Memories of Demetrio Stratos, 35 years after his death

Italiano: Demetrio Stratos in concerto AREA al...
Demetrio Stratos in concerto AREA

Translated from

On 27 October 1976, the University of Milan was being employed. It had been just over a year after the death of Claudio Varalli and Giannino Zibecchi, the Student Movement was merged a few months in the Workers’ Movement for Socialism in the main hall and occupied it was decided to organize a concert. For the occasion he was called one of the most politically engaged and avant-garde of the moment: the Area, which in those days were busy with the recording of the album Maledetti (maudits), with the collaboration of international artists such as Paul Lytton and Steve Lacy.

From that concert, recognized by members of the group as one of their live ‘strange’, the album will stretch Event ’76: a live album consisting solely of three tracks: Chaos (Part One) , Chaos (Part Two) and Event ’76. Maledetti was the group’s fifth album, which was formed in ’72 around the figure of Demetrio Stratos, former frontman of the Rebels. The first training was composed by Victor Edouard Busnello on horns, bassist Patrick Djivas, Leandro Gaetano keyboardist, guitarist and drummer Johnny Lambizi and Giulio Capiozzo, although Lambizi Leandro and would soon be replaced by Paolo Tofani, former guitarist of the Caliphs, and the young keyboardist Patrick Fariselli

Stratos was an amazing vocalist and Area’s recordings still sound fresh 40 years later. A nice tribute.

Dark Tips/Haint Whoop in Nashville

From FMRL:

Dark Tips conjure advice from the underworld through Jessica Pavone’s processed viola and Raquel Bell’s analog organ and both performers’ vocals.

Jessica and Raquel performed together (with Evan Lipson) in the incredible and now-defunt art-noise-punk group Normal Love, named for Jack Smith’s 1963 underground masterpiece of indeterminate cinema.

Jessica has performed in groups led by Anthony Braxton, Lawrence “Butch’ Morris, Matana Roberts, Henry Threadgill, William Parker, Taylor Ho Bynum and in a remarkable duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson. She is also an accomplished composer, having received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, American Music Center, The Jerome Foundation and more.

Raquel is a visual artist and multi-intstrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards) with a stunning voice, most evident perhaps in her rock band Mesiko. Raquel also has extensive experience in live theatrical soundtracking and sound design having worked on productions including Harry Partch’s “Oedipus Rex”; a Louisville adaptation of Hamlet set in a 1920s river town and featuring music by The Slow Charleston featuring Bonnie Prince Billy; and installations and performances by visual artist Daphane Park.

-Haint Whoop (Chattanooga, TN)

FMRL will host the premiere performance of Haint Whoop, a duo comprised of Evan Lipson (acoustic upright bass) and Bob Stagner (percussion).

Evan Lipson is a monster on the upright bass as anyone who attended his trio show with Jack Wright at Betty’s a few years back can attest. He’s an integral part of the vibrant arts community in Chattanooga where he moved to start a tiki bar with the late Dennis Palmer of Shaking Ray Levi Society. As mentioned above, he also played bass in Normal Love.

Bob Stagner is an inspiring drummer and force of nature in the Chattanooga arts community. Through his pioneering free improvisation duo Shaking Ray Levi’s Society, he and Dennis Palmer created a distinctly Southern axis of activity bringing high level musicians like Derek Bailey, Borbetomagus, and more into the region. Bob doesn’t just play ‘free’ as his background playing hard country and honkytonk with Roger Alan Wade and his current regular gig as drummer with Annie Sellick in the Uptown Big Band will attest. He also works with The Rhythmic Arts Project, a music therapy organization which uses percussion instruction to empower disabled individuals to succeed in other areas of life.

Complete show details are as follows:
Tuesday, August 19th
7 pm doors;
8 pm show
$7 tickets available online and $10 at the door.
at Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue

Newsbits: Sun Ra on Jazz and Religion / Zoot Horn Rollo album / Avant in Australia

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An article and video of Sun Ra discussing jazz and religion is available.

Capt. Beefheart Guitar Legend Zoot Horn Rollo Releases Four New Digital Only Tracks! Check out samples of the tracks on Zoot Horn Rollo’s music page. You can also purchase them in the store.

Melbourne Australia’s Avantwhatever presents Stephen Bram, David Brown, Ben Byrne, Tim Catlin, Tim Coster, Jared Davis, Giles Fielke, Arek Gulbenkoglu, Francis Plagne, James Rushford, Joe Talia, Elizabeth Welsh performing Cornelius Cardew, Solo with Accompaniment (1964), Toshi Ichiyanagi, Sapporo (1963), Karlheinz Stockhausen, Halt (from For Times to Come, 1970), James Tenney, (night) (from Postal Pieces, 1971), Christian Wolff, Toss (1970) at Tape Projects, 1/81 Bouverie St, Carlton, Sunday August 10, 4pm.

AMN Picks of the Week: Jim Matheos / Andrew Weathers and Seth Chrisman / Ty Citerman / The Cellar and Point

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Jim Matheos – Halo Effect (2014)
Andrew Weathers / Seth Chrisman – Louella (2014)
Ty Citerman – Bop Kabbalah (2014)
The Cellar and Point – Ambit (2014)

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Fire! Orchestra – Enter (Rune Grammofon, 2014) ****½
Rob Mazurek – Mother Ode (Corbett vs Dempsey, 2014) ****
Dead Neanderthals & Kuru – 7 Inch Split (Strom Records, 2014) **½
Tom Chang – Tongue and Groove (Self, 2014) ***
Albert Ayler – Spiritual Unity 50th Anniversary Edition (ESP, 2014)
1724 – Escaped Fragments (Klopotec, 2014) ***
Mats Gustafsson – Torturing the Saxophone (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014) ****½