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".