Friday, December 22, 2006
Mirage, the long awaited cd from Geoff & Cathy, is finally out. Recorded in Newport (Pembrokeshire, West Wales), it features Geoff mainly on flutes, plus soprano sax, shenai, zithers, jaw's harp, percussion, &amp; voice; Cathy on voice, harmonium, tampura, percussion & singing bowls; plus special guest Chris Rogers on tampura. The music is inspired & influenced by the North Indian Raga Tradition, Contemporary Folk & Jazz Improvisation, & the natural beauty of the Preseli Mountains in West Wales.
As for availability, we're still checking out potential distributors, & hope the cd will be fairly easy to find by late January / early February. We are planning a low-key intimate presentation concert in March, to be held in Newport itself. The cd is released through Hard World, the label shared with the Ex Wise Heads. (Catalogue Number HW CD 004). If anybody out there is really desperate to get their hands on this music now, please feel free to contact me here giving your private email - I will try & sort out a way of getting the cd to you safely - £12 including postage. More news as it arrives! Sorry but for contractual reasons I can't put up any mp3's from it yet - you'll just have to trust me on the quality control front - or wait! Special thanks to the Arts Council of Wales for financial assistance.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
EVENT TITLE - KINO ANKST
DATE - FRIDAY DECEMBER THE 1ST 2006
LOCATION - ICA , THE MALL , LONDON SW1 ( Cinema 1 +2 / BAR )
VENUE + BOOKING INFO - WWW.ICA.ORG.UK Tel : 02079303647
ICA PRESS OFFICE – EMMA PETTIT - Tel : 02077661406 EMMAP@ICA.ORG
SCREENING TIMES/PRICES :
Fri Dec 1st – CINEMA 1 – 8.30 – FAUST : NOBODY KNOWS IF IT EVER HAPPENED (2006) + Q&A + ENTRY INTO CLUB NIGHT (KOSMISCHE DJ’S)
£9 Full / £8 conc / £7 members.
Fri Dec 1st – CINEMA 2 – 6.30 – Y LLEILL (THE OTHERS) (2005)
Sat Dec 2nd – CINEMA 2 – 6.30 – Y LLEILL (THE OTHERS) (2005)
After the screening in the bar DJ’s from London’s KOSMISCHE Club and Radio Show will provide post screening musical entertainment - this includes the promise of brand new Faust music. The band will be releasing an album of new music in 2007. The film will be premiering at The ICA exactly ten years to the day of the actual extraordinary concert featured in the film. Earlier in the evening ANKSTMUSIK will also be showing their award winning debut feature production Y LLEILL (THE OTHERS) in Cinema 2, with a second performance on Saturday.
This BAFTA award winning bi-lingual (Welsh and English) first feature from EMYR GLYN WILLIAMS (ankstmusik boss, and producer of both Y LLEILL and NOBODY KNOWS IF IT EVER HAPPENED) is a contemporary tale about music and other less important things.
FILM DETAILS :
FAUST: NOBODY KNOWS IF IT EVER HAPPENED ( 2006)
A concert film / 90 minutes / colour / ankstmusik productions.
‘In the midst of FAUST’s music time ticks like a bomb!’
Faust manifesto - 1973.
Jean Herve Peron
Werner ‘Zappi’ Diermaier
Hans Joachim Irmler
Steven Wray Lobdell
On Sunday 1st of December 1996 legendary Krautrock pioneers Faust played an explosive concert at The Garage , London. The film is faithful to the sound, fury and disorientation of their performance as it takes the viewer into the thrilling ‘here and now’ of that packed venue on that winter evening. The band’s usual instrumentation was augmented on the night by amplified power tools, arc welders, hay threshing machinery, and in an evening of action painting, nudity, destruction and creation the band more than lived up to their promise of creating more of a happening than a standard concert.
Y LLEILL (THE OTHERS) 88 mins (15)
Welsh with English subtitles/Colour
WINNER ! BEST FILM SWANSEA BAY FILM FESTIVAL 2006
RUNNER-UP! AUDIENCE AWARD CARDIFF SCREEN FESTIVAL 2005
Y LLEILL (THE OTHERS) is a bi-lingual film about music and other less important things. The lives of a group of young aimless musicians (Y LLEILL) are examined as they play two concerts over a wintry weekend in North Wales. The importance of music to the individuals and the society they exist in is examined in the film. Music is played, recorded, stolen, attacked and censored. As Y LLEILL play their music, the hypocrisy and deceit that exists between the young characters and the resistance to their music that exists in the wider Welsh society is revealed. Manipulative guitarist and singer Pati (Rhian Green) starts the film by stealing the records she can't afford and sets Y LLEILL on a collision course with the established order.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Just as every King must have a Court, so every Court must have a Jester. The Jester is another variation of a Jungian archetype, linked inextricably for better or worse with The Fool (Tarot), The Scapegoat (they're everywhere), The Monkey (Buddhist mythology), The Trickster (poor old Carlos Castaneda was a victim of that one!), and to a lesser extent The Black Sheep (say no more). Originally one of the most important pivotal characters of medieval life, History has sadly reduced him to a kind of anachronistic clown-like figure of fun, stripped of all his powers, which apart from his role as entertainer-in-chief, included giving advice and informed opinion on many state and political matters. His very existence was in a constant state of flux, walking a thin red line between total respect or death by execution, depending on his King's whim or mood of the moment. This precarious lifestyle no doubt helped fuel his incessant search for Truth and Wisdom, as many of the Kings were certainly not very bright, being mostly a bunch of inbred aristos, with varying degrees of dysfunctionalism, not to mention subject to the occasional bout of total barking madness. So pleasing some of these demagogic loonies was not an easy task - you know what it can be like - for example being interviewed by someone official (Social Security and Housing Benefit Officers are probably one of the best modern examples), with the knowledge that you almost certainly have more intellectual capacities than them, but have to be very careful not to let them realise this, because it will piss them right off. In other words you have to dumb down simply in order to survive. Closely connected to The Jester is of course The Fool - in Tarot symbolism The Fool is the very first card in the pack - poised and ready to walk blindly over a cliff-edge - this is a metaphor telling us that the search for truth and knowledge starts with blind ignorance - The Fool is an empty canvas, waiting and ready for the first splashes of paint which will eventually develop into a picture, if not A Work Of Art. (To Be Continued).
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Well it's Daughter Number Two's 26th birthday tomorrow (22nd August), and she seems to be carrying on one of the family traditions of extreme weirdness and other-worldly-strangeness! Check out http://www.hipsick.nl for more info and crazy photos from her merry troupe of performance artists / pranksters, apparently creating mayhem and chaos in the Netherlands and elsewhere - all sounds very familiar!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Ahh Bless....Dear Ol' Condi (??) is back and (apparently) cooking on the black and white 88's like a seasoned trooper of the Old Sunday School whoopin' 'n' a yellin' The Word of the Lord Almighty himself to a crowd of Big Eaters - yeh, really looks like she's having a great time, really cool, very in the moment. Yes, when in Rome do as the Romans do - fiddle while it burns to the ground. What a way to get an appetite though, and just as The Almighty War Lord in person is knocking on the back door. Seriously though folks (how many times a day do I say that?) what do you think she's playing? Strange they don't mention that - well....why would they? Could be anything from Kletzmer to Gospel to Liberace to Mozart - first viewer to remotely get the right answer wins a week's holiday in Beirut - 2nd prize a lifetime with Condi. And whose idea is this "Condi" stuff? My mind leaps to words like Conditional, Condiment, Condimonium, Condimental, Condinuity, Condiffusing, Condinental, Condiscending, Condisfunctional, Condifferential, Condiforever. And so far nobody's yet tried to answer my previous question about her - what do you call a black redneck? Watching the news earlier - there she was with the Big Wig Zionists all fawning and crawling and posing and smiling for the cameras oh so efficiently, professionally, radiating the kind of positive energy that people expect from such shining beasts of diplomacy by stealth plane. Way out of my league, and possibly one of the most hated women on earth. And who Photo-Shopped her legs? What's going on there? Oh no......not another Michael Jackson scenario. No this is madness - the more I look at this photo, the more I'm convinced it's a fake.
Monday, July 17, 2006
For those of you who don't yet know, top British comedian Vic Reeves is a huge Henry Cow fan. In '03 he was on "Desert Island Discs", (for non-Brits, a radio show where celebs choose what trax they would take if they had to spend the rest of their lives on a desert island). Good ol' Vic chose "Nirvana For Mice" from "Leg End", the only old school "extended tenor sax workout" HC ever recorded, and featuring yours truly on tenor - so I was well chuffed as they used to say! As if that wasn't enough, he gave both La Vache and Fred Frith an excellent review in the Sunday Times (October '05). And now in this week's Guardian, a whole article (about time too!) on Resonance FM - extract above.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
So just as the summer heat finally arrives, and the pebbles are burning the incoming hordes of tourist's feet, catastrophe hits Hastings. The Pier has been closed following safety inspections, which have unearthed some serious infrastructure problems. These photos appeared in last week's (23/06/06) local paper, the "Hastings Observer", and now there's a right old row going on, with accusations of communication breakdowns between the council and the pier owners flying around like seagulls at a hot dog stand.
All of this on top of a whole pile of problems relating to the alleged "regeneration" of Hastings & St. Leonards.
More to follow - it's too hot to stay at home!
PS. Is it just me, or this a bit of a weird face?
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
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Sunday, April 30, 2006
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Thursday, March 30, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
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Saturday, March 18, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Experimenting with a few
more pictures of myself,
Lucianne Lassalle, and
Tom Zunk in Hamburg,
2pm in the afternoon.
All photos copyright Uwe Schumacher.