Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gavin Esler In Conversation with Robert Wyatt



And here it finally is, the video from Gavin Esler In Conversation with Robert Wyatt at University of Kent (6 April 2016)!

Music by Soupsongs:

Annie Whitehead - trombone and vocals

Jennifer Maidman - lead vocals and guitar

Sarah Jane Morris and Cristina Dona - lead vocals

Brian Hopper and Mark Lockheart - saxophones

Tim Harries - bass

Janette Mason - keys

Liam Genockey - drums

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

'Pardon me, I'm very drunk'



I just read: Marcus O'Dair (2016). 'Pardon me, I'm very drunk': alcohol, creativity and performance anxiety in the case of Robert Wyatt. Popular Music, 35, pp 207-221.

Unfortunately it is not open access, so you have to check if your local library has a subscription (or jump over here to buy).

The scholarly article´s title is pretty descriptive of course, and the story of Robert Wyatt and his alcohol use (and misuse) is seen in context of the literature on the topics mentioned in the title.

The conclusion? Even if the alcohol use led to dependency, and at times a strained relationship with Alfie, it might have helped him "to overcome performance anxiety and to enhance at least some stages of creativity". But it might have been partly due to placebo!

Monday, June 6, 2016

I´m A Believer




Today just a bit of bragging!

Thanks to my daughter Maja, who was in Japan earlier this year, I finally got this Japanese promo of Robert Wyatt´s Virgin single from 1975 "I´m a believer (N. Diamond) / "Memories" (H. Hopper)"!

Musicians on this one (as always check Une Discographie de Robert Wyatt!):

- Robert Wyatt - vocals, piano,
keyboards

- Dave MacRae - piano on I'm
A Believer
- Fred Frith - guitar, violin
- Richard Sinclair - bass
- Nick Mason - drums.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Musical Couples on Late Junction

Check out the episode of Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 where "Verity Sharp celebrates avant-garde musical couples ahead of tomorrow night's "wedding session" from Matana Roberts and Seb Rochford. Robert Wyatt explains how lyrics written by his wife Alfie have stretched him as a musician...".

Robert Wyatt and "Cuckoo Madame" is on after about 73 minutes.

28 days left to listen!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

L’isola di Wyatt

It seems like a Robert Wyatt tribute will be held in Italy 26 June.

Since I´m a big fan of Google Translate, here is some of the info (from Italian Umbria 24) in not so beautiful English:

"Moon in June with a tribute to Robert Wyatt, onstage former CIS and Cristina Donà"

"The second edition of "Moon in june", scheduled Maggiore island on 25 and 26 June 2016, it will be presented during a press conference to be held Monday, June 6 at 11 am at Palazzo della Penna in Perugia".

"So Sunday, June 26, together for a show designed for the occasion, entitled 'The island of Wyatt' will meet some members of the CIS (Francesco Magnelli - Massimo Zamboni - Giorgio Canali - Ginevra Di Marco) along with Brunori Sas and Cristina Donà".

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Psychic Temple "Plays The Music For Airports"



This one might interest you! A new take on Brian Eno´s "Ambient 1: Music for Airports" (1978), based on the track "1/1", on which Robert Wyatt played piano.

Head on over to Bandcamp to check out (and buy) Psychic Temple´s "Plays Music For Airports" (Joyful Noise 2016).

It´s not exactly ambient, but sounding really good in my ears.

Musicians:

Tabor Allen - drums
Philip Glenn - Hammond organ
Danny T. Levin - trombonium, euphonium, marching baritone, valve trombone
Paul Masvidal - electric guitar
Curt Oren - baritone saxophone
Cathlene Pineda - Wurlitzer electric piano
Sheridan Riley - drums & percussion
Chris Schlarb - electric guitar
Kris Tiner - trumpet
David Tranchina - double bass

The Canterbury Scene



I found this on Twitter today, and later saw that it was 4 years old, but so what?

Here is The Nimbus Hour (MixCloud) and almost 90 minutes of "The Canterbury Scene - Featuring Robert Wyatt, Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper, Daevid Allen".