Wednesday, November 04, 2009

"Probably one of the most terrible feelings a human being can experience is regret. Especially the sort of regret that is not so much for what we did that was wrong, but rather for what we could have done (but didn't) that was right. The good thing about this feeling of regret is that, if we experience it often enough and deeply enough, we eventually see the importance of turning around our attitude and changing our life so that there would never be a reason for us to feel that way again in the future. If that happens, then regret has been useful to us. It has taught; we have learned. Regret consumes itself."

Mick Goodrick

Monday, August 10, 2009

"A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

After 3 long, tiring, confusing years I think I finally overcame the effect Kurt Rosenwinkel's music had on me. I feel... strange. I'm digging Dave Holland more these days, partly because he's from Guildhall and mostly because he has exceptional skills in finding the best musical partners -especially tenors- to collaborate. His big band and quintet stuff is what inspires me most these days.

I bought Nicolas Slonimsk's Thesaurus Of Scales And Melodic Patterns. It is considered to be a legendary source of analytical material for composers/improvisers but the first we went through it with a friend we found it was lacking logical clarity in definitions and examples. Nevertheless, it is a book full of -still- fresh ideas and a lot of inspiration.

By the way, we have concerts on the 3rd, the 4th, thr 5th and the 8th of April. We will be playing some big band stuff along with some African repertoire. Nothing new to the followers of Orchestre des Métallos, but a good treat indeed.

Paul Duda is exhibiting in Istanbul either the 15th or the 16th of April and the pictures we took together will be there. As some of you will remember, I started this blog when we were taking those pictures! It will be a great pleasure to be there and see Mr. Duda again.

Finally, Mr. Rosenwinkel will be here in Paris again for a concert with a quartet with Mr. Parks on the 21st of April. A wonderful opportunity for fruitful conversation about Mr.Parks' wonderful album, Rosenwinkel's teaching position in Berlin and Mark Turner's current condition (he had a serious hand injury which stopped him from playing for 6 months).

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Aaron Sparks...

Mr. Aaron Parks' "İnvisible Cinema" was one of 2008's most eagerly awaited albums. This young cat had already amazed and inspired loads of people with his work as a sideman, and his first album doesn't disappoint. Here are two clips of Nemesis (a number in 7/4 which became famous even before the album came out), the first one is with the band who recorded the album, and the second one from another gig with Kurt Rosenwinkel. I'm buying a new set of strings first thing tomorrow and I'm going to transcribe his solo from the version on his myspace this week.