You just had to be there…

December 21, 2006

OK so as the year drags its weary heaving carcass to a close we reach that time for writing ridiculous lists about the music we have enjoyed over the past twelve months. Well the pile of CDs not yet listened to remains a little too tall to be able to settle on a favourite CD list for the year just yet, but as I am now done with live shows until 2007 here is my list of favourite concerts from 2006.

Obviously ranking live shows like this is a hard thing to do. When you only experience something the once its very difficult to rate it against other events held months later, but I’ve taken a stab at it. On another week this list would probably look very different but for now it’ll do. I think its safe to say that after a year in which I’ve been lucky enough to witness more than seventy sets of live music and thirteen of those involving Keith Rowe anything that made this Top 20 is of a pretty high quality!

1. Keith Rowe, Solo Treatise set. London 8th April.
2. David Lacey, Paul Vogel, Mark Wastell. Dublin 1st April.
3. Radu Malfatti, Klaus Filip. Brooklyn 2nd October.
4. John Tilbury and The Smith Quartet playing Morton Feldman’s For John Cage. Huddersfield, 18th November.
5. Radu Malfatti, Mattin. New York Erstquake 1st October.
6. Keith Rowe, Cor Fuhler. Huddersfield, 18th November.
7. The Sealed Knot. London 28th October
8. English. New York Erstquake 29th September.
9. Keith Rowe, Sean Meehan. Dublin 1st April.
10. Otomo Yoshihide’s Anode Project. (Quiet Set) London LMC Fest 15th December.
11. John Tilbury playing Morton Feldman – Palais de Mari. London 24th March.
12. Keith Rowe, Matt Davis, Lee Patterson, Ben Drew, Graham Halliwell – Treatise set AVP Festival Melbourne, Derbyshire. 15th September.
13. Tomas Korber Solo. London LMC Fest 17th December.
14. English with Sachiko M. New York Erstquake 1st October.
15. Tomas Korber, Tisha Mukarji, Toshimaru Nakamura, Mark Wastell. Stirling 26th May.
16. Annette Krebs Solo. Dublin 31st March.
17. Burkhard Beins, Angharad Davies, Bertrand Denzler, Ben Drew, Wolfgang Fuchs, Graham Halliwell, Tomas Korber, Dominic Lash, Mark Wastell. Trondheim Norway 12th May.
18. Lee Patterson Solo. London April 30th..
19. Tim Barnes, Jeph Jerman, Sean Meehan. New York Erstquake 1st October.
20. Sachiko M, Sean Meehan, New York Erstquake 29th September.

Bubbling just under:

Sachiko M Solo London April 30th.
Jason Lescalleet, Phill Niblock. New York, Erstquake 1st October
David Lacey, Annette Krebs, Paul Vogel, Keith Rowe. Dublin 31st March

Comments (7)

  • Ben Drew

    December 22, 2006 at 6:34 am

    well i have to say that i feel very happy with this list .
    i played in 2 of the gigs and put a 4 of the other shows on . i think you will apear in the top spot for my audience member list .

    Cheers .

  • LukaZ

    December 22, 2006 at 7:11 am

    i have just spend half a day w Klaus Filip today since yesterday i organize a lecture on lloop by him and then a short solo set (that one was probably highly exclusive since there were some beats coming from a club under the gallery where he performed). The terrible conditions help to the most varied set i ever heard of him. Glad i’ve seen him appering on yr list Richard …

  • Richard Pinnell

    December 22, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Not sure I’ve heard anything involving Klaus that I haven’t enjoyed yet Luka. That set in Brooklyn was something else, quite extraordinarily beautiful. It was the last of twenty four sets of music I’d witnessed in six days and I was seriously burnt out. It needed to be a fantastic performance for it to register with me by that time and oh boy it was. Great stuff.

    And Ben thanks for putting on so many great shows for me to turn up to, I hope they can continue for many years to come. I hear that Klaus Filip fellow is good if you are looking for people to bring over next year!

  • Ben Drew

    December 22, 2006 at 8:52 am


  • Anonymous

    December 22, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Hmmm… I saw that you forgot to mention Will Guthrie solo concert in Stockholm 16th November. It was a damn good one though :-)

    I’m glad you finally got time to launch your own blogg. I wish it to be a friendly, peacefull, non-vindicative place…

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Richard (and the other readers too)

    See you around.
    David b.

  • Richard Pinnell

    December 22, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Hey David, good to see you here, I envy you that Will G concert, though he is playing a few gigs here in February so I’m looking forward to those.

    I hope you have a good crimbo too, have fun playing Santa to your little one!

  • Anonymous

    January 7, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Glad you liked the English sets, Richard, very honored to be on your list.


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