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Day, Terry: Interruptions (Emanem)

Terry Day plays a wide variety of instruments including piano, saxophones, drums, cello, mandolin, voice and many more in these analogue studio recordings made between 1978 and 1981.

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Terry Day-piano, keyboards, alto & soprano saxophones, bamboo pipes, drums, percussion, cello, mandolin, home made instruments, balloons, toys (blowers, whackers & pluckers), African thumb piano, voice, Chinese flutes, plastic trumpet, and a Michel Waisvisz crackle box

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UPC: 5030243412525

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4125
Squidco Product Code: 6027

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
All analogue studio recordings made in Amsterdam, London, Luton & Newcastle 1978 - 1981

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"Terry Day was a founding member of the People Band and its pre-cursers in the 1960s. He subsequently worked with several leading improvisers such as Maarten Altena, Derek Bailey, Fred van Hove, Maggie Nicols, John Russell and John Stevens. He was a member of numerous groups including the Four Pullovers, Alterations, the Promenaders, Company, Kahondo Style and the Loverly Band. His activities have been curtailed since the late 1980s due to ill health. Before that he was a compelling force on a wide variety of instruments, as can be heard on this collection."-Emanem

"Toying with the idea of multi-tracking during the 1970s, 1978 arrived. The initial aim was to use a 24-track system plus technical assistance (optimism). My thanks to the Arts Council of Great Britain for providing finances to record and to Steim Studio who provided a 4-track and further finances. Also thanks to Nico Bes who taught me to 'do it myself' and press buttons. 'With a hiss, a click, and a drop in; 'clodhoppers and exquisites'; the birth pangs begin' - and the goat tends to eat everything with equal pleasure and taste."-Terry Day

Artist Biographies

"Terry Day: Multi-instrumentalist, Improvisation Pioneer, Song Writer, Tune-Smith, Lyricist, Poet, Painter, Conductor even.

I began Improvising on the drums in a drum duet with my brother Pat in 1955, and in 1960 formed an improvising trio of Piano, bass & drums. Russell Hardy (piano) later became Music composer in Ian Dury's Kilburn & the Highroads.

I am an early 60's First Generation Pioneer of Improvisation, Free Jazz & experimental music. Since the 1960s I have collaborated with many improvising musical Luminaries, Groups, dancers, painters, poets, Artists from around the world, & performed / acted in Alternative Theatre, Events, Rock & Roll, and Nigerian High Life band. .......most of which went unrecorded, or remain "bad" recordings unreleased in my own & private Archives.

I once played many instruments (piano, cello, mandolin, alto & soprano sax), but ill health prevented me from playing for 13 years (1987-2000). Depending on who I am working with, I now play Bamboo Reed Flutes, Drums, Sopranino, Recorders, Balloons & Improvise with my Lyrics, Prose, Verse ( which many call poems - but for me They Are Lyrics ).

Since 2000 I have performed regularly with the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO) playing Bamboo Reed Flutes, Sopranino, Recorders, Balloons, Drums, & Simultaneously Conducting & Reciting Lyrics, prose, verse with the LIO. I have also performed Recitation Conductions with the Malaga, Tokyo, & Madrid Improvising Orchestras. My recitations also include collaborations with groups & individuals which can be viewed on my website.

Since 2000 I have continued to collaborate with the New Luminaries of improvisation from around the world, & old Veterans such as the People Band. I toured Japan in 2012 working solely with Japanese improvising musical Luminaries, dancers & the calligrapher Setsuhi Shiraishi. I toured Brazil in 2013 giving workshops, performing solo & with Brazilian musicians. I have appeared regularly on Malaga annual music festivals."

-Terry Day Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Piano 1 2:11

2. Toy Ensemble 1:58

3. Straight Bamboo Pipe Duet 0:59

4. Bamboo Solo 1:06

5. Drums/Altos/Balloons 2:58

6. Alto With English Plastic Reed 2:10

7. Alto With American Bari Reed 1:20

8. One And Two Cellos 0:40

9. Oriental Theme 1 3:09

10. One And Three Cellos 1:44

11. Oriental Theme 2 1:58

12. Two Cello Fragments 0:39

13. Bottleneck Mandolin 1 2:06

14. Be A Good Boy 2:46

15. Theme Continued 1 3:51

16. Theme Continued 2 0:39

17. Theme Continued 3 6:17

18. The Found Chord 0:22

19. Alto/Cello/Drums 3:32

20. It Ain't My Cup Of Tea 3:37

21. Alto & Cello 3:15

22. Piano 2 1:52

23. Drums & Mandolin 1:40

24. Imperfection 2:31

25. What A Lovely Lad 5:18

26. Eaters 2:53

27. Soprano 1 & 2 3:34

28. Crackle Box And Altos 2:01

29. Crackle & Bamboo 1:28

30. Spliced Balloons 2:17

31. Bottleneck Mandolin 2 3:56

32. Eric 2:43

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