Monday, August 22, 2016

TUNNEL SOUND AND VISION

Turning the most unlikely venue into an instrument itself, leading to a new experience of aural sculpture.

"The incorporation of traditional instruments and songs from wildly different cultures, held in a historical military site, was spooky at times. Artistic director Ann Norman played the shakuhachi, Mizrahi the violin and viola, Gruner the violin and mandolin.

"The sound of Sarah Hopkins’ harmonic whirlies – plastic tubes spun around by hand to catch the air – was reminiscent of a Peter Weir soundtrack. West Papuan musicians and activists Henk and Amanda Rumbewas brought their traditional music and protest songs, playing guitar and a goanna skin drum. Henk Rumbewas’ voice boomed through the space, ringing in the audiences’ ears. Yolngu songman Jason Gurruwiwi sang from his homelands on Elcho Island in a deep, clear voice."

Listen to Tunnel Number Five (Hel Davidson) on Soundcloud.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

IRRIGATION FOR THE EARS

"Miles Davis' Pangea followed by Arve Henriksen's Chiaroscuro. Irrigation for the ears after clogging them up with tradeshow nonsense," writes creative musician Steve Lawson.

I like that concept… very much.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

TWELVE MORE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 12: PERSONENT HODIE (TRAD arr. HOLST)

Ending this selection with something truly seasonal and glorious…

Saturday, January 04, 2014

TWELVE MORE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 11: ORGAN CONCERTO OP. 7, NO. 3 (HANDEL)

The wonderful, late Karl Richter. This was the first piece of music I truly fell in love with as a child…

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS

May 2014 strike a rich chord with one and all reading this…

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TWELVE MORE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 8: LAST ECLIPSE (PETER BANKS)

Sadly gone from us in 2013, but his music lives on…
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

TWELVE MORE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 6: SUITE FROM THE OPERA 'NEW YEAR' (MICHAEL TIPPETT)

YES TOUR FOR LATE SPRING

The adverts for the latest Yes tour in Britain, April-May 2014, are now starting to appear in national newspapers and the music press.

This is from The Observer, 29 December 2013.

There are ten nights schedules so far, including one date in Scotland (Glasgow) and one night at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a possibility of a further concert there, depending on demand.

The Yes Album (1971), Close to the Edge (1972) and Going for the One (1977), from what many regard as the band's 'main sequence' will be played in their entirety. That will include a British debut for 'A Venture'.