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Sunday 9th January

January 10, 2011

For a part of yesterday's seven hour concert of music by Wandelweiser composers, I found my mind wandering, and wondering about the links that tie together those characteristics that...

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Saturday 25th December

December 25, 2010

So a little while back I managed to attend the reunion concert by Keith Rowe and John Tilbury, the first time they had played together since the demise of...

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Thursday 9th December

December 9, 2010

So last night I was in London again, up at Café Oto to see Filament, the duo of Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M play again. I wouldn't liek to...

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Saturday 4th December

December 5, 2010

So, some improvised music then. Yesterday I travelled after work into London and up to Café Oto, for the first time in ages, to attend a concert organised by...

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Friday 19th November

November 19, 2010

One of the most pleasing and enjoyable elements to Instal was getting to meet Matthieu Saladin, who proved to be a very friendly, yet polite and refined character, who...

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Monday 15th November

November 16, 2010

Ok, well I got home this evening, really quite tired both mentally and physically. On the train home I worked on my review of the Instal festival for The...

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Sunday 14th November

November 14, 2010

I’m not sure if I will try and go into more detail on the events of Instal when I get home, maybe I will, but its hard for me...

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Saturday 13th November

November 13, 2010

“I’m not sure that I trust them” – These were the words spoken by one of the audience to his companion after he had been handed a bowl of...

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Thursday 11th November

November 11, 2010

Yesterday’s exertions were undertaken so as to get to Cambridge to visit the Every Day is a Good Day exhibition which is touring the UK and is currently resident...

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Monday 1st November

November 2, 2010

Having spent a week listening to Jeph Jerman's music alone, a bit of a backlog of CDs has built up again here, but they will have to wait until...

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Tuesday 19th October

October 19, 2010

As is for some reason quite fitting for a concert held in a small, really rather good independent bookshop in London, last night's concert by John Butcher and Rhodri...

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Thursday 9th September

September 10, 2010

I don’t get to all that many poetry readings. Poetry has always felt like something of an isolated artform, both written in isolation, and (as it has always felt...

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Saturday 21st August

August 21, 2010

One question occurred to me last night when I was sat in the quite ridiculously ostentatious surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall dressed up in all of its BBC...

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Tuesday 3rd August

August 3, 2010

No CD review tonight, for a number of reasons. Firstly, my back has seized up again today after I made the mistake of doing some hard physical graft at...

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Tuesday 29th June – Guest Concert Review by Simon Reynell

June 29, 2010

OK, so I was up early today, at work by nine, not home until twelve hours later this evening and I have to be up again at four in...

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Monday 28th June

June 28, 2010

I hate this flippin' heat. Today I had to drive a hundred miles or so for work in sweltering conditions in a car without air conditioning. I ended up...

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Sunday 13th June

June 13, 2010

So for those that were on the edge of their seats wondering about the irritating email problem, I sorted it this morning, or rather it sorted itself somehow- it...

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Wednesday 26th May

May 26, 2010

The concert yesterday evening was a bit of an unusual one, held as it was in a small art gallery bang in the middle of London, just a few...

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Sunday 16th May – Uninstal 2010, Glasgow

May 16, 2010

Repeatedly, the excellent festivals and events curated by Barry Esson, Bryony McIntyre and their Arika team up in Scotland follow a path very close to my own musical interests,...

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Guest review of day-long concert at Sol LeWitt exhibition, Sheffield, 8th May 2010 by Simon Reynell

May 14, 2010

Until 29th May the Site Gallery in Sheffield is hosting an exhibition of books by Sol LeWitt, who for those don't know (and I didn't until quite recently) was...

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Wednesday 5th May

May 6, 2010

The first thing to note about my trip to Monday's Freedom of the City was that I was really tired following a night of driving and very little sleep....

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Tuesday 4th May

May 5, 2010

It didn't really occur to me beforehand for some reason, but it turned out that on consecutive weekends I attended two festivals that in many ways seem quite different...

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Thursday 29th April – i and e Festival – Eva-Maria Houben

April 29, 2010

On the Saturday afternoon, and then again on the Sunday evening, the i and e festival, with support from the Goethe Institute put on concerts of composer Eva-Maria Houben's...

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Wednesday 28th April – i and e festival 2010 Day 2

April 28, 2010

As with the first night, the evening opened with a solo performance, this time from Olivier Germain-Noreaux playing his saxhorn. He began by taking one of several balloons from...

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Tuesday 27th April – i and e Festival 2010 Day 1

April 28, 2010

The most remarkable thing about the 2010 i and e Festival in Dublin might just be that it happened at all. Literally 48 hours before the opening night it...

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Guest live review by Dominic Lash – incidental music at Cafe Oto, 25th April 2010.

April 26, 2010

The performance consisted of three compositions, each lasting twenty minutes. The first of these was Manfred Werder's 2010-1, a text score being given its first performance. Werder's programme notes...

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Sunday 18th April

April 19, 2010

So to last night's concert then. Quite a dofficult concert for me really, though it is hard to explain why. I had a very nice evening yesterday, beginning with...

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Sunday 4th April

April 4, 2010

Now regular readers here are probably fed up with me writing about Paul Abbott, Seymour Wright and Ross Lambert. Certainly these three names crop up quite often in my...

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Tuesday 30th March

March 31, 2010

So the music. Not being a musician, I've never been to one of Eddie Prévost's weekly improv workshops, but given the little I know about how they work I...

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Sunday 21st March

March 22, 2010

The opening set from the quintet was very much to my taste however. The music they made consisted of a constantly shifting and churning field of detailed, textural, electroacoustic...

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Ryu Hankil, Steve Noble, Shabaka Hutchings. Café Oto March 17th.

March 21, 2010

he next day after returning home from London late at night I was up at 4AM driving my parents to Birmingham and back, arriving home again at 2PM to...

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Saturday 20th March

March 20, 2010

Tuesday night's concert was organised at relatively short notice, and didn't appear in the Café Oto listings sheet as a result, but still about thirty people came out at...

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Sunday 14th March

March 15, 2010

So I start a holiday and end up more tired than ever after just a couple of days... ah well. I was out late last night at Interlace, a...

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Tuesday 23rd February

February 24, 2010

So the last couple of nights' concerts then... On Sunday I was very tired when I sat down to listen to the first performance of the evening. As i...

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Wednesday 10th February

February 11, 2010

Anyway the music... The evening began with a trio involving Phil Durrant playing laptop, Aleks Kolkowski playing (deep breath) stroh violin, Edison phonograph, tannoy horn and musical saw and...

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Monday 25th January

January 26, 2010

Yesterday I bought, and began reading Daniel Barenboim's Everything is Connected, a book I have been meaning to read for a while since it was recommended by a friend,...

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Sunday 24th January

January 25, 2010

Friday then was the second night of the Another Timbre mini festival and featured two performances, each one once again launching a brand new or recent CD from the...

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Saturday 23rd January

January 24, 2010

The Sealed Knot played last on a bill of three sets organised by the relentlessly productive Simon Reynell of the Another Timbre label. Thursday was the first of four...

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Sunday 10th January

January 10, 2010

Last night's concert then. I know I bang on a lot about the sense of community and mutual support amongst musicians around London right now, but last night was...

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Tuesday 8th December

December 9, 2009

From one perspective, I should never have headed into London last night for another gig so soon after the last one, and after a day’s work that saw me...