Way off in late November we know, but (the legendary band that is) Henry Cow did say they would never reform and as much as I think most bands should stay retired, Henry Cow playing again has to surely be exciting news (even if the circumstances could have been a little better .)
Henry Cow, Music For Films, News From Babel and Oh Moscow play the music of Lindsay Cooper on Friday 21 November at the Barbican, London EC2
To celebrate the life and work of Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013), four legendary bands are coming together from points halfway across the earth to perform Lindsay’s music at the Barbican as part of EFG London Jazz Festival.
The concert will feature Henry Cow (1968 – 1978, who said they’d never re-form), Lindsay Cooper’s Music for Films (1982- 1986, which does what it says on the label), News From Babel (1984 – 1986, who never performed live), and Oh Moscow (1987 -1993, assembled to play the song-cycle of the same name).
Alfred Harth, Anne-Marie Roelofs, Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Michel Berckmans from Univers Zero (bassoon), Phil Minton, Sally Potter, Tim Hodgkinson, Veryan Weston, Zeena Parkins
”Lindsay Cooper, in common with most film composers, was poly-stylistic and no respecter of musical convention; less commonly, she also understood performance dynamics and the chemistry of bands. The concert, produced by Serious, offer a unique and never-to-be-repeated opportunity to hear some extraordinary repertoire, as well as to catch these four exceptional and now legendary bands”.
Meanwhile here’s more from the Medway’s rather deliciously abrasive BLACK LIGHT BRIGADE. Some freshly unveiled like in the studio goodness….
Live at Stepping Stone Studios, Maidstone 10/5/14
And while we’re here, OK GO are back for more…
“After a two year hiatus from creating their visually stimulating music videos, alternative pop band OK Go are finally back with their latest clip for ‘The Writing’s on the Wall,’ a single from their forthcoming album Hungry Ghosts. The video is 4-minute barrage of optical illusion techniques performed live in-camera (primarily anamorphic projection) that borrow ideas from artists like Bernard Pras, Felice Varini, Bela Borsodi and maybe even a nod to Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 album cover. All of the scenes are performed one after another in a single take, but probably took untold months of preparation.”