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  • On An Overgrown Path: Who are the real Master Musicians?
    on Madison Avenue in New York and he said Oh we re not carrying that book I never understood it It was like a fatwa There was no British edition no translation rights in any language I thought I was going to be the next Bruce Chatwin But then I remembered how small the market for fiction about modern Morocco must be Morocco didn t pass the who cares test in the West In the end I was amazed the text was published at all and proud of how great the book looked and felt As you point out it was less successful commercially than some of my other work I ve never even seen a royalty statement I love it anyway BS Jajouka Rolling Stone was published several years before Brian Jones seminal Jajouka album was licensed to Point Music and re issued That 1995 re release caused considerable controversy because it did not include some of the original musicians in the royalty deal and Brion Gysin s original sleeve note was edited to remove references to Mohamed Hamri who played an important role in bringing Brian Jones to Jajouka The Point Music CD sleeve notes also included an extract from Jajouka Rolling Stone What was your take on the controversy surrounding that 1995 re issue which resulted in protests at Bachir Attar and Philip Glass concerts SD This is a hard question because the story of the Jajouka Joujouka schism is so complex I won t go into it here The recent history is retailed on competing websites and is still going on the flames being fanned mostly by outsiders but real enough in the village as well My take is that I support the work of Bashir Attar son of the late chief Abdeslam Ahmed Attar Jnuin and consider him the leader of The Master Musicians of Jajouka legatee of the tribal rhaita band that played for and were recorded by Brian Jones in July 1968 As for the re release of that album by Point Music in 1995 it was a gas The extract from Jajouka Rolling Stone recounting a conversation with Brian Gysin in his Paris apartment in 1979 was used without my permission I never saw what the big deal was about editing Hamri out of the Gysin text All he did was bring Brion Gysin up the mountain Years later Gysin brought Brian Jones Hamri wasn t a musician he was like a crooked talent manager He was an asshole I never bought into his self proclaimed Painter of Morocco label either but I would give a leg for one of his paintings The Point Music thing was amazing and it was even more amazing to see a troupe from Jajouka starring the legendary drummer Mohammed Berdouz playing in New England and New York in 1995 I never thought I would see it happen and it did A further note The original master copy of the music Brian Jones recorded in Jajouka before it was electronically phased and re channeled for psychedelic effect was no longer in the archives of Rolling Stones Records in London so Philip Glass s people were forced to digitize a vinyl copy of the original album in 1995 Three years later I was in London working on my biography of the Rolling Stones I interviewed George Chkiantz the recording engineer who went to Jajouka with Jones and actually made the tapes He didn t know about the Point Music CD but mentioned that he had kept a slave copy of the original master and I realized that no one has ever heard this music except George and Brian Jones and how intriguing this was and is George Chkiantz s account of Brian Jones in Jajouka is in my book Old Gods Almost Dead 2001 BS One thing that struck me about Jajouka Rolling Stone was that you are fulsome in your praise of Apocalypse Across the Sky but you do not credit Bill Laswell for producing an album that sonically stands head and shoulders above Brian Jones Jajouka recording Was the omission of Laswell s name an oversight or was there another reason SD Laswell Shmazwel It is true that Apocalypse sounds great but the quality of the music is only ok The band that recorded this music in Jajouka was cobbled together by Bashir Attar with a couple of his brothers and I was told some outside wedding musicians from Ksar el Kebir the nearest big town Bashir did it for the money which was good There are many recordings made from 1968 to 2010 of ensembles calling themselves The Master Musicians Malimin of Jajouka For me only three stand out First Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka Rolling Stones Records 1971 Second The Master Musicians of Jajouka Adelphi Records 1975 recorded by Joel Rubiner mostly in 1972 just before Ornette Coleman s recording session in the village Third and perhaps most important is Tribe Ahl Serif Master Musicians of Jajouka Musical Heritage Society circa 1976 This is a two record set made by Arnold Stahl around 1971 when a Danish film crew was working in the village The second record in this set consists of about 25 minutes of the Boujeloudiya or music for the goat god Bou Jeloud which formerly danced in the village during the Aid el Kebir festival The recording quality is excellent and it features the large formation 20 rhaitas and about 15 drummers that Brian Jones recorded and that I later chronicled beginning in 1973 BS In his sleeve note for Apocalypse Across the Sky William Burroughs tells how Brion Gysin was concerned about the diluting effects of contact with the modern world upon the ancient music Since then the Master Musicians of Jajouka have embraced fusion and worked with Talvin Singh Howard Shore the London Philharmonic Orchestra and others Do you think the ancient music of the Master Musicians has been diluted since you first heard them

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music is not a spectator sport
    the average concert programme which is a pity The third pointer from Symmetry was the power of the visual This is a familiar theme On An Overgrown Path and Saturday evening reinforced the point that a spoonful of images helps difficult music go down Big screen organ recitals are popular with audiences so why not big screen symphony concerts And that could just be the starting point at Snape Russell Haswell s oscilloscope images created by real time sound spectrum analysis gave a taster of the further possibilities Another pointer from the event was how a really good presenter never talks down to his audience Marcus du Sautoy stretched his audience which had one of the widest age ranges I have seen at Snape and took them with him all the way to Xenakis Nomos Alpha without once talking down If you need any more convincing watch this video In comments about the decline of classical radio a number of readers complained about how the current generation of radio presenters talks down to their audience Marcus du Sautoy handed out work sheets for the audience to complete in the intermission with the explanation that mathematics is not a spectator sport We could well adopt Classical music is not a spectator sport as a new battle cry because many of the genres current problems are caused by futile attempts to repackage it as a passive entertainment rather than an active experience The key role of the animateur the final pointer from Symmetry is also a familiar theme here Seeing Marcus du Sautoy in action brought home just how lamentable BBC Radio 3 s current crop of imported Classic FM presenters really are Marcus du Sautoy may not come cheap but ex Classic FM face of the BBC Proms Katie Derham comes at a reported annual cost of 250 000 and still the ratings go down Symmetry was all about seeing things from a different perspective So in conclusion here is a suggestion for an experiment that might just engage with a new audience Send Katie Derham back to reading the news recruit Marcus du Sautoy to present the Proms on BBC Radio and TV and hire Farmersmanual Lumin et al to give the Proms concerts a much needed makeover I have a feeling the result would not be spectator sport More on the Britten Studio in Playing in new music s sandbox Photos are by Jana Chiellino and come via Aldeburgh Music whose indefatigable Marc Ernesti receives my thanks for finding me a complimentary ticket for the sold out event All views expressed here are of course my own Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Wednesday January 25 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aldeburgh music BBC Radio 3 iannis xenakis js bach katie derham Marcus du Sautoy olivier messiaen snape 2 comments Pliable said

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music's $11 billion market opportunity
    Albert Hall to the soundtrack of Siegfried s Dawn and Rhine Journey are not part of the plan Rather it is proposed that classical music stops trying to reposition itself in the already overcrowded entertainment sector and starts with some cues from the flourishing well being industry selling itself as the kind of unique life enriching experience that none other than Tom Service was exposed to recently Something weird happened last week at the Royal Festival Hall At the end of Claudio Abbado s performance of Bruckner s Fifth Symphony with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra what I experienced along with thousands of others in the hall and thousands more listening on Radio 3 felt like a vision of infinity a collapsing of time and space into a single point of brilliance and intensity There are not too many 11 billion market opportunities around so perhaps it is time for classical music to stop talking entertainment and start talking enlightenment Can Saint Gregory Bach Mahler George Harrison Jonathan Harvey and Tom Service all be wrong The Radha Krsna Temple album was remastered as a CD in 2010 and released with two bonus tracks and additional documentation Well worth seeking out George Harrison s production is superb and the CD delivers a surprisingly powerful musical and spiritual punch The recording of Jonathan Harvey s Bhakti made by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt at the time of the work s 1992 premiere is now deleted but copies can be found An alternative recording on the NMC label is available as a CD and download Jonathan Harvey s Vers which was written for Pierre Boulez s seventy fifth birthday quotes from Bhakti and is one of the works on an excellent new album of Harvey s chamber music titled Run Before Lightning recorded by the Dynamis Ensemble and Javier Torres Maldonado My interview with Jonathan Harvey can be heard here Today Oct 26 is Dwali the Hindu festival of lights Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Wednesday October 26 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Dwali george harrison hinduism ircam john cage jonathan harvey Krishna Consciousness pierre boulez Radha Krsna Temple tom service 2 comments evan k said Enlightening post I would say however in comparing the dollars and sense of the Enlightenment Economy vs the Classical music Economy if you re going to include yoga lessons going somewhere to participate in enlightenment then you should include the ticket prices to orchestras operas etc It might turn out to only be a couple times larger 4 20 pm Pliable said Evan thanks for that comment and you raise an interesting point So much

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Another day - another press release
    afraid With regard to contemporary material in Archive Classics we will indeed feature some pieces from the 20th century However due to the terms of the MCPS PRS license we have in place these pieces will feature more occasionally than the main canon of composers from the classical and romantic eras With regard to existing copyright laws naturally we hope that common sense prevails when the EU vote on the proposed extension later this year I hope this helps but do let me know if you need anything else Many thanks and best wishes Iain Copyright or copywrong Image credit iCopyright Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday April 17 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels archive classics classic arts copyright elly ney hmv stephen johnson valerie barber pr 2 comments Garth Trinkl said With regard to contemporary material in Archive Classics we will indeed feature some pieces from the 20th century Iain Handyside Here in culturally very conservative Washington D C Sharon Percy Rockefeller s Classical WETA FM s marketing arrangement 10 cut with ArkivMusic LLC is one major reason why the monopoly public radio station s playlist is so commercial repetitive and 20th century classical music adverse Frederick the Great of Prussia s music is featured virtually daily There has also been a lot of official blog attention and chit chat here around Washington D C about ArkivMusic s brand new life style magazine on classical music in America Listen http www listenmusicmag com listen toc1 html I was left off the promo list To me Listen is the highly intelligent classical music for laypersons introductory book and 6CD set by musicologists and teachers Joseph Kerman and Gary Tomlinson both of whom are brilliant and have strong connections to British musicology 2 26 pm Pliable said Thanks Garth Just to avoid any confusion Archive Classics and ArkivMusic are as far as I know unconnected except by rather similar names 5 54 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Lost in ambition
    overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Thursday March 12 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bbc symphony orchestra iannis xenakis img artists jiri belohlavek martyn brabbins metropolitan opera pierre boulez renee fleming 1 comment Pliable said Philip has sent in an email which reminds us that The US Department of Justice took an interest in Columbia Artists Management back in the mid 50s though only after Arthur Judson had enjoyed a couple of decades trying to engineer a monopoly blackmailing organizations into engaging his clients and destroying the careers of those who wouldn t enter the stable 12 43 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367 December

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Don't let's prejudge music
    November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367 December 22 November 23 October 33 September 7 August 35 July 30 May 42 April 39 March 41 February 47 January 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 July 42 June 9 May 54 April 41 March 44 February 30 January 46 2007 572 December 43 November 65 October 55 September 11 August 46 July 57 June 48 May 52 April 52 March 53 The Seven Last Words Peter Paul Fuchs one path ends The art of the mosque Elitism on the world s great orchestral stages He was in every sense a good man A Karl Weigl photo album Mahler s forgotten assistant Young composers sit at their computers In search of the lost score Berlin March 28th 1933 The essence of the music itself is there Dresden February 13th 2007 Classical music flowers in springtime Britain Albert Baez scientist pacifist

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New technology meets new music
    the best view we ve ever had of a lunar eclipse And an awful lot of people are arriving On An Overgrown Path via Google searches for lunar eclipse I hope they enjoy the theremin story and return for more 11 27 pm rchrd said But I think you meant to put the lunar eclipse comment on an earlier entry Theremin and variations on the moon There s no lunar eclipse in this entry Oops I guess now there is 6 16 am Pliable said And Richard Friedman adds By the way I m still not sure that the guy sitting with Varese is James Seawright Jim is known now more for his kinetic sculpture It was 50 years ago but it doesn t look like him so it could have been some smartly dressed Phillips engineer I ve seen that photo so many times but I always assumed it was Jim whom I met in the mid 60 s when I lived in NYC and made some visits to the Columbia Princeton studio I ll probably research it further until I ve satisfied my curiosity 8 42 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367 December 22 November 23 October 33 September 7 August 35 July 30 May 42 April 39 March 41 February 47 January 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 July 42 June 9 May 54 April 41 March 44 February 30 January 46 2007 572 December 43 November 65 October 55 September 11 August 46 July 57 June 48 May 52 April 52 March 53 The Seven Last Words Peter Paul Fuchs one path ends The art of the mosque Elitism on the world s great orchestral stages He was in every sense a good man A Karl Weigl photo album Mahler s forgotten assistant Young composers sit at their computers In search of the lost score Berlin March 28th

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Hoax that fooled music critics for 30 years
    Louis Couperin Padre Martini or Stamitz before I began to compose in their names They lived exclusively as paragraphs in musical reference books and their work when existing and authenticated lay mouldering in monasteries and old libraries From Harry Haskell s excellent 1988 The Early Music Revival A History Dover Publications ISBN 0486291626 Now read more about music history rewritten Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday March 02 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels early music ernest newman fritz kreisler joyce hatto olin downes william barrington coupe 2 comments Hucbald said Beautiful A composer pretending that he didn t compose something I love it And the surrounding brouhaha just furthers what I have suspected for years Music critics cannot recognize great art when they encounter it they just think it s what they were taught that it is 4 07 am Patty said When I was studying poetry back in the day when I thought I had some sort of poetry talent hah my groups was studying a book that featured a whole lot of poetry by one author Not one of us had heard of the poet before so I went to research and couldn t find a thing about the guy I finally put it all together the poetry was by the author of the book He just used an anagram I wasn t sure if it was humility humor or fear that was revealing itself I did wonder though how clever he thought he was being surely most people would figure it out 6 01 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367

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