Saturday, April 21, 2018

Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1



Look out for "Piano & Clarinet: Selected Works Vol. 1", the debut album from Group Listening (Stephen Black and Paul Jones) to be released early May 2018. It is a collection of ambient works for piano and clarinet (surprise!), and Robert Wyatt´s "Maryan" is in there.

More info on Bandcamp.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Unknown Zone Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno



Info rom Phil Manzanera´s YouTube:

"A few years ago when Robert Wyatt was recording ' Cukooland 'at my studio Eno popped round for dinner ,a chat,and an overdub or two and after a few bevies we had a jam.This track ,The Unknown Zone' grew out of that night's improvisations, as did my track '50 minutes later
Phil Manzanera

THE UNKNOWN ZONE
(Wyatt/Eno/Manzanera)

Phil manzanera: Guitars
Brian Eno: Chaos drums and synth bass
Robert Wyatt: Keyboards
Yaron Stavi: Double Bass

Engineered and mixed by Jamie Johnson at Gallery Studio London October 2006".

Download available.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mary Halvorson selects the songs which inspired her new band Code Girl

Go here for Mary Halvorson´s Wire Playlist, and to read more than the lines I copied!

"Known for her experimental jazz guitar playing as both band leader and accompaniment, Boston born Mary Halvorson recently released her first record including vocals and lyrics. In light of this, as well as her cover feature in the The Wire 410, Halvorson has compiled a playlist of songs which helped lead her to the point of forming her own group, Code Girl. The group released their debut LP via New Haven label Firehouse12 in March 2018.

“Here is a playlist including several key influences for my newest project, Code Girl, which is my first leader project that features a singer” starts Halvorson. “All of the musicians on this list have a totally unique concept and approach to lyrics and song. I’m starting with Robert Wyatt because his influence probably runs deepest. He is a true individual and innovator and I’ve spent years with many of his albums on repeat listen. “Sea Song” was the first of his I ever heard, so it holds a special place for me."

The Music of the Cosmos



Just a mention of a new book today. I saw it on the net a couple of minutes ago, and know next to nothing about it.

But here are the facts:
Carole Bulewski: "The music of the cosmos" (KGHH Publishing 2018).

There are some videos on YouTube from a book launch right over here.
In one of them the author says the book is heavily influenced by the Canterbury music scene.
She also admits to being a big fan of Robert Wyatt, so what can possibly go wrong?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Boyle Family at Henie Onstad



Going to Oslo this year? You might want to visit Henie Onstad and the Boyle family exhibition:

–Nothing is more radical than the facts: April 20 – September 2 (2018)

Works by Mark Boyle, Joan Hills, Sebastian Boyle, Georgia Boyle & Soft Machine.

"Høvikodden became a key place of work for the Boyle Family, and in the mid 1980´s, "The Boyle Family Archive" was established at Henie Onstad. This exhibition will showcase this special collection together with a room dedicated to the Boyle’s unique psychedelic light design for the legendary Soft Machine concert at the art center in 1971".

The Soft Machine concert "Live At Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971" was released by Reel Recordings in 2009 and Smalltown Superjazz in 2010.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hobby Horse: Born Again Cretin



I mentioned Hobby Horse´s cover of Robert Wyatt´s "Born Again Cretin" back in January, and the album "Helm" is out there on BandCamp and Spotify (and probably elsewhere too), and it´s also available on real vinyl.

Heap of Sheeps



Here is Keel Her with "Heap of Sheeps" - a cover of Robert Wyatt an Alfreda Benge´s "Heaps of Sheeps" ("Shleep" 1997)!

Keel Her is Rose Keeler-Schäffeler, and the track is from the 2017 download album "Not Myself".

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sea Song cover



Two Little Woodpeckers cover "Sea Song".

Different and sweet. Made me smile!

joo : vocal, baritone uke, drawings
jon : baritone uke, harmonica

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Life Is

Still going nerdy here!

Yesterday Norwegian author Frode Grytten read his poem "Livet er" ("Life is") to Karen Mantler and Robert Wyatt´s "Life is sheep" (2003).

This happened in the Norwegian radio- NRK P2´s "Salongen".

I believe it´s accessible for all of you (for some time at least). Move over to NRK P2, and jump to 47 minutes.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Phil Miller – The Legacy

This is probably of interest to a lot of you: Phil Miller - The Legacy: Phil Miller´s music on CD is uploaded and musical scores and archives of previously unreleased tapes,live gigs and private recordings are being made available.

I found it via the The Canterbury Scene public group on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Martin Beck: Last Night



This might be streching it a bit, but here are some kind of Robert Wyatt news from Bergen (Norway)!

The Bergen Kunsthall art gallery is showing Martin Beck´s "Last Night". The info and explanations below are stolen from Bergen Kunsthall´s site:

"In Last Night the historical material consists of a list of 118 songs, organized in the order they were played at the New York dance party The Loft on 2 June 1984. Since 1970 David Mancuso had been hosting weekly parties in his own home, first at 647 Broadway and later at 99 Prince Street. What eventually became known as The Loft has a unique position in the history of modern music and dance culture. With an intimate atmosphere typified by collective affinities and with the focus on music, The Loft had no commercial agenda — unlike the discotheques that, in time, filled New York with the high-glamour and celebrity factor."

"The 13-and-half-hour-long film version of Last Night (2016) consists of a series of lock shots of a record player where each song is played in its entirety. Each new song is presented from a new camera angle. A total of ten different camera angles are repeated in a pattern based on the Golden Ratio. A hypnotic focus on the slowly moving pickup across the rotating vinyl record emphasizes the physical reproduction of the music. In the exhibition, a specially adapted hi-fi system is used, assembled to correspond to the high-level sound quality one could experience at The Loft."

I have visited the exhibition a couple of times, hearing some random tunes, but last Saturday morning I was alone in the hall watching the beginning of the 13 hours continuous screening of the film, just to hear the third song to be played: Working Week: "Venceremos (We Will Win)", 12-inch single (Paladin Records 1984), with Tracey Thorn and Robert Wyatt singing.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hobby Horse

Italian band Hobby Horse will cover Robert Wyatt´s "Born Again Cretin" on their next album "Helm" (release date 26 January 2018).

Follow on Bandcamp, homepage and Facebook.

A piece in The Journal Times (January 18 2018) right over here.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Verity Sharp with Robert Wyatt

Please note:

Verity Sharp with Robert Wyatt - Late Junction - BBC Radio 3 Tuesday 23 Jan.

"Ahead of his birthday this weekend, Robert Wyatt rejoins Verity down the line to share some musical selections that are exciting him at the minute.

Also on the programme; 16th century court music from Japan, men imitating birds and a psycho-sexual choral piece by Jenny Moore's "orchestra of chaos" Mystic Business. Plus stripped back grime from East Man, and we dip a toe into slow radio".

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jono McCleery: Age of Self



I posted a SoundCloud link to Jono McCleery´s version of "Age of Self" back in 2015, but I think I missed this video.

Well, here it is!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Muses Within



Tali Atzmon recently uploaded her film "The Muses Within" to YouTube. Nice!

"A close look into the making of "The Ghosts Within", a 2010 co-production by Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen. The film brings to light the unique relationship between the three artists and explores some of the underlying substances that brought this project to life".