Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain on YouTube

Lots of you may know about this already of course, but I believe I had my first visit to Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain´s YouTube Channel this afternoon!

Seems like they have a lot of interesting stuff, but I must admit I regret I didn´t work very hard on my French lessons in school.

- Patti Smith and Patrick Wolf x Artavazd Pelechian - Swans - Live at Fondation Cartier, July, 2014.
- Meredith Monk avec Katie Geissinger en Concert - Les Soirées Nomades, mai 2014.
- Jean-Pierre Drouet, Fred Frith, Louis Sclavis - Les Soirées Nomades, juin 2014.
- Fred Frith with John Giorno and Pauline Oliveros - Concert at The Fondation Cartier 2008.
- Lee Ranaldo Concert in the Garden of the Fondation Cartier 2010.

Cortex: Live! (Clean Feed 2014)

Another short message from me on a Norwegian jazz record you should check out:
Cortex: "Live!" (Clean Feed 2014).
I don´t know if it´s recorded live in front of an audience (can´t hear them), but it sounds fresh and alive and kicking.

You get some new music and some nice versions of tracks from their previous albums - "Gray Matter" from "Resection" (Bolage 2011) and "Endorphin", "Cerebrum" and "Hub" from "Göteborg" (Gigafon 2012).

The band is Gard Nilssen (d), Kristoffer Alberts (reeds), Ola Høyer (b) and Thomas Johansson (cor), and as they say over at Clean Feed - "Cortex plays new jazz with the tools and forms of the old one".

An earlier post on Cortex right here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Karen Mantler "Business is Bad"

Karen Mantler performs "Business is Bad" on WNYC's Spinning On Air (April 29, 2014).
We could probably help her with the economy by buying her new album?

Karen Mantler (vocal, piano), Kato Hideki (bass guitar) and Doug Wieselman (bass clarinet).

More info on YouTube.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rock Bottom For Forty Years

Today we celebrate that Robert Wyatt´s album "Rock Bottom" (Virgin 26 July, 1974) has been in this world for 40 years, and is still sounding fresh!

The personnel (what a gang!):

Robert Wyatt – vocals, keyboards, percussion, slide guitar
Mike Oldfield – guitar
Gary Windo – bass clarinet, tenor sax
Ivor Cutler – voice, baritone concertina, harmonium
Alfreda Benge – voice
Mongezi Feza – trumpets
Fred Frith – viola
Hugh Hopper – bass guitar
Richard Sinclair – bass guitar
Laurie Allan – drums

Nick Mason: Producer

Alfreda Benge: Cover (both original and 1998 re-issue)

The very same day that "Rock Bottom" was released, Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge got married. Congratulations to them on their 40th wedding day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Common (Jimmy McGovern)

Over at What´s Rattlin´ i found some info on a BBC One aired drama called "Common", written by Jimmy McGovern, and with a soundtrack featuring two songs sung by Robert Wyatt, and with music by Adrian Johnston.

Several messages on Twitter on the case, seem to indicate that the songs were recorded for "Common", with no plans for release in any other format. Oh, come on!

The two songs seem to have been Paul Laurence Dunbar´s "The Debt" and Elizabeth Drew Barstod Stoddard´s "One morn I left him in his bed".

Or what? Do you have any info?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Videos from Moldejazz 2014

I was at the Molde International Jazz Festival 14 - 19 July without attending any concert this year!
I´m not proud of that, but blame it on my health. Here at least are some short videos uploaded by festival news magazine "Fire Flate".

- Sidsel Endresen (Artist in Residence), Erik Honoré and Jan Bang remixing Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holanda.

- Merriwinkle - Sidsel Endresen, Helge Sten and Christian Wallumrød

- Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad and Frode Haltli. Bjørnstad is singing in her glorious Norwegian Surnadal dialect. This is a song from their fantastic album "Hæm" (= Home) (Øra Fonogram 2013).

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit at Moers 2014

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit playing "Culius" at Moers Festival, June 2014.

The band according to Moers´ site: Thomas Johansson_tp, Mats Äleklint_tb, Børre Mølstad_tuba, Kasper Værnes_sax, Klaus Holm_sax, Lasse Marhaug_elec, Ketil Gutvik_git, Jon Rune Strøm_b, Christian Meaas Svendsen_b, Andreas Wildhagen_dr, Paal Nilssen-Love_dr