20 settembre 2020


Si doveva tenere ad aprile a Valenciennes (Francia) l'omaggio degli Art Zoyd al compianto Gérard Hourbette (1953-2018), loro direttore e principale compositore fin quasi dalle origini; è slittato invece a qualche giorno fa, a causa della pandemia, ed è ora integralmente disponibile in video su FB: Et avec votre esprit, una mirabolante performance di musica, luci e danza che prende spunto dall'omonimo brano del 1981 presente in uno degli album storici più amati del gruppo, Phase IV.

Référence mondiale de la musique contemporaine et tête pensante d’Art Zoyd, Gérard Hourbette nous quittait en mai 2018. Ses amis lui rendent un vibrant hommage à travers un spectacle repoussant toutes les frontières, à l’image de son œuvre singulière. Né en 1969 à Valenciennes, Art Zoyd a posé les bases d’une musique contemporaine dynamitant les structures. Entre rock, jazz ou classique, ce collectif protéiforme a aussi composé avec l’électronique au gré des progrès techniques. Âme de ce groupe, Gérard Hourbette fut également un familier de l’Orchestre National de Lille, entre autres. Ce spectacle s’inspire d’une pièce créée en 1981 (Et avec votre esprit) et revisite le vaste répertoire du maître. Le dispositif relève du songe cyberpunk. Entre les morceaux s’expriment la danseuse Akiko Kitamura, mais aussi… Gérard Hourbette lui-même, par le biais d’enregistrements vidéo - tel un chevalier sampler.

https://lephenix.valenciennes/videos/1766447636827106

19 settembre 2020

 


Anche a beneficio di quanti non vi troveranno fisicamente posto, date le limitazioni imposte dal periodo, viene trasmesso in diretta streaming su YT il concerto dei faUSt che si tiene questa sera a Bonn (Germania) nella sala Dialograum del Kreuzung an St. Helena. Inizia alle ore 20.00 ed è promosso dalla In Situ Art Society, di cui è tra i fondatori Pavel Borodin di PanRec.

http://in-situ-art-society.de
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPlqfSQPCWU

18 settembre 2020


Procede la pubblicazione di Anthems and Antithets, brillante autoritratto in quattro cd che Brian Woodbury ha promesso di portare a termine entro il prossimo gennaio. Due i volumi già disponibili, tramite Bandcamp o presso ReR: Levity & Novelty e Balladry & Soliloquy.

https://tinyurl.com/y2top58b
https://brianwoodbury.bandcamp.com/album/levity-novelty
https://brianwoodbury.bandcamp.com/album/balladry-soliloquy

17 settembre 2020


Chris Cutler contribuisce anche con sue note, precisazioni e riferimenti al testo di Luca Ferrari Glen Sweeney's Book Of Alchemies--The Life and Times of the Third Ear Band 1967-1973, pubblicato per November Books. Accompagna il volume un cd con i brani che a suo tempo avrebbero potuto costituire il terzo album del gruppo, The Dragon Wakes.

Scrive Cutler: "Giant Sun Trolley were legends in the earliest stirrings of what became the underground in London in late 1966, coming to full flower in the summer of 1967; doubly legendary because they never recorded anything. One of them, Glen Sweeney, went on to form the Third Ear Band and remained both deeply integrated into - and a spectre at the edges of - the experimental / psychedelic / pop explosion that followed - and whose reverberations still echo. Their first album, Alchemy, released for a dubious EMI, won them fans for life, and their soundtrack for Roman Polanski’s Macbeth - recorded with Paul Buckmaster in the band - made them famous. Then it was over. They now rate a passing mention in historic accounts, but hardly anyone knows anything more about them. But it’s worth knowing."

https://tinyurl.com/yyse2gud

16 settembre 2020


E' pronto anche il nuovo libro di Chris Cutler, Not As We Choose--Music, Memory And Technology, ma un ripensamento in extremis sulla veste grafica ne sta momentaneamente ritardando l'uscita. Sarà pronto a ottobre: "A new book of essays on music, 30 years in the making, developing some of the themes of the last book and moving on into new theoretical territories."

15 settembre 2020



E' pronto un nuovo libro, il quarto, di Eddie PrévostAn Uncommon Music For the Common Man, distribuito da Matchless. Così lo accoglie Richard Williams: "A very different kind of musician’s memoir, a provocative and stimulating account in which the founder-member of AMM questions every aspect of his life and purpose in making music."

Percussionist, improviser and AMM founding member Eddie Prévost's fourth book presents a fascinating series of reflections and challenging insights on music in its various forms, and the development of improvised music at the intersection of contemporary compositional and conceptual forms; alongside a personal history of Prevost's life and his relationship with music.

https://matchlessrecordings.com/book/uncommon-music-common-man
https://tinyurl.com/y35qu97o

14 settembre 2020


Torna a farsi sentire urgente e forte la voce poetica di Anne Waldman in uno dei suoi album migliori pubblicato a New York da Fast Speaking MusicSciamachy. I testi sono tratti dalle raccolte Trickster Feminism, Extinction AriaVoice’s Daughter of A Heart Yet To Be Born; per la musica le danno una mano tra gli altri anche William Parker e Laurie Anderson.

Anne Waldman - poet, performer, professor, editor, literary curator, cultural activist - is the author of over 50 books. Growing up in the counter-cultural mecca of downtown Manhattan in the ’50s and ’60s, she went on to co-found the Poetry Project in New York’s East Village, booking poetry readings for luminaries such as William Burroughs, Cecil Taylor, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, and countless others. In 1974 she co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Allen Ginsberg in Boulder, Colorado; and in 1975 she toured with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. In the decades following, Waldman went on to headline poetry festivals throughout five continents, receive numerous awards such as The Guggenheim Fellowship, and teach thousands of poetry students all over the world. Sciamachy finds Anne at the height of her luminary power, and further solidifies her position as cult literary hero for multiple generations.

http://www.annewaldman.org
https://fastspeakingmusic.bandcamp.com
https://fastspeakingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/sciamachy

13 settembre 2020


Il Cafe Oto londinese, parzialmente rinnovato, ha potuto finalmente riaprire al pubblico pochi giorni fa nell'intenzione di proseguire al meglio le proprie attività, seppur con moltissime cautele e con un calendario di appuntamenti ancora assai incerto. Tra gli eventi più attesi di questo mese avrebbe dovuto tenersi uno speciale programma di quattro giorni curato da Ikue Mori, che però non potrà svolgersi (per ora). Ci si può consolare virtualmente con Invisible, un pugno di brani da lei composti e realizzati a casa nei giorni della quarantena e ora donati a Takuroku: "Ikue was due to perform a 4 night residency at Cafe Oto this month, but due to coronavirus had to be rescheduled to some time next year. In its place she's very kindly put together this selection of new work, all made at home on her own. In it, collected samples and concurrent keyboard lines are projected like aural holograms of dreams shot through crystal. Elapsed drum patterns and gurgling digital electronics emerge and scatter themselves in a haze of tropical music concrete, before wandering into melodic patterns and glimpses of songs. Ikue says "this is where I’m in right now, being home my own" - and it's clear she has formed a natural symbiosis with her laptop during this time; conjuring thick synthetic clouds of thoughts, feelings and dreams for listeners to swim through."

12 settembre 2020


Stornandola dalla 'sua' InPolySons affida all'ADN Records la sua ultima deliziosa operina Denis Tagu, stavolta con nome TagubuCarrer Telègraf, con imperscrutabile (!) dedica a Rob-Alf...

https://www.facebook.com/denistagu
https://tagubu.bandcamp.com/album/carrer-telegraf
http://adnrecords.com/album/tagubu-carrer-telegraf

11 settembre 2020


Nuovi arcani tesori da scoprire negli scrigni della Cordelia RecordsThe Impenetrable Arch of Probability, per esempio, secondo lavoro di surf sperimentale firmato The Melamine Division Plates.

http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk
https://alanjenkins.bandcamp.com

10 settembre 2020


A due anni di distanza dalla scomparsa di Charles O'Meara (1953-2018) - che i più ricordano come C.W. Vrtacek nei lavori da solista, con Forever Einstein e Biota - un bel modo di omaggiarne l'opera è quello scelto da ReR Megacorp: accompagnare la distribuzione del suo curioso libro di schizzi e disegni Do Not Write on the Walls con una copia in cd dell'album Heaven Comes to Town che proprio ReR produsse in vinile nel 1988, senza più ristamparlo.

Scrive Cutler: "Chuck was one of those unstoppable forces; he just had to make things all the time - music, furniture, stories, drawings, a novel - as well as holding down his day job as a psychiatric nurse. Highly creative and born talented, he’d studied art with Saul Steinberg before switching his attention to music. But later in life he went back to drawing and produced studies, cartoons and sketches every day - not to any end purpose, but just to amuse himself and the handful of friends to whom he occasionally sent copies. This book is of course a memorial to his great talent (and his special brand of darkly weary humour), but beyond that it’s also a beautiful thing - not least because Chuck wasn’t working to any special purpose; just getting down whatever popped into his head. And his head was a strange and wonderful place. There are cartoons, architectural fantasies, art musings and scenes from life here, all beautifully executed. Chuck was a modest master of line and balance and caught complex currents in few simple strokes. And occasionally not so simple. Let me strongly recommend this book: it’s hard not to like, it makes a perfect gift - and it helps to weave a thread of immortality into the life of someone who had something to say and knew how to say it. The subscription editions comes with a free, re-mastered CD of Chuck’s never reissued 1988 ReR LP Heaven Comes to Town, a unique, and somewhat prescient episodic unraveling of melody, field-ambient and electronic sound; like a mind at rest daydreaming through the debris of a day."

http://www.rermegacorp.com
https://tinyurl.com/y6j6u3qm

09 settembre 2020


Nuovo singolo militante per Bad Dream Fancy Dress, in attesa dell'album completo Bionic rinviato al 2021: Summer Rising, schieratissimo contro Trump, citando Hendrix, Prince, Billie Holiday e Martin Luther King al cospetto delle emergenze globali più drammatiche del nostro tempo.

Summer Rising is the new single from Bad Dream Fancy Dress and captures the Zeitgeist of a summer of turmoil and upheaval that has shaken the planet, from Covid 19, extreme weather and climate change, to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. It's become clear that Democracy and the rule of law is under threat from ever extreme right wing autocratic leaders who seek to spread fear and lies, in order to control and divide. The world hangs in the balance as the election looms in the United States that will dominate the world for the next ten years. It's time to choose a side and Bad Dream Fancy Dress hold back no punches in this powerful guitar driven protest song. With clear reference to some of the Great Black Musicians and artists who have influence their music and creative output, Bad Dream Fancy Dress are back on form and firing on all six.

https://youtu.be/-9GK1vEbkDk

08 settembre 2020


Da Santiago del Cile Rockaxis segnala l'imminente pubblicazione di Artlessly Falling, secondo album di Mary Halvorson con il gruppo Code Girl, di cui ci sarebbe stata probabilmente anche da noi qualche anticipazione dal vivo, non fosse saltato il tour europeo programmato per lo scorso mese di marzo. In tre brani c'è la partecipazione di Robert Wyatt: "Robert es uno de mis héroes - dichiara la chitarrista - es algo tan importante para mí que estuviera dispuesto a cantar en este disco, porque su música ha sido una enorme influencia en Code Girl y en casi todo lo demás que he hecho. Escribí las tres pistas que canta específicamente para él, y me sorprendió la gracia y la brillantez con la que se acercó a esta música. Fue un sueño hecho realidad".

http://www.maryhalvorson.com
https://tinyurl.com/y2e3lfbe

07 settembre 2020


Dagli archivi dell'Inner London Education Authority - in attività a Londra fino al 1990 e titolare tra l'altro di propri studi di registrazione e di un esteso sistema televisivo a circuito chiuso rivolto a scuole e vari enti culturali metropolitani - Nuthatch recupera alcune autentiche rarità, sconosciute ai più, di assoluto interesse: Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Kevin Ayers (con Bedford, Coxhill e Wyatt), Roy Harper e Third Ear Band tra i primi video pubblicati, tutti tratti dalla serie Music Alive, tutti del 1972.

https://tinyurl.com/y5f3bm4k

06 settembre 2020


Sono già numerosi i titoli entrati a far parte del catalogo in digitale del benamato Eugene Chadbourne, messo soltanto di recente a disposizione nel suo spazio web di documentazione discografica, fedele anch'esso al motto da sempre applicato ai manufatti su supporto fisico: "My music the way I want it documented, packaged by the artist, available from the artist." Nei meandri del nuovo bazar - in cui c'è da perdersi, letteralmente, tanto quanto accadeva avventurandosi nell'antico - c'è ancora qualche copia di Dreamory.

https://eugenechadbourne-documentation.squarespace.com

05 settembre 2020


Da qualche tempo la londinese Soho Radio invita alcune etichette discografiche a interferire nella normale programmazione, ospitando le loro diverse proposte nell'arco di una settimana. Nei giorni scorsi è toccato alla Cherry Red Records: ieri Pere Ubu, oggi The Residents. Che annunciano: "You probably remember the radio? For those that don't, it was a high tech entertainment device back in the early part of the 20th century and it's still around! But it's mostly on the internet now like everything else. Whatever... but The Residents have a radio special on Soho radio in London, celebrating their long history with the blues - and it's happening this Saturday, Sept 5 from 4-6 pm London time. Don't miss it!!!!"

https://sohoradiolondon.com/cherry-red-records

04 settembre 2020


Una celebre poesia di Ted Hughes, Wind, messa magnificamente in musica da Billie Bottle durante il periodo di isolamento: tratta dalla prima raccolta del poeta - Il falco nella pioggia (1957), battuta a macchina dalla prima moglie, Sylvia Plath - ma in verità appresa affettuosamente dalla zia, al telefono.

https://youtu.be/z_OgvMN6qb0
https://genius.com/Ted-hughes-wind-annotated

03 settembre 2020


L'ottetto di Alan Wakeman in due distinte sessioni prodotte per la BBC nel 1969 e nel 1979: The Octet Broadcasts, disponibili ufficialmente per la prima volta grazie a Gearbox Records. Di valore storico le registrazioni, e di gran lustro i nomi coinvolti: prima Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne, Paul Rutherford, Paul Nieman, John Taylor, Lindsay Cooper (il bassista) e Paul Lytton, poi di nuovo Skidmore e Rutherford, Art Themen, Henry Lowther, Gordon Beck, Chris Lawrence e Nigel Morris.

Ricorda Wakeman nelle note di copertina: "Broadly speaking, it was an exciting time for the performing arts in the late 60s and 70s, when many different disciplines and styles intermingled happily in theatre, rock, classical music, film and jazz. Concerts would become events, with visual projections, costumes and more interactive elements for audiences to appreciate. A distinctive, freer style of jazz was emerging in Europe and I became hugely influenced during my sixth form years by being exposed to the thoughts and music and musicians associated with Mike Westbrook when he came to teach art at my school (an experience that must have put him off teaching for life)... I should add that I wrote all the music for both dates with the particular musicians who took part in mind: the Ellington concept of the musicians making the music."

https://store.gearboxrecords.com/alan-wakeman
https://londonjazznews.com/alan-wakeman-the-octet-broadcasts-1969-1979

02 settembre 2020


Mike Westbrook ricorda in un gustoso aneddoto - con lieve ma giustificato tono di rivincita - la prima partecipazione di un ensemble jazz alla stagione concertistica londinese The Proms, per decisione dell'allora direttore John Drummond: era il 30 agosto 1992, e la Mike Westbrook Orchestra presentò Big Band Rossini all'Albert Hall.

https://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml
https://vimeo.com/451224758

01 settembre 2020


Isle of Pene
... quando si dice scrivere ad minchiam ...




31 agosto 2020


Torna in circolazione il breve lavoro che Ben Watt compose tra l'estate e l'inverno del 1981 e che realizzò con il prezioso apporto di Robert Wyatt: Summer into Winter, ristampato da Cherry Red in squillante vinile trasparente color turchese in occasione del primo dei tre appuntamenti del Record Store Day di quest'anno.

https://www.discogs.com/Ben-Watt-With-Robert-Wyatt-Summer-Into-Winter
https://recordstoreday.co.uk/ben-watt-with-robert-wyatt

30 agosto 2020


Un super classico di Phil Miller, Calyx, in una delle due versioni presentate nei concerti londinesi dell'anno scorso in ricordo del Nostro: qui in azione sono Alex Maguire, Sarah Gail Brand, Rick Biddulph, Jakko Jakszyk, Fred T. Baker e Mark Fletcher.

https://philmillerthelegacy.com/a-life-in-music/a-life-in-music-calyx

29 agosto 2020


Un omaggio col cuore da parte dell'Artchipel Orchestra a Phil Miller: Truly Yours, attesissimo, disponibile tra pochi giorni in allegato al numero di settembre di Musica Jazz.

https://www.facebook.com/ArtchipelOrchestra

28 agosto 2020


Un omaggio a Lol Coxhill, uno a Fred Frith, un omaggio ciascuno a Robert Wyatt, Lindsay Cooper e Annette Peacock, a Keith Tippett, Howard Skempton, Ennio Morricone e Béla Bartók, a National Health, Van der Graaf Generator e Keith Jarrett. A tutti li porge Luciano Margorani. Uno anche a Tappo.

https://lucianomargorani1.bandcamp.com/music

27 agosto 2020


Un omaggio alla grande Gertrude Stein e ai suoi enigmatici Teneri Bottoni (1914): Massimo Giuntoli, e chi altri?

www.massimogiuntoli.com
https://massimogiuntoli.bandcamp.com/tender-buttons
https://youtu.be/YM0e7zqHPCE

26 agosto 2020


Chi ha apprezzato l'album di debutto pochi mesi fa vorrà forse conoscerne anche le lunghe fasi preparatorie: sono documentate in Metamorphosis (Demo Mixes and B​-​Sides). Zopp!

https://zopp.bandcamp.com/metamorphosis-demo-mixes-and-b-sides

25 agosto 2020


Sam Ellidge fotografa papà in un momento di libera uscita dall'ospedale, naturalmente a fianco di Alfie. Lo segnala Dave Larder, con sollievo, riportando anche a noi il sorriso: "Finally, Robert gets to visit Louth town centre with Alfie and Sam. Only an hour or so, then back to hospital to continue his recovery. It’s great to see him on the mend and even greater to see him and Alfie back, side by side, which just happens to be the title of their new book."

https://tinyurl.com/yxjh77ux

24 agosto 2020


Una copia di Shooting at the Moon lasciata tra le rose a Deià in memoria di papà, che pochi giorni fa avrebbe compiuto 76 anni. Ne riferisce agli amici Galen, figlia di Kevin Ayers, con un pensiero rivolto anche al passante - forse casuale - che lì troverà il libro: "It’s your birthday and my mother, husband and I have come to show you one of your dreams come true-your very own lyric book. Happy birthday daddy, I love that we made this happen for you. To commemorate our mutual love for treasure hunts I have left a copy of your book by your graveside and whomever finds it amidst my roses for you, it’s theirs."

23 agosto 2020


Quante volte lo si è ascoltato, ma un Platterback così non lo si era mai visto! "First UK screening of a Westbrook Music Theatre classic featuring Wills Morgan, Kate Westbrook, Karen Street, Chris Allan, Mike Westbrook. Filmed in the Czech Republic in 2002."

https://westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml
https://westbrookjazz.co.uk/platterbackcd.shtml
https://vimeo.com/445895028

22 agosto 2020


Quattro splendidi album di Keith Tippett sobriamente raccolti in unico box a favore (anche) di nuovi ascoltatori: è un'iniziativa della FMR in omaggio al Musician Supreme.

Collecting four albums with late pianist Keith Tippett (1947- 2020): The Bern Concert, a 1993 live duo with Howard Riley; Linückea, a 2000 studio album with The Kreutzer String Quartet plus a narrated work; The Dartington Trio of Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts & Paul Dunmall live in 2003; and the Dartington Trio Live at The Priory at the Southend International Jazz Festival. The set is presented as a box that slides into a sturdy cardboard outer jacket. Each cd is in a cardstock white sleeve. For those unfamiliar with the albums included in this set, it's a great value in acquainting oneself with a variety of settings that bring out a different aspects of Tippett's innovative approach to the piano.

21 agosto 2020


Da Martin Archer di Discus Music giungono aggiornamenti circa la realizzazione del nuovo album di Keith e Julie Tippett come Couple in Spirit, progettato a suo tempo ma rinviato dapprima dalla malattia e poi dalla prematura scomparsa del Nostro. Con una brillante idea di Julie: "You’ll recall of course that Keith’s solo piano album The Unlonely Raindancer was released last year on Discus. That record is 80 minutes long, but in the background we have ten concerts worth of unreleased piano music from that tour. Julie’s thought is that she will now complete a new Couple In Spirit album after all - by choosing pieces from Keith’s 1979 playing, and making her own brand new multitrack overdubs for voice and her various instruments. I think it is a wonderful and very moving idea. The completed cd will be a double - one disc of the new Couple In Spirit music, plus a second disc of Keith’s original solo performances. Julie has already started work!"

20 agosto 2020


La storia dell'album originale la racconta Joe Boyd, tra i diretti (e indiretti) responsabili della sua prima realizzazione, nel 1968. La sua ripubblicazione ora assieme a una seconda inedita registrazione di poco successiva è per lui fonte di doppia sorpresa e soddisfazione: Dudu Phukwana and the "Spears", recuperato da Matsuli Music in vinile e in digitale, disponibile tramite Bandcamp.

Dudu Pukwana and the Spears recorded in London, but were only ever released in South Africa. The story behind this extraordinary music and the famous names involved are documented in this extended edition of Dudu Pukwana’s debut album. In 1964 the Blue Notes left South Africa to play at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, and more or less stayed away forever after. In January 1969 alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana went home briefly along with producer Joe Boyd who persuaded Johannesburg record company Trutone to license the recordings for release in South Africa. Matsuli Music’s discovery of a second unpublished London recording session, following Dudu’s South Africa visit, reveals hitherto unknown music, and history. In addition to Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention) and Joe Mogotsi (Manhattan Brothers) putting their own spin on mbaqanga hits like Sibuyile, the Blue Notes’ fabled Church Mouse and an early version of Andromeda can also be heard. With Pukwana’s explosive style and energy evident throughout, this album fills in an exciting and important lost piece of the Blue Notes’ and South Africa’s exile jazz story.

http://www.joeboyd.co.uk/dudu-pukwana
https://matsulimusic.bandcamp.com/dudu-phukwana-and-the-spears

19 agosto 2020


Uno degli album più belli di Harry Beckett (1935-2010), uscito per Cadillac Records nel 1975 e mai ristampato da allora, è stato da poco recuperato in vinile - ma le copie parrebbero già esaurite - e in cd: Joy Unlimited, con una nuova presentazione di John Thurlow, autore del recente The Many Faces of Harry Beckett.

https://cadillacrecords77.bandcamp.com/album/joy-unlimited
http://www.themanyfacesofharrybeckett.org

18 agosto 2020


Chris Biscoe approda alfine alla piattaforma Bandcamp, soprattutto allo scopo di mantenere disponibili due suoi pregevoli omaggi a Eric Dolphy e Charles Mingus prodotti in passato, a lui assai cari ma da tempo di difficile reperibilità: Gone in the Air e Profiles of Mingus. A proposito del primo disse: "I read about Eric Dolphy before I heard his music. What I read, about a man radically extending the language of the saxophone while remaining in the jazz tradition, immediately attracted me, and predisposed me to like his music. I also read that Ornette Coleman was an iconoclast tearing jazz apart. What I didn't know, until I heard their records, was that Ornette Coleman's tunes and melodic improvisations would be immediately attractive to a relative newcomer to jazz, while some of Eric Dolphy's playing would sound to me like someone who had gone one step too far. Forty-something years later I still find Dolphy far from easy listening but impossible to ignore. Looking again at Eric Dolphy's recordings it is more evident than ever that the blues and pre-bop jazz were an essential part of the mix with natural sounds, classical music, and post-bop jazz that went to make up his unique sound." E del secondo: "The first Charles Mingus record I bought was Mingus Ah Um and it’s still my favourite. It has everything: gospel, blues and ballads, great passion and lyricism, as well as heartfelt and characteristically original tributes to Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Jelly Roll Morton and Lester Young, What strikes me now is that every track is a portrait of some sort, and we have used this as the theme of the recording."

https://chrisbiscoe.bandcamp.com

17 agosto 2020


Kate Westbrook riprende il celebre episodio di Diana e Atteone dalle Metamorfosi di Ovidio e vi dà nuova ambientazione, in riva al mare, non lontano dai graniti di Dartmoor: un'intera serie col carboncino disegnata nei mesi dell'isolamento imposto dalla pandemia, contemporaneamente agli ultimi ritocchi a Earth Felt the Wound. "In the lockdown months, my love of charcoal has deepened. The medium is as old as art itself. A versatile drawing material, charcoal is made from willow that is burnt slowly. When worked on paper, it will smudge, stipple, make the finest of lines, and the crudest. When erased, the black/grey paper surface becomes almost luminous. The story of Diana and Actæon fascinates me and I have made many large oil paintings on the subject, as well as work in other media. Ovid’s tale describes the goddess Diana bathing in a woodland pool, Actæon the hunter spying on her, and the consequences. To explore the relationship between the nude figure and landscape, I have re-imagined this classic confrontation. My most recent version of the story brings the two protagonists to the open sea. These charcoal drawings have run in parallel to the release of my Granite Band album Earth Felt the Wound."

https://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/gallery/diana_charcoal.shtml

16 agosto 2020


Phil Minton è tra i Magnifici Otto della Mike Westbrook Band immortalati da Joseph Rusnak nel 1990 in occasione del debutto londinese di Off Abbey Road: è la proposta ferragostana in visione presso il WestbrookJazz Moving Picture Show.

https://westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/index.shtml
https://westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/abbeycd.shtml

15 agosto 2020


Metti che tuo nonno sia Phil Minton...




14 agosto 2020


Macho Melting
Hamlet Coming
Magic Menthol
Matching Mole
...

13 agosto 2020


Nel quartetto di esploratori psicospaziali - Moon Men - guidati dal temerario Bret Hart ai confini del prog (probabilmente) si fa chiamare Major Dom Fook, ma è sempre lui: Dave Newhouse!

https://bhhstuff.bandcamp.com

12 agosto 2020


Altra buona notizia dal pianeta The Muffins è l'avvio di una promettente serie - denominata Hand Systems Tapes - volta a recuperare in digitale antichi documenti archiviati su audiocassetta, molti dei quali mai o pochissimo diffusi a suo tempo. Si comincia con Territory, raccolta di registrazioni dal vivo e in studio effettuate tra il 1975 e il 1978 dal gruppo Illegal AliensDave Newhouse con Billy Swann, Scott Raffel e Steve Feigenbaum, e con loro anche Gary Mayne, Reid Brown, Barney Jones e Laurie Liebenson.

https://davenewhouse.bandcamp.com/album/territory

11 agosto 2020


E' il terzo album di Manna/Mirage e non sarà l'ultimo, anche se il suo titolare - Dave Newhouse - ha per un po' affermato il contrario: Face, bellissimo, rigorosamente autoprodotto, ahimé già esaurito in tutte le sue copie.

http://www.mannamirage.com
https://www.facebook.com/david.newhouse.9699

10 agosto 2020


La formazione rimase insieme poco più di sette mesi, nel periodo post-Hot Rats e pre-200 Motels, lavorò duro ma si divertì molto. Lasciò ai zappofili un ricordo indelebile - non a tutti ugualmente gradito - ma poche tracce di sé nei documenti ufficiali, tranne alcune cose in Chunga's Revenge e in successive antologie. Un box di quattro cd ne raccoglie ora il lascito, quasi tutto inedito: The Mothers 1970. Uno spasso, soprattutto dal vivo: in poche ore Román García Albertos ne ha trascritto ogni battuta.

The Mothers 1970 collects together more than four hours of previously unreleased performances by the heralded lineup which lasted roughly seven months: Aynsley Dunbar (drums), George Duke (piano/keys/trombone), Ian Underwood (organ/keys/guitar), Jeff Simmons (bass/vocals) and Flo & Eddie aka Howard Kaylan (vocals) and Mark Volman (vocals/percussion) of The Turtles who performed under the aliases to skirt contractual limitations of performing under their own names. This iteration of The Mothers came to an end in January of 1971 when Simmons quit the band during the making of the 200 Motels movie. “It’s no secret that Frank was excited about this group. The cast of characters and their personalities, musically and personally, made for a very eventful and humorous chapter in Zappa’s career. Frank had a blast with these guys. Their sound was unique, their humor was like no other and yet their time was ultimately short lived.”

https://www.zappa.com/news/mothers-1970
https://www.zappa.com/music/mothers-1970
http://www.donlope.net/fz/lyrics/The_Mothers_1970.html

09 agosto 2020


Ospite lunedì scorso di Option, appuntamento settimanale con le musiche contemporanee proposto dall'Experimental Sound Studio di Chicago, è stato Eugene Chadbourne, con un simpatico concertino in streaming da casa e una chiacchierata a distanza con Andrew Clinkman. Lo si può rivedere - però in qualità non eccelsa - su YT.

Option is a weekly music salon on Monday nights at Experimental Sound Studio. Its programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a 'salon' format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform. Organized by Chicago musicians Andrew Clinkman, Tim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark, the schedule of concerts represents an insider's view of what is currently most exciting in music and the arts.

https://ess.org/esscalendar/tqc-option-eugene-chadbourne
https://youtu.be/fjowWK08S_U

08 agosto 2020


Le idee grafiche e le illustrazioni di Andrew Swainson accompagnano le produzioni di Andy Partridge da almeno vent'anni, incluse le più recenti riedizioni dei lavori di XTC e Dukes of Stratosphear e i lavori da solista o in contitolarità con Peter Blegvad. Ne parla lo stesso Swainson intervenendo al nuovo episodio, il sesto, della serie What Do You Call That Noise? curata da Mark Fisher.

Illustrator and graphic designer Andrew Swainson has been collaborating with Andy Partridge for over 20 years. As well as working on XTC and Dukes of Stratosphear re-releases, such as Skylarking and The Complete and Utter Dukes, he helped create the distinctive look of records including: Powers, Partridge's tribute to abstract electronic artist Richard M Power, made to look like an early 60s paperback book; Gonwards, by Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge, complete with Mexican-style loteria card game; Orpheus-The Lowdown, another Blegvad-Partridge collaboration, with its haunting X-ray imagery; Fuzzy Warbles, the gorgeous compendium of unreleased XTC rarities. In this episode, Swainson joins XTC fans Mark Fisher, Sarah Crookall, Laura Wade, David White and Peter Mills – not to mention a brief visit by Andy Partridge – to talk about his mesmerising designs.

https://www.andrewswainson.com
https://whatdoyoucallthatnoise.transistor.fm/andrew-swainson

07 agosto 2020


Mike Adcock invece è tra i protagonisti di una registrazione di qualche anno fa dell'Unseemly Trio, finita nel dimenticatoio e ora recuperata e resa disponibile da Structured Disasters tramite Bandcamp. Con Adcock c'erano Mark Browne Steve Nash, e quella sera a loro si unì anche Lol CoxhillThe Starry Voluptuary Has Been Born, dal vivo a Londra il 18 marzo 2002, al Red Rose Club.

https://structureddisasters.bandcamp.com/the-starry-voluptuary-has-been-born

06 agosto 2020


Nel tempo del confinamento domestico imposto dalla pandemia Sylvia Hallett ha potuto rivolgere particolari attenzioni al giardino in stato di abbandono di fianco a casa sua, a Tottenham. E lo ha fatto risuonare: Tree Time.

Tree Time is a reflection on the derelict Tottenham garden, now a forest, next door to me, full of sycamores, holly, walnut, horse chestnut, hazel, elder, jasmine and ivy where the birds nest and the bees go for nectar, and the squirrels chase and chatter along their aerial runways. Underground in the root system a family of foxes dig out their tunnels and palaces. During this time of pandemic lockdown, I have been fortunate to have time to listen to the wind soughing in the trees, and get drawn into a different time dimension - the trees speak slowly and ponderously, over centuries, rooting down to the memories that are stored in their fibrous trunks. There is a huge canopy of Russian Vine at one end, and every year it advances further into my garden until I deal with it. I used some of this vine along with other small branches - beech, ash and sycamore - to make sound, using a violin bow to bring out their resonant qualities.

https://sylviahallett.bandcamp.com/releases

05 agosto 2020


Non rallenta l'attivismo della London Improvisers Orchestra, impegnata a vario titolo in produzioni e iniziative ideate e portate a compimento aggirando strategicamente le avversità di questo dannato periodo. Ce n'è ampia traccia su Bandcamp: tra i materiali pubblicati Traces of Bicarbonate, sulle proteste iniziate in Cile nell'ottobre 2019; Winter Pass for Cello and Orchestra, da un testo di Edward Thomas; Dedicated to Steve Beresford e Birthday Piece, intitolati rispettivamente a Beresford e Philipp Wachsmann.

Sulla genesi di Together Alone spiega Caroline Kraabel: "I miss the glorious web of connections formed by the London Improvisers Orchestra improvising together live. Could some aspects of those connections be maintained even if we didn't hear each other? For ten days I visited LIO musicians in lockdown, or on video-call, in order to conduct each of them in their own version of a score broken up into 30-second segments, each with a single cue (not necessarily the same for all the musicians). Memories, the experience of having played together, and great skill at improvisation made these segments recorded in isolation into something that, when combined (the parts were simply aligned to start at the same time), sounds recognisably like the LIO. It was a privilege to be able to see everyone, and to hear the miraculous synchronicity and surprises in the music.".

E di Bubbles scrive Sue Lynch: "Bubbles refers to the covid-related term as to how we might meet up in groups, whilst still social distancing. We can meet, but only with certain people, but we must still keep our distance. It is both hopefully pleasurable but restrained. In this instance people were paired either alphabetically or as possibly strangers to each other. The results have been both revealing and beautiful".

https://londonimprovisersorchestra.bandcamp.com

04 agosto 2020


E' il dossier che ancora mancava sull'impareggiabile Portsmouth Sinfonia, atto a riassumerne il credo estetico e a documentarne le memorabili scorribande nel corso degli anni Settanta: The World’s Worst-A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, curato da Christopher M. Reeves e Aaron Walker e pubblicato in sobria e magnifica veste da Soberscove Press. Così ne saluta l'uscita Benjamin Piekut: "Our contemporary political leaders appear to be rank amateurs, but the Portsmouth Sinfonia’s story proves that challenges to professionalism (the good kind) have been around for several decades. With every passing year, the ensemble feels further ahead of its time - not only in its solicitation of trained and untrained musicians or its fluent facility with the cultivated and the vernacular, but also in the visionary path it found for a post-Cagean music that went through art school in its post-conceptual phase. This incredible collection brings together historical documents - liner notes, programmes, flyers, letters - with the invaluable remembrances of several members of the Sinfonia. It should serve as a guiding inspiration for every future shambolic disaster born of love."

https://soberscove.com/book/the-worlds-worst
https://soberscove.com/the-worlds-worst-playlist

03 agosto 2020


Sul numero di settembre 2020 di Mojo Martin Aston riporta una conversazione tenuta con Alfreda Benge lo scorso aprile, in vista della pubblicazione presso Faber del libro con Robert Wyatt Side By Side: Selected Lyrics.

“Some relationships are face-to-face, poking into each other’s brains,” notes Alfreda ‘Alfie’ Benge of Robert Wyatt, her creative and domestic partner for the last 50 years. “But ours has worked because we’re sitting side by side, watching the world together, and talking about it. And we’re each other’s best friend. I’m so lucky.”

https://www.mojo4music.com/mojo-322-september-2020
https://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/side-by-side

02 agosto 2020


Caroline Kraabel e John Edwards si sfidano a vicenda nei riconoscimenti al buio proposti da Invisible Jukebox sul numero di agosto 2020 di The Wire: Spaceheads, Feminist Improvising Group, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Adam Bohman e John Wall tra gli ascolti. L'etichetta Takuroku, lanciata recentemente dal Cafe Oto londinese per documentare lavori prodotti nel periodo di confinamento imposto dalla pandemia, ospita il loro Day Night.

https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/438
https://carolinekraabel.bandcamp.com
https://johnedwards.bandcamp.com
https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/john-edwards-caroline-kraabel-day-night