Steve Roach is a central figure on my own music. Between the support of Projekt, his own web site, and Bandcamp, the innovative ambient composer, player, producer, is–somehow–able to create lots of new music every year. His Bandcamp releases may be previewed in full at Bandcamp.
Ensemble Topogràfic (Anna Hierro and Carlos Martorell) make use of an armband controller. Her arm positions are sent via Bluetooth LE to an iPad controlling granular synths. Aleatoric elements, along with improvisation, mean the piece won’t be the same twice.
With respect to my own musical background, and so with regard for my own influences, Pauline Oliveros stood with Thelonious Monk as the second-to-none inspirations for my music. Although it is crucial to fold in the handful of other critical influences, the odd couple of Monk and Oliveros key the two driving principles, Oliveros’s deep listening, and, Monk’s absolute improv.
The first Deep listening Band record changed my musical life.
Deep Listening Institute (DLI) promotes the music and Deep Listening practice of pioneer composer Pauline Oliveros, providing a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology and healing. DLI fosters creative innovation across boundaries and across abilities, among artists and audience, musicians and non-musicians, healers and the physically or cognitively challenged, and children of all ages. This ever-growing community of musicians, artists, scientists and certified Deep Listening practitioners strives for a heightened consciousness of the world of sound and the sound of the world.
From Create Digital Music, and right up my alley; although nowadays I am more observer than participant. Right up yours too if you are concerned at all with future music, performance, experimentation, field recordings, and the integration of sound with other modes and domains.
h/t Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music post: MIDI Makes an Augmented Harp Performance Like None You’ve Heard
The future? Well, as long as I’m around I’m going to keep doing what I do. I’ll be playing music until my last breath.
full album; “field recordings”
In which I learn that Robert and I have a lot of roots in common. This isn’t surprising, yet it is a pleasing and resonant confirmation of a sonic ethos I apparently share to a degree with Mr. Rich. He’s been an inspirational force in my musical outlook for over twenty four years.
His new record is Perpetual.
Anthony Braxton 12 +1 Composition 355 – Internazionale di Musica Biennaole Musica, 2012
Here’s a selection of some of the best Abdullah Ibrahim youtube videos. If you’re reading this, I hope you take 60 minutes of your valuable time to give a listen to the artistry of Dr. Ibrahim. For people who happen to be especially sensitive to, and receptive of, the sound the human spirit makes when it is channeling extrapolations of the eternal mysterious formulas, remember the insight of Inayat Khan,
There is nothing in this world which does not speak. Every thing and every being is continually calling out its nature, its character, its secret; the more the inner sense is open, the more capable it becomes of hearing the voice of all things. What we call music in our everyday language is only a miniature, which our intelligence has grasped from that music or harmony of the whole universe which is working behind everything, and which is the source and origin of nature. It is because of this that the wise of all ages have considered music to be a sacred art. For in music the seer can see the picture of the whole universe; and the wise can interpret the secret and the nature of the working of the whole universe in the realm of music. (Inayat Khan)
Torino Jazz Festival 2013
28 April 2013
Jazz Piano Festival, Kalisz, Poland
December 9, 1984
Abdullah Ibrahim (piano)
Carlos Ward (alto sax, flute)
Full concert set featuring Ekaya, from 2011
*horrifying ad to skip over at beginning*
1968 NDR-Hamburg (G), Abdullah Ibrahim (p) John Tchicai, Gato Barbieri (reeds) Barre Phillips (b) Makaya Ntshoko (d): Jabolani (= “Joy”) (poster) I guess there is no other known earlier TV-clip from Abdullah Ibrahim than this 1968 clip and wonder why it isn´t already uploaded. Same to be said about the following clips of general interest from Michael Naura´s German Jazz-TV series in the early 1980s.
bonus: half of African Piano, Sackville
I wish I was talented like Rheyne.
h/t Robert Wyatt and Stuff Blog – terrific, visit and bookmark, please.
I would contest the implicit theorizing that launches this video. Also, devolving a mix into pieces and setting up formulas to generate new iterations is obviously old school rather than visionary.
If Belew would be bothered to pen up his technology and make it a platform for my own stems, bits, and pieces, then I will dig back through his premises and see if his propositions do in fact constitute a new outlook.
Nevertheless, in noting my sense that Flux isn’t disruptive in its first iteration, I still think this is cool beans.
The original Mantra Modes blog, dedicated to the music and artistry of Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim, the greatest and most profound jazz musician the continent of Africa has produced over the past 40,000 or so years, was created in 1999 and attached to my original apk.net web site.
It’s third incarnation began in 2008. However, I have not been able to give it the care that its mission deserves. As a result, I am going to move, piece-by-piece, its content back into the structure of its second incarnation, here on the home blog of all my musical interests. Most of the pieces will be re-highlighted as blog posts.
I’ll keep the Mantra Modes blog up until the move is completed sometime in the next few months.
The South African Dr. Ibrahim’s own, very fine web site, is in its second incarnation. He turns eighty on October 9th. I am honored to highlight his artistry in any manner–after all he is both my favorite musician, and the instigator of some significant moments of rewarding personal learning during our rewarding intense encounter and association long ago (and sometimes seeming like yesterday too!)
Pelao by La Chiva Gantiva
From the album “Pelao”
The dangerous adventures of an immigrant.
Directed by Nicolas Moins & Rafael Espinel.
Shot with a Sprintcam (an extreme slow motion camera, courtesy of I-Movix).
Felipe Deckers (guitar, tiple, tambor alegre), Natalie Gantiva (tambora, campana, guache, maracones, llamador, backing vocals), Rafael Espinel (lead vocals, maracones, tambor alegre, guitar, flautacanade millo), Florian Doucet (clarinet, backing vocals, bass), Martin Merau (drums, trumpe, tambola, llamador), Seppe Van Hulle (bass), Tuan HoDuc (alto, tenor and soprano saxophone, gaita)
A Columbian-Belgium band. World Funk for sure, politically committed. Be sure to visit their web site. Their latest record Vivo is excellent and it can be auditioned at Soundcloud
Taking Colombia’s rich musical history as its starting point, la Chiva Gantiva is a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms. Formed in Brussels by expat Colombian musicians, La Chiva Gantiva’s truly explosive fusion of danceable, percussion-heavy sounds takes cumbia, funk and Afrobeat to giddy new heights. via Womad