January 25, 2016

mandla mlangeni

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 4:44 pm

January 20, 2016

JOHNNY MBIZO DYANI live with Don Cherry and Okay Temiz, 1971

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 1:07 am

January 9, 2016

Tete Mbambisa live in York

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 10:38 am


first published here: http://jazzinyork.com/blog/blog/gig-review-tete-mbambisa-his-big-sa-uk-sound-9th-september-national-centre-for-early-music

January 7, 2016


Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:29 pm


January 5, 2016

Nina Simone – Baltimore

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 10:34 am


December 27, 2015

JOHN PEFFER on apartheid censorship and the SABC

Filed under: censorship,music — ABRAXAS @ 9:49 pm


first published here: http://issuu.com/afrikadaamagazine/docs/politics_of_sound?e=4280787/32212638

November 10, 2015

svetlana ivanova live in stellenbosch

Filed under: music,stellenbosched — ABRAXAS @ 3:38 am


November 7, 2015

marietjie pauw and garth erasmus live

Filed under: Garth Erasmus,music — ABRAXAS @ 5:56 pm

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September 18, 2015

the spike orchestra – ghetto

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 11:55 am


September 13, 2015

rudiger meyer on unyazi

Filed under: 2007 - Unyazi of the Bushveld,music — ABRAXAS @ 6:04 pm

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first published here: https://rudigermeyer.com/notes/2015-09-05-21-56-32

September 1, 2015

south african jazz cultures and the archive

Filed under: Jonathan Eato,music — ABRAXAS @ 2:28 am

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more info is here: http://ev2.co.uk/jisa/research/content.html

August 29, 2015

sinners repent and save your soul – johnny clarke

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 1:23 am

August 28, 2015

south african jazz cultures and the archive

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 8:19 pm

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first published here: https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2015/events/south-african-jazz-2015/

August 25, 2015

Herbie Tsoaeli: Ke Hopotse Hae

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:27 am

August 21, 2015

david thomas tells it like it is

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 3:40 pm

Have Pere Ubu ever been burned by a support act?

A couple of times I’d think: “Hmm. Maybe we’d better tighten it up tonight.” But nobody burns Pere Ubu. That sounds arrogant, but nobody can touch us. You’ve got to have that belief or what the hell are you doing up there? Every time I go on stage, I feel the metaphorical ghosts of everybody that’s died in the pursuit of truth and knowledge in civilisation and art for the last thousand years behind me saying: “OK, boy. What have you got?”

read the full interview here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jul/23/pere-ubu-david-thomas-music-interview

August 17, 2015

Richard Maxfield Double LP Anthologies 1&2

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 5:03 pm

(double LPs released on Jan van Toorn’s Slowscan label in 2014 and 2015)

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Richard Maxfield (1927-1969) was an American composer of electro-acoustic and electronic music. Maxfield was born in Seattle and wrote his first symphony when he was still in high school. After having served in the US Navy for a year he attended Stanford University but soon switched to the University of California, where he studied with Roger Sessions from 1947 to 1951. After his graduation he was awarded the Hertz Prize, which allowed him to study with Ernst Krenek in Los Angeles and travel through Europe. There he met Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen and got in touch with electronic music. From 1953 to 1955 he studied in the US with Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt until a Fulbright Scholarship enabled him to return to Europe, where he studied with Luigi Dallapiccola and Bruno Maderna and met John Cage. Back in the US in 1958 he attended Cage’s courses at the New School for Social Research in NYC and a year later he replaced Cage, becoming the first American to teach purely electronic music. From 1960 to 1961 La Monte Young studied electronic music with Maxfield and soon became his teaching assistant. Young developed into one of the principal performers of Maxfield’s work. Maxfield’s most productive years were from 1959 to 1964, during which he completed at least 24 compositions. In New York’s first loft concert series, directed by La Monte Young at Yoko Ono’s studio in 1960 and 1961, Young presented two evenings of Maxfield’s work as well as concerts of the works of Jennings and other artists who were creating new and radical work at that time. David Tudor, Terry Riley, Terry Jennings, Dick Higgins and George Maciunas were some of the other artists with whom Maxfield worked. He was Musical Director of the James Waring Dance Company and his work was performed regularly in major concert series, at the Living Theatre, and for dances by Aileen Passloff and Paul Taylor. In 1967 Maxfield left his tape music, scores and equipment in the care of Walter De Maria. He moved to San Francisco, where he taught at San Francisco State College in 1966 and 1967. He moved to Los Angeles in 1968. In 1969 Maxfield, whose drug addiction was getting worse and worse, committed suicide by jumping out a window of the LA Figueroa Hotel at the age of 42.

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This first Richard Maxfield anthology released on Slowscan in 2014 contains early compositions for piano (1948-49) and wind instruments (1951), interviews of Maxfield and later compositions among which the famous 1959 ‘Cough Music’. The second Richard Maxfield anthology released in 2015 contains four compositions: ‘Electronic Symphony’ (1964), ‘Dromenon’ (1964), ‘Suite From Peripateia’ (1950-1961) and ‘Wind’ (1961). All recordings courtesy of Dick Higgins. See our Slowscan catalogue for more information and for other Slowscan releases, to which more will be added this week and about which more information is to follow soon: http://www.sea-urchin.net/audio-video/slowscan/

Fresku – Zo Doe Je Dat

Filed under: music,race — ABRAXAS @ 2:52 pm

August 14, 2015

south african jazz cultures and the archive

Filed under: Jonathan Eato,music — ABRAXAS @ 5:33 pm

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read the full programme here: http://ev2.co.uk/jisa/research/content.html

August 6, 2015

Kenny Wheeler – The Sweet Time Suite

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 12:15 am

August 3, 2015

on what is beautiful

Filed under: art,music,philosophy — ABRAXAS @ 10:49 pm

“The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.”
― John Cage

August 2, 2015

The Lute in the Attic–Kenneth Patchen

Filed under: music,poetry — ABRAXAS @ 5:41 pm

Kenneth Patchen w/ Chamber Jazz sextet – The Murder Of Two Men By a Young Kid Wearing Lemon

Filed under: music,poetry — ABRAXAS @ 5:39 pm

John Cage & Kenneth Patchen – The City Wears A Slouch Hat (1942)

Filed under: music,poetry — ABRAXAS @ 5:33 pm

Kenneth Patchen – Do The Dead Know What Time It Is?

Filed under: music,poetry — ABRAXAS @ 5:31 pm

August 1, 2015

j. mia pistorius reviews stephanus muller’s nagmusiek

Filed under: literature,music,reviews,stephanus muller — ABRAXAS @ 12:02 pm

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this review first published in fontes artis musicae

Nagmusiek – 'n skending from African Noise Foundation on Vimeo.

Art, Adorno says, is not culture. Culture is acquiescent, conformist, reflects the false consciousness of unity or totality. True art is confrontational, uncomfortable, exhaustingly engaged in an immanent dialectic with society. ‘The authentic artists of the present’, he writes, ‘are those in whose works there shudders the aftershock of the most extreme horror.’ This leads one to reflect on what kind of society one lives in and what the role is of the art that you practice (if it is art and not only culture), in this society. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it is because living in South Africa at this time (and here I explicitly do not mean the South Africa of anodyne American shopping malls and muzak), it should be.

Stephanus Muller
Contemporary South African INterfaces with Aspects of Adornian Musical Thought

keep reading here: http://kaganof.com/kagablog/2015/03/10/stephanus-muller-contemporary-south-african-interfaces-with-aspects-of-adornian-musical-thought/

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