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Chris Corsano & Black Top (Orphy Robinson & Pat Thomas) + Chris Corsano / Angharad Davies / Ute Kanngiesser (trio)
Full recording of one of the most engaging and beguiling Late Junction live sessions we’ve ever heard - the one off first meeting between Korean multi-instrumentalist Park Jiha and writer and performer Roy Claire Potter.
Park Jiha plays the saenghwang, a Korean mouth organ which she blows in long multiphonics to set pace for Potter’s words. Together they unfurl a scene slowly in front of you, rich and focused, shifting your field of vision and drawing you in, elsewhere. It’s impossible not to follow, not to look for where they point. When the piri sounds for a flooded town on the B side, the water flows between your own feet; Potter’s words a sometimes frightening hörspiel in scouse.
Though the details are fine, the space each artist gives one another and their instruments, their language, is given to the listener in turn. A careful melody picks out a route for words with no fixed meaning, a body with no fixed direction, and we are invited to listen and see a kind of music made visible in its inference. A truly very special record we are very proud to share.
Influenced by linguistics and performance theory, Roy Claire Potter makes performance, text, drawing, installation and film, and often collaborates with musicians and sound artists to make audio for music festivals and radio. Across the wide range of their practice, Roy tells stories built from fragmented, intense images that depict moving bodies or domestic scenes and architectural settings. Roy’s interest in subtext and narrative sequencing is felt in the way they use fast-paced talking or reading speeds, and restricted or partial views of space. Complicated social or group dynamics and the aftermath of violent events are common themes in Roy’s work and are usually treated with a dark, sometimes wilful humour.
Park Jiha creates exploratory music rooted in traditional Korean instrumental performance. To this session she brings three instruments: a Korean hammered dulcimer called a yanggeum, a saenghwang which is an instrument made of 24 slender bamboo pipes attached to a bowl and played like a harmonica and a double-reed bamboo flute called a piri, which sounds similar to an oboe.
Park Jiha / yanggeum, saenghwang, piri
Roy Claire Potter / voice
Recorded and mixed on: 30 January 2020 by Rob Winter, Pete Smith and Andy Rushton at Maida Vale Studios, London for “Late Junction - Roy Claire Potter and Park Jiha in session”. Produced by Rebecca Gaskell, Katie Callin and Alannah Chance at Reduced Listening for BBC Radio 3. Originally broadcast on Friday 28th February 2020, apart from Track 4 which aired on Late Junction the 21st February 2020.
Mastered by Katie Tavini. Original artwork: “Three Boys” by Claire Cansick. Liner notes by Frances Morgan.
Park Jiha & Roy Claire Potter – To Call Out Into The Night
أحمد [Ahmed] – the quartet of Pat Thomas, Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Seymour Wright – make music of heavy rhythm, repetition and syncopation set deep into an understanding of jazz and the obscure depths of its history. Across the 2 LPs which make up ‘Super Majnoon [East Meets West] ’the group work and rework the music of the late musician Ahmed Abdul-Malik to create a stamping, swinging, relentlessly propulsive record where profundity and physicality root right back to ecstatic feeling.
Abdul-Malik was a NYC bassist, oudist, composer, educator and philosopher who fused aspects of American, Arabic and East African thought, ethics, meanings and beliefs in open and experimental ways to make vital, forward leaning jazz. [Ahmed] reimagine the notes of Malik as they push for new ground. Melodies respirate, swell, escalate and combust in a driving jazz which yes is technical, yes is accomplished, but ultimately just foot-to-the-floor swings.
‘Super Majnoon [East Meets West]’ is a title fused from the leader of the Master Musicians of Jajouka Bechir Attar’s description of [Ahmed] after hearing them in Switzerland last year (Majnoon is the arabic slang for ‘crazy’), and Abdul-Malik’s 1959 album East Meets West. Arriving as a double LP, the first comprises studio recordings of [Ahmed] at Hong Kong’s Empty Gallery in 2018 and the second a scorched live recording at OTO from August 2018. The record features photos by Bert Glinnand Taku Unamiand ‘in and out’ liner notes by James G. Spady – historian and journalist from Philadelphia, the author of books on Marcus Garvey and the trilogy of groundbreaking books on hip hop (Nation Conscious Rap, Street Conscious Rap, The Global Cypha).
PAT THOMAS / piano
ANTONIN GERBAL / drums
JOEL GRIP / bass
SEYMOUR WRIGHT / alto saxophone
LP 1 recorded by David Sum at Empty Gallery Hong, March 31, 2018. LP 2 recorded by Paul Skinner at Café OTO London, August 25, 2018. LP1 mixed by David Sum. LP 2 mixed by Pat Thomas. Mastered by James Dunn. Liner notes © James G. Spady. Cover photo © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos. Design by Maja Larsson. Produced by John Hawthorn, Jens Löwius and Seymour Wright.
Ahmed – Super Majnoon [East Meets West]
A sound collage focusing on the interaction between classic acoustic instruments, electronic sound processing and effects and integration of white noise radio transmissions. This work is part of a series on the topic of exploring the contribution between an artist and the environment.
RVD / electronics, effectsSergei Tumanov / violin, effects
All music recorded and produced by RVD and Sergei Tumanov during February - March 2021 in the Netherlands and Australia.
Mixed and mastered by Sergei Tumanov at NCTMMRN Studio, Melbourne, Australia
Photography by Matthias Urban
Larmschutz and Sergei Tumanov – Atonal Echoes
Conceptually inspired by the ancient folklore of Piedmontese witches known as “masche.”Occupying a liminal space, Fisica is presented in 7 forms which reveal a spiritual transformation, appearing and disappearing, ancient and at the same time contemporary.
Composed, edited and mixed byNicholas Remondino
Recorded by Manuel Volpeat Rubedo Recordings, Turin (2020)
Mastered by Lawrence English
Photography by Ryotaro Kawashima
Fisica (track 1) is dedicated to Alessandro Giachero
Bass drum, prepared drums, feedback, sampling, synthesizer, speakers by Nicholas Remondino
Alphorn, french horn byMartin Mayes(tracks 1,2,7)
Electronics by Massimo Toniutti (track 5)
Flute by Mariasole De Pascalis(tracsk 2,3)
Organetto byAndrea Silvia Giordano(track 1)
Organ by Ingrid Hjerpseth(track 6)
Tapes by Andrea Dellapiana(tracks 1,4,5,7)
Thanks to Andrea S. Giordano,Andrea Dellapiana, Manuel Volpe,Lawrence English, Ingrid Hjerpseth, Joe Mckay, Mariasole De Pascalis, Martin Mayes, Massimo Toniuttiand my family.
LAMIEE. – Fisica
Live recordings of improvised and composed fragments. Two unlikely and unexpected performances for audiences attending a post-metal event and a chamber music festival, respectively.
Andreas Usenbenz – prepared guitar, zither, field recordings, tape loops, modular system, electronics, fx, OP1
Josef Saelzle – visuals & spurs
Peter Schubert – lyra, airsynth,field recordings, modular system, turntables, fx, hydrophones
Mix & Mastering at Studio Sechzehn
"Sporensuche" recorded live at Post Metal EventGeislingen, Germany
"Bootshaus" recorded live at Ponte Chamber Music Festival, Ulm, Germany
Photography by Matthias Urban
Auvikogue – Volatil
Active vibrations inherent in a disappearing resonance.Repetition and momentum coalesce and decompose.Everything becomes a clue toward nothing.These are memories of the memory of the after party.
Devin Drobka / drums, cymbals, Roland SPD-SXMatt Blair / fender rhodes, pedals
Devin Drobka plays Dream Cymbals
Engineered and Recorded by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings
Mastered by Huntley Miller
Art by Brian Harte
Yins – After Party