Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Street Art, Bergen

Red dancers by Argus.
Puzzle by Vest.
Smoker by Yatzy (anyone recognize this fellow?).
Butterfly catcher by Joy.
Sheep (saying "what are you staring at?") by Joy.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Molde International Jazz Festival 2014

Moldejazz is happening 14 July - 19 July in Molde, the town of jazz and roses.

Last year´s artist in residence was Jason Moran, this year it is Sidsel Endresen. She will perform with Stian Westerhus, her own sextet, Merriwinkle and a remix of the Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holanda concert, together with PUNKT organizers Erik Honoré and Jan Bang.

Let me also mention Swedish Azz, Elephant 9 with Reine Fiske, Susanna and Ensemble neoN and the great Norwegian pop-rock band Highasakite, before you run on over here, to check the full (?) program.

Pictures from previous Moldejazz happenings on Flickr.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nils Økland and Tore Jamne

Nils Økland (Hardanger fiddle) and Tore Jamne (drums) playing the Økland composition "Bris".

Go here for "Gyldenløve" (Økland, Jamne) and "Rull" (after P.Bulko/K. Hamre/S. Dyvik).

A record in the making perhaps? I wouldn´t mind!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Henry Cow: Unrest (Virgin 1974)

Sean Kitching speaks to Chris Cutler about Henry Cow´s album "Unrest" in The Quietus April 8th 2014: "After The Deluge: Henry Cow's Unrest Revisited".

"Henry Cow's music, whilst not for everyone, is certainly unique, although I wouldn't describe it as elitist in any sense. An amalgamation a wide range of influences, it was borne more of an aesthetic decision to discover their own path, away from any existing genre or any kind of mainstream and eventually into some kind of pagan sounding, abstract wilderness that few (perhaps none) had walked before. Already unique in comparison to other bands of the era, by the time of 1975's In Praise Of Learning and 1979's Western Culture, they truly sounded like no one else."

Unrest was dedicated to Robert Wyatt and Guru Guru/Neu!/Faust and Spacebox bassist Uli Trepte.

The Jist

The Jist is a young Norwegian duo playing improvised electroacoustic noise music, which is probably just what you need these days.

The Jist is Natalie Sandtorv (voc) and Torgeir Hovden Standal (guitar) and their first album is just out on Va Fongool.

The album was recorded in Bergen, and mixed and mastered by John Hegre.

Cover: Henrik Koppen.

I don´t know what "jist" really is, but a the track titles are like this: "The jist of a loon", "The Jist of having a mosquito stuck in your throat 1 & 2" and you may listen to the "The jist of being in between jobs" from SoundCloud here. That one is probably the noisiest piece on the album, so don´t let it scare you off.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Dedication Orchestra

Bergi57 recently posted three videos of The Dedication Orchestra playing at Verona Jazz 2001.

The videos are not exactly high quality, but what a gang playing material by The Blue Notes!
In this blog post you may watch "Andromeda" (Chris McGregor), and you may also see "Sondela" (Mongezi Feza) and "Traumatic Experience" (Harry Miller) on YouTube.

Read more on The Blue Notes over here, and according to this page, the version of The Dedication Orchestra playing in Verona was:

22nd June, 2001
‘JAZZ 2001’
Maggie Nichols, Julie Tippetts, Phil Minton, Francine Luce – voices; Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, Kenny Wheeler, Jim Dvorak – trumpets; Mark Charig - cornet; Malcolm Griffiths, Paul Rutherford, Alan Tomlinson, Dave Amis – trombones, Dave Powell – tuba; Trevor Watts – alto; Elton Dean – alto; Lol Coxhill – soprano sax; Neil Metcalfe –flute; Sean Bergin – alto & tenor; Larry Stabbins – tenor sax; Julian Arguelles – baritone sax; Keith Tippett – piano; Roy Babbington – double bass; Louis Moholo – drums; Steve Beresford – director.

Monday, April 7, 2014

One Lick Less

One Lick Less is Julien Bancilhon (guitars, vocals) and Basile Ferriot (drums, backing vocals, piano), and in May 2013 they released a cover of Robert Wyatt´s "Alifib" on their second album "Spirits of Marine Terrace".

Jump to track number 5 to hear "Alifib" in this blog post, and buy the album for next to nothing over at BandCamp.