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Lindsay Cooper Profiled

Posted: November 21, 2014 by Mike in Artist Profile

A year after her passing, Lindsay Cooper is profiled in anticipation of next week’s Henry Cow reunion.

When Lindsay Cooper stepped on to the stage of the Battersea Arts Centre, picked up her bassoon and started to play, I was transfixed. As a group, Henry Cow projected a radical image, rejecting the trappings of rock-star status and, it seemed, 4/4 time as well. But what really stood out was the presence – unusual at the time – of three female musicians. Dagmar Krause sang with stark intensity, Georgie Born played a mean bass guitar, and Lindsay Cooper brought an instrument that is normally hidden in the back rows of an orchestra right into the front line.

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For most jazz musicians, the process of building a career is drastically different from the “American-Idol-overnight-sensation” model. Saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby, who performed Monday night at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, is a good example. Malaby has been a stalwart of the New York City jazz scene for nearly 20 years, has released 10 albums as a bandleader and has been a member of bands led by luminaries such as Charlie Haden, Paul Motian and others. Lately, though, Malaby has been getting some overdue attention in the jazz press.

English: Frode Gjerstad, moers festival 2008

English: Frode Gjerstad, moers festival 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From, some words in anticipation of a Friday concert in South Carolina.

Nowadays, when Norwegian free jazz saxophone colossus Frode Gjerstad performs in a trio, it’s typically with two fellow countrymen: bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. But when Gjerstad first started playing jazz, he didn’t have many people to play with.

From the Independent:

Since its founding four years ago, the L.A.-based musicians’ collective has become a significant force for new music and avant-garde approaches to programming. The ensemble formed a solid relationship early on with the Hammer Museum. Last year, opportunities opened that included gigs at REDCAT, Zipper Hall, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. This past April, wild Up performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and special guests included John Adams, the International Contemporary Orchestra, the Calder Quartet, and Shara Worden. This summer found wild Up in Reykjavík for a concert and recording session with the all-female Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili.

William Basinki: The Sound of Decay

Posted: November 4, 2014 by Mike in Artist Profile

William Basinski

Cover of William Basinski

From the New Yorker:

Raised in Dallas, Basinski studied saxophone and clarinet at the University of North Texas, in Denton, for two years. In the summer of 1978, he ditched school and travelled around Texas to see bands like the Sex Pistols and Television. He became interested in the music of what he calls “three points to a triangle”: John Cage, Steve Reich, and Brian Eno. He met the man who is still his partner, the visual artist James Elaine, and moved to San Francisco on Halloween of the same year. Basinski began buying cheap tape recorders and creating the work that sustains him today.

Lou Reed Remembered One Year Later

Posted: October 29, 2014 by Mike in Artist Profile

Lou Reed in Málaga, Spain, July 21, 2008

Lou Reed in Málaga, Spain, July 21, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Guardian Liberty Voice:

Today, Oct. 27, marks the one year anniversary of the death of Lou Reed, making the date a day to reflect and remember the icon one year later. Last year, Reed succumbed to a liver transplant procedure that his body did not accept, resulting in widespread grief in the music industry. It is important to not only reflect on Reed’s music, but also the immense, eternal impact it had on all of the music that followed as well.

Robert Wyatt Profiled

Posted: October 29, 2014 by Mike in Artist Profile

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Robert Wyatt

From The Guardian:

Robert Wyatt was born in Bristol in 1945 to a psychologist father and BBC producer mother. At 21, he joined prog pioneers Soft Machine; at 25 formed his own group, Matching Mole; at 29, he fell out of a fourth-floor window while drunk, at a party, permanently paralysing himself from the waist down. His solo career proper began a year later, with 1974’s dreamlike Rock Bottom.