The one about the two Irishmen, a Swissman and a hotdog…December 18, 2006
So tonight after a long day at work I am pleased to be able to just relax at home after three days of charging backwards and forwards to London for the LMC’s 15th Annual Festival. As with all festivals it had its musical high and low points for me, but overall despite the exceptionally aggravating venue I had a really great time, many thanks to Ben Drew for putting so much hard work and effort into making it happen.
A full review will appear at Paris Transatlantic in the New Year, so not too much detail now, but here are some of my highs and lows of the weekend:
Otomo Yoshihide’s Anode group, and in particular the sublime quiet set on Friday.
Tomas Korber’s solo, despite the fact he had been very unwell all day. lesson: don’t buy hot dogs from London street traders…
The Fluxus extravaganza by Keith Rowe, Ben Patterson and his son Lee. Perhaps not the greatest set I’ve ever heard musically, but rivetting, hilarious and thought provoking all the same, with a rather lovely and somewhat stormy couple of pages from Treatise buried in the middle.
Meeting up and spending time with David and Paul from Dublin and Alfio from Sicily, plus good to say hi again to Keith, Tomas, Tisha and one or two others that had flown in just to come and listen.
Being sat behind Bernard Parmegiani and his wife during the Texturizer audio/video set watching their responses… as Parmegiani forced his fingers hard into his ears his wife clamped her hand over her eyes… between the two of them I don’t think they liked it much!
Being disappointed by Olivia Block live, perhaps just a simple playback of her work would have been better.
The missed opportunity of the Tim Barnes / Ishikawa Ko set that really didn’t ever come alight but really should have been great…
Rhodri Davies’ baseball cap…
Not meeting up with Luka Z of l’innomable… either he never made it over from Slovenia or he came over and couldn’t get in. Either way a shame.
Â£3 for a bottle of Becks.
Looking forward to next year already!
CDs picked up over the weekend, including a trip to Sound323 and a parcel of stuff landing on my doormat today:
Taku Sugimoto – Live in Kansai (Slub)
Rhodri Davies, Ko Ishikawa – compositions for harp and sho (Compositions by Sugimoto, Masahiko Okura, Antoine Beuger and Toshiya Tsunoda) (Hibari)
Manfred Werder – Ein(e) ausfehrende(r) seiten 218-226 (Wandelweiser)
Chris Watson, BJ Nilsen- Storm (Touch)
No Spaghetti Edition – Sketches of a fusion (Sofa)
Bernhard Günter, Heribert Friedl – Trans (Non Visual Objects)
Makiko Nishikaze – Aqua . Piano . Aerial (Wandelweiser)
Richard Chartier – Current (Room40)
Kenneth Kirschener – Three Compositions (Sirr)
Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis – Alvin Lucier (Antopic/Sigma)
Horatiu Radelescu – Intimate Rituals (SubRosa)
Xavier Charles, Robert Piotrowicz – /// (EMD Records)
Keiichiro Shibuya, Maria – Slipped Disk (ATAK)
Yuji Takahashi, Keiichiro Shibuya, Maria – Dub Lilac (ATAK)
Keiichiro Shibuya, Norbert Moslang, Toshimaru Nakamura – s/t (ATAK)