Musique Fragile Volume 2, a three LP boxed set, is out now via Constellation Records. Features music by Kanada 70, Pacha, Hanged Up & Tony Conrad.
Princeton Record Exchange has posted this video clip showing their process for evaluating a pricing a rare Hank Mobley jazz LP. True, $1800 is out of the price range of most – even enthusiasts – but it’s fun to see how rarities are assessed. Consider it an “Antiques Road Show” episode for record geeks!
Oh, and here’s what it sounds like:
Sub Rosa LP
Composer Luc Ferrari passed away in 2005. One of his last – unpublished – works, Didascalies 2 for two pianos and viola was premiered posthumously in 2008. This Sub Rosa LP includes both the dress rehearsal and premiere performance by pianists Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven & Claude Berset, and violist Vincent Royer.
Didascalies 2 is a fascinating piece in that it combines the repeated notes and ostinato passages of minimalism with passages of spiky dissonance and, towards its climax, an obsessively sustained, loud held note (courtesy of the viola). Ferrari’s use of repetition here presents at first like process music. But the angst of overlaid crunches and sudden blurs of chromaticism destabilizes any sense of the pattern being supported in the musical texture. Rather, it serves as a pugnacious and unrepentant irritant; an obsessive, nagging worry that won’t go away.
Eventually, when repeated notes give way to sustain in the piece’s last section, one hears a further level of defiant insistence. While one can trace affinities between this and the works of Louis Andriessen and Charlemagne Palestine, Didascalies 2 is a riveting message sent from beyond. Ferrari hasn’t gone gently into the night, and for that we should be abundantly grateful.
Exciting news just in from Marni at Sneak Attack:
Björk’s DVD/CD/VINYL recording Voltaic, is being released in the U.S. by Nonesuch Records on June 30 (One Little Indian in the UK, and Universal worldwide.)
This June and July, the Paris concert from Voltaic: The Volta Tour will be screened nationwide in the U.S. Beginning on June 17 the more than 15 screenings will lead up to Voltaic’s release. Below are the confirmed screening dates and you can download the poster here.
Available in five different physical configurations, Voltaic is a lovingly packaged celebration of the past two years of activities surrounding Björk’s Volta (2007).
Find more info about Voltaic here.
June 17 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
June 19, 20 Anchorage, AK Bear Tooth Theater
June 20 Philadelphia, PA 941 Theater
June 23 New York, NY School of Visual Arts Theater
June 23 Los Angeles, CA The Montalban Theater
June 23 Madison, WI The Orpheum Stage Door
June 23-28 Oxford, MS The Amp
June 23-28 Lake Geneva, WI Geneva Theater
June 24 Minneapolis, MN The Trylon Microcinema
June 26, 27 Seattle, WA Northwest Film Forum
June 26, 27 San Francisco, CA The Roxie
June 26, 27 Bellingham, WA Pickford Film Center
June 26, 27 New Orleans, LA Zeitgeist Arts Center
July 20 Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
(More dates to be announced at Cinema Purgatorio)