...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Friday, 31 October 2014

ATKINS MAY PROJECT: Empire of Destruction review

http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=16743

Atkins May Project: Empire of Destruction
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-10-22 18:38:13
My Score: 



Empire Of Destruction is the third traditional metal offering from original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins and guitar supremo Paul May, and thankfully it continues on from where the excellent Valley Of Shadows left off a couple of years back. May is a fine guitarist, possessing the ability to hammer out rampaging riffs and searing solos, as his vocal mate gargles grittily (but tunefully) to great effect; resulting in an album brimming with the sort of metal anthems that have you punching the air. Yes, it's a simple formula, yet plenty of bands don't hit this hard while following the very same "metal rules". Take "Dog Eat Dog" and its pounding beat and call and response vocal-guitar trade off. You've heard it plenty of times before but there's little denying that done this well the results are still amazingly captivating. Priest (natch), Maiden and Saxon can all be seen as touching points (if anyone deserves to be allowed to relive these days, then surely it's Atkins? After all he was there in the first place), however in places the more pompous excursions of Magnum also comes to mind, offering a welcome change of pace to the likes of "Whisper To The Wind", or lengthy, ambitious "Here Comes The Rain". 

However, at the risk of sounding negative, three albums in, is it possibly time for Atkins May Project to become Atkins May Band? For while, as with previous AMP albums, the drum programming does verge on excellent, the lack of a live drummer sucks just a little of the life out of the pacier selections presented. Imagine the likes of "The Midas Touch" and "World At War" with say, Vinny Appice laying down the law and the results could be spectacular indeed. The other negative shows up in May's production, which seems to lack the absolute clarity of his previous work, although not in a way which saps too much of the ferocity from an otherwise excellent piece of work. 

Interestingly the bonus track "End Of The Earth" is written and partly performed by artist Rodney Matthews and it has to said that the slightly Proggier feel to the track works really well, while the (slightly renamed) Thin Lizzy cover "R U Ready" also gets a convincing reworking. 

As an added bonus, the first 1000 copies of the CD comes with a bonus DVD, featuring four music videos from across the Atkins May catalogue, an interesting and surprisingly effective acoustic track and an interview with the two protagonists and a separate piece with Matthews regarding his Atkins May album art. It's a nice, if watch only once, addition, although some detail in the booklet of what the DVD contains, would have been helpful.

Through their sound and even the excellent album art (line up all three Rodney Matthews adorned AMP albums and they look superb), Atkins and May appear to be harking back to a particular time and place with their vintage take on the metal genre, but when they do it so well, who's complaining? At the risk of simply echoing my esteemed colleague's thoughts above, hopefully the next logical step is for Atkins May Project to form a full band and put in some stage time before album number four hits the shelves. If that's the case, what comes next could be utterly massive!

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Captain Beefheart: Paris 77 US review

http://community.rock.com/profiles/blogs/captain-beefheart-the-magic-band-li
ve-from-paris-1977-gonzo


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Live From Paris 1977 (Gonzo Multimedia)

This 2-CD set from the one-and-only Captain Beefheart was recorded during the band's performance at Le Nouvel hippodrome in Paris on November 19, 1977. Beefheart - born Don Van Vliet on January 15, 1941 - made 13 unique and musically challenging records with his Magic Band from 1965 through 1982.
In their infinite wisdom, esteemed English label Gonzo Multimedia has seen fit to release this rare live recording from the Captain [they recently released another Beefheart performance called Live From Harpos 1980]. This concert was part of a festival conducted at Sorbonne University and was the Magic Band's only appearance in Europe since the closing months of 1975.
The material here is taken from a number of albums including Trout Mask ReplicaLick My Decals Off, BabyThe Spotlight Kid; and Bat Chain Puller. Here is a track listing:
Disk 1
1 Hair Pie: Bake III
2 Suction Prints
3 Low Yo Yo Stuff
4 Bat Chain Puller
5 I Wanna Fina A Woman That ‘ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go
6 Abba Zaba
7 Dali’s Car
8 One Nest Rolls After Another
9 The Dust Blows Forward and the Dust Blows Back
10 Nowadays a Woman’s Got To Hit A Man
11 Click Clack
12 Grow Fins
13 Golden Birdies
Disk 2
1 Electricity
2 A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond.
3 China Pig
4 Sun Zoom Spark
5 My Human Gets Me Blues
6 Floppy Boot Stomp
7 Moonlight on Vermont
8 Carson City
9 Old Black Snake
10 Pachuco Cadaver
11 Veteran’s Day Poppy/Band Intro
12 The Blimp
13 Big Eyed Beans from Venus
There are some astonishing performances here including "Electricity," "Pachuco Cadaver," "Grow Fins" as well as a rare performance of "The Blimp" featuring the Captain's manager Harry Duncan on harmonica.
The sound is above average for a live recording save for a few moments where the volume dips and drops out during bad edits. Audience levels tend towards the problematic at times but never loud enough to drown out any of the performance. The band - keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman, guitarist Jeff Morris Tepper, drummer Robert Williams and bassist Denny Walley - turns in a sterling performance in executing the Captain's complex rhythms and harmonic textures.
Even Beefheart himself was happy with this show. Several days later in an interview with Zigzag magazine he said, "I’m real happy now. I mean real happy. I played Paris and the people were dancing and everything to our music. It’s amazing - people dancing to avant garde music, or whatever they call it now.”
If you're a Beefheart fan you need to have this as part of the collection. Sadly the Captain passed away on December 17, 2010 but we still have remarkable shows such as this one to remember him by. 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Harpo's Detroit Dec 11th 1980
CD - £9.99


Lunar Notes - Zoot Horn Rollo's Captain Beefheart Experience
Book - £9.99


Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 1973
CD - £9.99

Le Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris 1977
2CD - £11.99

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £9.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)


CONCRETE POETRY
Cracks me up!Anarchist grass splits apart
the envelope of controlled rectangles.Little plants
are weeds to some-life to insects,
seeking reprieve from violated feng shui
Chernobyl showed .Fukushima glows.Future mutants
in the tuna flow.All that is green may be an advertising dream.
Painted.Perfect.Photoshopped.Nature is a Brand Name.
Natural is a Product(Placement).Now- shift that mountain!
So we can get a better view of the skyline
and those space age skyscrapers

crumbling..

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Keith Christmas - 'All My Life'



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Live at the Pump
CD - £9.99

John Mayall, the godfather of British Blues, to celebrate 80th birthday with Southport gig

John Mayall
John Mayall’s place in music history became apparent when he put together the first of his bands, the Bluesbreakers, more than 50 years ago.
As the artist who provides the link between Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones, the Macclesfield born guitarist would go on to become the godfather of British blues. His role as front man and mentor has shaped and influenced modern music history. Now he’s back on the road to celebrate his 80th birthday, calling in at Southport next month.
“I like Southport,” he says. “Always have. I like Liverpool too. We’ve played there so many times, had so many good nights there. Like they say, it’s one of those places where musicians want to play. For me, now, looking back as I do, I look back at gigs from the past and it makes me smile.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £9.99

Yes Preview New Live Package

Yes have released a new preview of "Like It Is - Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome", the band's first live set featuring current lead vocalist Jon Davison. Due December 5 in Europe (Dec 9 in North America) and available on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the package includes tracks from 1971's "The Yes Album" and 1977's "Going For The One."

"These are two bodies of music that many of the most devout Yes fans wanted to hear in their entirety," says keyboardist Geoff Downes. 

"I believe our performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was among the most compelling of the entire tour."


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Union (Standard DVD)
DVD - £9.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
DVD - £12.99

Rock of the 70s
DVD - £9.99

Robert Fripp, interview: 'I’m a very difficult person to work with'

Satisfied: Robert Fripp
Satisfied: Robert Fripp  Photo: Andy Stammers
Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least according to Robert Fripp. In the early part of 2012, having given up playing live altogether, he found himself in a curious position. “I began to be happy, personally happy,” he explains.
“But while paradise is a wonderful place to be, nothing happens. My wife told me that I was in danger of becoming dull. So what I’m doing now was partly a personal necessity. When you’re happy, it’s time to pull out the pointed stick.”
Fripp’s response was to try things he might not otherwise have done. Having more or less retired from public life, the first visible manifestation bordered on the perverse: an appearance on TV’s All Star Mr & Mrs, with wife Toyah Wilcox.
The second was the revival of his band King Crimson.
Founded in 1968, Crimson were pack leaders in what became known as progressive rock. The dizzying intensity of their recorded work – a dense fusion of freak-rock, jazz, ambient textures and neoclassical fugues – took the band into places that most others were simply incapable of reaching.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Atkins / May Project - Valley Of Shadows



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Empire of Destruction
CD/DVD - £9.99

Valley of Shadows/The Serpents Kiss
2CD - £9.99

Valley of Shadows
CD - £9.99

The Serpents Kiss
CD - £9.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

PRISONERS GATHER


IT IS CONTROL(FALSE GOD)
restricts responses/reactions/Reality
substitutes media/talking heads/uniforms/Reality Shows/Ratings
to determine /Demographics to screen data from us/Censorship Me
sinks into information mine field/explodes suicidely when No One listens
Puzzled when young women marry into jihad/go into battlefields with bombs strapped under burkhas

TIME OUT from violence-but violence means prisons,guards,punishment systems
Female visitors marry convicts in for life (actually-for murder)
Men do not marry imprisoned.What is stripped from us
becomes our liberty-to say this/to speak/to preach a gentle atheism of disbelief
Walls are not gardens.Laws are selectively enforced.
Every body knows something is wrong in Eden
Some blame the Bible,some the priest
Ever since he came,they been killing snakes like sheep

PASSION'S FRUIT
He convened them in the cafeteria.Honors student
Took his handgun.Shot her first(she who left him /alone
Then failed to dispatch /yet damaged they who valued her more than him
This thanatos over eros.Shadow in Light
Spark of violence .Child Sacrifice

BEFORE WE OVERPRAISE INDIGENOUS
(no prisons,orphanages,schools,institutions floundering in falsenesses..
Remember exposure of elders/weak infants,euthanasia,clitorectomies.,scarification,infant mortality,capital punishment
define hunter-gatherers as much as patriarchal roleplay &black magic squatters .I'm not pointing the bone,but...

Baker shows us why he’s unforgotten

Who remembers Ginger Baker? The legendary British drummer born in Lewisham in 1939 set the music world alight in the ’60s as part of threesome Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce.

But Baker was then and now essentially a drummer of the blues and of jazz, who began with the blues-drenched Graham Bond Organisation in 1964.

He was inspired by the greatest of British jazz drummers, Phil Seaman of Burton-on-Trent, and counted as his friends and “uncles” three legendary jazz drumming giants — Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones, who he befriended in the US.

And beyond jazz for Baker was the drumming of Africa. It stretched back to 1970 when a visit to Nigeria sparked a fascination with the country’s music, prompting him to establish a recording studio in Lagos and make records with Fela Kuti.

Living in Colorado in the ’90s, Baker established a powerful jazz outfit with the trumpeter Ron Miles called the Denver Jazz Quintet-to-Octet (DJQ2O) which in 1998 waxed fine jazz record Coward of the County with the mighty tenor saxophonist James Carter as guest.

In February 2014, he recorded the album Why? with a new band called Jazz Confusion by Baker — a quartet comprising Baker, African percussionist Abass Dodoo on drums, US saxophonist “Pee Wee” Ellis and English bassist Alec Dankworth.

Read on...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

STEVE HILLAGE Rainbow 77: French review translated

http://www.musicwaves.fr/frmReview.aspx?ID=11986&REF=STEVE-HILLAGE_Rainbow-1977--14-Edition


STEVE HILLAGE: RAINBOW 1977 - 2014 EDITION (1977)

ALBUM - GONZO MULTIMEDIA ROCK
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CLOSE GROUPS: HAWKWIND , GONG 

TRACKS:

01. Octave Doctors, 02. It's All Too Much, 03. Light In The Sky, 04. Radio 05. Electrick Gypsies, 06. The Salmon Song, 07. Solar Musick Suite (part 2 ) 08. Motivation, 09. Saucer Surfing, 10. Searching For The Spark, 11. Hurdy Gurdy Man TRAINING: Curtis Robertson (Bass), Joe Blocker (Drums), Miquette Giraudy (Vocals / Keyboards), Steve Hillage (Vocals / guitars) TAG: 70's , Live






Written by Childeric Thor on 15/10/2014

"Rainbow 1977". Everything is in the title which immediately sets the stage, temporal and formal promise of these set pieces, one of those performances in which this time was fond and generous. This live, captured in that famous room in London, wants to be a witness of these great moments of rock, progressive or not, when groups used the stage as a theater suitable for all extensions, boat launch to instrumental paradise. Artist his time, although his future "Rainbow Dome Musick" recorded two years later, will make him a precursor, Steve Hillage book here, accompanied by a fabulous trio (Curtis Robertson, Miquette Giraudy and Joe Blocker), a river filled concert sumptuous guitar solos, keyboards galloping, all backed by a rhythm section of the fire god ('Electrick Gypsies'). From its teeming 15 minutes at the withers, 'Searching For The Spark' as such constitutes the best example, where everyone is entitled to his moment to him. De demonstration by box of 12 maybe, but English retain all along a kind of warm relaxation makes them always pleasant and exhilarating art, a lovely simplicity.Guitar virtuoso and (especially) a former member of Gong , the master of the house not yet watch ever stingy with grandiose electric effusions, like on 'Solar Musick Suite (Part 2)' but delicate air, his playing takes all. While some pinceront nose tackle this live another age, "Rainbow 1977" appears to be still a moment of pure joy, despite its length. picking in the first three albums of the combo, starting with " Motivation Radio "(Octave Doctors', 'Radio' ...) to which he then turns, this album is a good opportunity to (re) discover the work of this iconic guitarist of the school of Canterbury which is not tire to enjoy the light and refined lines.
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Hugh Hopper: Belgium reviews translated

http://www.keysandchords.com/cd-review-blog/hugh-hopper-vol-1-memories-vol-2-franglo-band


Hugh Hopper: Vol. 1 - Memories + Vol. 2 - Franglo band 

15/10/2014 
Slowly but surely disappearing musical icons of the sixties. So it fared bassist Hugh Hopper in 2009 after an incurable leukemia. Really not nice because Hugh Hopper started at the time when the Daevid Allen Trio, was road manager at Soft Machine but if in the legendary band for a year. Later play Slowly changed their oeuvre of a psychedelic rock band ("A certain kind 'was written by Hopper) to a jazz-rock fusion band. 
Hopper, there was not enough of it and amused himself in numerous bands (Isotope, Gilgamesh, Stomu Yamashta and Carla Bley). 
Gonzo Media Group, which specializes in beautiful (re) releases recently released the first two volumes of a 10-part series on Hugh Hopper: as a group, band leader, composer, versatile and unique bass-player. 
The songs on Vol. 1 - Memories paint a multifaceted picture of Hugh Hopper with catchy jazz-rock. Hugh Hopper created multi-layered soundscapes with his bass, and loved repetitive loops. His compositions are teeming with virtuosity, melodic sounds, inventiveness and improvisation. Already working with Robert Wyatt, in the song 'Memories', only this collector worthwhile. Most of the songs date back yet from the beginning of this century, and then get a little more light-hearted content. "Was a friend" carries in its composition an Indian touch, west meets east. Pleasing to the ear! 
The gathered by Canadian Michael King searched numbers sometimes are an extension of Soft Machine, but call (especially Vol 2 -. Frangloband) also memories of Klaus Doldinger "Passport. 
Superb compilation with unknown live and studio material from a forgotten icon. Looking forward to Vol. 3! 

Marino Serdons (4)

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:

Volume Four: Four by Four by Hu
CD - £9.99

Volume 2 Franglo Band
CD - £9.99

Memories
CD - £9.99

Monster Band
CD - £9.99

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Out Of Our Hands (Via Mark Murdock)



Peter Banks Empire "OUT OF OUR HANDS"
performed by Machine Messiah on 2014 July 26th

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
The Mars Tapes
2CD - £11.99

HAWKWIND: Henry Rollins meets Lemmy

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    Henry Rollins: Musical Elitism Is For Lightweights

    [Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]
    A few days ago, I spent an afternoon with Lemmy. For the few who might not know that name, Lemmy is the bass player, vocalist and founding member of a band called Motörhead. The man has waged war on people’s hearing for decades.

    Not only does Lemmy keep Motörhead alive and well, assaulting multigenerational audiences who possess brain cells yet to be obliterated, he was also in one of the greatest bands of all time, Hawkwind. They were true, visionary, sonic assassins. 

    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


    Rob Ayling writes: 

    "Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

    OIL BOOM AND OIL BUST
    CHEAP GAS&FRACKED WATER
    Ripped up roads and high rents/rates
    We got men hungry for jobs
    paying through the nose for liquor/foods
    Frontier is a wilderness -Pennsylvania/West Texas
    Values skyrocket then collapse like the price of gas
    Economy shot like boom &bust
    Once dug,you cannot undig
    Once taken,the Gold Rush is over Zen
    the task of reconstructing-Museums?Tourist Ranches?
    Featuring GOLD RUSH! OIL BOOM/BUST!
    So folk from fat places can photograph lean faces
    Cycles and seasons  like flood and ebb tides

    Give us jobs-then steal them like we stole the land

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014

    Corky Laing - Hit Those Babies & Make Money (1 of 10)



    CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
    Playing God
    CD - £9.99

    Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman still seditious at 78

    When Ralph Steadman starts a drawing, he makes a big splodge of ink on the page, dips his nib into it and sees where it leads him. Why anyone would do a pencil drawing first and then draw over it in ink is something he has never understood. "What's the point of that?" he asks rhetorically. "A drawing is an act of discovery." That's his approach to conversation, too: let a subject plop down and then swizzle it around to see what shapes it makes. It's quite exhilarating, but you can also understand why it took filmmaker Charlie Paul 15 years to shoot For No Good Reason, his documentary about Steadman's life and work. He's impossible to pin down.

    Ralph Steadman is most famous, even among people not in the least bit interest in artists, for his crazed, spiky, savage illustrations for the equally mad writing of Hunter S. Thompson. Their first meeting was at the Kentucky Derby, which became one of the best pieces of writing Thompson ever did; the terrible two then went on to cover the American presidential elections, a foot race in Honolulu and a road trip that would become Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp, who played Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke in the film version of Fear and Loathing, tries to interview Steadman in For No Good Reason. He is a terrible interviewer but their rapport is appealing. "He's a hell of a nice guy, you know," says Steadman. "Sweet and generous and modest, actually."
    Ralph Steadman with Johnny Depp from the fim <i>For No Good Reason</i>.
    Ralph Steadman with Johnny Depp from the fim For No Good Reason.
    Of course Steadman did other work, masses of it, most of it just as savage and much of it award-winning. There were new illustrated editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice books, Treasure Island and The Life of Sigmund Freud; collaborations with poets Ted Hughes, Brian Patten and Adrian Mitchell; his recent volumes of fanciful cryptozoology called Extinct Boids; British stamp designs, newspaper cartoons and even advertising campaigns. Nearly 10 years after his death, however, Thompson's shadow looms large. They hit it off immediately, Steadman tells me. "I think because we both hated Nixon. That was the thing."

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/gonzo-artist-ralph-steadman-still-seditious-at-78-20141022-119v6m.html#ixzz3H9t4CGgr

    The day Jack Bruce (of Cream) performed John Cage

    You couldn’t make it up. It’s on the record:



    h/t: Steve Wehmhoff
    The Complete John Cage Edition – Vol. 28: The Works for Piano 5Soliloquy (1944) (3:09)



    Three Easy Pieces (1933)
    Round (for E.P.S.) (2:44)
    Duo (for M.M.) (1:24)
    Infinite Canon (for C.M.) (1:50)

    Four Walls (1944)
    Act I
    Scene 5. – 12. (37:33)
    Act II
    Scene 13. – 17. (25:04)

    Haydée Schvartz, piano
    Jack Bruce, voice

    FOUR WALLS is a powerful and pivotal work in Cage’s oeuvre. This large-scale piece was written as a “dance-drama” with text and dance by his long-time collaborator Merce Cunningham. It was performed only once in 1944 in a production with actors (which included a young Julie Harris) and other dancers, and was not heard again until it was revived some 30 years later.Cage said that Four Walls deals with the “disturbed mind.” This feeling is accentuated by the dramatic music, whose use of repetition, intense ostinatos, and silence evokes at times a harrowing closed-in sensibility. In addition, some long silences which are integral to the composition allow the listeners to turn their attention inwards.

    It was written using only the white keys of the piano.

    Four Walls shows Cage’s seminal ideas on silence, repetition and gradual change, as well as influences of Eastern philosophy and music-its use of repetition foreshadows later minimalist music.

    At Cunningham’s request, Cage also devised a shorter “solo” piece extrapolated from Four Walls, which Cunningham performed several times in his early recitals. Entitled SOLILOQUY, it is also presented here.

    The Three Easy Pieces are early, tonal Cage. The three movements-Round, Duo, and an “infinite” Canon-are written in an almost continuous 2-part contrapuntal style.

    Liner notes are by Cage’s long-time friend and publisher, Don Gillespie.

    THE PERFORMERS
    Haydée Schvartz is one of Argentina’s leading pianists, performing repertoire from classical to contemporary music.
    She is a student of the American virtuoso pianist Yvar Mikhashoff, whom she studied with in Buffalo, New York under a Fulbright scholarship. Schvartz has performed in the major concert halls of Argentina and several countries of North/South America and Europe.

    She is joined here by Jack Bruce (voice); composer, singer, bassist and multi-instrumentalist of the legendary rock group Cream. His eclectic approach to music in his solo recordings and bands mixes rock, blues (performing with John Mayall) and jazz (with Tony Williams Lifetime, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham and Larry Coryell), with forays into the avant-garde (with ECM artists Michael Mantler and Carla Bley).

    http://slippedisc.com/2014/10/the-day-jack-bruce-of-cream-performed-john-cage/

    CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO

    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


    Rob Ayling writes: 

    "Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

    RADIOFOLK
    SOME PEOPLE ARE TRANSISTORS
    part of a circuit that makes transmission of sound possible
    some are cases/that encompass all the parts
    a few are amplifiers-taking tiny sounds/making them larger
    so more folk can hear properly/good examples
    of a community with many parts/many aspects.
    You see-some of us have antique aspects-
    we are valve radio/crystal radio sets
    We are low wattage community radio collectives
    We are volunteers holding ourselves together
    and by so doing/broadcasting the best we can offer
    to consenting sentients with ears wide open
    This is what we do.This is where we are.
    We make the good larger
    Call us human amplifiers!


    (For KDRP 100.1 FM,KOOP 91.7 and John Kelso!)
     

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