Friday, June 4, 2010

Braxton at 65

"MUSC293: Music of Sun Ra and Karlheinz Stockhausen" @ Wesleyan University, Spring 2008

Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet live in Moscow, DOM Cultural Centre, 06/29/08

Anthony Braxton - alto, soprano, sopranino, baritone, bass and contrabass saxes, electronics,
Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet, flugelhorn, piccolo, bass trumpet, trumpbone, mutes and shell,
Mary Halvorson - electric guitar,
Katherine Young - bassoon

Anthony Braxton and Richard Teitelbaum, NY 1994

Braxton with William Parker and Don Moye
Pomigliano jazz live 08/11/09

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Brötzmann/Van Hove/Bennink

Some vintage footage of this redoubtable trio:

Recorded live on February 4, 1974 at the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Jazzworkshop held at the NDR Funkhaus in Hannover, DE.

Peter Brötzmann - reeds
Fred van Hove - prepared piano, percussion
Han Bennink - drums, percussion, reeds

"Einheitslied" by Hanns Eisler

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Stylophones & Sunglasses

Tania Chen and Steve Beresford in an improvised duet at the Usurp Gallery in London, 05/30/10, Beresford well-dressed and pressed as per usual, and Chen is sporting some hip shades:

Tania Chen and Steve Beresford duo at Usurp Gallery from Tania Chen on Vimeo.

Speaking of sunglasses, here is Tania Chen discussing her collection of vintage eyewear:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Perhaps somewhere in here there is possibly a solution

to the undersea hemorrhaging of oil taking place in the Gulf of Mexico. But probably not. At any rate, here is an odd little performance by Adam Bohman
on amplified objects and Steve Beresford on electronics performing at the Usurp Gallery, Harrow, filmed by Helen Petts. Worth seeing full-screen.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Suzuki Method

is pretty similar to the Chuck Berry method; Damo Suzuki comes to a town, and the promoter has a band of local musicians set to back him up...except he's not doing Chuck Berry songs (or songs by Can, for that matter), he's doing all improvisations.
Here are clips of some recent performances:


REnDeR PLaNT & Damo Suzuki
Part of a three-day Experimental Music Festival at the Luminaire in Kilburn in May 2010

Damo Suzuki and The Vultures, The Luminaire, 05/03/10

Damo Suzuki and the Dominic Lash Quatertet, The Luminaire, 05/03/10
Ricardo Tejero (sax), Javier Carmona (drums), Dominic Lash (bass), and Rodrigo Montoya (Japanese shamisen), perform at the Luminaire in the vicinity of Kilburn.

And sometimes the Chuck Berry method works really well: