some Berlin thoughts

Still recovering from the great time I had in Berlin end of last week and beginning of this. Picture above kindly taken by David Armes from Sowieso gig with Klaus Janek and Anat Cohavi.

When I was there I did a whole bunch of solo recording (as well as duos) with Richard Scott in his studio some of which I’m really pleased with. You can hear one of the solos here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1266194/birchall%20guitar%20solos3.flac.mp3

Playing a lot of solo guitar (as in really trying to improvise not just practicing and tinkering as usual!) set me off thinking about these great notes Dom Lash wrote up on Derek Bailey’s extensive and unpublished archive of guitar notes. Some interesting reading, its the second one down.

http://www.incusrecords.force9.co.uk/features/writings.html

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Bevan/Janek/Looney & more 5th Nov

Next Tubers gig, see details here on facebook and Tubers site here.

Saturday 5th November

TONY BEVAN (UK)/SCOTT LOONEY (US)/KLAUS JANEK(IT)

An intercontinental meeting of improvisers!

Scott Looney has forged a signature style using the inside and outside of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination to playing the piano normally. He has also developed a flexible, expressive voice with electronics using Max/MSP which is as effective as his many piano textures are…
www.scottrlooney.com/

Klaus Janek studied classical doublebass with M. Muraro, Venice and in workshops with D.Holland, P.Kowald. L.Butch Morris, Jaribu Shahid.
He explores avantgarde music and works on sound research on the doublebass. Gets involved in the improvised music scene and lots of traditional and electronic music, published CD (FMP, edel classics, Minor Music, Solponticello, Ubiquity and others), in between three solo doublebass CDs. Composes music for tv, dancetheatre and a houseopera, sound for Meta Design, Berlin. Art direction of various concertseries in Italy and Germany. Concert and festival appearances in EU, USA, Russia, Israel, Canada and Japan.
www.klaus-janek.de /

Tony Bevan is an Oxford based player of bass, tenor & soprano saxophones. He has been involved with the LMC and Oxford Improvisers and performed with many of his contemporaries on the UK free improv scene: Phil Minton, Steve Beresford, John Russell, Pat Thomas, Steve Noble and many others.
www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mbevan.html

INVISIBLE HAND
free jazz tinged improvising from 4 great musicians all based in the North West
Stephen Grew: Piano
http://stephengrew.wordpress.com/
Phillip Marks: Percussion
http://www.myspace.com/barkcontraption
Matt Robinson: Clarinent
http://mattrobinsonjazz.weebly.com/
Maxwell Sterling: Double bass
http://www.myspace.com/maxwellsterling

TAKAHASHIS SHELLFISH CONCERN
combines abstract expressionist visual art with experimental electronic-acoustic music to accentuate the similarities of both during improvised exchanges. Angela paints onto a contact miked canvas as Rod and Anton manipulate the sound generated.

http://www.takahashisshellfishconcern.com/

@ St, Margaret’s Church,

Rufford Rd/Whalley Rd,

Whalley Range,

Manchester,

M16 9EA

8pm doors £5 waged/£4 unwaged