07 febbraio 2018

Prosegue la pubblicazione sul web della serie di videoritratti prodotti negli ultimi anni da Blanca Regina assieme a Steve Beresford e Pierre Bouvier Patron per Unpredictable, su indicazione della British Music Collection, intervistando musicisti e operatori attivi nell'area della musica improvvisata inglese. Dopo Beresford, Maggie Nicols, Peter Cusack e Terry Day sono attesi nelle prossime settimane gli episodi riguardanti la stessa Regina e David Toop.

Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers is a collection of videos that have grown out of deep research into the nature of free improvisation, its history in the UK and its international connections. The videos respond to the urgent need to investigate the genre and its rich legacy. Research and filming began in 2011 and it was directed and produced by artist, curator and educator Blanca Regina in collaboration with Steve Beresford and Pierre Bouvier Patron. The series was commissioned by Sound and Music for the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection.
The series focuses on twelve active performers, interviewing pioneers like Terry Day and Maggie Nicols and, from the second generation, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Peter Cusack. Women have always been an important presence in free improvisation but this has not always been reflected in how the genre is seen. In this series we made a point of including more women than men, particularly women with developing careers in the field.
Many of these videos have been filmed in the context of Unpredictable events, and others have followed the artists into key London venues like Cafe Oto and Iklectik. These are two of the most important venues in the UK for freely improvised music – a genre that sprang to life in the mid ‘60s, has always had a strong community in London, but is often not fully acknowledged.