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".