25 settembre 2018

Illusion, nuovo capitolo della lunga collaborazione artistica tra Julie Tippetts e Martin Archer, sarà pronto non prima dell'estate dell'anno prossimo. Un brano però lo si può già ascoltare: Between Mountains. 'C'est comme voler. C'est comme si je volais...'


24 settembre 2018

E' pronto per ReR l'atteso box antologico di ZNR. Ed è magnifico!

Contains both original ZNR releases Barricades III and Traite de Mechanique Populaire, plus two extra CDs - one containing the whole of the post-ZNR LP Les Flots Bleus by Patrick Portella and Joseph Racaille as well as Joseph Racaille’s Pegase and his ReR Six Petites Chansons EP. The second CD collects early ZNR demos and lost tracks togther, appearing here for the first time. With a very substantial and definitive book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group’s brief but extraordinary career, alongside contemporary commentaries by Joseph Racaille and Patrick Portella.


23 settembre 2018

Fu in scena con gli Henry Cow in molte performance dei primi anni, e per loro fissò su tela l'evoluzione pittorica di tre indimenticabili calze: se n'è andato qualche giorno fa Ray Smith.


22 settembre 2018

Dopo precedenti disamine di strumenti esotici e arcani, l'eccellente serie Probes curata da Chris Cutler per Ràdio Web MACBA presso il Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Barcellona si arricchisce di un nuovo affascinante capitolo interamente dedicato al repertorio contemporaneo di composizioni ed esecuzioni per pianoforti giocattolo, scatole armoniche, piccoli oggetti sonori, richiami per uccelli e palloncini: "In Probes #24, toys, music boxes and balloons find new roles in contemporary compositions, pop performances, film scores and jazz improvisation, as composers explore alternative acoustic sources for extended, non-electronic, sounds."

In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of ‘music’. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do.


21 settembre 2018

La sua serie di concerti è approdata da qualche tempo all'Iklectic londinese: l'appuntamento di stasera dell'imprevedibile Club Integral propone in un inedito trio Catherine Jauniaux, Geoff Leigh e Chris Cutler. E in apertura c'è anche un set di Rita Braga.


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. Intanto si può sbirciare su YT.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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!"


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.


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.


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"...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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."


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.


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.


01 settembre 2018

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