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Jazzprojekt Hundehagen (DE)

Jazzprojekt Hundehagen is probably one of the very few bands at Zappanale who understand themselves as hobby musicians and earn their money otherwise. For years, the Jazzprojekt has been an integral part of the Zappanale and has more or less become the Zappanale “house band”. With the performances in the last decade on the Zappanale, the band around guitarist Michael Käckenmeister has grown and their guitar-focused interpretations of Zappa works have matured. Friends of "eternal guitar solos" will once again get their money's worth.

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Lindsay Cooper Songbook (UK)

ABOUT LINDSAY COOPER:

Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013) brought the bassoon and the compositional techniques of 20th century art music into the world of ‘70s experimental rock. She was a musical polyglot, equally fluent in classical, rock, jazz, and free improvisation and the author of many film and theatre soundtracks. She was a member of the groups Comus, Henry Cow, National Health, David Thomas and the Pedestrians and the Mike Westbrook Orchestra. Lindsay co-founded News from Babel and the Feminist Improvising Group and led her own projects Music for Films and Oh Moscow. She lived for many years with multiple sclerosis, which eventually forced her to retire from performing in the 1990s.

PROGRAMME:

A selection of Lindsay’s compositions for the groups Henry Cow, News From Babel and Music for Films, 1978 – 1982.

HISTORY:

Yumi Hara formed Half The Sky in 2015 to perform Lindsay Cooper’s songs in Japan. The original group was entirely Japanese, with the exception of original drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler. This group - with small personnel changes - was later invited to Europe, when it was joined by the songs’ original singer Dagmar Krause. For these new European concerts the line-up adds two more members of Henry Cow, for whom much of this material was written, and called themselves Lindsay Cooper Songbook. As was true of the original bands Henry Cow and News From Babel - the new line-up retains an equal gender split.

SOURCES:

With the exception of Slice, it was only after - and because of - the 2014 concerts that any working scores for the Henry Cow pieces became available, painstakingly pieced together from Lindsay’s notebooks, original band-members’ surviving parts and a careful analysis of the recordings. A handful of the News from Babel songs – none of which had ever been performed live – had been reconstructed for the memorial concert by Zeena Parkins; the rest Yumi had to work out from scratch – as well as rearranging all the compositions for a small ensemble of multi-tasking musicians.

‘… a solid ensemble with the music perfectly rehearsed but also with an unusual warmth … a very emotional finale to the festival...’ Victorio Calvo

‘...Each sound they played was polished to the extent that no other sounds would have been suitable to play Lindsay Cooper's music’

‘I was extremely impressed by this superior ensemble which recreated Lindsay Cooper's music in the best form imaginable.’ Osamu Sakamoto (EURO ROCK PRESS)

 

CURRENT ENSEMBLE:

YUMI HARA: arrangements, piano, keyboards, lever harp, voice (The Artaud Beats, you me & us, Jump for Joy! etc)
CHLÖE HERINGTON: bassoon, soprano sax, melodica (Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof, VÄLVĒ)
DAGMAR KRAUSE: voice (Henry Cow, News from Babel, Slapp Happy etc)
TIM HODGKINSON: clarinet, alto sax, lap steel guitar (Henry Cow, The Work, K-Space etc)
JOHN GREAVES: bass, keyboard, voice (Henry Cow, Mike Mantler, National Heath, etc)
CHRIS CUTLER: drums (Henry Cow, News from Babel, Pere Ubu etc)

 

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Fried Dähn & Skin of Clazz (DE)

Electric Cello and 8 percussionists ... play the music of Frank Zappa

After the "Yellow String Quartet", the "Monster Movies with The Brains" and with his "Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort", Fried Dähn is back with something completely new, that will blow your mind. With "The Skin of Clazz" Fried and his cello are taking the challenge to deal with eight (!) percussionists.

Fried Dähn worked with Zappa personally as a member of the Ensemble Modern in the last years before Zappas far too early death. You can hear him with his cello on the albums "The Yellow Shark", "Civilization Phaze III" and "Everything Is Healing Nicely".

Although Zappa was thrown out of his first band as a drummer, because he worked the cymbals too much, his fondness for drumming is evident through his entire compositional work from the early sixties until his modern "serious" works for orchestra. Thus compositions like "Echidna's Arf", "Don't you ever wash the thing", "Dupree's Paradise", "RDNZL", "Approximate" and of course the legendary "Black Page" - only to name a few - are very suitable for the enormous world of percussion instruments.

The eight percussionists not only play the well-known percussion instruments such as drums, congas, timbales, timpani, djembés, etc., but also master the melody instruments such as marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel and xylophone in a virtuoso manner - seasoned with a rich exotic instrumentation such as steel pans, ballast string, sound harp, aquaphone, miraphone, concrete mixer, garbage cans, toy guns, etc.

„Long live Ruth Underwod, Ed Mann, Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Wackerman, Aynsley Dunbar, Chester Thompson.....etc...“

Fried Dähn – electric cello
&
The Skin of Clazz
Fabian Berstecher
Nico Ellinger
Nicolas Baumann
Ingo Schwarzweller
Michi Schoett
Jonas Stephan
feat. Klaus Küting und Jogi Nestel
(all Drums & Percussion)

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TATVAMASI (PL)

2012 was the year that a new, outstanding formation - Tatvamasi - emerged on the musical map of Lublin. And it was a strong entrance - their EP with kind of surreal title - The Peloton of Unsettled Cyclists was a real blast.

Since then, it was just like in a Hitchcock movie - the tension has been constantly building up. Their debut album -Parts of the Entirety (2013)- caused quite a mess, and not only on the Polish music scene. Once noted and appreciated, they were given the opportunity to record their debut album at the American Cuneiform Records. Cuneiform is an iconic record company, widely known among prog-rock and avant-garde rock enthusiasts, it is -let's say- a custodian for Canterbury Scene achievements.

Tatvamasi's European tour was widely and positively received and reviewed at press. Their uniqueness consists of many features, including the Slavic sensitivity of the leader (who also formed the Santa Claus Orchestra and Ann of the Green Gables) filtered through progressive, jazz-rock narrative, enriched with elements of avant-garde, free jazz and free improvisation. Joggling with conventions and improvising, they create their own puzzle. Among their inspirations we've got the already mentioned Canterbury Scene (Soft Machine, Gong), krautrock (Amon Düll II, Can) and New York Downtown Scene.

They share the ease, the sense of humour and absurd and a total lack of pomposity with the Englishmen from Canterbury; the raw, underground energy and pulsations with krautrock and the avant-garde (minimalism, sonorism) mixed with ethnic inspirations (Slavic and Jewish folklore, and Arabic scales) with the Downtown Scene. Tatvamasi is eclectic - jazz freedom of improvisation, rock sensibility upbeat with black blues and psychedelia, funky freedom and joy for music plus some serious folklore romanticism. This mishmash, seemingly insane and chaotic, is simultaneously precise, deliberate and pleasantly melodic.

Tatvamasi:
Anna Witkowska – violin
Małgorzata Pietroń – cello
Michał Ostrowski – violin
Grzegorz Lesiak - guitar, compositions
Tomasz Piątek – tenor sax
Łukasz Downar – bass guitar
Krzysztof Redas - drums

Reviews:
Tatvamasi is yet another iconoclasticm genre-hopping outfit. The group ploughs new musical furrows on Parts of the Entirety, framing its compositions around Slavic folk rhythms and melodic ornamends delivered with a rock attitude… Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record

Tatvamasi deals out all of moders jazz’s best traits-playful performances, major/minor key ambivalence, asymmetric song shapes and the occasional art of the unlikely melody. It’s the sound of things coming together. Better than The A-Team. John Garrat, Popmatters

Admirers of fellow Cuneiform Records artists, Gutbucket and Led Bib or other groups embracing the jazz-rock and progressive rock genres may find a lot to get revved up about with the Polish quartet Tatvamasi … Glenn Astarita, All About Jazzi

Tatvamasi have made a new thing and it’s a good new thing. The textures are mostly in rhythmsection-plus-lead territory and much of Parts of the Entirety’s emotional power comes from the committed playing and engaged interactions of the musicians, but there’s a sense of adventure that departs completely from the procedural conservatism of most modern jazz. Yet another fabulously inventive and beautifully performed release from Cuneiform… Olivier Arditi

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Zappanale #28

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