Photo: Bryony McIntyre

Alan Silva, Ben Hall, David Keenan, Donald Dietrich, Incapacitants, Kazuo Imai, Michiyo Yagi & Sabu Toyozumi

Energy Births Form

Can group energy birth new musical forms? Some of the greatest (improvised) music we’ve ever heard was born of collective sweat, in that space half-way between individual expression and a group mind, moving collectively.  So we wanted to ask a bunch of the best high-energy-improvisers around; can musical form really taking shape via a group energy?  Can individual concentration lead to a group consciousness? And if so, what form might that take if you put a celestial orchestra of some of the best underground players about together and make them play for 3 hours straight; what will happen after the point of exhaustion?

We’ve put together a pretty unbelievable group of musicians to have a go at working this out. Alan Silva (double bass) – one of the great, and most delicate of Free Jazz double bassists, (he’s played with Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler and Sun Ra for god’s sake!), Silva’s Celestial Communication Orchestra forms a deeply thought blue-print for group energy in music. Donald Dietrich (sax) – Don’s gruff holler incanted through a sax makes up ½ of the front line assault of legendary snuff jazz outfit Borbetomagus. Incapacitants including Junko (electronics) – 2/5th of Hijokaidan, (who just about blew the PA at INSTAL 05), and active since the first wave of Japanese pure noise acts in the late 70’s / early 80’s, Incapacitants have created a noise music of ecstatic and emotionally expressive reverie: one of the most exhilarating live acts you’re likely to see. David Keenan (sax) – Keenan’s one ½ of Tight Meat, Glasgow’s own punk-primitive free jazz duo. Kazuo Imai (electric guitar) – jaw droppingly beyond any idea of technique, Imai is our favourite guitarist.  A sometime Incapacitants collaborator he’s equally at home in post-Derek Bailey nylon stringed navigations. Sabu Toyozumi (drums) – seriously heavy Japanese free-music thinker and Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, Keiji Haino, and Peter Brötzmann collaborator. Michiyo Yagi (17 & 21 stringed koto) – classically trained koto (traditional Japanese stringed musical instruments, about 5ft long) player and fearsome free improviser. Ben Hall (drums) – Hall occupies the drum stool in Graveyards, the most intriguing of Wolf Eyes offshoots, specialising as they do in lower case murmerings as much a free noise.

 

Curated with David Keenan of Volcanic Tongue

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  • Energy Births Form Intro - David Keenan

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    Is it possible to play flat out for even one hour? How long until the forms take over? And what kind of forms are given birth to when you are absolutely shattered, completely disorientated, thinking in terms of nothing but primitive shapes and caveman ugh, your brain most vulnerable to divine invasion?  

     

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