Thursday 2nd August

August 3, 2012

No review tonight. Instead I will do something I haven’t done much of in a while and plug some bits and pieces by friends I quite like the look of (the bits and pieces, not the friends…!) Just when I keep thinking to myself that there isn’t much happening concert-wise this year things keep turning up that catch my eye. Apologies to non-UK residents for the next part of this post… Annette Krebs makes a surprise appearance on these shores later this month playing some concerts alongside the  American trombonist David Dove. The pair play at Café Oto in London on 28th August and a couple of days later at a Bang the Bore event up in Leeds. There may be other dates taking place, I aim to find out… Then a week today, at the Chisenhale Gallery in London there is a concert that includes a solo set by Lee Patterson that takes place as part of an interesting series of film, art and music events involving boats amongst other things that has Benedict Drew somewhere near the helm. Its been a while since I heard Lee play solo so hope to do my best to be able to get along to that night.

Then two events held at major UK venues should be mentioned. On August 17th, at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall of all crazy places this almost ridiculous line up, including a massive group of fantastic musicians playing Christian Wolff’s Branches, with Wolff amongst their number, John Tilbury performing Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra and an improvised quartet by David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christian Wolff, which quite frankly could be amazing or pretty terrible, but hugely interesting either way. Then later in the year on the 8th October John Tilbury and Darragh Morgan reprise their reading of Morton Feldman’s For John Cage at the Purcell Room on the South Bank. That one is unmissable in my opinion. Tilbury also surfaces at Café Oto again on September 3rd in an intriguing duo with Oren Ambarchi, which isn’t a pairing I can envisage at all, so it will be interesting to hear how that one pans out, if I am able to make it along.

Some new online possibilities to buy music that may not be so easy to find otherwise come from Richard Kamerman’s Copy for your Records label, which I have written about often here, who now have a Bandcamp presence to make out of print music available again, and Rhodri Davies has taken a similar step over at iTunes, with a few old, excellent albums available here also.

I’m sure there are many more amazing concerts and projects by many friends and musicians I have forgotten, but while I could keep going all night with this kind of post, I doubt many of you are still reading this far down the page. A review tomorrow then. Tonight’s photo is of the weird plastic stuff that fell out of a broken computer printer at work one day last week.


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