Sunday, October 20, 2013

News from Rune

Two new ones and one upcoming on Rune Grammofon

Evan Parker & Joe McPhee: "What/If/They Both Could Fly":

James Plotkin & Paal Nilssen-Love: "Death":

Bushman´s Revenge: "Thou Shalt Boogie!"

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Thing XXL live at Jazz em Agosto 2013

Check out The Thing XXL live at Jazz em Agosto (Portugal) 2013, playing "India".

Mats Gustafsson - Sax
Peter Evans - Trumpet
Mats Äleklint - Trombone
Terrie Ex - Guitar
Jim Baker - Keyboards
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - Bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - Drums

Friday, October 18, 2013

Maja S. K. Ratkje live at the Punkt festival 2013

Maja S. K. Ratkje
with live video work by Tord Knudsen. Introduction by Dave Mullan. Filmed by IJ Biermann. Full concert.

Great music! Great lights!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Robert Wyatt "´68" (Cuneiform 2013)

Now folks, will you please find your credit cards and start ordering!
Cuneiform just released what Robert Wyatt calls  "The missing links in my life's work, no less!"

The album "´68" has 5 tracks of demos made by Robert Wyatt in USA, after the Soft Machine tour with Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968.
The music ended up in different forms on recordings by Soft Machine and Matching Mole, and lots of the music on ´68 is being released here for the first time.

Read more and order over at Cuneiform´s Bandcamp, and check out Aymeric Leroy´s interview with Robert Wyatt when you get your records.

1. Chelsa [Robert Wyatt/Kevin Ayers] 5:00
2. Rivmic Melodies [Robert Wyatt] 18:17
3. Slow Walkin' Talk [Brian Hopper] 3:00
4. Moon In June [Robert Wyatt] 20:33
5. Rivmic Melodies [Robert Wyatt] "Radio" edit 05:33

Robert Wyatt: vocals, piano, electric piano, hammond organ, bass, drums, percussion with
Jimi Hendrix: bass ("Slow Walkin' Talk")
Hugh Hopper: bass (second half of "Moon In June")
Mike Ratledge: Lowrey organ (second half of "Moon In June")

Arve Henriksen and Supersilent

Here you get Arve Henriksen (trumpet, vocal) at Jazzhouse Copenhagen (9 October 2013), with Jan Bang (live sampling), Audun Kleive (percussion), Ingar Zach (percussion) and Helge Andreas Norbakken (percussion), and Supersilent with Stian Westerhus Live at Paradox, Incubate Festival, Tilburg (17 September 2013).

Supersilent is Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken and Helge Sten.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Malala didn´t get The Nobel Peace Prize, but here is a tribute from Bergen street artist Habitus.

The heading means "Listen".

The stencil was part of a short lasting container street art exhibition.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Parker, Formanek, Alcorn live in Baltimore

Evan Parker (sax),  Michael Formanek (b) and Susan Alcorn (pedal steel) live at the Windup Space in Baltimore Maryland (September 29, 2013).

Fujii, Wildenhahn, Tamura and Dueñas live at Spectrum

How about some dancing on a Friday night?

Join Satoko Fujii (p), Mizuki Wildenhahn (dance), Natsuki Tamura (tp) and Fain S. Dueñas (dr) at Spectrum (where?) 27 August 2013.

You will find more over at Kjreilly´s account on YouTube.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gunhild Seim

For those of you collecting Robert Wyatt references, here is another one. Norwegian jazz magazine Jazznytt (no 3, 2013) hear elements of Soft Machine and Robert Wyatt on Gunhild Seim´s album "Story Water" (Drollehålå 2013).

OK, if I might agree to some extent. The track "A dream within a dream" embedded here, is not a typical one, as if any of the tracks are (think rock, jazz, pop and lots more!), but the track "Pale sunlight" just might have been a Robert Wyatt song.

This live recording is a commissioned work for the Vossajazz festival  in 2012.

Musicians: Gunhild Seim (trumpet, percussion, vocals), Trym Bjønnes (vocals, guitar), Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (clarinet, baritone sax), Petter Frost Fadnes (c-mel sax, baritone sax), Vidar Schanche (guitar, vocals), and Ståle Birkeland (drums, electronics, vocals).

A highly recommended album.

Read a review over at Bird is the Worm.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Langham Research Centre and Peter Blegvad

See a fragment of the performance of "Eschatology" by Langham Research Centre (Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney, Robert Worby) and Peter Blegvad at Café Oto 2 October 2013 over on YouTube.

I was lucky to see the same people at the Borealis Festival in Bergen in March.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nile Rodgers presents "7x7"

We have already had several blog posts on Belgian artist Jean Pierre Muller´s project "7X7" from 2012 (here is one).

The project involved Robert Wyatt, Terry Riley, Nile Rodgers, Archie Shepp and others.

Here is a "new" video on the project.

Va Fongool

I was preparing a blog post on the three first promising releases on Va Fongool this autumn (Christian Winther/Christian Meaas Svendsen, As Deafness Increases and Lana Trio) when I suddenly noticed some sad tweets saying that one of Va Fongool´s main men, Eirik Tofte, had passed away.

May he rest in peace!

As Anders Holm Ingeelsrud of Va Fongool says on their site and on Facebook:
"Needless to say, all releases has been postponed untill further notice".

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fred Frith´s Gravity

Check out this great video from Fred Frith´s Gravity performance at Roulette (NYC) 20 September 2013.

They play "Terrain", dedicated to Lindsay Cooper (1951 - 2013).

"Gravity" was released by Ralph in 1980, and I just have to track down the original soon, with the Alfreda Benge cover. Promise!

"Terrain" was on the Art Bears album "Hopes and Fears" (Recommended 1978), on which Lindsay Cooper played, and on the 1990 CD reissue of "Gravity".

According to Roulette Events, the band is:

Fred Frith, guitar/electric bass
Marie Abe, accordion
Myles Boisen, sound
Jordan Glenn, drums
Kaethe Hostetter, violin
Kasey Knudsen, alto sax
Dominique Leone, keyboards
Ava Mendoza, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Aaron Novik, clarinet/bass clarinet
William Winant, percussion
Wobbly, sampling

Via YouTube.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Lo'Jo and Guo Gan on Tour in China and Vietnam - June 2013

Music from "Cinéma el Mundo" with Robert Wyatt.

More info on YouTube.

A Doll´s House

[TRANSART13] A doll's house (selection) from VISUAL COMMUNICATION PROJECT on Vimeo.

Maja S. K. Ratkje and Frode Haltli perform "A Doll´s House" at Transart in Bolzano (It) 24 September 2013.