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Jon Hassell and other looping in London
There seems to be some interest in Jon Hassell amongst the list, so I
thought I'd mention last night's concert at QEH in London. JH
with Bluescreen Two who were advertised as being Jamie Muhoberac and
Peter Freeman, creators of an `electronic soundscape' amidst which is
set JH's `plaintive trumpet'. There was also an uncredited guitarist
(who may have been called Joe Harrison - the announcements were
off-mic and difficult to hear from 2/3rds back) who made extensive
of a Fernandes Sustainer (now I *really* want one of those) and a
multitude of delays and effects to great..erm - effect.
Whilst much of the music relied on repetitive phrases (with
shifts in the patterns), it was intriguing to see that most of it was
performed in real time. Despite all the technology in evidence, there
appeared to be little `looping' as such. Percussion sounds were
triggered from what looked like an over-sized boomerang (NB the
Australian hunting tool, not the dedicated looping device), `played'
like a standard keyboard, but with (presumably) the ergonomic
of it curving around the body.
The material was similar in mood to the earlier 4th World albums,
like the `City' and `Bluescreen 1' versions. Well worth viewing if it
comes to a town near you.
Also: At lunch time yesterday I saw the acoustic guitarist Antonio
Forcione dueting with saxophonist Ed Jones. I think Matthias
before that AF has experimented with looping, but this is the first
time I've seen him use it (sparingly) in performance. He has a
LoopDelay which in this situation was used to create backing for his
solos on two numbers. Again, well worth a listen if you see them
advertised near you (particularly if you like Jan Garbarek-style
European, folk influenced jazz)
Oh yes, and if you've got this far, I'll be back at the Croydon
Clocktower on Nov 28th 7-8pm - free!