19 luglio 2019

Notizia pessima è invece che la Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band è stata scippata del suo stesso nome, e si vede ora costretta ad affrontare una lunga e costosa bega legale per sperare di ritornarne in possesso. La questione è riassunta presso Crowd Justice, dove è possibile solidarizzare con i Nostri e lasciare un aiuto.

In 2017 the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band discovered that in 2015 an entity had registered their name as a 'figurative trademark' ; the name that they have been associated with since the 1960s when they had a Paul McCartney produced hit ‘I’m the Urban Spaceman’ and appeared in the crossover Monty Python TV show ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band trademark registration legally entitles the owner to both the name and the associated goodwill and was registered without the consent or the knowledge of the band.
As a result of the grant of the trademark The Bonzos may never be able to record an album or perform a concert under their name ever again. In the two years which have elapsed since this dispute began one member of the band, Sam Spoons, has sadly passed away. The band are challenging the decision to grant the trademark but need your help. Please contribute now and share this page on social media with fans of the band, lovers of music, musicians and friends.


18 luglio 2019

Notizia splendida è che con la creazione dell'etichetta indipendente Molkaya Records troveranno presto riscontro anche discografico almeno alcuni degli innumerevoli progetti cui l'infaticabile Massimo Giuntoli ha dato vita negli ultimi anni, e tra questi Hobo, Pie Glue, U-Gene, Harpsy Duet, Vox Populi, Piano Poetry. C'è l'invito a incoraggiare pubblicamente l'iniziativa tramite Kickstarter. E c'è sempre l'occasione di goderne anche dal vivo: per esempio questa sera a Rovereto (Tn), con F.I.T. - Found In Translation.


17 luglio 2019

E' sempre rara l'occasione di vedere in azione dal vivo Christophe Petchanatz con il suo progetto di lunga data Klimperei: è accaduto però la scorsa settimana a Parigi, con un concerto gratuito al Chair de Poule, e Vimeo ne offre la ripresa video integrale. Petchanatz e Sacha Czerwone avevano ospiti David Fenech e Denis Frajerman.


16 luglio 2019

Già che c'è luna piena (con eclissi), Matthew Watkins pubblica un nuovo episodio della sua serie Canterbury Sans Frontières: "Steve Hillage in '79, North Sea Radio Orchestra covering Robert Wyatt, John Greaves impersonating both Ivor Cutler and William Burroughs (on separate occasions), Henry Cow with Wyatt in Rome '75, a future member of Whitesnake (!) playing bass with National Health live in '77, Robert Fripp with Theo Travis fairly recently, Kevin Ayers getting rather dark in his heyday, an interesting early 90s mutation of Gong playing a classic, some Ethiopique, some Tropicalia, and Mike Ratledge at the piano playing a jazz standard circa 1963. From the Canterbury of today, another composition by Aidan Shepherd as recorded by London fusioneers Ruby Rushton and a long free jam from Lapis Lazuli recorded live last winter."


15 luglio 2019

E un esplicito omaggio a Robert Wyatt è l'istituzione di Radio Robert, sorta di jukebox virtuale a sequenza casuale ricavato nello spazio web dedicato a documentare le azioni e le passioni musicali, culturali e politiche di Bertrand Merino-Péris, a cinque anni dalla scomparsa. Con imprevisti e sorprese...


14 luglio 2019

L'omaggio di Bruno Tocanne a Robert Wyatt - Sea Song(e)s, uscito in cd nel 2017 per Cristal Records - è in un concerto dal vivo ripreso al Théâtre Berthelot di Montreuil (Francia) il 18 ottobre 2018 e ora pubblicato presso Vimeo: con il batterista ci sono Sophia Domancich, Antoine Läng e Rémi Gaudillat.


13 luglio 2019

Nel fare il punto della situazione della loro breve carriera entro i confini del prog europeo gli spagnoli Amoeba Split non esitano a confessare anche altre passioni: Soft Machine e Matching Mole, per esempio, come testimoniato dall'approccio a Nan True's Hole e 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom. L'antologia audio e video si intitola A Tiempo: Una Retrospectiva 2016​-​2018, ed è rintracciabile tramite Bandcamp.


12 luglio 2019

Dà immediato seguito al primo il secondo volume di Vulneraries dedicato da David Garland e il figlio Kenji all'amata Anne. Che sul potere spirituale e benefico di queste musiche ha scritto: " I want to share this lovely unique, and uniquely healing music with as many people as possible, so we’re making it available through bandcamp.com. All the proceeds are going to the National Nurses United, one of the largest nurses unions in the U.S. and one of the strongest supporters of Medicare for all. I’ve spent the past few months floating and basking in the healing tones and textures of Vulneraries. I hope it is healing to you as well."


11 luglio 2019

Se il volume precedente era costruito attorno alla voce di Kate Sugden, questo - il quinto - vede invece protagonista Gerard Black, componente anch'egli del National Jazz Trio Of Scotland: e in suo onore Bill Wells convoca addirittura Gerswhin e Shakespeare.

A masterclass in nuance, interpretation and the purifying power of the human voice, Standards Vol. V represents another captivating chapter in the career of a singular figure in contemporary music. For his fifth album as the mischievously named National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, the prolific jazz outsider Bill Wells posits yet another collaborator in the diffuse light cast by his tender chord shifts and understated arrangements. Where Standards Vol. IV spun around the vocal talents of Kate Sugden with contributions from Gerard Black and Aby Vulliamy, the voice on Standards Vol. V is that of Black, whose other musical activities include the band Babe, François And The Atlas Mountains, Rozi Plain and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Recorded in bursts over an eight-year period in Loathsome Reels, aka the kitchen in Wells’ Glasgow flat, Standards Vol. V is the multi-instrumentalist and composer’s third long-player in 12 months, following Remixes For Seksound (Seksound, October 2018) under his own name and The Sensory Illusions (Karaoke Kalk, January 2019), the eponymous debut from his duo with tuba player Danielle Price.


10 luglio 2019

Da un concerto al Vortex Jazz Club londinese proviene invece Coffee For Three, offerto l'estate scorsa da Duck Baker in quartetto con Alex Ward, John Edwards e Steve Noble.

Duck Baker made his reputation as a fingerstyle guitarist in the folk, blues, acoustic music world in the 1970s, but has always been interested in jazz, free jazz, and improvised music. Baker worked with the likes of Eugene Chadbourne, Bruce Ackley and John Zorn in the ‘70s, and in the years since with people like Roswell Rudd, Derek Bailey, Michael Moore, and Mark Dresser. Baker formed a trio with clarinetist Alex Ward when he moved to London from San Francisco in 2005, and John Edwards replaced Joe Williamson as bassist when the latter moved to Stockholm in 2010. The trio performs music by such great jazz composers as Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk, but the main focus is on Baker’s own jazz writing. When drummer Steve Noble joins to make it a quartet, the emphasis shifts towards free jazz and improvisation.
For listeners who have followed free improvised music in recent years, Baker’s cohorts need less introduction then he does himself. John Edwards is one of the most sought-after bassists on the scene; it would be easier to list important contemporaries he hasn’t worked with than those he has. Alex Ward’s abilities as a clarinetist first attracted attention with Derek Bailey when he was still a teenager, and in many other contexts in the years since, including groups led by Butch Morris, Eugene Chadbourne, and Joe Morris. Like Alex, Steve Noble first attracted attention as a member of Derek Bailey’s Company. He has also worked with the likes of Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, and Lol Coxhill, among others.


09 luglio 2019

Dagli archivi del Cafe Oto londinese spunta la registrazione di un concerto che vide protagonisti Lol Coxhill, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker e Chris Corsano, insieme per una sola e unica volta la sera del 10 marzo 2010: Tree Dancing.

"McPhee and his co-musicians delivered an intense performance which was both creative and restrained. With Evan Parker's tenor in tow – a collaboration going back to the late 70s – and Lol Coxhill, sitting with head bowed intently, a soprano master – it could have gone anywhere, yet they worked off each other, often in the higher registers, building up almost bird-call like interactions and trills. Earlier, Chris Corsano's drumming presented a dense bedrock for McPhee to play against, and his solo spell was a crisp exercise in sonic curiosity. McPhee picked up his soprano mid-way through the second set, heightening the lyricism of the three saxophones. Then, being a devotee of Don Cherry, he switched to pocket trumpet, allowing him to interject, and punctuate the concentrated sound layers built up by the quartet, and lead the music out through a different door." (Geoff Winston)


08 luglio 2019

Giunge al terzo e più onirico stadio il progetto Keep Min 2 Dot intrapreso da qualche tempo in via solitaria da Howl Din a Wilmington (Stati Uniti). Stavolta a dargli consiglio e direzione - consultando anche qualche incartamento Biota - intervengono Dave Willey, Dave Newhouse, George Cartwright e June Bender: Southpaw Fracas.


07 luglio 2019

Tinkle Twang ‘n Tootle è il nuovo lavoro di Pierre Bastien, sei graziosi titoli bifronti creati con le fedeli macchine sonore di Meccano e altri piccoli dispositivi. Lo pubblica in vinile Marionette.

Pierre Bastien orchestrates his meccano marionettes on Tinkle Twang ‘n Tootle to form the charming imaginative ensemble that he’s been known for since the late 80s. Equal parts composer, inventor, mechanic, and performer - Bastien translates his imagination into instruments and compositions that defy any musical categories. Whether it’s preparing instruments like playing a trumpet underwater or through a kazoo, using belt-driven motors and mechanical components to perform cumbersome yet surprisingly musical operations on traditional instruments and household items, or using a fan to hit the strings of a kundi harp with flowing paper - Bastien’s love for tone, rhythm, noise and harmony is poetically reflected across his quite extensive oeuvre.
Playful and melancholic, the sound sculptures that Bastien invents and plays with are partly inspired by the work of Raymond Roussel, a visionary French author who at the turn of the 20th century wrote a unique form of literature which inspired and guided artists from the surrealist and pataphysical movement and was declared by Michel Foucault as one of structuralism's founding fathers. On that note, the influence of literature and syntax on Bastien’s work cuts all the way through to the palindromes he uses for his track titles - which, much like his machines, infinitely loop. True to it’s adorable title, Tinkle Twang ‘n Tootle is a music box of unfolding whimsical structures, half broken rhythms, detuned harmonies, and fantastical sound collages that evoke a childlike sense of wonder and an urge to explore the spaces in between the sounds.


06 luglio 2019

Tre concerti a Tokyo a novembre e altri poi a seguire nel corso della primavera 2020: è la promessa di Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin inviata agli iscritti alla loro newsletter: "We're excited to announce we're returning to Japan for concerts on November 9th & 10th 2019 at Romantic Moon, Aoyama, Tokyo. The line-up is Dave (keyboards), Barbara (velvet voice owner), Beren Matthews (guitar) and longtime sonic accomplice Ted Hayton at the mixing desk. Show times and ticket reservations at https://realtrue.exblog.jp/. See you there!". Eccome no!


05 luglio 2019

Chissà se l'altro giorno a Lione hanno potuto (o voluto) brindare insieme ai propri cinquant'anni di attività. L'occasione si ripresenta loro il 16 luglio, in Costa Azzurra, a Juan-les-Pins presso Antibes: nuovamente sullo stesso palco, Magma e King Crimson.


04 luglio 2019

Cinque anni di Iklectik a Londra, senza mai passare inosservati. Bravo Eduard, e tutti. Auguri!

Five years ago we were opening the doors of Iklectik, a new art platform for experimental art and music. Born from the vision of independent curator Eduard SolazIklectik gives asylum to the bravest, leading, as well as emerging artists in the field. So far we have been able to independently grow a programme which saw more than 1000 artists, 800 + concerts, and more than 50 exhibitions, talks and workshops. As a live and always evolving laboratory, mistakes were inevitable. However, at times, they were what made this journey more interesting. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, and supported us along the way, and our audience for their trust and engagement. During the last months of 2019, we will be celebrating with a series of events, opening up the venue to new practices involving performance, live art and new technologies, as well as the launch of a brand new book and sound library.

‘Old Paradise Yard’
20 Carlisle Lane
London SE1 7LG

03 luglio 2019

Entra in questi giorni in studio di registrazione Kate Westbrook, a gettare le basi del secondo capitolo discografico con la sua Granite Band, atteso per il prossimo anno: "Kate Westbrook takes The Granite Band into the studio in July to record the follow-up album to Granite, with the same wonderful team of Roz Harding saxophones, Jesse Molins and Matthew North guitars, Billie Bottle bass guitar/vocals, Mike Westbrook piano and Coach York drums. Once again the producers will be Jay Auborn and Callum Godfroy. Kate’s latest songs and Mike’s new writing take The Granite Band in surprising directions."

02 luglio 2019

Torna in pista nel cuore dell'estate la magnifica Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook, con un concerto il prossimo 25 agosto a Torquay (Regno Unito) presso la Town Hall, luogo simbolico e assai caro a Mike, restituito alla musica dopo lunghi anni di inaccessibilità.

In the post-war Jazz boom of the late 1940s and through the 50s Torquay Town Hall hosted many of the touring bands of the day, including those of Johnny Dankworth and Ronnie Scott, and the great Stan Kenton. Summer residences by Ted Heath, Jack Parnell and Geraldo at the Spa Ballroom by the harbour, highlighted Torquay’s reputation as a Mecca for big bands. It was here that Mike Westbrook had his first experience of live jazz. Mike went on to an international career as composer and bandleader.
Now he returns the scene of his first inspiration with his current ensemble, The Uncommon Orchestra, brimming with talent and fresh from a triumphant sold-out appearance at Ronnie Scott’s club, with a programme that combines Westbrook originals with classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and many more. Not used as a music venue for many years, this historic venue will once again reverberate to the magical sound of the big band.

01 luglio 2019

Cinque ore di Mike Westbrook, una cinquantina di brani, di tutto un po'. Ora su Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DZ06evO4wDD9C