19 novembre 2018


Martin Laurentius era tra il pubblico del festival Leipziger Jazztage il mese scorso a sentire, pur con qualche problema di resa sonora, Max Andrzejewski con il suo quartetto Hütte - per l'occasione un sestetto - rendere omaggio a Robert Wyatt. Ne scrive per LondonJazz: "The festival organizers had originally tried to persuade the young Berlin percussionist Max Andrzejewski make a homage to the work of David Bowie. But with his quartet Hütte, augmented for this Leipzig premiere by keyboard player/guitarist Jörg Hochapfel and vocalist Cansu Tanrikulu, he decided he would prefer to work on Robert Wyatt's songs, with their reputation for being cryptic. Andrzejewski arranged ten songs and stayed surprisingly close to the originals. Only sporadically did extraneous noises disturb the peculiar pull of the Wyatt songs. The sound pressure and volume, which Wyatt's songs require in order to experience the depth of the different levels of meaning and the streaks between text and music, did prove to be a problem acoustically in the tiled, former indoor swimming pool."

http://www.londonjazznews.com/2018/11/festival-round-up-2018-leipziger.html

18 novembre 2018


Mats Morell recupera e pubblica alcune immagini dai concerti scandinavi dell'Orckestra, ovvero la Brass Band di Mike Westbrook assieme a Henry Cow e Frankie Armstrong: esattamente quarant'anni fa.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2207469631
https://www.facebook.com/mats.morell
http://www.ccutler.com/ccutler/bands/group02b.shtml

17 novembre 2018


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

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

Teatro Rossini
Piazza Lazzarini 1
Pesaro

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

16 novembre 2018


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

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

Cinema Teatro Golden
Via Terrasanta 60
Palermo

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

15 novembre 2018


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

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

Teatro ABC
via Pietro Mascagni 92
Catania

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

14 novembre 2018


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

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

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

13 novembre 2018


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

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

12 novembre 2018


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

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

11 novembre 2018


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

10 novembre 2018


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

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

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

09 novembre 2018


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

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

08 novembre 2018


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

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

https://youtu.be/ywtHnhDqZsU

07 novembre 2018


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

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

06 novembre 2018


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

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

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

05 novembre 2018


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

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

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

04 novembre 2018


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

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

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

03 novembre 2018


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

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

02 novembre 2018


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

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

01 novembre 2018


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

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