Apr 27, 2010

ALEXEI AIGUI : Sounds Constantly Changing Genres

ALEXEI AIGUI is a russian violinist and composer, founder of avant outfit ENSEMBLE 4'33'', known also from other collaborations and projects as the duos with german pianist Dietmar Bonnen, or the Russian-German Composers Quartet. His work comprises original compositions (modern fusions, contemporary chamber music, soundtracks...) and interpretations on works of other composers (Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Weill...).
Mixing his classical, jazz, prog culture with contemporary forms, Aigui creates interesting sounds, the emotional quality of which often echoes a deep relation to slavic folk lyricism.

ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' Taxidermy (1999)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' Microkosmos (1998)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' 3 r (2002)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' 4.33 variations on Frank Zappa's theme (1998)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' The hog's tango (2001)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' Slkadanowski (1998)
Watermellon in easterhay (1997)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' Prarie des filters (2002)
ALEXEI AIGUI & PIERRE BASTIEN Musique de funerailles (2001)
ALEXEI AIGUI & DIETMAR BONNEN Wie lange noch (2009)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' Loneiness (2002)
ALEXEI AIGUI & ENSEMBLE 4'33'' Post (2003)

Sources: "Not Only For..." (1997), "Hearts Of 4.33" (1998), "Taxidermy (1999), "Land Of The Deaf" (2001), "Musique Cyrillique" (2001), "Happiness, Fame And Fortune" (2002), "Mix" (2003), "Kak Strano/Wie Seltsam" (2005), "Nightshift" (2009)

AIGUI/ENSEMBLE 4'33'' - Music With A Constantly Changing Title

ALEXEI AIGUI compilation
(14 tracks, approx time 64min)

compiled by LaFolieDuJour

Apr 22, 2010

CPT. KIRK &. " Reformhölle " (GER, 1992)

CPT KIRK & was a political band from Hamburg, active from mid-80s to mid-90s. Although they left only a small number of works (mainly released from Hamburg's label WHAT SO FUNNY ABOUT), they are often mentioned as one of the sound architects of the early 90s alternative germanophone deutschrock scene. The reason is this album.

"Stand Rotes Madrid", (LP/CD), 1986
"Geldunter", (7''), 1991
"Reformhölle", (LP/CD), 1992
"Round About Wyatt" (split CD with austrian band THE MORE EXTENDED VERSIONS), 1994

Reformhölle (Link 1)

Reformhölle (Link 2)

Apr 15, 2010


Thomas Chapin Trio: Thomas Chapin (alto saxophone, flute); Mario Pavone (bass); Michael Sarin (drums).

Additional musicians: Al Bryant, Frank London (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes, Peter McEachern (trombone); Marcus Rojas, Ray Stewart (tuba).

Recorded live at Knitting Factory in Dec. 1992
(8 tracks - approx 70 min)

posted by request

Apr 13, 2010

VLADIMIR ESTRAGON "Three Quarks for Muster Mark" (GER, 1989)

Phil Minton vocal, trumpet - Ulrike Haage keyboards, piano, sequencer, samples - F.M. Einheit metal, electronics, stones, drums - Alfred 23 Harth tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

Named after the two characters from "Waiting For Godot" this short-lived outfit reflects, mainly, Harth's post-modern ideas already known from his works with bands like Cassiber.
FM Einheit, Ulrike Haage, Phil Minton arrive here from different directions, so the encounter becomes (or at least should have been) interesting by itself. The clash of the genres has sometimes funny results and the musicians seem to be aware. Album title is a (famous) quotation from James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake".

VLADIMIR ESTRAGON das letzte band

three quarks

Apr 2, 2010

Jazz In Japan: The Audiophile Sounds Of THREE BLIND MICE

Tokyo's legendary label THREE BLIND MICE has held an eminent position in modern music history for both its superior audiophile productions (originally on analog disc, and later also on several digital formats) and the important role it has played on emerging japanese jazz.
Among the many remarkable TBM releases we find great debuts of jazz luminaries (ISAO SUZUKI, TSUYOSHI YAMAMOTO, MARI NAKAMOTO...), excellent albums from 60s veterans (HIDEO KANAI, MASAYUKI TAKAYANAGI...), rare documents from the early times of jazz in Japan ("Ginparis Sessions", 1963) and lots of other fine recordings, innovatively produced and recorded by TAKESHI FUJII and YOSHIHIKO KANNARI, the two pioneering sound creators whose names have coincided with TBM "sound-phenomenon".

La Folie Du Jour selects tracks from THREE BLIND MICE catalogue...

NEW DIRECTION FOR THE ARTS sun in the east ("FreeForm Suite", 1972)
SUNAO WADA QUARTET blues in the closet ( "Blues Blues Blues", 1977)
ISAO SUZUKI Ako's dream ("Ako's Dream", 1976)
SHOJI YOKOUCHI QUARTET message ("Blonde On The Rocks", 1976)
HIDEO ICHIKAWA TRIO between the lights ("Tomorrow"
, 1976 )
MASARU IMADA & GEORGE MRAZ alone together ("Alone Together", 1977)

TSUYOSHI YAMAMOTO the nearness of you ("Midnight Sugar", 1974)
TERUO NAKAMURA understanding ("Unicorn", 1973)
HIDEO KANAI QUINTET tensions ("Concierto De Aranjuez", 1978)
ISAO SUZUKI QUARTET aqua marine ("Blow Up", 1973)

nardis ("Ginparis Sessions"[1963], 1972)
GEORGE KAWAGUSHI'S BIG 4 sleepy funk ("The Big 4", 1976)
MASARU IMADA TRIO softly as in a morning sunrise ("Standards", 1976)
MARI NAKAMOTO love for sale ("Mari", 1977)
ISAO SUZUKI QUARTET + 1 body & soul ("Blue City", 1974)
HIROSHI FUKUMURA QUINTET winter song ("S/T", 1973)
TATSUYA TAKAHASHI TOKYO UNION legend of Garbo ("Scandinavian Suite", 1977)
HIDEFUMI TOKI QUARTET when sunny gets blue ("Toki", 1975)
KOSUKE MINE QUINTET work 1 ("Mine", 1970)
TSUYOSHI YAMAMOTO TRIO the way we were (" Girl Talk", 1975)

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