Preparing for the Festivities

December 13, 2006

Yes its that time of the year again, we all get excited, the preparation needs to be done, but once its in place much merriment can be expected. You make any travel arrangements you need to make, you contact friends so you can all meet up and have a great time together, the entertainment is all laid on, there’s even an old friendly fella with a beard.

Yep, its the LMC Festival again this weekend, including Otomo’s Anode project, Tomas Korber, Bernard Parmegiani, Olivia Block, Tim Barnes and Keith “Santa” Rowe with Ben Patterson amongst other acts… looking forward to it, its just such a shame that Christmas rubbish follows so close behind…

Comments (2)

  • Brian Olewnick

    December 13, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    My family will be down on Xmas day and, given our recent purchase of a piano, we’re planning to gather ’round to carol several selections from the Mattin Songbook.

    I asked Keith what he was planning with Mr. Patterson. Of course, the answer was that they’d talk about it the day of the show. Curious to get your reaction to Block’s work. I’ve little idea what she does live, though she’s scheduled for an installation here in February.

  • Richard Pinnell

    December 22, 2006 at 8:18 am

    Brian, talking of improvisors trying (and failing miserably) to do the pop thing, did you ever hear Andrea Neumann and Stefanie Ressin’s Hitfeld record on Hibari? If not I’ll send you my copy so you have something to sing at New Year as well.

    As for the Block set, well it kind of fell between two stools for me. She basically played pre-recorded material throughout, and overlaid short passages of autoharp into pre-arranged spaces in the recording.

    There may have been some tweaking of the pre-recorded material via a mixer, but not very much.
    the autoharp moments were just a little pedestrian and obvious, and the overall visual element of her playing somehow distracted from the experience of listening to the other sounds.

    Ms Block is clearly a very talented composer and sound arranger and I have really liked every one of her CD releases, so perhaps I would have preferred a basic playback of an original piece through a good PA, something like we witnessed with the Parmegiani set. I just felt that combining live elements into the mix didn’t really add anything.

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