18 settembre 2019


Tra le tele del suo recente ciclo Diana & Actæon e le musiche dell'inimitabile Westbrook Trio festeggia oggi il proprio compleanno al Vout-o-Reenee’s londinese Kate Westbrook, circondata dagli amici più cari. Auguri di cuore!

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook

17 settembre 2019


Esce per Aural Terrains Music for Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinets & Electronics, un affascinante percorso sonoro indicato dai timbri più gravi di sassofoni, clarinetti e dall'elettronica sotto la guida di quattro esperti di acusmatica e di improvvisazione radicale: Thanos Chrysakis, Yoni Silver. Jason Alder e Caroline Kraabel.

"Label boss and electronic improviser / composer Thanos Chrysakis is often concentrated on that kind of drone music which goes in fact beyond of the features and the moods inherent to such music. With two blowers like Yoni Silver, a regular bass clarinet player of choice on the London scene, and Caroline Kraabel, an avid explorer of the baritone sax aided with her own voice and very much involved in many collective projects there, you have two great instrumental voices maintaining a kind of sonic continuity, although they manage to reach deeply different dynamics and actions to attract and to revive our active listening. Jason Alder not only plays bass clarinet but also contrabass, Eb and Bb clarinets following the demands of each piece. No one of these crafted improvisers are playing solos but ensemble playing with quite minute and astute sound variations, harmonics, subdued voicings to the point you forget and, even, you don’t care who is playing what. Thanos Chrysakis is playing either laptop computer and/or electronics and his noisy, windy sounds are inserting, slotting, meshing around and inside the instrumental proceedings. You hear also some voices from a sort of radio waves. The reed players can digress from the main line of the piece with the more adapted intensity and poise to make it coherent with the whole sound. So all in all, you have a very pleasant, well balanced spooky, a bit extraterrestrial, music made by players who are intense listeners and experienced improvisers."

http://auralterrains.com/releases/40

16 settembre 2019


In primo piano nell'ultimo aggiornamento del catalogo ReR ci sono i nuovi album di Jon Rose (Café Grand Abyss, con Alvin Curran), Bob Drake (The Gardens of Beastly Manor), la versione in cd della storica Souvenir Casssette degli After Dinner, l'omaggio di Michel Edelin agli Henry Cow (Echoes of Henry Cow), un progetto di Jochen Arbeit e Vitor Rua dal titolo Give Guitars To People (The Look of Silence), qualcosa di Feldman, Radulescu, Eastman e Cage, naturalmente il libro di Ben Piekut, acquistabile anche in accoppiata con la nuova versione dei box di studio e dal vivo degli Henry Cow. Oh, e anche una serie completa dei sette titoli Points East in vinile...

http://www.rermegacorp.com

15 settembre 2019


Speciale concerto di Iancu Dumitrescu con l'Hyperion Ensemble, costituito per l'occasione da Angharad Davies, Mayah Kadish, Gwen Reed, Otto Wilberg, Mark Sanders, Chris Cutler, Ed Lucas, Alex Paxton, Yoni Silver, Tim Hodgkinson e Lucy Railton. Si unisce anche il pianista Reinhold Friedl, fondatore di Zeitkratzer. Il programma è fitto di brani raramente presentati al pubblico e di prime esecuzioni: Impulses, Sound Catastrophies, Hyperspectral Utopias, Diamonds #2, Pure Sound e Örtemchei, quest'ultimo firmato da Hodgkinson. Questa sera all'Iklectik a Londra: Cosmic Metal!

https://iklectikartlab.com/cosmic-metal-iancu-dumitrescu-hyperion-ensemble
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/iklectik/271899

14 settembre 2019


A inizio anni Novanta il progetto dei Westbrook sulle musiche di Rossini si trasformò - e non fu quella l'ultima delle sue mutazioni - in partitura per grande orchestra, affidata all'ensemble della radio pubblica di Amburgo Norddeutscher Rundfunk sotto la direzione di Dieter Glawishnig e a numerosi ospiti intervenuti per il debutto in concerto. A quasi trent'anni di distanza c'è la possibilità di riascoltare alcuni estratti di quel concerto, domani sera a partire dalle 22.00 sui canali radio e web della NDR, all'interno di uno speciale dedicato principalmente a Kate: Jazz und Europa: Mike and Kate Westbrook meet Gioacchino Rossini.

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/news.shtml
https://www.ndr.de/info/sendungen/jazz/Mike-and-Kate-Westbrook-meet-Gioacchino-Rossini,sendung936242.html
https://www.ndr.de/info/epg/stationndrinfo102-radioplayer.html

13 settembre 2019


Fa capolino su Spotify una nuova collezione di brani firmata Kate e Mike Westbrook, tratta stavolta dagli album realizzati negli anni con il compianto Jon Hiseman presso i suoi studi Temple Music. Ben 220 titoli!

This historic collection focuses on the Westbrooks’ recordings generated over more than three decades in a remarkable, creative collaboration with Jon Hiseman at Temple Music Studios. These include albums with Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet and Orchestra, plus Kate’s solo albums and Mike and Kate’s compositions for opera and music theatre.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3YRoXuHsCtQiSssuKWuznw

12 settembre 2019


Le epiche gesta degli Henry Cow sono invece documentate da Ben Piekut nell'atteso studio - pubblicato in due edizioni, accademica ed economica, da Duke University Press - dall'emblematico titolo: se il mondo è un problema, certamente loro cercarono di affrontarlo.

https://tinyurl.com/twiap
https://www.dukeupress.edu/henry-cow
(introduction)

11 settembre 2019


Anche le epiche gesta di Peter Brötzmann nei giorni della sua residenza artistica presso il londinese Cafe Oto la settimana scorsa sono ora splendidamente documentate su YT. Sono intervenuti al suo fianco in varie combinazioni in solo, duo, trio e sestetto Han Bennink, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Heather Leigh, Pat Thomas, Camille Emaille, Takeo Moriyama, Masahiko Satoh, Matana Roberts e John Edwards.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/Polca
https://www.youtube.com/channel/Gus Iyouvid

10 settembre 2019


Le epiche gesta di Louis Moholo-Moholo con i suoi Six Blokes - Alexander Hawkins, Steve Williamson, Byron Wallen, Jason Yarde e John Edwards - presso la londinese Church of Sound lo scorso 1 settembre sono ora splendidamente documentate su YT.

Moholo-Moholo’s electrifying live performances still exhibit the same uncompromising ferocity and creativity which have marked him out as one of the seminal figures of the national and international scenes for half a century. Come experience the sensation of being blown away by the waves of emotion, whether overwhelmingly ecstatic or exquisitely refined. And most of all, perhaps, listen to the Louis Moholo-Moholo sextet to understand how, in this music, the individual and the collective can simultaneously attain equal importance: a most elevated state of being.

https://youtu.be/FFkjMFZKJWw
https://youtu.be/OOSCsXOxZU0

09 settembre 2019


Torna ad affacciarsi brevemente in Italia Eugene Chadbourne, con concerti a Roccasparvera (Cn) domani e a Staranzano (Go) il 15 settembre. Lo accompagna in quasi tutte le date del tour europeo il batterista Schroeder, amico di lunga data e complice di numerose precedenti scorribande.

http://eugenechadbourne.com/european-fall-tour-2019

08 settembre 2019


A quarantacinque anni esatti dall'evento - 8 settembre 1974, una domenica allora come oggi - torna il concerto di Robert Wyatt & Friends al Theatre Royal Drury Lane di Londra accompagnato da due ore di simpatiche animazioni artigianali a cura di Shlomo Polonsky: Little Red Concert. Dalla Russia con amore...

https://youtu.be/d-ClET23Epc

07 settembre 2019


Phil Minton, John Butcher e Gino Robair uniscono da par loro voce, elettronica, piano e percussioni, dilatandone gli orizzonti espressivi fino a giungere quasi in prossimità al silenzio. Nel cammino accostano anche Joyce e Tranströmer (con lo zampino di Tom Recchion): Blasphemious Fragments, per Rastascan Records.

https://mintonbutcherrobairblasphemiousfragments.bandcamp.com
https://www.discogs.com/Minton-Butcher-Robair-Blasphemious

06 settembre 2019


Assunta Squitieri pubblica su YT un montaggio fotografico dedicato a Mongezi Feza (1945-1975): lo accompagna il brano di Tunji Oyelana Tunji's Song, caratterizzato dal bel solo del compianto trombettista, tratto dal Live at Willisau (Ogun, 1974) della Brotherhood of Breath.

https://youtu.be/0ysglu3MRZU

05 settembre 2019


Timothy Forster pubblica per Echoes and Dust una bella intervista a Chris Cutler. Tra i molti passaggi, tutti di grande interesse, uno in limpida sintesi indica la continuità tra gli album degli Henry Cow e l'influenza degli eventi storici dell'epoca: "Our musical language evolved in a pretty linear way. The snapshots taken on that road – the studio albums – were different from one another because we constantly found new problems to solve or new questions to ask (and sometimes, new technologies to explore). But our circumstances changed, global politics changed and the problems we faced – both artistic and professional – changed; we were just trying to keep up. So, where Legend was cheery and Dadaistic, Unrest was pessimistic, dark and deliberately experimental. In Praise of Learning was optimistic – and in-your-face political, while Western Culture swayed between precision and organicism, and was steeped in narrative. I think it would be easy to make the case that they track the political events of their time – as well as the evolution of our own aesthetic thinking. Desperate Straights and Hopes and Fears, in their different ways, explored our roots in pop, and short song form, which was, in a way, our natural language. But, of course, everything we did precipitated out of the interplay of our world and the world, and I don’t think it’s hard to follow the threads that bind them. It’s the story of a time, and a collective mind at work."

https://www.echoesanddust.com/2019/09/henry-cow-an-interview-with-chris-cutler

04 settembre 2019


All'elenco di titoli Cuneiform via via diffusi anche in digitale tramite Bandcamp si aggiunge ora uno dei suoi più importanti, anche dal punto di vista storico: sono i Middle Earth Masters dei Soft Machine d'epoca 1967 - Ratledge, Ayers e Wyatt - amorevolmente riportati in vita una dozzina d'anni fa dal compianto Mike King. Copie fisiche del cd sono naturalmente ancora disponibili presso la casa madre: http://www.cuneiformrecords.com

The Soft Machine were one of England's original and best psychedelic bands, emerging out of the same "UFO Club" London scene at the same time as Pink Floyd. While the band would always undergo constant personnel and stylistic change, their best known lineup in their psychedelic days was the trio of Kevin Ayers-bass, guitar, vocals, Mike Ratledge-organ and Robert Wyatt-drums, vocals. They played many shows and built an audience in “swinging London” and beyond. A link with Jimi Hendrix’s management culminated in the Softs touring the USA with the Jimi Hendrix Experience two different times in 1968, playing over 60 shows as their opening act and recording their first album while in the USA during their touring, after which the band collapsed and disbanded...temporarily. Middle Earth Masters captures the 1967-era Soft Machine trio in full concert glory, recorded live at London's legendary Middle Earth club. The performance is unbelievably freaky for 1967, with songs that feature unusual structures linked by wild solos and improvisations. Those of you who know and love the first Soft Machine album will be amazed at how much more insane and insanely loud the band actually were and also surprised to hear that Mike Ratledge was doing the crazy solo fuzz organ parts (ala the opening of Facelift) in 1967. Includes rare, previously unissued photographs and a short essay by Michael King about these tapes and his work to make them sound as good as possible.

https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/middle-earth-masters
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/Softmachine.html

03 settembre 2019


Quattro giorni di residenza artistica per festeggiare dieci intensi anni di intesa e complicità: Peter Brötzmann torna domani al Cafe Oto londinese con alcuni degli amici più cari, e offre da bere a tutti!

Thrilled to host a very special four-day festival celebrating the great Peter Brötzmann and his decade long relationship with Cafe Oto. Having played one of the first residencies in the venue, Peter has helped shape and define our programme over the past ten years; presenting a seminal body of work here from residencies with his Chicago Tentet to performances with artists spanning Keiji Haino to Heather Leigh to William Parker and Hamid Drake, as well as new relationships with UK-based musicians.
In keeping with Peter's restless creativity, this festival covers a broad sonic range. First-time collaborations with Matana Roberts and Camille Emaille sit alongside alongside long-term collaborations going back over half a century. Some of these all-time classic groupings have never happened at Oto before, such as Peter's longstanding duo with Han Bennink that spawned the seminal Ein Halber Hund Kann Nicht Pinkeln and Schwarzwaldfahrt LPs (now both over 40 years old) and his classic trio with Han and Alexander von Schlippenbach. We're also pleased to be able to revisit fertile collaborations that first occurred at Oto, Pat Thomas having been invited to perform with Peter at his first ever shows here.
The through-line that Peter has created here runs from Oto's earliest beginnings and has been incredibly important in shaping where we are today; in this festival we celebrate Peter and his work.

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/peter-brotzmann-festival

02 settembre 2019


E in tema di anniversari - in questo caso, il quarantesimo - giunge assai gradita la riedizione di lusso in cd e vinile dell'Orchestral Favorites che Frank Zappa vide pubblicato in malo modo nel 1979 nel pieno delle sue beghe contrattuali con la Warner Bros. Offre un accurato restauro sonoro dei nastri prodotti con l'Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra per l'album originale, l'intero concerto del 18 settembre 1975 all'UCLA’s Royce Hall di Los Angeles e altre sorprese, un libretto con la storia, le immagini, le annotazioni e i ricordi di alcuni protagonisti di allora...

In September 1975, in between trying out new band members and preparing for tour, Zappa scheduled an event at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Using his own budget with funds from the surprise hit single Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow, he hired a roughly 37-piece orchestra with the intention to hear his orchestral music played. As Travers details in the liner notes, “Frank supervised everything, hired sound and lights, mixed the front of house sound at times, conducted the orchestra on occasion, and played guitar with them. The program repertoire consisted of complex and challenging music that originates from all time frames of FZ’s career. Older themes that predate the original Mothers Of Invention, to brand new pieces hot off the pen, mixed in with some good ol’ FZ directed improvisation.”
The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Michael Zearott and made up of various live and studio musicians, most of which who had previously worked with Zappa on one of his many projects. They were assembled with the help of Mike Altschul and Earle Dumler who played on The Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka albums. Other familiar names included: Bruce Fowler, Dave Parlato, Ian Underwood, Malcom McNab and Terry Bozzio. Zappa and the orchestra rehearsed for several days, had an afternoon recording session and performed two shows in two nights.
Zappa re-worked Orchestral Favorites for CD in 1991 and it has subsequently been reissued several times after his death but with the new master finally matched to the project tone reel, this is the first time the album has ever been presented how the late, great artist intended. Sounding better than it ever has, fans can enjoy this special and historical event in Zappa history in a new way, with the Royce Hall performances sounding as fresh as they did 44 years ago.

https://www.zappa.com/news/frank-zappas-orchestral-favorites-be-presented-audiophile-quality-first-time-specialty

01 settembre 2019


Sarà disponibile il 27 settembre, giorno esatto del cinquantesimo anniversario del celebre album dei Beatles, una nuova versione dell'omaggio che Mike Westbrook ideò per Abbey Road oltre trent'anni fa, ben documentato in cd (Off Abbey Road, Tip Toe/Enja 1990) e in concerto dal vivo in numerose occasioni, anche recenti. La registrazione viene da un concerto del 1996 a Norimberga e sarà diffusa in digitale da Proper Music con il titolo After Abbey Road attraverso iTunes e Spotify, dove chi non sa attendere può già trovare Oh! Darling.

The Westbrook Band’s version of the Beatles’ Oh! Darling will be online in advance of the official release date of After Abbey Road on September 27th. This will be 50 years since the original release of the iconic Beatles album. An exclusively digital-only release, After Abbey Road was recorded in concert in Nuremberg in 1996. John Winfield and Kate Westbrook are on vocals, with Brian Godding on guitar, Pete Whyman and Alan Wakeman on saxes, Andy Grappy on tuba, Mike Westbrook on piano and Peter Fairclough on drums.

http://westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml
http://westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/abbeycd.shtml
http://westbrookjazz.co.uk/photoalbum/oarmain1.shtml
http://westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/afterabbeyroad/index.shtml
mike-westbrooks-after-abbey-road

31 agosto 2019


Con uno sguardo anche a Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard termina le mini serie di sei episodi dedicati a Rock Bottom prodotti da Aymeric Leroy in conversazione con Robert WyattGotta Catch 'Em All...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcFzcYxl0e4&t=48s

30 agosto 2019


Negli archivi del Phil Miller Legacy sono ora presenti le riprese video del concerto tenuto dagli In Cahoots a Seattle (Stati Uniti) il 18 agosto 2002, nel corso del primo festival Progman Cometh: Miller, Elton Dean, Jim Dvorak, Pete Lemer, Fred Baker e Mark Fletcher.

https://philmillerthelegacy.com/videos/progman-cometh-seattle-2002
https://wikimili.com/en/Progman_Cometh
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2csky9

29 agosto 2019


Bgo Records recupera integralmente - con qualche piccola aggiunta - gli album di Mike Cooper pubblicati da Pye/Dawn tra il 1969 e il 1972: Oh Really?!, Do I Know You?, Trout Steel, Places I Know e The Machine Gun Co. with Mike Cooper. Ne scrive per It’s Psychedelic Baby Brian R. Banks e ne parla con l'autore stesso: https://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2019/05/mike-cooper-five-albums-on-three-discs.html

https://www.bgo-records.com/mike-cooper

28 agosto 2019


Parte dalle misteriose vicende di Alvin Snow - rabbioso bluesman della Louisiana conosciuto come Dyin’ Dog, albino e con gli occhi azzurri - e dal ritrovamento di suoi polverosi nastri incisi a inizio anni Settanta la nuova sfida all'inverosimile firmata Residents: subito la pubblicazione degli, ehm, originali in un fantastico box di cinque singoli in vinile affidata a Psychofon Records, con la promessa a breve di una completa rivisitazione per diretta opera dei Nostri. The Residents present: Alvin Snow aka “Dyin’ Dog”.

While the fate of Alvin Snow, aka Dyin’ Dog, will undoubtedly remain a mystery, the validity of his songs is unchallenged. Consequently The Residents feel compelled to give the lost bluesman’s music the exposure it so obviously deserves. With the support of Psychofon Records, on Sept 28, 2019, The Residents are sponsoring the release of a boxed set containing the long lost Dyin’ Dog Demos. In addition, the band is already hard at work re-creating their own versions of Alvin Snow’s songs for their next album - Metal, Meat & Bone-The Songs of Dyin’ Dog - to be released in February of 2020.

https://residents.com
https://www.psychofonrecords.com/product/residents-alvin-snow-dyin-dog
https://chiseler.org/lost-in-the-blues-the-search-for-dyin-dog

27 agosto 2019


Non è la prima volta che vengono riproposti i favolosi materiali prodotti dai Dukes of Stratosphear nel breve periodo della loro intermittente esistenza tra il 1985 e il 1985. Solo che oltre a 25 O'Clock e Psonic Psunspot nei missaggi originali e nuovi Psurroundabout Ride offre ora in cd e blu-ray tutte le versioni di prova e quelle strumentali - finora apparse soltanto nel lussuoso e ormai rarissimo boxone The Complete And Utter Dukes - e anche qualcosina in più. Psychedelic Pswindon so much to answer for…

https://burningshed.com/the-dukes-of-stratosphear_psurroundabout-ride

26 agosto 2019


Quattro brani scoppiettanti trattenuti a stento in un mini cd - di cui esiste anche la versione in vinile - raccontano di un esuberante incontro recente tra Andy Partridge e Robyn Hitchcock avvenuto nel più lusinghiero dei modi, con favorevole congiunzione astrale e senza recar danno ad alcun dinosauro: Planet England. Testimonia il primo: "Rather than these two big planets and their similar odd gravities repulsing each other, as might be anticipated. I can cheerfully tell you that it's been one rather beautiful crashing creative event. that I want to repeat. Feels like being in a group again." E confessa l'altro: "Andy and I are the same age and suffer from the same record collection, especially the B’s: Barrett, Beatles, Beefheart. He’s a Scorpio and I’m Pisces, so we’re the same astrological team as Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, except neither of us is Welsh, sadly."

https://burningshed.com/robyn-hitchcock_andy-partridge_planet-england

25 agosto 2019


Per celebrare Kevin Ayers in quello che sarebbe stato il giorno del suo settantacinquesimo compleanno la rivista Uncut recupera un bell'articolo di Allan Jones pubblicato nel maggio 2013, a poche settimane dalla scomparsa. Con molto spazio concesso ai ricordi personali di Robert Wyatt: “I was in this little local band in Canterbury, The Wild Flowers, which he joined and immediately stuck an ‘e’ on the end of the name, made it Wilde, like Oscar, and his material was a very welcome addition to our repertoire. To me, what gave us the right, what gave us the nerve to become Soft Machine and do our own stuff was Kevin’s songs. Unfortunately, they got kind of side-lined and torpedoed by the live act we became. We always blasted away instrumentally and marginalised these great songs, and I’ve always felt a little sheepish about that. He was subsequently too modest about his role in Soft Machine, but at the time his ideas were as far out as anybody’s.”

https://www.uncut.co.uk/features/kevin-ayers-remembered

24 agosto 2019


Un bel pomeriggio d'estate in uno dei luoghi più cari della propria formazione musicale: il contesto appare magnifico per il ritorno in scena di Mike Westbrook con la sua Uncommon Orchestra, domani a Torquay (Regno Unito) per il ciclo Jazz on a Summer’s Afternoon. Ne scrive ampiamente Jane 'Paintbox' Mann su LondonJazz, ne scrive direttamente Mike sullo Smith's Academy Notice Board.

https://vimeo.com/352669049
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/fougou.shtml
https://londonjazznews.com/mike-westbrook-and-the-uncommon-orchestra

23 agosto 2019


Le registrazioni audio tratte dal controverso tour statunitense dell'estate 1980 di Robert Fripp con la League of Gentlemen sono ora disponibili pressoché integralmente - oltre una trentina di date - negli archivi del Discipline Global Mobile Live: Fripp, Barry Andrews, Sarah Lee e Johnny Elichaoff (noto allora come Johnny Toobad, scomparso cinque anni fa).

https://www.dgmlive.com/tour-dates/1145
https://www.dgmlive.com/news/LOG tour bundle goes live

22 agosto 2019


Nuova occasione di riascoltare dal vivo la pregevole rilettura di celebri pagine crimsoniane operata dal Delta Saxophone Quartet è offerta questa sera dal festival Rumori Mediterranei a Roccella Jonica (Rc): Chris Caldwell, Pete Whyman, Christian Forshaw e Tim Holmes, e con loro Gwilym Simcock. Crimson!

The Quartet has worked closely with many leading composers having commissioned works from Gavin Bryars, Steve Martland, Joe Duddell, Hugh Hopper, Mike Westbrook, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Michael Finnissy to name a few. The Quartet has always looked to extend the range/repertoire and possibilities of what a quartet of saxophones can present, combining a variety of musical genres and styles with a dynamic and informative presentation. Musical accolades are no stranger for Gwilym Simcock too, being a winner of the Perrier Award, BBC Jazz Awards 2005 and British Jazz Awards 2005. Gwilym was also the first BBC Radio 3 New Generation jazz Artist. His performances with Bill Bruford's Earthworks gives Gwilym the inside-edge and knowledge, which adds a real gravitas to this exciting project. The quartet is delighted that Gwilym has accepted their invitation to compose this new work Crimson, which combines the skills and tastes of music which sits somewhat beyond the shores of classical, jazz and rock.

http://www.deltasax.com
https://twitter.com/DeltaSax
http://www.roccellajazz.org

21 agosto 2019


Jonny Greene di Planet Gong sta controllando le stampe di prova del box retrospettivo Love From the Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75. Tutto bene, pare. Con una preferenza personale e anche un piccolo consiglio: "The fabulous forthcoming Gong box is available to pre-order. Sets ordered from the Planet Gong will come with an exclusive, limited re-print of the 1970's full colour Gong Mandala promo poster. Information, track-listings, images and samples being added. 70% of the audio is previously unreleased, all superb. The box was curated by Steve Hillage and the live multitracks were mixed by Mike Howlett. All the recordings have been mastered from the original master tapes by original Gong engineer Simon Heyworth who has done a stunning job - a real labour of love. There are so many highlights one of which is the most glorious digitisation of Flying Teapot, direct from the original master tapes for the first time - and from which the band will receive royalties on a Teapot CD release for the first time! The advance copy of the box set I've had for a few days now is really something. Well printed, easy to read, right music on the right CDs and all sounding fantastic - It's job done. Phew! I'll never like CDs in cardboard slots though - who does? There was nothing I could do to change that. I've put my discs in poly-lined paper sleeves. I suggest you do the same."

https://www.planetgong.co.uk
gong-love-from-roanne-other-side-of-the-sky-intro

20 agosto 2019


Torna in circolazione nel formato originale di audiocassetta - un centinaio di copie, e qualche esemplare addirittura in minidisc! - e la tiratura va subito esaurita: è la Souvenir Cassette degli After Dinner, ripescata da Fish Print assieme a ReR in una nuova edizione rivista e corretta da Bob Drake la scorsa primavera. Contiene estratti dai concerti del primo mitico tour europeo del gruppo, tra giugno e luglio 1987. Sarà presto disponibile nuovamente in uno speciale cd arricchito da vari materiali aggiuntivi, annunciato entro la fine dell'anno. Scrive Haco: "After the tour. I listened to all of the material from our concerts and field-recordings of environmental sounds such as church bells, street organs, birds singing, and barking dogs beyond the outdoor stage at Festival MIMI. I copied those from cassette to reel-to-reel tape, spliced it by hand and edited an entire album. My old memories flooded back for the first time after I listened to Bob Drake’s remaster. And I realized how precious this live cassette was as a historical document of After Dinner’s career. I am eternally grateful to the labels, Fish Prints (US) and ReR Megacorp (UK) for the reissue, all the members of the 1987 tour, and everyone who supported our concerts at that time."

https://haco-sound.bandcamp.com/album/souvenir-cassette
https://twitter.com/hacohacodotnet
http://www.rermegacorp.com

19 agosto 2019


Speciale concerto di compleanno per i settant'anni del pianista Dave Smith al Cafe Oto londinese, con la partecipazione di John Tilbury e Ian Mitchell e la prima esecuzione pubblica dei brani Hunter of Stories e Kaivopuisto. Auguri!

A member of the Scratch Orchestra in the 1970's and a contemporary and collaborator of Cornelius Cardew, Gavin Bryars and John White amongst others, Smith has amassed an extensive body of work that draws on a wide range of influences from contemporary composition to Javanese classical and Albanian folk musics. Many of his piano works have been performed by pianist John Tilbury (including 'Al Contrario' at Oto last December), who remains a strong supporter.

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/dave-smith-70th-birthday-concert

18 agosto 2019


Insieme manifesto artistico e racconto autobiografico, è giunto alle stampe l'atteso libro di Elliott Sharp IrRational Music, pubblicato da Terra Nova Press seguendo il successo di una campagna di finanziamento collettivo attivata via Kickstarter.

Elliott Sharp's new book IrRational Music is a mix of memoir, music theory, and ruminations on culture, art, and philosophy. Speaking of IrRational Music, author Jonathan Lethem states “Elliott Sharp’s writing, like his music, recombines the scrupulously discursive with the deeply humane and reflective. What a joy it is to be informed by this remarkable account of the coming-of-age of his psyche, his curiosity, and his methodology. Sharp paints a picture of lost kingdoms of the avant-garde which aren’t really lost, but continuous in our present if we’re inclined to notice them. With this book, a reader joins Sharp in the step-by-step reinvigoration of intentional sound itself – sound as culture, as science, as art -- a process that can never be finished.” From composer and electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick: "Sharp is of the first generation of composers to come of age in a musical environment when everything seemed connected; Gregorian Chant to John Cage's chance. His book, IrRational Music, is a fascinating window into that moment in time when music opened up to everyone and all things became possible.”

17 agosto 2019


L'autobiografia di Paul Sears, poliedrico batterista nei Muffins e in innumerevoli altre formazioni, è pubblicata da Stairway Press con un bel cd antologico di complemento e un titolo che rende omaggio a una delle passioni musicali del titolare, Sun Ra: Angels and Demons That Play.

Angels and Demons That Play is a mostly chronological narrative about my life in music with the occasional foray elsewhere. Some of it is jumbled date wise because of the many connections from different times. Think of it as sort of a low rent version of Frank Zappa's Conceptual Continuity concept. It is written entirely from memory, and includes comments from many friends and contributors. Among these are actual journalists and published writers; Jamil Guellal, John Paige, Ted White aka Doctor Progresso, and Michael Layne Heath. Additionally, Jamil, Ted, and John were all DJs at one time on WGTB-FM in Washington DC during the 1970s.
The title is a nod of respect to, & a variation of the title of the great 1960s record entitled Angels and Demons At Play, by Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra. Special thanks to Nick Prol, who provided the wonderful art and great cartoons. I have been thinking of doing this book project for years, but it was Chad Hutchinson, a friend and co-founder of the popular NEARfest progressive rock festival in Pennsylvania who sealed the deal – he got tired of hearing wacky stories a few years back, and said “Just write a book, willya?” So I did. I treated this book project as kind of a casual “I'll do it someday DIY project” until an actual publisher, Stairway Press, dropped into my lap a couple of years ago, and expressed interest in doing it proper.

http://www.stairwaypress.com
https://youtu.be/Gcrngd2133o
https://www.facebook.com/MakeWeirdMusic/videos/351176259094333

16 agosto 2019


Ma ad uscire allo scoperto per il suo libro sarà presto l'autore stesso, Benjamin Piekut, con un primo incontro pubblico in programma al Cafe Oto londinese il prossimo 13 ottobre. Con lui saranno David Toop, Cutler, Hodgkinson, Georgina Born e forse altri.

In its open improvisations, lapidary lyrics, errant melodies, and relentless pursuit of spontaneity, the British experimental band Henry Cow pushed rock music to its limits. Its rotating personnel, sprung from rock, free jazz, and orchestral worlds, synthesized a distinct sound that troubled genre lines, and with this musical diversity came a mixed politics, including Maoism, communism, feminism, and Italian Marxism.
In Henry Cow: The World Is a Problem Benjamin Piekut tells the band’s story—from its founding in Cambridge in 1968 and later affiliation with Virgin Records to its demise ten years later—and analyzes its varied efforts to link aesthetics with politics. Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew, letters, notebooks, scores, journals, and meeting notes, Piekut traces the group’s pursuit of a political and musical collectivism, offering up its history as but one example of the vernacular avant-garde that emerged in the decades after World War II. Henry Cow’s story resonates far beyond its inimitable music; it speaks to the avant-garde’s unpredictable potential to transform the world.
For this event we're pleased to present author Benjamin Piekut in conversation with David Toop, with special guests Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Georgina Born, and possibly other Cows. All will be available to sign copies. Book sales provided by ReR Megacorp.

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/henry-cow-the-world-is-a-problem-book-launch

15 agosto 2019


Tra i primi a uscire allo scoperto riguardo il libro di Benjamin Piekut Henry Cow-The World Is A Problem è Phil England, ne scrive sul numero di settembre della rivista The Wire e infine commenta: "Piekut's account is a fascinating and pacey read, stitched together painstakingly from over 90 original interviews and both public and private texts including Hodgkinson’s extensive diaries. The combination of narrative background, musical analysis and critical insight should open the door for a new generation of listeners. It has certainly enabled me to appreciate music I’d previously found impenetrable."

Henry Cow-The World Is A Problem
https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/427

14 agosto 2019


Altro recupero di grande interesse lo opera Klanggalerie nei confronti di Regular Music e dell'omonimo album di esordio, uscito per Rough Trade nel 1985 e mai ripubblicato da allora. Alcuni ricorderanno l'ensemble tra i protagonisti della primissima edizione del Festival Mimi, a St Remy (Francia) a inizio luglio 1986, quando il cartellone - anzi, il volantino - sfoggiava nomi quali Etron Fou Leloublan, Remotobs, Joseph Racaille, Les Batteries, Pascal Comelade con Bel Canto, Virgule 4 e Skeleton Crew. Sull'album che ne riportò una succinta sintesi finì anche uno dei loro brani più rappresentativi, Idyllic Rhythms.

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg313
https://www.discogs.com/Regular-Music-Regular-Music/release/720277
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Festival-MIMI-86/release/1198068
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ro1lZKKEUQ

13 agosto 2019


Important Records recupera in vinile un prezioso documento frutto dell'incontro a metà anni Ottanta di due grandi artisti della fisarmonica, Pauline Oliveros e Guy Klucevsek, circolato all'epoca soltanto in audiocassetta. Si tratta di Sounding / Way, con le composizioni Tremolo No. 6 e The Tuning Meditation eseguite insieme dai due.

Pauline Oliveros and Guy Klucevsek's Sounding / Way was originally released on cassette in 1986 and has been out of print ever since. This LP was cut by John Golden and pressed at RTI in order to achieve a quiet, dynamic pressing. The Sounding / Way concept was simple. Each artist would write a piece for two accordions and then they would perform them together. Thus, side A contains Guy Klucevsek's Tremolo No. 6 performed by Guy Klucevsek and Pauline Oliveros. Side B contains Pauline's composition The Tuning Meditation, also performed by both Pauline and Guy.
This is the second release in an on-going effort between Important Records and the Pauline Oliveros Trust to maintain and promote the music, philosophy and legacy of Pauline Oliveros.

https://imprec.bandcamp.com/album/sounding-way
https://importantrecords.com/pauline-oliveros-guy-klucevsek

12 agosto 2019


L'anno scorso, a sessant'anni dal celebre scatto fotografico di Art Kane A Great Day in Harlem - una sessantina di giganti del jazz tra cui Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan e Count Basie tutti in bella posa al numero 17 di 126th Street ad Harlem, New York - il sassofonista e bandleader Ed Palermo ha voluto rendervi omaggio andando a farsi riprendere esattamente nello stesso punto, stesso giorno e stessa ora. La foto, di Hugh Brennan, è ora la copertina del suo più recente album, su Sky Cat Records: A Lousy Day in Harlem. Dice Palermo: "The thing about this record is, I wanted it to be jazzier. We play a lot of jazz in my band, but I’ve been doing Zappa and British Invasion stuff for years and I’ve had these other types of music in my book, jazz tunes that had been close to my heart for decades. I finally felt ready to record these tunes – tunes I’d composed, and tunes I’d arranged. It felt like the right time to show the world another side of the band."

On 10am on August 12, 2018, exactly sixty years to the day and hour that Art Kane called NY's jazz artists to assemble for the Great Day in Harlem group photo, arranger / composer / saxophonist / bandleader Ed Palermo sat on the curb at No. 17 126th Street in Harlem, inches from where Count Basie once sat, to shoot the cover photo and album art for A Lousy Day in Harlem, his new album. Unlike his previous albums, this one focused entirely on jazz tunes and originals, a jazz tribute entirely immersed in tradition, shot through the lens of Palermo's playful genius. Palermo has always worked within the jazz tradition, but the jazz-centric focus of A Lousy Day in Harlem makes his dedication to tradition clear.

Palermo leads The Ed Palermo Big Band, an 18 piece NYC-based jazz big band known for superb musicianship and unprecedented big band jazz arrangements of tunes by rock musicians such as Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, The Beatles and more. With numerous studio albums on Cuneiform Records and frequent live performances, Palermo's music has won followers among jazz and rock fans, music critics and the general public alike. Like many jazz musicians from the past, he draws inspiration and audiences by looking to popular music of his generation – which for Palermo means pop and rock musicians from the 1960s onward, and not folk, gospel and blues from the distant past. Unlike other contemporary early 21st century big band leaders, he arranges music very much within the jazz tradition – music by the Ed Palermo Big Band, like music by the Count Basie Orchestra, swings. And EPBB concerts are rooted in the early 20th century tradition of big band jazz as popular entertainment: highly entertaining, fun events that delight audiences in search of great tunes, brilliantly arranged, and great musicianship.

https://www.palermobigband.com
https://mailchi.mp/cuneiformrecords/august-12th-harlem-two-great-days-in-jazz-60-years-apart-1958-2018-esquire-ed-palermo-more-546101

11 agosto 2019


Alla maratona musicale di dodici ore che concluse alla sua dodicesima notte il Knaakfestival di Rotterdam il 12 giugno 1971 partecipò anche il grande ensemble guidato da Keith Tippett, Centipede. Alcuni scatti di Stuart De Jong - tra cui uno che ritrae in azione insieme, cosa assai rara, Fripp e Wyatt - sono affiorati in rete di recente, assieme a una breve cronaca dell'evento in Doelengeheugen, dove si cita anche l'esibizione all'alba di Kevin Ayers & The Whole World con We Did It Again. Avranno fatto anche Why Are We Sleeping?

https://tinyurl.com/y6mfomfh
https://tinyurl.com/y3rajur5

10 agosto 2019


La genesi e l'evoluzione dell'originale progetto sulle musiche di Gabriel Fauré del quartetto francese Baum - Olivier Mellano, Maëva Le Berre, Anne Gouverneur, Simon Dalmais - racchiuso nell'album Ici-bas (Sony Classics, 2018) sono al centro di un documentario realizzato da Pauline Jardel, che ne ha voluto seguire tutte le fasi di realizzazione, dalle prove iniziali alle sessioni di studio, fino al clamoroso debutto l'anno scorso al Festival d'Avignone presso il celebre Palazzo dei Papi. Il film è ora disponibile anche in dvd: Fauré, Baum et les autres, per Girelle Production / Bip TV. Tra gli interpreti ci sono Dominique A, Jeanne Added, BabX, Camille, Élise Caron, Judith Chemla, Hugh Coltman, John Greaves, Piers Faccini, Philippe Katerine, Kyrie Kristmanson, JP Nataf, Sandra Nkaké, Himiko Paganotti, Rosemary Standley.

https://www.oliviermellano.com/en/ici-bas-les-melodies-de-faure
https://pauline-jardel-faure-baum-et-les-autres-dvd
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/GabrielFauré

09 agosto 2019


Ottima occasione per conoscere il raffinato lavoro iper-tecnologico del compositore e chitarrista Steve MacLean è offerta da ReR Megacorp, che raccoglie in un box a prezzo amichevole diverse sue produzioni anche molto recenti, poco conosciute e rare: Frog Bug Guitar Computer; Prime; GPS; il bel duo con Chris Cutler The Year of the Dragon; il doppio BridgesRadial Circuit e Ordinary Objects and Other Distractions: Box of Seven.

Steve MacLean is a Professor in the Electronic Production and Design Dept at Berklee College of Music. A guitarist, composer, producer, and engineer, he has been evolving with music technology since the early '80s, when he worked in a New York City recording studio and had hands-on with early versions of the Fairlight CMI, DX-7, Linn Drum, mixing consoles and digital audio samplers. Later, he founded his own recording and production studio and produced and engineered hundreds of artists and numerous award-winning projects including scores for over two hundred commercials and soundtracks as well as a constant artistic output of his own works.
An active performer and composer for more than thirty five years including numerous concerts with Roswell Rudd, Chris Cutler, MeRCy, Steve MacLean Ensemble and a host of Boston-based improvisers. He was co-founder of the Portland Experimental Music Collective, has performed original compositions at numerous new music festivals, including several pieces for New Music Across America and similar events. An innovator in the new music circuit, he was curator for a series of concerts 2001 New Music Odyssey, and continues to release recordings internationally.

http://www.smaclean.com
https://tinyurl.com/y3f48xed

08 agosto 2019


Per il suo programma The Organ Presents The Other Rock Show su Resonance FM Marina Anthony ha avuto ospite di recente il grande Bob Drake: la puntata è quella del 21 luglio, ed è conservata presso Mixcloud. Drake è stato intervistato la settimana scorsa anche da Jakob e Sirius di Zoofonix: l'episodio in podcast è del 3 agosto.

http://bdblog.bdrak.com
https://Resonance/the-organ-presents-the-other-rock-show
http://www.zoofonix.com/2019/08/03/bob-drake

07 agosto 2019


Due curiosi lavori di fine anni Settanta riconducibili al giro Muffins, con parecchi di loro coinvolti, che hanno come titolare Mike Bass, con o senza la sua Moderately Sized Orchestra: Parchesi Pie (1978) e Painting by Numbers (1979), recentemente recuperati presso Progressive Reviews (e il secondo anche in Bandcamp).

https://michaelbass.bandcamp.com/releases
http://progressreview.blogspot.com/2019/06/michael-bass-and-his-moderately-sized.html

06 agosto 2019


Delle ultime esibizioni di This Is Not This Heat - un pugno di date negli Stati Uniti pochi giorni fa, dopo l'addio londinese dello scorso maggio - rimane documentata in un video quasi integrale quella ad Atlanta (Georgia) lunedì scorso. Con un emozionato saluto da Charles Hayward: "The final US gigs were beautiful intense experiences. Love to all. The music continues to grow and change. Love to all. Silence is a rhythm too. Love to all".

https://youtu.be/KEeavLMMJ8w
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/this-is-not-this-heat-last-ever-show
https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNotThisHeat
https://www.facebook.com/charleshayward.org

05 agosto 2019


Un po' anche per sottolineare l'anniversario in questi giorni di Rock Bottom, Aymeric Leroy si inventa una mini-serie estiva di sei episodi basandosi su un'intervista a Robert Wyatt del 2001 e li pubblica uno alla settimana su YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/YTLeroy

04 agosto 2019


Siamo ormai a buon punto, fa sapere Jonny Greene di Planet Gong. Anche per prenotarne una copia: "The fabulous forthcoming Gong box-set Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75 will be available to pre-order here in the Planet Gong Bazaar this weekend. Box-sets ordered from the Planet Gong will come with an exclusive, limited re-print of the 1970's Gong Mandala promo poster."

Curated by Steve Hillage and released with the full involvement of original members, legendary psychedelic surrealists Gong are the subject of a new box set with the release of Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75 on September 27th 2019, Released to coincide with Gong’s 50th Anniversary, the box set covers the band’s classic years in a stunning package that includes: their seminal first four Virgin studio albums plus bonus tracks; previously unreleased, multi-tracked full gigs, the complete John Peel Sessions from 1973 and 1974; previously unreleased quad Pye and Westlake mixes of ‘You’ re-formatted to 5.1 surround-sound, and artwork including rare and previously unseen work by the late Daevid Allen. Under the visionary guidance of Daevid Allen, Gong raised the bar for psychedelic rock in the 1970s. The first three albums Gong recorded for the Virgin label—Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg & You—introduced the listener to the invisible mythyological universe of Pot Head Pixies, Zero The Hero, The Octave Doctors and The Good Witch Yoni. Featuring sublime virtuoso guitar from Steve Hillage, Gong’s intoxicating, space-rock inflected compositions such as ‘Radio Gnome Invisible’ ‘The Isle Of Everywhere’, ‘Master Builder’, ‘Inner Temple/Outer Temple’ ‘Shamal’, ‘Flying Teapot’ and ‘Oily Way’ are all an absolute joy to experience, re-mastered by original engineer Simon Heyworth and sounding as crisp and inventive as ever.

https://www.planetgong.co.uk

03 agosto 2019


Già annunciata qualche tempo fa, sarà presto pronta - si parla di metà ottobre - la riproposta dei tre magnifici box di Henry Cow in un'unica nuova confezione, con una revisione audio degli album di studio e parecchi materiali informativi aggiuntivi. Oh, e gli extra di Cabinet of Curiosities. E un discreto sconto per chi acquista anche il libro di Ben Piekut. E qualcos'altro ancora per i sottoscrittori della prima ora...

This collection brings together the full contents of the three former boxes, with the addition of a further 60pp booklet of newly unearthed, or commissioned, band commentaries, pictures and other documents prepared specifically for this release - as well as re-mastered versions of all the studio CDs and the rare bonus CD (Cabinet of Curiosities), which came with the subscription edition of the original boxed set. Subscribers only will also receive an extra numbered edition subscription CD of more newly recovered, discovered and previously unreleased recordings.

https://tinyurl.com/y5ah89mz
All The Cows In One Box

02 agosto 2019


Il glorioso debuto dell'ottetto di Louis Moholo Spirits Rejoice! torna in vinile per la prima volta dopo la pubblicazione su Ogun nel 1978. E' un'iniziativa del Cafe Oto londinese per Otoroku, limitata a mille copie: "We're extremely proud to present the first vinyl reissue of one of the most legendary free jazz records ever produced. Originally released in 1978 on Ogun recordings, Louis Moholo Octet’s Spirits Rejoice! is a high achievement in the movement of the era as it soars beyond oppression with a raucous and spiritually uplifting surge of movement and melody. Featuring Harry Miller, Johnny Dyani, Keith Tippett, Evan Parker, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti and Kenny Wheeler, this is former Blue Note artist Louis Moholo’s first album under his own name and is a classic example of the cross-pollination between South African and British players. Mongezi Feza’s You Ain’t Gonna Know Me ‘Cos You Think You Know Me alone is enough to make your life a better place. This 2019 re-issue has been made with permission and in association with Ogun records and features an exact reproduction of the original artwork and liner notes along with new liner notes from Matthew Wright. Remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and packaged in a high gloss sleeve this is the definitive release of one of the absolute free jazz classics of the 20th Century."

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/shop/louis-moholo-octet-spirits-rejoice-lp

01 agosto 2019


In tanti tanti anni è la prima volta che si fanno intervistare insieme. Keith e Julie Tippett parlano con Mike Barnes, per il numero di questo mese della rivista The Wire: The Connected World.

https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/426

31 luglio 2019


Avvisa quelli del Nucleo Anticontraffazione Canterburista che ci sarebbe un altro lavoretto per loro prima delle ferie (se hanno finito con i Winstons): De Lorians. E insisti, che stavolta ci scappa anche una risata...

https://deloriansbbib.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/DeLorians2016
https://youtu.be/bktb0mDPhMA