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Various Artists: Freedom of the City 2006 (Emanem)


 

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UPC: 5030243413928

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4139
Squidco Product Code: 8014

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Digital concert recordings by Sebastian Lexer at the Freedom Of The City Festival in London's Red Rose, April 30, 2006 and May 1, 2006.


Personnel:

Chefa Alonso-soprano sax

David Leahy-double bass

Javier Carmona-drum set, percussion

Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg-voice

Adelheid Sieuw-flutes, voice

Jan Huib Nas-guitar

Guy Strale-clarinet, piano, percussion

Garry Todd-tenor sax

Nigel Coombes-violin

Nick Stephens-double bass

Tony Marsh-drums et

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track listing:


1. Cháchara - 26:12



Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg-voice

Adelheid Sieuw-flutes, voice

Jan Huib Nas-guitar

Guy Strale-clarinet, piano, percussion



2. Okgnig I - 17:29



Garry Todd-tenor saxophone

Nigel Coombes-violin

Nick Stephens-double bass

Tony Marsh-drum set



3. Stipple - 32:12



Total time 76:19




Related Categories of Interest:

EMANEM & psi
Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
April 2007
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
Free Improvisation

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The 2006 FREEDOM OF THE CITY festival, London curated by Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost and me, consisted of four concerts on two consecutive days at the Red Rose in north London. As in previous years, the music was generally of a very high standard and well received by the audience.

Some of the performances from the 2006 festival have appeared on other CDs: The trio of Eddie Prévost, Alan Wilkinson and Joe Williamson can be heard on ALONG CAME JOE (Matchless 69); the duo of Terry Day and Charlotte Hug is on Day's 2006 DUOS (Emanem 4137); the nine-piece Quaqua can be heard on John Russell's ANALEKTA (Emanem 4138) along with the guitarist's duos with Chefa Alonso and Garry Todd from Mopomoso gigs; and the Chris Burn Ensemble's set will probably be released alongside other Ensemble concerts.

The opening trio on this CD comprises two musicians from Spain and one from New Zealand who have been based in London for a few years. They are all fairly frequent members of the London Improvisers Orchestra. Note that, in this trio, Chefa Alonso sticks to the soprano saxophone, and manages to find her own space in an already crowded field - in other contexts she can also be heard on percussion. Javier Carmona uses a fairly standard drum set, but with some interesting deviations, and must be rated as one of the best free percussionists. In such company, it's not surprising that David Leahy has found his own voice on the bass.

The following quartet came from Brussels just for the festival, although they all have previously performed in London in other combinations. Guy Strale was perhaps the pioneer free improviser in Brussels - he is someone who can play just about any instrument. Jean-Michel van Schouwburg is one of the most prolific writers about music as well as being a vocalist of note. The husband-and-wife team of guitarist Jan Hub Nas and flautist Adelheid Sieuw are both very distinctive and non-conformist performers on their respective instruments.

The final quartet on this CD comprises four veteran London-based improvisers who have been part of the London scene for decades. The instrumentation may suggest jazz, but the actual music is group improvisation. Tenor saxophonist Garry Todd, the instigator of this quartet, has not been heard much in public over the years, but has maintained his capabilities in private. Violinist Nigel Coombes has also kept a low profile since his long tenure with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Bassist Nick Stephens was another long-term associate of John Stevens - he is now releasing his music on his Loose Torque CDR label. Drummer Tony Marsh has become fairy ubitiquous - including being heard on most of Evan Parker's recent trio and quartet gigs at the Vortex.

There may not be any 'household names' on this CD, but all the musicians surely deserve to be much better known. Listen with an open mind, and you will hear some superb music."-Martin Davidson, from the sleeve notes


Artist Biographies:

"David Leahy is a Kent (UK) based musician and dancer specialising in things improvised, from Free Improvisation in music to Contact Improvisation in dance.

In my past, I journeyed through Classical music, through celtic and world music to arrive at Jazz, before focusing my energy on music with less recognisable stylistic constraints. My relationship with dance began as a composer for choreographies, before becoming an accompanist and finally a dancer myself.

I now maintain a duel practice working in the UK and internationally as a soloist and performer (music, dance and combined) / accompanist / composer / conductor and facilitator.

I produce my own work as well as in collaboration with others. Notable ongoing relationships with individuals and institutions include ; London Improvisers Orchestra, Wuppertal Improvisers Orchestra, MbUSkers (Kent-based MbUS group), and Improvisers on the European free improvised music scene. Fevered Sleep (Theatre Company), London Contact Improvisers, Trinity Laban, Greenwich Dance Agency, Underscores in London, Slap, Tina Krasevec, Hagit Yakari, Daun Ensemble, Deirdre Starr, Geraldo Si, Benedict Taylor, Angeline Conaghan and Groundswell Arts.

I recently completed a Masters in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, which focused on my movement practice. However, my final project centred around the translation of the Contact Improvisation framework, the Underscore developed by Nancy Stark Smith, so as to be suitable for improvising musicians (Music-based Underscore). This is now an ongoing practice with regular sessions in both Kent and London, which is also fuelling plans for further study into music as a somatic practice.

-DAFMusic (http://www.dafmusic.com/Aboutme.html)
5/19/2017

"Javier Carmona is a drummer and percussionist from Madrid (now settled in Barcelona after seven years in London), Javier is very active in the European free improvisation scene and has performed with musicians such as John Tchicai, Evan Parker, Carlos Zingaro and John Russell, among many others.

Member of several formations, Javier also collaborates with dancers Rosa Aledo and Saija Lehtola in Kicking Louise & Co., a dance company that has presented work in France, Cyprus, Spain and England.

Organizer of FIL Malaga, a festival of free improvised music including performances and workshops, Javier has also led student workshops about free improvisation in Newport University (with Kamil Korolczuk), Westminster University (with Sakoto Fukuda) and Huddersfield University (with Ingrid Laubrock and Olie Brice).

Co-founder alongside graphic designer and electronics player Kamil Korolczuk of Oso Records, a netlabel of free downloadable music focused on releasing various types of experimental music."

-Javier Carmona Website (https://carmonajavier.wordpress.com/about/)
5/19/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Recommended & Related Releases:
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Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
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Lio Leo Leon
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London Improvisers Orchestra
Improvisations for George Riste
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London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
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Russell, John
Analekta
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
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Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso
Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
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Dunmall, Paul / John Edwards / Tony Marsh
To Be Real
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Marsh, Tony / Paul Dunmall / Phill Gibbs
For The Last Time
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