11 luglio 2020

Peek-A-Boo pubblica una bella intervista recente di Danil Volohov a Chris Cutler, con molti spunti di riflessione sulle attività passate e alcune importanti anticipazioni sulle future iniziative, tra cui una raccolta di interviste - a cura di Alessandro Monti - e un nuovo ciclo di canzoni in via di lenta elaborazione ('my Universe Symphony').

Molto esplicativo - ed esplicito - il paragrafo sul Rock in Opposition: "Rock in Opposition was a mutual support network that Henry Cow put together in the last months of its existence - after we had decided to break up - in order to try to sidestep the monopoly of the music business and demonstrate to our fellow countrymen that the most interesting music in Europe was no longer being made in Britain. Non-anglophone bands were more or less completely ignored here – as they were more or less everywhere outside their own territories. RIO organized festivals and we distributed each other’s records. We were effective and the idea caught on. Again, there was no unifying musical style – Univers Zero could hardly have been more different from Stormy Six, for example, but we all shared a common concern with extending the vocabulary of rock, looking for musical inspirations in our own musical cultures and not giving much thought to commercial success. All the RIO groups sang in their own languages when it was ‘normal’ to sing in English; they were thinking about their music and where it fitted into the narrative of European culture – as well as into the vocabulary of popular music. RIO ran for about a year and then quietly folded – in part because there wasn’t anywhere else to take it and in part because we couldn’t agree on criteria for taking on new members or managing the bureaucratic side of running an expanding organization. It didn’t matter. By then the idea was out there and had done its work. I certainly haven’t changed my mind about it. However, the people who adopted the term in the last decades and now use it, have a very different idea about what it means. For them it’s about a style of music – a style that equates to what in the ‘70s was called ‘prog’ rock (additive rhythms, long-form pieces, C19 classical influences, mellotrons). For us it had been about looking forward – all the bands were pushing into new, unoccupied, musical territories; while today, what’s called RIO is looking backward, far backwards - 50 years or more into the past. That would be like Henry Cow playing the music of the 1920s."