Monday, January 27, 2003


I stayed on home territory in Brighton on Saturday night, where Spring Heel Jack played two fascinating sets at the Corn Exchange. They were recording for a possible future live release. A review will follow shortly. You can still catch them in Leeds on Wednesday, with two concerts following in Gateshead and Kendal. Details at CMN tours. The duo are also put through their paces in The Wire's 'Invisible Jukebox' in the February 2003 issue (out now). Find out what they make of Birtwistle's 'Earth Dances', among other pieces.

Meanwhile, as a taster - since it features two of the same experimentalists – here are critic Charles Imperatori’s informative musings regarding last November’s ‘Adventures in Sound’ from London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Go to Evophonic. Featured artists included Scorch Trio (with Mark Sanders), Gerald Whitney Cleaver, DJ Spooky, William Parker, Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Matthew Bourne and The Electric Dr M. Imperatori concludes:

“ 'Adventures In Sound' provide[d] a heady mixture of high and low feelings where the short term implications of sonic failure are outweighed by the enormous potential of international collaborations. All the organisers have to do is bring this interesting proposal back to London next year.” Here’s hoping. See theCyclinder at livewirelistings.

You can levitate to extensive excerpts from 'Adventures in Sound' for yourself courtesy of the ever-wonderful BBC Radio 3. What an extraordinary sound archive they have. See also John Eyles at AllAboutJazz.

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