In January 2008 I put together an album of photographs and posted them on that very well known social network. Thinking about this group of pictures lead eventually to this blog…an edited version of one of them provided my ‘profile’ picture. Passing that particular site recently I noticed that the sign had gone and the shopfront had been stripped back. This prompted me to revisit the photographs and their sites. Some things have changed round here since 2008 and, luckily, others have not. Here is the first part of the two parallel albums.
Here are 3 drawings from the Berne, Black and Cline gig at Vortex Jazz on Friday 14th January. The first one is the whole band and done in my usual way…the other two (of Tim Berne and Nels Cline respectively) are oil transfers from drawings done on the night. This is what happens when you spend a Monday afternoon at Tate Modern’s Paul Klee exhibition…shameless plagiarism…
Resonance Radio 104.4 Fundraiser at Cafe Oto, 13th February 2014.
Rie Nakajima has a particular take on performance. For the second time on seeing her at Cafe Oto she set up her table of paraphernalia at the back of the space. So most of the audience need to turn 180 degrees and readjust their viewing positions. For the first part of her set she sits on the floor in front of the low wicker table thoughtfully activating the various battery driven gadgets that are her instruments. The process is gradual – she takes her time before setting the mechanics in motion. It almost looks like she has never done this before and is working out the logistics of it as she goes along. And in some ways I guess she is doing just that. About half way through she gets herself a seat but even then she is crouching over the table. It is as if she is buried in the work at hand – buried not just in the sound but also in the actions that produce the sound. Unlike many performances the audience are drawn into this position too – searching along with her for the next move, the next noise as if it was a process of archaeology. We are all looking down watching the small spectacle of movement, sound, action, repetition. This all demands a certain commitment of attention from the audience….and this is what Nakajima, her performance, her music, requires. This is an exercise in close, communal listening.
In the absence of some substantial piece of writing:
I did this drawing at Vortex Jazz on 4th February…it’s Stephan Crump of the Rosetta Trio:
…wondering how I might integrate it into a different kind of drawing, I redrew it using the same technique (looking at the subject but not the object – i.e. the drawing on which I was engaged). Then I built/drew a frame around it and it has come out like this (so far):
On Sunday as I walked home I found this CD on Kingsbury Road next to the Jewish cemetery:
At Vortex Jazz, Evan Parker’s Might I Suggest Festival, 31st January 2014.
Evan Parker, saxophone
Matthew Wright, live sampling
Peter Evans, trumpet
Toma Gouband, percussion and lithophones