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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.

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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.

From FACT Magazine:

First performed in the early 1980s, the concerts saw Rich perform through the night to revellers drifting in and out of light sleep. Over nine or ten hours, Rich would perform a synthesis of found sound, prepared drones, and live instrumental playing at very low volumes. “In real time I’ll be mixing and blending those together, whilst also playing guitar and flute and keyboards, but through loops and long delays – everything being very slow. Anything resembling a melody could unfold over a half an hour or so. The concentration is really one of subtlety, slowness, extremely slow crossfades, and keeping that deep level of continuity.”

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Saxophonist Steve Coleman swore that he was so far under the underground that few outside his community of fellow performers appreciated his idiosyncratic approach to music. For the Allentown horn player who could be inspired by circulatory systems and bird calls, no sound is off-limits. But evidently, someone has been listening. Last month, Coleman was roused out of bed by a phone call from the MacArthur Foundation. He had won what is known as a “genius grant,” a $650,000 prize awarded over five years.

Nils Frahm: The piano avant-garde

Posted: October 3, 2014 by Mike in Artist Profile, Performances

From the Taipei Times:

Nils Frahm does some very interesting things with the piano — or to be more exact, with four pianos. For his stage performances, he currently uses a grand piano, an upright piano, a Fend Rhodes electric piano and a Juno synthesizer, jumping from one instrument to another, sampling and looping their sounds through a computer and creating engrossing compositions with a very broad appeal.

Edgard Varèse

Cover of Edgard Varèse


In his youth, Chou Wen-chung, the 91-year-old subject of a Composer Portrait at the Columbia University Miller Theater on Thursday, had many strict teachers. One was Edgard Varèse, the temperamental French-born Modernist and godfather of electronic music, who once showed his displeasure by throwing a score of Mr. Chou’s on the floor and ordering him to urinate on it. Then there was Bohuslav Martinu, the Czech symphonist, who reacted to a fugue Mr. Chou had written using Chinese melodic material with a single, withering, “Why?”

Wadada Leo Smith Profiled

Posted: September 23, 2014 by Mike in Artist Profile, Releases

From Burning Ambulance:

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has been extremely productive in recent years, issuing single- and multi-disc sets at a furious clip through a few trusted labels, Cuneiform, TUM and Tzadik in particular. Most artists would take an extended break after releasing something as epic as 2012’s Ten Freedom Summers, a four-disc opus greeted by rave reviews (and a Pulitzer Prize nomination). But in the two years since that set appeared, he’s sped up, if anything, releasing Ancestors, a duo encounter with drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo; Occupy the World, a double disc of collaborations with the 20-piece Finnish group TUMO; and Sonic Rivers, with saxophonist John Zorn and trombonist/electronic composer George Lewis. And now, he’s got two more releases appearing simultaneously—the two-CD The Great Lakes Suites, and the comparatively concise Red Hill.