16 giugno 2019


Il nuovo album solitario di Charles Hayward, (begin anywhere), è pronto in cd per Klanggalerie e in vinile per God Unknown Records: "Known primarily as a drummer, songwriter and improviser, a new project centred around songs performed at the piano, a sequence of betrayal, paranoia, subterfuge, opening out into resistance, hope and humanity, interweaved with sound events, drums, spoken word, performance. Stark, minimal arrangements; an unexpected departure."

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg301
https://godunknownrecords.bandcamp.com/album/begin-anywhere
https://youtu.be/tZGpWGbJAv4
https://youtu.be/I8pQlygClhQ

15 giugno 2019


Nuova impeccabile autoproduzione dei Remote Viewers ancora una volta in formazione essenziale, con i soli Dave Petts, Adrian Northover e John Edwards: Notes Lost in a Field.

http://www.theremoteviewers.com
https://soundcloud.com/the-remote-viewers
https://youtu.be/au-h23iQWZA
https://youtu.be/edM6hcZAfnk

14 giugno 2019


Vraiment Autre Chose inaugura i propri reportage dal festival Rock in Opposition di Lione e Bourgoin Jallieu con uno dei concerti dell'ultimo giorno, l'11 maggio scorso, quello di Yumi Hara con Tim Hodgkinson e Chris Cutler: The Watts.

Vraiment Autre Chose a eu l'immense plaisir d'assister à l'édition 12 du festival Rock in Opposition, édition qui se déroulait cette fois à Lyon et à Bourgoin Jallieu. Et on a tout enregistré, des concerts mais aussi des interviews. Et l'on démarre donc cette série d'émission avec le groupe The Watts, superbe trio de musique improvisée, composé de monstres sacrés des musiques "in opposition" : Chris Cutler, à la batterie, Tim Hodgkinson à la clarinettes et aux machines et enfin Yumi Hara, au piano préparé. Après s'être délecté de leur concert, on les a rencontré pour en savoir plus sur ce surprenant projet, qui a réussi à surprendre tout le monde dans un festival de musiques surprenantes, et leur approche totalement improvisée donnait à cette musique une liberté totale. Bref, un concert, une interview, quelques titres choisis par eux même, et on boucle ces deux heures avec deux titres du Live In Japan de The Work, l'un des albums majeurs du mouvement RIO, ou l'on retrouvait déjà Chris Cutler et Tim Hodgkinson.

http://vraimentautrechose.hautetfort.com
https://www.mixcloud.com/vraiment-autre-chose-129-rio-2019-the-watts
http://www.yumiharacawkwell.co.uk/HTML/THEWATTS.htm

13 giugno 2019


Radio 3 della BBC l'aveva già trasmessa tre anni fa, ma è tornata brevemente disponibile di nuovo la riduzione radiofonica del lavoro teatrale dedicato all'inimitabile Ivor Cutler prodotto nel 2014 da Vanishing Point e il National Theatre of Scotland: The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler.

The fragmented life of the surrealist, poet, songwriter and eccentric, Ivor Cutler. He shot to fame, when The Beatles cast him in The Magical Mystery Tour. George Martin produced his records, John Peel had him on numerous sessions, Bertrand Russell admired him, he wrote plays for Radio 3. But it is his voice that distinguishes Cutler. His studied melancholia and frail persona tells naive fables which have an existential sting in the tail. He grew up in Glasgow when the pursuit of happiness was never going to be written in the constitution.
The radio adaptation is based on an original play by Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland created by Sandy Grierson, James Fortune and Matthew Lenton, with Ed Gaughan and the company.
Like most ‘loveable’ eccentrics Ivor was a provocateur. Off stage we also tell the love story of Ivor and the poet Phyllis King who were together 40 years. It is a romance told in tiny moments of cups of tea and trips to the zoo, and his most lovely song: Beautiful Cosmos. Ivor is played by Sandy Grierson and Phyllis is played by Elicia Daly.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j3m50

12 giugno 2019


C'è un altro Pride questo mese, e a promuoverlo è Massimo Giuntoli: "Nell’era degli strumenti di misura digitali, i minuscoli pesi di una vecchia bilancia ritrovano orgogliosamente una ragione d’essere, riscattandosi dal destino di mero soprammobile, privo di una funzione che non sia puramente ornamentale o storico-museale." Weight Pride.

www.massimogiuntoli.com
https://youtu.be/uD4szXeoW_k

11 giugno 2019


Deep Memory, Elusive Memory, False Memory: tre concise annotazioni musicali firmate Jonathan Coe. Come scritte dal suo Benjamin Trotter.

https://soundcloud.com/user-112781549/sets/three-memories

10 giugno 2019


Il premio annuale intitolato alla memoria di Phil Miller, recentemente istituito presso il Dipartimento Jazz del Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, verrà assegnato per la prima volta questa sera nel corso di una cerimonia cui prenderanno parte con le loro proposte gli allievi della scuola. Il riconoscimento andrà al solo di chitarra ritenuto più meritevole dalla giuria, formata da due cari amici e colleghi di Miller: Fred T. Baker e John Etheridge.

Phil Miller (1949-2017) was a progressive rock and jazz guitarist associated with bands such as In Cahoots, Soft Machine, National Health and Short Wave. Conservatoire guitar and bass tutor Fred Thelonious Baker was a fellow musician with Phil Miller for many years and has helped set up this prize in honour of Phil’s great musicianship and contribution to the scene. We thank the Miller family for the generous support of the prize and we are glad that this new annual feature in our calendar will keep the legacy of Phil’s playing alive.

The prize is a solo guitar prize and the brief is wide open. Our students entering the prize can offer any style from free jazz to rock to contemporary jazz and beyond. Our panel of Fred Baker and John Etheridge will hear each soloist in turn with you the audience and then award the best solo feature of the night. After the presentation of the award there will be encores from the winner and special features from Fred Thelonious Baker and John Etheridge. This promises to be a great night out and a fitting tribute to a British guitar legend.

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/phil-miller-guitar-prize-10-06-2019

09 giugno 2019


Il vivace dialogo via posta elettronica tra autori e pubblico che una decina d'anni fa caratterizzò - e in buona misura influenzò - la trama e lo svolgersi degli eventi del composito progetto interattivo The Bunny Boy dei Residents è ora raccolto in un libro redatto da Jen Kraynak e Paulie Kraynak per lo stesso collettivo francese Bandits-Mages che ha prodotto la straordinaria esposizione da pochi giorni conclusa al centro d'arte Transpalette a Bourges: The Bunny Boy Emails.

The Bandits-Mages association met The Residents in June 2016. Since then, they have been envisioning the publishing of this rare, almost magic and uncanny correspondance between The Bunny Boy and numerous real people around the world. A selection of email picked by Jen and Paulie Kraynak, inviting you to follow the whole investigation of The Bunny Boy.
The genesis of the project was an old acquaintance of The Residents coming back into their lives after a long absence. They received a bizarre collection of videos of a man (Bunny) pleading for help to find his brother. The Residents recognized their old friend, and decided to help by retelling his story so that it would reach more people. The album The Bunny Boy released on the 09/01/2008 is the first part of a bigger project. A webseries soon appears on YouTube. As the two medias are closely intertwined, the songs are the base of the story depicted in the videos. They provide a lot of clues about what we will find in each episode. The combination of the two was used as the structure for the live show. As the serie was interactive, the viewers were invited to correspond with Bunny via email. Their comments and advice would shape the narrative of the series. In total there were 66 episodes, a soundtrack album, a music album, a tour, and a DVD.

https://it.ulule.com/the-bunny-boy-emails

08 giugno 2019


Bob Drake parla del suo rapporto creativo con Joe Mruk, artefice delle indimenticabili illustrazioni che caratterizzano iconograficamente i suoi ultimi tre album - Lawn Ornaments, Arx Pilosa e L'Isola dei Lupi, tutti prodotti da ReR - al punto da accompagnarne e sostenerne l'impianto tematico e narrativo: "Our working relationship began in 2013, I think… I do know it was when I was just finishing up Lawn Ornaments and starting to wonder what to do about cover art. Then came an email out of the blue from Joe, who I hadn’t heard of until then, saying he liked my music and that he’d like to design a poster for a gig if I ever needed one. I took a look at his website, didn’t take more than a few moments of browsing there before I asked if he’d do the design for Lawn Ornaments. He did… not only the cover, but he wanted to do an illustration for each song! Since then he’s also done the subsequent albums Arx Pilosa and L’Isola dei Lupi, giving them all that recogniseable consistent look and design. How fortunate for me that he contacted me back then eh? So now, please go visit his website! As you’ll see he does lots of album covers for lots of bands, illustrations for many Pittsburgh area festivals and events, amazing wood sculptures, maps, T-shirt designs, etc etc."

http://bdblog.bdrak.com/in-praise-of-mruk
http://www.bdrak.com/sounds/lo.html
http://www.bdrak.com/sounds/arx.html
http://www.bdrak.com/sounds/lisola.html

07 giugno 2019


Con studiato tempismo ReR fa uscire insieme una bella collezione di titoli storici - più un cd di inediti e un prezioso libretto informativo - dei Biota (The Biota Box) e un album nuovo di zecca (Fragment for Balance) invogliando tutti a immergersi in quel meraviglioso mondo, anche a ritroso...

The Biota Box
Without any obvious keystone event, Biota – who started recording in the late 1970’s as the Mnemonist Orchestra – have quietly become a musical fixture, honoured for their uniquely, abstract, layered, polystylistic approach to musical construction - deaf to fashion or possible sales. And it seems, paradoxically, to have been just this art-orientated commercial indifference that has slowly won them loyal followers and surprisingly respectable sales. Now, for a wider audience - and at a congenial price - this box collects five representative releases that span their discography and track the radical evolution of their crystalline aesthetic – with added documentation, a band history, insights into their work process, and a full-length bonus CD embroidered from their archive of rare and unreleased material: Funnel to a Thread, Half a True Day, Invisible Map, Object Holder and Gyromancy (recorded as the Mnemonist Orchestra), and the box-only bonus Counterbalance.

Fragment for Balance
After 4 years of work on their 11th release for ReR, this extraordinary, reclusive, and highly individual audio-visual collective continues to evolve through the painstaking accumulation and disposition of a seemingly incompatible range of both exotic and familiar musical languages, instruments, techniques and studio manipulations - into one of the few genuinely original bands at work today. It took a long time to refine their unique process of composition to this level of ambiguity and depth, and newcomers will wonder how they strayed so far from orthodoxy and yet managed to retain a lucidity and transparency that is quite rare in contemporary music. Timeless, almost weightless - yet teeming with life, motion and complexity - this is a music that suggests an untroubled world in which nostalgia, tragedy and agony, while rudely present, remain subservient to deeper, calmer currents. Sic transit gloria mundi. More plainly, these are not conventional compositions, nor are they collective improvisations; but are made of simultaneities, conspiracies, accidents, careful planning and a guiding aesthetic that is both exacting and empirical. A classic.

https://tinyurl.com/y23owpe5
https://tinyurl.com/y5k4vsju

06 giugno 2019


Frutto di attività compiute a metà anni Ottanta da Gordon Whitlow al di fuori dei crescenti impegni con Biota - poco dopo Bellowing Room - rivede la luce Sorry For Laughing, per la prima volta in formato diverso dall'audiocassetta, per iniziativa di Klanggalerie. Scrive l'autore: "This is a solo musical project recorded in the winter of 1985-86 and self-released on cassette in a very small edition in 1986; this was followed by a modest limited edition cassette release on the ADN label in Italy in 1989. It has never been released to the public on any medium other than cassette. The compositions stem from my beginning days with the avant-garde recording ensemble Biota, shortly after completion of the Bellowing Room LP. The recordings feature a handful of Biota players contributing to compositions that fall outside the group’s activities. Vienna-based label KlangGalerie has expressed interest in reissuing the project as a CD. As you will hear from the initial spoken word (interview) passages, the project has a quasi-Christmas theme, but it is not overt in that sense. Rather, it is a collection of instrumentals whose moods and atmosphere are founded on largely repetitive melodic passages accompanied by “found” atonal elements. It is intended to be minimalistic with sparse arrangement (and on one track, some distant vocalization), aiming for a sense of nostalgia, isolation/loneliness, and childlike muse."

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg289
https://klanggalerie.bandcamp.com/album/sorry-for-laughing

05 giugno 2019


L'omaggio a Robert Wyatt offerto dai berlinesi Hütte guidati dall'iperattivo batterista Max Andrzejewski vedrà la luce a settembre con un lavoro pubblicato dall'etichetta Whyplayjazz. Nel frattempo, dopo l'esordio lo scorso ottobre al festival Leipziger Jazztage, il gruppo è in tour questo mese con concerti a Monaco, Dresda e Wendland. Ospiti del quartetto, dal vivo e nell'album, sono Cansu Tanrıkulu e Jörg Hochapfel. Il commento di Wyatt: "This project is great for my sense of still being alive, knowing that these brilliant young musicians look my way for a moment. Please thank them from me. They have my profound gratitude."

http://maxandrzejewski.de

04 giugno 2019


Omaggi a Wyatt li porge anche Elaine Gorton dalle vetrine - e dal laboratorio di ceramica sul retro - del suo Crackpot a Louth: "Art is my life. I’ve admired artists, studied art, criticised techniques and perfected my own talents. Art can convey many messages, from portraits to oil paintings through sculpture and modelling, but above all else, for me art is inspiration. The inspiration to create and adapt and refine and realise. That’s what Crackpot is all about, the freedom to explore your own creativity, make your own mark and create your own masterpieces. I used to think that creativity was a gift; perfected by the few and admired by the many. Now I realise that the real gift is being able to share my love with the world. Just don’t ask me why I called it Crackpot!”

Crackpot
16 Queen Street
Louth
LN11 9AU

https://www.laamb.co.uk/artists/crackpot-louth
https://www.facebook.com/LouthCrackpot
https://crackpotlouth.wixsite.com/ceramic

03 giugno 2019


Per la sua serie di podcast Lincolnshire Arts and Music Bulletin Introduces... pubblicati presso Mixcloud Dave Larder inaugura un ciclo di quattro brevi episodi dedicati a brani della discografia di Robert Wyatt interpretati da altri nel corso degli anni (o anche in tempi recenti): tra i primi titoli ci sono Alliance, Sea Song, Just a Bit, Free Will and Testament, A Last Straw e O Caroline.

https://www.laamb.co.uk
https://twitter.com/laamb4
https://www.mixcloud.com/LAAMB4/laamb-introduces-robert-wyatt-covers

02 giugno 2019


Anticipando di qualche settimana il tormentone estivo di Calypso Dreaming e in attesa del successivo Bionic Cat Rees recupera il fenomenale singolo d'esordio trent'anni fa di Bad Dream Fancy Dress e lo serve ancora più piccante in barba alle imperanti regole del food porn: Curry Crazy.

https://www.baddreamfancydress.com
https://youtu.be/e4cPBDIQM8U
https://youtu.be/dAUvGknPMZA

01 giugno 2019


C'è voluto del tempo, ma adesso è pronta anche l'edizione in vinile di uno dei migliori album del decennio (oltre che specialissimo capitolo nella rispettiva discografia dei protagonisti): The Ocean Tango, frutto sbocciato nel 2010 dalla collaborazione - un lungo dolcissimo flirt, in verità - tra Louis Philippe e Testbild!, con lo zampino di Danny Manners, Sean O'Hagan e Jonathan Coe. Era su Wonder Records, ora è in capo a Kalligrammofon. Come un Natale a luglio...

The Ocean Tango is the result of a joyful summertime collaboration between French pop craftsman Louis Philippe and Swedish art-pop conceptualists Testbild! An intoxicating blend of chamber pop and chamber jazz, the album is awash with trumpets, vibraphones, flutes, strings, harpsichord, Fender Rhodes, nylon guitar and the lushest of harmonies - all wrapped around elegantly tooled, constantly surprising melodies. Imagine a late-night session featuring the Beach Boys, Antonio Carlos Jobim, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, with a few electronic flourishes from Brian Eno, and you’re getting close to the vibe...
Originally released as a cd on Wonder Records in 2010. Remastered and slightly edited for vinyl in 2019. Produced and mixed by Kenneth Brake (London) and Petter Herbertsson and Petter Samuelsson (Malmö). Strings and vocal arrangements by Louis Philippe. Remastered for vinyl by Tomas Bodén.

https://kalligrammofon.bandcamp.com/album/the-ocean-tango
https://www.hibou-anemone-bear.com/Ocean Tango