable stories to tell. Here, for BBC Radio 3, she brings her encounters and recollections vividly to life... and shares her strong views on racism, feminism, and responsible journalism. Includes contributions from Margaret Busby (publisher and co-founder of Allison & Busby), Paul Gilroy (writer and academic), Richard Williams (journalist and biographer), Andrew Cyrille (musician and drummer), and Clive Wilmer (poet, and brother of Val).
http://thequietus.com/articles/24147-sun-ra-val-wilmer-as-serious-as-your-life-book-extract
https://www.thewire.co.uk/in-writing/book-extracts/val-wilmer-as-serious-as-your-life

06 marzo 2018


Raro incontro tra Evan Parker e Dave Holland con due concerti a completo sostegno delle attività dell'amatissimo club londinese The Vortex. E' accaduto venerdì scorso, 2 marzo, John Fordham ne ha scritto per The Guardian e Gus Iyouvid ne ha condiviso qualche bel momento su YT.

A fantastic opportunity to see two huge talents Dave Holland & Evan Parker close up in the intimate setting of the Vortex Jazz Club. Holland and Parker have been friends since first meeting in London in the 1960s. During that time they performed together frequently, often at The Little Theater Club, and played on the landmark recording Karyobin which has just been remixed and reissued on Emanem Records. Holland and Parker, along with Craig Taborn and Ches Smith, appear on a new recording Uncharted Territories, due for release in May 2018 on Dare2 Records.
Parker who has had a monthly residency at the club for a number of years described the Vortex as ‘my haven from the demands of the road… the Vortex is for me, a space to play “free jazz”. I cannot imagine life without it’. New York-based Holland has dropped into the club on a few occasions to take in the odd Evan Parker gig as well as to take in the unique Vortex vibe created by the musicians who perform here and volunteers who look after the place. Holland says ‘…the Vortex plays a vital role in the cultural life of London providing performance opportunities for both a UK and international community of musicians… its imaginative programming introduces new listening experiences to its audience’.

http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/a-duet-with-dave-holland-evan-parker-fundraising-concert-for-the-vortex-jazz-club
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/06/dave-holland-evan-parker-review-vortex-london
https://tinyurl.com/gusiyouvid

05 marzo 2018


La cancellazione dell'intero New Music Dublin Festival a causa del furioso maltempo ha certamente lasciato l'amaro in bocca anche agli affezionati di This Is Not This Heat, che vi dovevano comparire il 3 marzo. L'evento sarà probabilmente riproposto in altra data entro l'anno. Nel frattempo ci si consoli con un eroico 30 Minute Snare Drum Roll del solo Charles Hayward, su YT ce ne sono diverse versioni:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmbd_ecABHA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTrNT47Ru9c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O24tDzJGjyM