How was your week?May 19, 2007
Its been a pretty frustrating one here. Hopeful leads to resolve my stressful work situation have been painfully slow in coming to fruition, Julie has spent much of the week at the hospital as a close relative of hers is critically ill, and my Grandmother is in the process of being assessed as being incapable of living alone any longer. All of this has been coupled with further delays to the release of the fourth Cathnor CD caused by incompetent printers. Its not been the most fantastic of weeks.
Depressing stuff, so as ever I’ve been turning to music to distract me from the day to day trials and tribulations. This week the classical explorations have been put to one side to spend some time with a clutch of nice “EAI” related CDs that have graced the tray of my CD deck. Along with the Toshimaru Nakamura / Axel DÃ¶rner CD on the Ftarri label that I mentioned a couple of posts back I’ve been listening to a couple of related discs, the DÃ¶rner / Lucio Capece duo on the L’innomable label, and the trio of DÃ¶rner, Capece and Robin Hayward on Azul discografica. This trio of recordings were recorded over a couple of years (oddly though, all at DÃ¶rner’s Berlin flat) yet have all appeared in a short period of time, with a fourth release in this ‘series’ the duo of Nakamura and Capece due on the Formed label any day now.
All three of these discs are great, and Pinnell Towers has resonated to the sound of spluttering brass and reeds all week as I’ve been getting my thoughts together for a review, to appear at ParisTransatlantic in a couple of weeks.
Another very strong CD I’ve been playing a lot is from the trio of Michael Renkel, Sabine Vogel and Magda Mayas who go by the collective name of Phono Phono, which also seems to be the title of their first album on the Absinth label. Another review planned for this one, which is a curious mix of guitar, piano, flute and electronics, ranging from very quiet Feldmanesque moments to quirky quickfire improv, but somehow all making sense as one big whole. I had no expectations for this disc when it arrived, but have been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed it.
As I type I am also feverishly planning another couple of music related trips, the first of which being this coming Friday and a possible Eurostar journey to Brussels to catch the intriguing quintet of Radu Malfatti, Lucio Capece, Taku Sugimoto, Toshimaru Nakamura, Julia Eckhardt and Christian Kesten, apparently performing Malfatti compositions. Its by no means certain I’ll make the trip, but if not it won’t be for lack of trying. The other possible musical expedition could be up to Aberdeen in the middle of June to catch Keith Rowe play a solo set. I haven’t decided whether to drive or fly yet, but either way I’m looking forward to that one.
OK, back to the spluttering trumpets….