Thursday, March 31, 2011

BORIS SAVOLDELLI - BIOCOSMOPOLITAN



MoonJune Records has released a new album by vocal wonder Boris Savoldelli. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you absolutely need to check him out.

Boris Savoldelli is not just a great singer, he's a vocal orchestra all by himself.

Recording multiple layers of vocals (and sounds !), Boris creates a very full and powerful sound. It's hard to believe that this is just one guy in a multitrack recording studio. "Biocosmopolitan" presents jazzy, vocal stuff, and features a couple of impressive guest appearances as well. Jimmy Haslip plays astonishing bass on 'Biocosmopolitan', while Paolo Fresu adds great trumpet lines to 'Concrete Clima' and 'Kerouac In New York City'.


Worth checking out.



http://www.moonjune.com/

http://www.myspace.com/borisinger

Sunday, March 27, 2011

GRANDE MOTHERS TO PERFORM IN PRAGUE

In addition to the below dates, the Grande Mothers Re:Invented will also be performing in Prague. I know that I had told you this before, but I needed a nice intro for the flyer.



  • 2011/03/27 concert ‘De Bosuil’, Weert, The Netherlands

  • 2011/03/28 concert ‘Spirit Of 66’, Verviers, Belgium

  • 2011/03/29 concert ‘Cafe Central’, Weinheim, Germany

  • 2011/04/01 concert ‘Tante Ju’, Dresden, Germany

  • 2011/04/02 concert ‘Scala’, Leverkusen, Germany

  • 2011/04/04 concert ‘Theaterhaus’, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2011/04/05 concert ‘The Sound Theatre’, Wels, Austria

  • 2011/04/06 concert ‘Grabenhalle’, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 2011/04/07 concert ‘Waldsee’, Freiburg, Germany

TIP TOE TOPIC

I received the following message and the link to the clip from the HeavenHotel label: Coming up soon now: after locking themselves up for a month in the scheldapen, Elko Blijweert, Saar Van de Leest en Joris Caluwaerts have a 3-day special show ready featuring Tip Toe Topic including Joris for the occasion. A promotional clip has been made to share with the rest of the world, now we only have to wait a whole week before the show starts. The live events will be followed every night with a different band: - 31st of March: "Les Blauw" (djangogroep feat. Bjorn Eriksson) - 1st of April: "Angels Die Hard" (new band feat. e.g.. Thomas Noppe of Ow) - 2nd of April: "Clarke Brendham" (electro act feat. Han Swolfs, better known from The Pink Flamingo Fusion Project) www.heavenhotel.be

ZONIC ENTERTAINMENT ON FACEBOOK

Zonic Entertainment, which is Jon Larsen's Zappa-related record label, now has its own Facebook Page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zonic-Entertainment/193257297373074 with lots of fine pictures...

VIDEO FRAGMENTS OF THE GRANDE MOTHERS IN HAARLEM 2011 05 25

Excellent video footage.
Provided by by MrCOTL (but you may call him Luuk).

BEAUTIFUL !!
(and great video quality)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

R.I.P. ZOOGZ RIFT

Sad news. Zoogz Rift passed away about a week ago, on March 22, 2011. I just heard it today.

Friday, March 25, 2011

CLARON MCFADDEN ON DUTCH TV ON SUNDAY

Dutch TV show "Vrije Geluiden" will feature soprano Claren McFadden. You should know Claren McFadden from her contributions to Zappa's "200 Motels, The Suites", as performed in Amsterdam in June 2000, and also from her excellent contribution to Corrie van Binsbergen's "Over De Bergen".

On "Vrije Geluiden", Claron will be performing John Cage's 'Aria'.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

DWALMACAT 422

More musical madness at this week's Dwalmacat radio show:

go to
http://www.fmbrussel.be/programmas/dwalmacat.aspx

and click on "Luister”

to enjoy
  • THE PASADENAS – Riding on a train
  • JAMES BLAKE – Limit to your love
  • ADAMO – Les filles du bord de mer
  • NICK CAVE – Weeping song
  • FALCO – Jeanny
  • CHARLES AZNAVOUR – Tu te laisse aller
  • BORIS VIAN – Je suis snob
  • JULIE LONDON – Fly me to the moon
  • MARVIN GAYE – I’ll be doggone
  • JEFF BRIDGES – Somebody else
  • GRACE JONES – Pull up to the bumper
  • BONEY M – Rasputin
  • MARY WELLS – Two lovers

RETURN TO FOREVER

Fans of jazz and fusion will be happy to find out that legendary band Return To Forever has been reunited. The band will be doing a world tour in 2011.

The line-up will feature
  • Chick Corea
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Jean-Luc Ponty
  • Lenny White
  • Frank Gambale

http://www.return2forever.com/


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

TODD GRUBBS RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Florida Guitar Virtuoso Todd Grubbs Releases New CD 'Return of the Worm' Featuring All-Star Line-Up

3/11/2011 – Tampa, Florida - Much to the anticipation of guitar aficionados across the globe, Florida guitar virtuoso Todd Grubbs is releasing his new CD 'Return of the Worm' this month (March 2011). Todd Grubb's previous CD 'Space, Time and the Electric' garnered rave reviews throughout the wworld, elevating the guitarist to cult status amongst seasoned musicians. Now Todd is back with an album that is sure to thrill and inspire those who listen. “My new CD is a little different than my previous few releases,” explains Todd, “although it really may be more of a progression in being truer to myself. I really have gotten to the point where I am creating my music without any consideration of what others might think, or what I think others might think. Don't get me wrong, this is still a crazy guitar CD with tons of varied guitars flying around, but I had a lot of fun with the addition of 'field recordings'; a group of interesting recordings that I have made over the years and then I have built compositions around them or interjected them into preexisting songs. That was definitely the best time I have ever had making a CD and I am excited about continuing in this direction.”

Like his last CD, Todd Grubb's newest masterpiece features and array of special guest artists including Mike Keneally (Zappa), Blues Saraceno, John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sean Malone, Mark Prator, Jerry Outlaw, Pattrick Bettison, Jeff Henry and Alan Tatum. “I am thrilled to have some great guest artists on this CD,” Grubb's exclaims excitedly. “I was very happy to get Mike Keneally to do a solo, he is a huge inspiration to me on a number of levels, number one his talent is huge, but even more important, his true passion for creating pure music for art's sake has moved me to do the same. Blues Saraceno also contributes an excellent solo, he has always been one of my favorite players because he has such a cool feel. Last but not least, my friend John Wesley from Porcupine Tree was nice enough to add a great solo and help me finish my CD with a dual jam as it fades out.” Todd Grubbs studied at Berklee College of Music and has been voted 'Most Outstanding Guitarist' at the Tampa Bay Music Awards, as well as winning the 'Most Outstanding Video' two consecutive years in a row. Along with Frank Zappa, Grubbs has a large range of influences such as Steve Vai, John Coltrane, The Beatles, Charles Mingus, Kate Bush, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Beck, Michael Schenker, Shaun Lane, Ulli Jon Roth, Adrian Belew and Jonas Hellborg.”

As well as releasing his new CD, Todd Grubbs has been busy with many side projects such as creating the Todd Grubbs School of Rock; a teaching program that teaches kids and adults how to play in a band. Along with a steady roster of students he teaches, Todd has recently been producing other acts, like the debut CD by Young Rockers Beyond Ariose. “I am working on a DVD project,” adds Todd. “It really is a work in progress. I have a lot of old stuff I am compiling, I have shot some live in studio footage and I plan to shoot a live concert as soon as I can get all the logistics together. I also play guitar in an electric blues/jam band called 3 Green Windows, we have just released a CD called 'Deep Green Blues' which I produced.”

For ordering info: Todd's Site: http://toddgrubbs.com/ordercdCART.html
CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ToddGrubbs
Guitar Nine Records: http://www.guitar9.com/returnoftheworm.html
For more information www.toddgrubbs.com , www.myspace.com/toddgrubbs , www.youtube.com/tcgrubbs

Monday, March 21, 2011

PALERMO BIG BAND PLAYS ZAPPA 2011 04 07

Ed Palermo says:
HI, FOLKS!

It's been awhile, but we're back in the saddle for our first gig in 2011.
And it's gonna be a great one!

2 shows at 8 PM and 10 PM!

We are gearing up for our next CD. It will be a double disc-one disc Zappa, the other my original stuff. All for the price of ONE CD!

We hope to see you Thursday, April 7 at Iridium in New York City!
1650 Broadway (51st. St.)
New York, NY - 10019

FIDOPLAYSZAPPA NEWSFLASH

From the FidoPlaysZappa newsletter:

- For the first time in its long history FpZ is gonna rock the stage in Bad Doberan's ZAPPANALE 22 on Sunday August 21 this summer, featuring the 3 Zappa-Alummni Ike Willis, Bobby Martin & Ray White. We're happy to finally play europe's (the world's? the universe's??) biggest Zappa-Festival and are looking forward to meeting some of you there!

http://www.zappanale.de/

- "Too Big To Fail", FpZs still brandnew acoustic album is now available digitally in all major stores, eg:

http://itunes.apple.com/ch/album/too-big-to-fail/id420597089?uo=4

- We had some nice & polite critics for the album we don't want to deprive you of; while some people like cupkaces better, some even preferred our contemporary 16minute-artyfarty-epic-hit musician's salary to all the rest. Maybe a good idea for the next album?!?

http://www.ragazzi-music.de/fidoplayszappa11.html
http://www.killuglyradio.com/2011/02/01/fido-plays-zappa-too-big-to-fail-2011/
http://blogger.xs4all.nl/werksman/archive/2011/01/28/640611.aspx
http://united-mutations.blogspot.com/2011/01/fidoplayszappa-too-big-too-fail.html

PAUL CARR UPDATE

Paul Carr says:
Here is a powerpoint presentation which looks at an approach to using an artist as a musicological case study. After explaining some potential generic approaches, it looks at Frank Zappa as a case study.

http://paulcarrmusings.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/frank-zappa-and-gesture/

-- info from Paul Carr

Sunday, March 20, 2011

BRYAN BELLER'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE

The pre-sale of Bryan Beller's new album, "Wednesday Night Live" ends in a couple of days.
No reason to wait.

http://www.bryanbeller.com/cms/index.php?page=shop


GRANDE MOTHERS IN EUROPE

From next week on, the Grande Mothers will be doing a short tour in Europe.
Just a reminder.

2011/03/24 concert ‘Patronaat’, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2011/03/26 concert ‘Schwarzer Adler’, Rheinberg, Germany
2011/03/27 concert ‘De Bosuil’, Weert, The Netherlands
2011/03/28 concert ‘Spirit Of 66’, Verviers, Belgium
2011/03/29 concert ‘Cafe Central’, Weinheim, Germany
2011/04/01 concert ‘Tante Ju’, Dresden, Germany
2011/04/02 concert ‘Scala’, Leverkusen, Germany
2011/04/04 concert ‘Theaterhaus’, Stuttgart, Germany
2011/04/05 concert ‘The Sound Theatre’, Wels, Austria
2011/04/06 concert ‘Grabenhalle’, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2011/04/07 concert ‘Waldsee’, Freiburg, Germany

DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA TOURS THE UK IN NOVEMBER 2011

ALICE COOPER AND DWEEZIL ZAPPA ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

Alice Cooper and Dweezil Zappa on Jay Leno's Tonight Show.

And Dweezil's playing the Hendrix Strat...

Spotted by The Evil Prince (and mentioned on the Zappateers site)

Friday, March 18, 2011

ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER & FRANK ZAPPA

March 14, 2011, Rob Zombie inducted Alice Cooper into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He described with photographs how Frank Zappa found Alice Cooper.

-- info & pics: Johan Putter

THE SAARLÄNDISCHES STAATORCHESTER'S SETLIST

The Saarländisches Staatorchester performed Frank Zappa's 'The Yellow Shark'.

Here's the setlist:

  • Outrage at Valdez
  • None of the above
  • Times beach II
  • III revised
  • Uncle meat
  • Dog breath
  • Get whitey
  • The girl in the magnesium dress
  • Questi cazzi di piccione
  • G-Spot Tornado

-- info: Andreas Hosse

LEO RECORDS NEWSFLASH

Leo Records has announced a number of new titles !
www.leorecords.com

  • michel wintsch: metapiano
    (2011, cd, uk, leo records cd lr 596)
  • arrigo cappelletti / andrea massaria/ nicola stranieri / mat maneri: metamorphosis
    (2011, cd, uk, leo records cd lr 597)
  • frank gratkowski /thomas lehn / philip zoubek / dieter manderscheid / martin blume: the shift
    (2011, cd, uk, leo records cd lr 599)
  • steve day: song of the fly
    (2011, cd, uk, leo records cd lr 600)
  • francois carrier / alexey lapin / michel lambert: inner spire
    (2011, cd, uk, leo records cd lr 601)
  • umberto petrin: a dawn will come solo piano
    (2011, cd, uk, leo records cd lr 602)

THE SAARLÄNDISCHES STAATSORKESTER PERFORMS THE YELLOW SHARK * * A REVIEW


Here's a short review of the "Shark" by Andreas Hosse.

The Saarländisches Staatstheater / Staatsorchester performed Frank Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" at a sold out, 300 visitors, Radialsystem in Berlin on 2011/03/15. The stage was divided in two parts: the martial arts sportsmen and woman were in front, and the 24-headed orchestra was in the back.

The concert was often interrupted to give the sportsmen the chance to say something about their personal relationship to martial arts. This lasted up to four or five minutes, often followed by a sparring. The audience, including me, was quite irritated with what was going on on stage. The first applause only came up after half an hour, silence until that point.

For me, it was two different events at the same time. It didn't fit. I tried to concentrate on the orchestra by looking over the sportsmen und by trying to ignore the martial artists as much as possible.

The performance of the Orchestra was OK. It was not as dynamic as the Ensemble Modern, but it was OK. 'Girl In The Magnesium Dress' was definitly a highlight of the show.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

THE ALANYA DIM CAVE

I had never heard ot the Alanya Dim Cave before...
Together with the added music (by Huun Huur Tu and The Bulgarian Voices Angelite) this is quite an experience.

Enjoy this little movie by Till A.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DWALMACAT 421

Go to
http://www.fmbrussel.be/programmas/dwalmacat.aspx
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
  • WET HAIR – Blessed
  • JÄH DIVISION – Heart + soul dub
  • PETE UM – The man’s got me beat
  • AMON TOBIN – Slowly
  • BRUCE GILBERT & GRAHAM LEWIS – Hung up to dry whilst building an arch
  • REMA REMA – Rema rema
  • ALAN VEGA – Kungfu cowboy
  • FAT TRUCKERS – Superbike
  • ASRA - ... Aux chiottes
  • VAN KOOTEN EN DE BIE – Uw purser
  • PEAKING LIGHTS – Marshmellow yellow
  • RUPERT HINE – Psycho surrender
  • SERGE GAINSBOURG – Comme un boomerang
  • C.W.VRTACEK – Tumbling

ENSEMBLE MODERN RECORDINGS OVER AT MUSICTRAVELLERSTWO

Nothing new for Zappateers, as MusicTravellersTwo is posting audience and FM recordings that are still available over at www.zappateers.com.

Still, they do have the great artwork at display as well.

Beautiful.

http://musictravellerstwo.blogspot.com/

-- info: Jan van Kemenade

SUN RA - - - THE ETERNAL MYTH - - - THE DEMO

I told you a couple of days ago that the Transparency label is teaming up with the Sun Ra Archive for the release of "The Eternal Myth - The Music History Of Sun Ra".

It'll be a combined book / box set with lots of ultra-rare music and hours of Sun Ra speech.

Here are some demos !!
(beware that they're multiMega & might take some time to load)

DEMO #1


DEMO #2


DEMO #3


www.myspace.com/michael_transparency

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NEW BEARDFISH ALBUM DUE OUT

"Mammoth", the new Beardfish album, will be released on 2011-03-28.
Available on LP, CD, and with a bonus DVD.

Monday, March 14, 2011

MARSHALL ALLEN IN TILBURG ON 2011 03 16


It'll be a busy wednesday. There are fine concerts to go to all over the place.
Marshall Allen, of Sun Ra Arkestra fame, will be performing at 'De Paradox' in Tilburg.

  • 2011/03/16 Marshall Allen, Jasper Stadhouders, Eric Thielemans, James Harrar - concert 'Paradox', Tilburg, NL
    & a screening of "Cinema Soloriens & The Cosmo-Drama"

ARF! IN CONCERT 2011 03 16

  • 2011/03/16 concert 'Péniche Antipode', Bassin de la Villette, Paris, France

Arf! will be doing an extra concert. Performing the music of Frank Zappa !!

DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA IN MANCHESTER IN NOVEMBER

Dweezil Zappa plays Zappa at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester
Tuesday 22 Nov. 2011

BROKKENBAL WITH CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN

Wednesday 2011 03 16, Corrie van Binsbergen will host another 'Brokkenbal' at the 'Bimhuis' in Amsterdam, NL
Writers, poets and music with Hans Dagelet, Toon Tellegen and Ramsey Nasr.
  • Hans Dagelet: voice & trumpet
  • Miriam Overlach: harp
  • Alan Purves: percussion
  • Corrie van Binsbergen: guitar

The second set will feature

  • Jasper Blom: tenor sax & clarinet
  • Jasper le Clercq: violin
  • Dionys Breukers: keys
  • Albert van Veenendaal: prepared piano
  • Ernst Glerum: bass
  • Alan Purves: percussion
  • Corrie van Binsbergen: guitar

PAUL CARR'S LATEST PROJECT

Paul Carr is editing a book about Frank Zappa. It'll be entitled "Zappa and the And".

Here's a preview

http://paulcarrmusings.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/zappa-and-the-and-book-progress/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

SUN RA - - - THE ETERNAL MYTH

The Transparency label is teaming up with the Sun Ra Archive for its next release.
Subtitled "The Music History Of Sun Ra", this first installment will bring you 13 hours of ultra-rare music (plus hours of Sun Ra speech) with a 5.25" x 5.25" paperback book (approximately 80 pages) in box set .

Click on the link for an actual tracklist...

Contact Transparency through their MySpace site

www.myspace.com/michael_transparency

-- info: Danny Mathys

DWALMACAT 420

Go to
http://www.fmbrussel.be/programmas/dwalmacat.aspx

and click on “Luister” to enjoy
  • HIRSCHE NICHT AUFS SOFA – Keine Küsse und keine Tomaten
  • FAMILY FODDER – Desire
  • MARCLAY & BENNETT – Silver lining
  • FELIX KUBIN & COOLHAVEN – There is a garden
  • OS MUTANTES – Dois mil e um
  • THE FALL – Industrial estate
  • THE FLAMING LIPS – Breathe
  • HENRY COW – Live in Udine (excerpt)
  • KRISTIAN PETERS – Einöde (wilderness)
  • SUPERPITCHER – Rabbits in a hurry
  • METABOLIST – Slaves
  • THE POPGROUP – We’re all prostitutes
  • THE FIERY FURNACES – Crystal clear
  • THE FLYING LIZARDS – Another story
  • MONIKA WEISS – Rising sound
  • PJ HARVEY – Written on the forehead

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN


If you want to find out what Vinnie Colaiuta and Dweezil Zappa sound like on this album, you might want to check out

http://oidalerockagainn.blogspot.com/2011/03/ultimate-tribute-to-led-zeppelin-2008.html

-- info: Jan van Kemenade

WEATHER REPORT - LIVE IN BERLIN 1975


  • weather report: live in berlin 1975
    (2011, cd & dvd, ??, ??)

Thirty-six years ago, Weather Report played at the Berliner Jazztage.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Weather Report, the Zawinul estate are releasing this recording as a combined CD / DVD.

It features drummer Chester Thompson who joined Weather Report after having played with Zappa's Mothers for about a year and a half.

CHAD WACKERMAN TRIO - HITS LIVE


With "Hits Live", Chad Wackerman released his first DVD. It's out on the DrumChannel label and it features Chad on drums, Mike Miller on guitar and Doug Lunn on fretless bass.
Very nice.

If you attended the Zappanale concert that Chad did a couple of years ago, you'll have noticed thta this is the very same line-up.
Great music, and informative little stories in-between.

FRANK ZAPPA'S CLASSICAL SELECTION

Or classical works that inspired FZ.
Out on Chrome Dreams.

disc one

  1. richard wagner - the ride of the valkyries (1856) 5.49
  2. igor stravinsky - 'spring rounds' from the rite of spring (1913) 3.07
  3. anton webern - bagatelle opus 9 (1913) 1.15
  4. igor stravinsky - 'royal march' from a soldier's tale (1918) 2.38
  5. gustav holst - 'jupiter' from the planets (1921) 6.59
  6. edgard varèse - hyperprism (1922) 4.22
  7. george antheil - ballet mecanique (1924) 9.09
  8. maurice ravel - bolero (1928) 16.08
  9. arnold schoenberg - begleitungsmusik zu einer lichtspielszene opus 34 (1933) 7.59
  10. silvestre revueltas - sensemaya (1937) 6.00
  11. john cage - 4.33 (1947) 4.36
  12. conlon nancarrow - study no. 11 (1955) 3.32
  13. pierre boulez - first movement (l'artisanat furieux) of le marteau sans maitre (1955) 1.29

disc two

  1. harry partch - us highball - a musical account of a transcontinental hobo trip (1955) - part 1 7.4 7
  2. harry partch - us highball - a musical account of a transcontinental hobo trip (1955) - part 2 9.05
  3. luigi nono - il canto sospeso (the suspended song) (1956) 9.47
  4. karlheinz stockhausen - kontakte (1958) - part 1 8.14
  5. karlheinz stockhausen - kontakte (1958) - part 2 9.08
  6. olivier messiaen - chronochromie (1959) - part 1 7.45
  7. olivier messiaen - chronochromie (1959) - part 2 8.05
  8. krzysztof penderecki - threnody to the victims of hiroshima (1960) 9.45
  9. bulent arel - electronic music no. 1 (1960) 10.07

-- info: Danny Mathys

URR OPEN AUDITIONS

Do you live in the neighbourhood of Atlanta? Do you want to play the music of Frank Zappa?
Then go to the URR Open Auditions!

Monday, March 7, 2011

SUN RA / TRANSPARENCY UPDATE

Here's a message from fellow Saturnian John on the Sun Ra newsgroup:

Transparency has a new DVD offering that will be new to most everyone. Here are some notes from the Transparency 0318 DVD "Sun Ra - Jazz Session" sleeve:

This black and white portrait of the Arkestra is startlingly beautiful and is possibly the single finest film of the band ever. This surpasses even Space Is The Place in its details of how this tribe conjures the purest magic of costumes, percussion, and joyous science fiction truth.

Captured during a momentary stop in France (1/8/72) on their way back to Oakland after the Autumn/Winter 1971 European and Cairo, Egypt tours, this flawless video recording has never been seen by even the most hard core Sun Ra collectors and discographers.

Produced and Directed by Bernard Lion

01. Somebody Else's World
02. Watusi
03. Discipline
04. Synth

And there's also a new Sun Ra album in the works: "Sun Ra at 'The Red Garter' NYC 1970."

http://www.myspace.com/michael_transparency

MOSAE ZAPPA


Not only did I attend an excellent Adrian Belew concert in Tilburg yesterday, I also brought one of the fine flyers for the Mosae Zappa festival home with me!

Looks good.

May 6 & 7 in Maastricht, NL.

Get your tickets now !
www.muziekgieterij.nl

20 YEARS OF MUFFIN MEN


The Muffin Men feat. Denny Walley - Eurotour in april 2011

THE SAARLÄNDISCHEN STAATSORCHESTER PERFORMS THE YELLOW SHARK

Straight from the Arf Society newsletter:

The Saarländischen StaatsOrchester will be performing Frank Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" !!
Directed by Gudrun Herrbold, the project combines traditional Asian and Western martial arts and contemporary music.
  • 20 Saarland martial artists
  • the Saarländischen Staatsorchester
  • Thomas Peuschel, conductor
  • Gudrun Herrbold, director
  • Constanze Fischbeck: sets, costumes and video
  • Birgit Friday: choreography
  • Bert Schneider: dramaturgy
  • Ralf Heid: technical director
  • Gaetano Franzese: assistant director
  • Sabine Schmitt: production manager

A number of performances already took place in Saarbrucken, but there's another scheduled in Berlin !!

2011/03/15 'Radialsystem', Berlin, Germany

Friday, March 4, 2011

SOUND LIBERATION - OPEN UP YOUR EARS AND GET SOME


Sound Liberation is the brainchild of Gene Pritsker. The ensemble was formed in 1996 and has performed all over the world.

"Open Up Your Ears And Get Some" combines various musical styles. The first track, for instance, mixes a Chopin piece (performed on violin) with a hip-hop beat, adds a sitar and has people rapping over it. Some of the other pieces have classic vocals, or a jazz guitar solo, or a string quartet.
As Gene Pritsker put it: "In this album we combine our love for classical music, jazz and music of various cultures with our love for hip-hop by incorporating our own unique lyrical style."

To my ears, this is a very fine experiment. Intriguing to say the least.


Check out the band's MySpace site for more samples!

http://www.myspace.com/soundliberation

ADRIAN BELEW ON DUTCH TV NEXT SUNDAY

Next Sunday morning, Adrian Belew will be taking part in the "Vrije Geluiden" TV show. And taking part means performing & being interviewed !!

And later the same day, he'll be at 'De Paradox' in Tilburt with the Adrian Belew Trio.

POJAMA PEOPLE IN CONCERT

Pojama People performing the music of Frank Zappa featuring Ike Willis

March 24 - Thursday - 9pm
The Mix
6006 12th Ave S.
Seattle WA 98108 (Georgetown)
http://sites.google.com/site/themixseattle/home
$10

March 25 - Friday - 9pm
Mt Tabor Theater
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 360-1450
http://www.taborpdx.com/
$7 adv, $10 door

March 26 - Saturday - 9pm
Sam Bond's Garage
407 Blair
Eugene, OR 97405
(541)431-6603
http://www.sambonds.com/
$7

***supplemented by the delicious talents of***
Alli Bach / Ted Clifford / Brian Casy / Glenn Leonard

HAMILTON STERLING AND JIMMY HASLIP - MIGRATION


When I talked about this Hamilton Sterling / Jimmy Haslip collaboration last year, I was very impressed. "Migration" is a journey through sound. One big soundscape. From Africa to the stars.
The only thing that has me wondering, was the fact that it was a double-layer DVDA (dvd audio) release.

The good news is that "Migration" has been relased as a plain audio CD.
As the factsheet says: "This 2011 audio CD release is a wide dynamic range remix of the original surround recording. Now available at Amazon, CDBaby, Abstract Logix, and Helikon Sound."

ALON NECHUSHTAN - WORDS BEYOND


Pianist Alon Nechushtan, drummer Dan Weiss and bassist François Moutin showcase their virtuosity in a set of excellent, melodic, yet complex jazz tunes. The album starts with 'Muppet Shock', which, when I close my eyes, shows Charlie Brown and his buddies dancing around at the playground. And somehow, this joyful feeling stayed with me for the entire album.

The beauty of "Words Beyond" lies in the contrast of the melodic lines and the complexity of the songs. Changing rhythms, tone variations, colourful melodies and impressive interactions.

I like it.

www.musicalon.com

The below sample is not on the album, but it'll show you what the trio sounds like (at a quiet moment).

Be Lee...Alon Nechushtan from JMJProductions on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

DWALMACAT 419

Get your weekly dose of bizarre music over at
http://www.fmbrussel.be/programmas/dwalmacat.aspx

Just visit the site, and click on "Luister”
  • OVIL BIANCA – Full endeavor
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN – Rest = Bof
  • FIEND 1 – Origin and purpose
  • SQUAREPUSHER – Fat controller
  • SUKIA – Play colt
  • “Lied vom Kindsein” from LES AILES DU DESIR
  • FRIGG – Interlude
  • HANSUNDTOM – Angel / Carver blues
  • HOLY FUCK – P.I.G.S.
  • BATTLES – Atlas
  • DJ SHADOW – Mashin’ on the motorway
  • KILLING JOKE – Turn to red
  • BROADCAST – A seancing song

CPT.CHEESE-BEARD UPDATE

I received some fine pictures of Cpt.Cheese-Beard at the "Alter Ego Festival" 2011 02 19.
Didn't know about it sooner. But the pictures are good.
Added almost the whole bunch to the Sisters Of Prevention entry over at the U.M.Archives.

Wait a minute! No horns in sight? Did they perform as a quintet??
And did you notice the Cpt.'s new guitar?





Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ADRIAN BELEW ON DUTCH RADIO6

The first in a series of six radio broadcasts on Adrian Belew will take place on Thursday 2011/03/03 on Dutch Radio 6 on "VPROJazzLive".
It will be a broadcast of the show that the Belew Power Trio did in Amstelveen, NL, on 2010/10/27.

The next episode will be on on 2011/03/05 on "De Wissel" and will focus on his work with Zappa, Bowie, King Crimson and more.

plus
2011/03/10 'VPROJazzLive'
2011/03/11 'VPROJazzLive'
2011/03/24 'VPROJazzLive'
2011/03/31 'VPROJazzLive'

Here's Adrian with the Metropole Orkest - in concert 2011 02 27.

STEVE VAI TO HOST THE WORLD'S LARGEST ONLINE GUITAR LESSON

"Be a part of history and help set a world record with Steve Vai.
http://www.berkleemusic.com/ and Steve Vai will be attempting to set a Guinness world record for the most participants in a free online guitar lesson live from New York City at 1:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011!
Log on from anywhere in the world."

https://www.berkleemusic.com/vai-live