06 aprile 2020

Mai in oltre vent'anni aveva mancato l'appuntamento, quello della prima domenica del mese, per ritrovarsi a suonare in concerto. Oggi che le circostanze lo impediscono la London Improvisers Orchestra si fa viva in altro modo, producendo sotto la guida di Caroline Kraabel un brano collettivo, We Stay Apart Because We Love Each Other. Love Is Stronger Than Greed, costituito dai contributi individuali di molti suoi componenti. Ciascun intervento dura venti secondi, più o meno il tempo consigliato per svolgere l'azione più sensata del momento assieme a quella di socializzare a distanza: lavarsi bene le mani.

Scrive Caroline: "For over 21 years the London Improvisers Orchestra has been rehearsing and performing large-group free and conducted improvisations on the first Sunday of each month, working on a frayed shoestring and the goodwill of its illustrious improvising musicians and faithful old and new audiences. For the first time since 1998, the first Sunday of April this year will not see an LIO concert. Because we and you are in isolation, together. This piece has been devised, collected and collated from solicited 20-second (recommended handwash length) recordings by musicians from the London Improvisers Orchestra. Most of the segments are necessarily solos, but musicians who are in isolation together have also provided duos and (in one case) a trio. Where musicians have provided segments of a length other than 20 seconds, I have left them as sent, for a luxurious and varied handwashing experience." E aggiunge: "Our thoughts are with LIO members who have been ill, and with the family of LIO musician Carole Finer."