15 gennaio 2021

 

Tra i buoni propositi per l'anno nuovo Martin Archer ha espresso quello di rendere disponibili per la prima volta via Bandcamp i primi trentacinque titoli della sua Discus Music, prodotti tra il 1993 e il 2008. E con In Stereo Gravity inizia col botto: "During 2021 I’m making available for the first time the first 35 Discus Music releases (covering the years 1993-2008) on CD/DL via Bandcamp.  Most of these are releases either by myself or by Mick Beck. During this period I’d largely abandoned the jazz element of my music, and was working mainly with pre software era electronics to make music in which collage and chance procedure were the dominant forces, often combining electronic abstraction with live in the studio playing from the various musicians. The first release in this series is my 2008 double CD release In Stereo Gravity (Discus 33CD), which features great contributions from both Chris Cutler and Julie Tippetts amongst others. It was a summary of everything I’d learned to do in music up to that point, and very much set the scene for what I did in the following decade."

https://discus-music.co.uk
https://discusmusic.bandcamp.com/album/in-stereo-gravity-33cd

14 gennaio 2021

 

Pete Whyman e il suo clarinetto sono tra gli assoluti protagonisti della strepitosa versione di Lu me sceccu riportata in scena - a trentatré anni da The Ass - dalla Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook nei concerti siciliani del 2018: quella ripresa in video a Palermo il 16 novembre fa ora parte della serie WestbrookJazz Moving Picture Show, che con il nuovo anno ha ripreso le pubblicazioni settimanali.

Scrve Mike: "We have waited more than thirty years for the opportunity to take the song back to its source. The short tour of November 2018 was our chance. I pulled out all the stops for what I hoped would be a symphonic ‘town band’ arrangement. In the ranks of the Uncommon Orchestra are three members of the original street band, Kate (this time without friscalettu) leading the ‘choir’ and introducing the piece in Italian, me (sans tuba) attempting to conduct, and Pete, dazzling and endlessly inventive on clarinet. Of course we wondered if it might seem presumptuous, tactless or plain embarrassing, for a jazz band to come and play to Sicilians their own folk music. We needn’t have worried. When it came to the braying, the whole house erupted."

https://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/pictureshow/January2021.shtml#sceccu
https://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/smithsboard/Jan2021.shtml#sceccu

13 gennaio 2021

 

Il concerto integrale del Delta Saxophone Quartet a Caltagirone (CT) del 10 giugno 2019 è su YTChristian Forshaw, Pete Whyman, Tim Holmes e Chris Caldwell.

www.deltasax.com
https://youtu.be/alaRNygFsDo

12 gennaio 2021

 

"There is no other planet that we’re living on / We know one day that all of this it will be gone." Billie Harbottle abbraccia la profezia del Cigno Nero (e il cigno stesso): Black Swan.

https://www.youtube.com/black-swan

11 gennaio 2021

 

C'è un nuovo libro di Bob Ostertag, pronto a giorni per l'indipendente PM Press californiana, con tre arguti saggi di taglio sociologico sul rapporto tra l'uomo, le tecnologie e il cosiddetto mondo naturale: Facebooking the Anthropocene in Raja Ampat-Technics and Civilization in the 21st Century.

The three essays of Facebooking the Anthropocene in Raja Ampat paint a deeply intimate portrait of the cataclysmic shifts between humans, technology, and the so-called natural world. Amid the breakneck pace of both technological advance and environmental collapse, Bob Ostertag explores how we are changing as fast as the world around us - from how we make music, to how we have sex, to what we do to survive, and who we imagine ourselves to be. And though the environmental crisis terrifies and technology overwhelms, Ostertag finds enough creativity, compassion, and humor in our evolving behavior to keep us laughing and inspired as the world we are building overtakes the world we found.

PM Press is an independent, radical publisher of books and media to educate, entertain, and inspire. Founded in 2007 by a small group of people with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience, PM Press amplifies the voices of radical authors, artists, and activists. Our aim is to deliver bold political ideas and vital stories to all walks of life and arm the dreamers to demand the impossible. We have sold millions of copies of our books, most often one at a time, face to face. We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake. Join us to create a better world.

10 gennaio 2021

 

L'omaggio degli Art Zoyd al caro Gérard Hourbette (1953-2018) sfociato in concerto multimediale a Valenciennes (Francia) lo scorso settembre diventa un cofanetto commemorativo con ampia documentazione audio e video dello speciale evento: Et avec votre esprit-la forêt de samplers esce a febbraio ma volendo lo si prenota già ora direttamente presso gli Art Zoyd Studios.

Art Zoyd Studios poursuit son hommage à son fondateur et au directeur artistique et musical du groupe culte Art Zoyd qu’il avait intégré en 1971. Gérard Hourbette a rendu l’aventure Art Zoyd possible sur la durée. Il a fondé, il y a plus de 20 ans, Art Zoyd Studios pour la musique et pour les compositeurs et musiciens qu’il aimait. Il reste aujourd’hui l’âme de nos lieux, notre histoire, notre repère. Il aurait sans doute souri de tous ces humains masqués dans les salles de concert, lui de fan de K Dick, lui qui pensait que l’homme était un parasite pour la terre. Il en aurait aussi certainement beaucoup souffert. Une chose est sûre, il aurait poursuivi le chemin, il aurait composé, imaginé des projets fous parce que la musique était son souffle, sa raison de vivre, comme aujourd’hui nos studios se réinventent pour permettre à la musique de continuer à être. Ce coffret de deux disques reprend l’intégralité du concert donné par ses musiciens des dix dernières années, sous la direction musicale de Jérôme Soudan: Nadia Ratsimandresy, Yukari Bertocchi-Hamada, Romuald Cabardos, Daniel Koskowitz. Que vive sa musique, que vive la musique! Enjoy!

09 gennaio 2021

 

Un omaggio a Christian Vander e ai Magma - nelle cui fila ha militato lungamente e con onore - giunge da James Mac Gaw, un'idea maturata nel 2004 e portata a compimento la primavera scorsa con l'aiuto di un nutrito gruppo di amici e collaboratori, a dispetto di personali condizioni di salute tuttora difficili: La fin des temples.

https://jamesmacgaw.bandcamp.com/releases

08 gennaio 2021

 

Nuovo omaggio al compianto Hardy Fox (1945-2018) attraverso la pubblicazione di alcuni curiosi inediti prodotti tra il 2013 e il 2015 sotto uno dei suoi innumerevoli pseudonimi, stavolta Bob Uck and The Family Truck. Così lo presenta Walter Robotka di Klanggalerie: "Hardy Fox was the primary composer of The Residents. He created an incredible body of work, using all kinds of names other than The Residents, amongst them Combo De Mechanico, Sonidas De La Noche, Dead Eye Dick, Charles Bobuck or Black Tar And The Cry Babies. The Tar projects were generally created to help raise money for needy projects for poverty, mass destruction in fire, and to fight the evil of Trump uprising. Before Hardy died, he sent us several albums to be released after his passing. One of these is this collection of obscure tracks recorded between 2013 and 2015, entitled Oddities. Hardy also made the cover design for it and we are proud to give this to you as a limited edition TOOK release. This is the only time Hardy used the name Bob Uck and The Family Truck. We jokingly called Mr. Bobuck Bob or Bobby Uck, this explains the project name."

http://www.klanggalerie.com/gg360
https://meettheresidents.fandom.com/wiki/Oddities_2013-2015

07 gennaio 2021

06 gennaio 2021

 

Le avventure dei Supersister, campioni del canterburysmo olandese di inizio anni Settanta, raccontate per filo e per segno da Fred Baggen sotto l'occhio vigile dello storico leader - e quasi unico superstite - Robert Jan Stips, tuttora in attività: Looking Back, Naked.

https://supersister.nl
https://robertjanstips.bandcamp.com/merch/looking-back-naked
https://www.facebook.com/supersisterbiografie

05 gennaio 2021

 

Le avventure dell'Incredible String Band raccontate da una delle protagoniste, Rose Simpson, sotto un personale punto di vista e con il beneficio dei molti anni intercorsi: "Muse Odalisque Handmaiden is my insider story of a legendary band that I played with from 1967-71, including Woodstock 1969. The Incredible String Band were England's answer to US Flower Power and its members were hippy icons. In the wilds of Scotland, we lived the life we sung about. I tell how it was to be a girl who never wanted to be either a musician or a star and became both for a while. I was determined to hold my own in a man's world and make the most of the experience. It is also a story of the times and its homely details will be familiar to anyone who was around then and of interest to those interested in the period or the ideas and ideals of hippydom."

04 gennaio 2021

 

Le avventure dell'irrefrenabile Pascal Comelade a ridosso del suo annunciato addio alle scene: le racconta il regista Luis Ortas Pau in Constel·lació Comelade, documentario scritto con Anne-Laure de Franssu e realizzato da un pool di produttori televisivi francesi e catalani, già diffuso on demand a metà autunno e disponibile per future proiezioni pubbliche nei festival (quando e se si terranno).

Artesano de la melodía, clásico postmoderno, compositor experimental, miniaturista del rock... Pascal Comelade no tiene una sola definición, su música tampoco. Compañeros de viaje y de creación como Pau Riba, Jaume Sisa o Miquel Barceló entre otros, forman una armónica constelación que nos descubre, más de cerca, el peculiar universo musical Comelade. En el cruce entre mundos musicales y culturales, sus obras forman un conjunto irreducible y prolífero, en constante proceso de construcción. Enamorado y heredero adoptivo de la Barcelona canalla y pre-olímpica de los años 80, Pascal Comelade hace más de 40 años que actúa en todo el mundo. Hace un año, el hombre de la "rauxa pausada" decidió bajarse de los escenarios. A través de entrevistas con el músico y fragmentos de sus actuaciones, nos acercamos a su "galaxia instrumental" y nos convierte en testigos privilegiados de su proceso creativo, ya sea solo o acompañado. Lejos de ser un homenaje a la carrera de un artista retirado, aunque fuera de los escenarios, el universo Comelade continúa infinito, en constante crecimiento y construcción.

https://docsbarcelona.com/en/movies/constel-lacio-comelade
https://www.pacopoch.cat/mallerich/en/comelade
http://www.24images.fr/fr/constellation-comelade
https://www.youtube.com/comelade

03 gennaio 2021

 

Non fu la nonna, non fu la mamma. E allora chi fu l'insegnante di pianoforte di Mike Westbrook? Se l'è fatto dire Viv Goodwin-Darke in Finding the Key...

https://www.youtube.com/finding-the-key

02 gennaio 2021

 

Se su certe tavole delle feste natalizie perdura l'eterna lotta per il primato fra pandoro e panettone - ma anche tra tronchetti, certosini, panforti, struffoli e cartellate - che dire di Doll e Dolly che dopo anni e anni ancora si contendono la ricetta del trifle più-classico-del-classico?

https://vimeo.com/469434274

01 gennaio 2021