European Free Improvisation Pages
Begun in January 1995, EFIP was intended to be a comprehensive information resource for all aspects of the type of music known as European free improvisation. From January 2007 it is being updated approximately every two months (for rationale, please see bottom of this page).
Every effort has been made to check the information on this site as far as possible; in most cases the information has been sourced from the musicians themselves.
The latest update is 1 January 2015:
- Well, it's just coming up for 20 years for this web site. I had almost decided to call it a day at this point as new releases have become more difficult to come by and the currency of my information is beginning to lag. But, having discussed this with a number of people, I've decided to continue. So, many thanks to Evan Parker, Maya Homburger, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton, Sten Sandell, Richard Barrett, Joëlle Léandre, Danas Mikailionis and Ernesto Rodrigues, among others, for persuading me there's a value in continuing. And here's the latest, very substantial, update, thanks in large part to those mentioned.
- Several new discs from Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton: World of objects from Jeremiah Cymerman/Evan Parker/Nate Wooley on 5049 Records; Improcherto (for HB) by Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Lol Coxhill & Evan Parker on Iorram; Quintet, Sextet, Duos from Otomo Yoshihide/Sachiko M/Evan Parker/Tony Marsh/John Edwards/John Butcher on OTOROKU; Either or and from Evan Parker/Sylvie Courvoisier on Relative Pitch; Extremes from Evan Parker/Paul Dunmall/Tony Bianco on Red Toucan; Barry Guy's Five fizzles for Samuel Beckett on a 10" vinyl EP on NoBusiness; and on Maya: Torben Snekkestad/Barry Guy with Slip slide and collide; Agusti Fernandez/Barry Guy/Ramon Lopez with A moment's liberty; Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra/Barry Guy with Schweben - Ay, but can ye?; and Maya Homburger playing J.S. Bach/Barry Guy; Amphi - Radio rondo from the Barry Guy New Orchestra on Intakt; and The Nows (Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley with Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark) on Clean Feed.
- Jean-Marc Foussat's Fou Records has been added to the labels list with two new releases: Derek Bailey/Joëlle Léandre/George Lewis/Evan Parker at 28 Rue Dunois juillet 1982; and Peter Kowald/Daunik Lazro/Annick Nozati at Instants Chavirés. And other Maya CDs added this month, to bring my listing up-to-date, are: Maya Homburger/Camerata Kilkenny (featuring Barry Guy) with H.I.F. Biber The mystery sonatas; Malcolm Proud playing J.S. Bach Clavier Übung III; and Malcolm Proud playing J.S. Bach Six partitas for harpsichord Clavier Übung 1. Recent Emanem CDs are Spontaneous Music Ensemble (mid-size group including Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Trevor Watts) Olive & Familie (1968/9); a re-issue of the Paul Rutherford Trio's Gheim; and Cycles, solo Steve Lacy including a hat ART re-issue.
- Other new and recent releases (apart from the Barry Guy solo mentioned above) on NoBusiness Records are: on LP - the Daniel Blacksberg Trio's Perilous architecture; Gianni Lenoci/Kent Carter/Bill Elgart with Plaything; Rashied Al Akbar/Muhammad Ali/Earl Cross/Idris Ackamoor with Ascent of the nether creatures; Juan Pablo Carletti/Tony Malaby/Christopher Hoffman with Niño/Brujo; Roil (Chris Abrahams/Mike Majkowski/James Waples) with Raft of the meadows; and Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Innerconnection; and on CD - William Hooker/Liudas Mockunas Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival; Red Trio/Mattias Ståhl with North and the red stream; Dave Burrell/Steve Swell's Turning point; Billy Bang/William Parker's Medicine Buddha; and Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Innerconnection.
- Ernesto Rodrigues' Creative Sources label has a large number of new and recent releases: Kristoff K. Roll/Daunik Lazro - Chants du milieu; Ariel Shibolet/Nori Jacoby/Alexander Frangenheim/Ofer Bymel - Skulking in the big house; Katharina Bohlen/Claudius Reimann Duo - 2nd floor; IKB with Anthropométrie sans titre and Rhinocerus; Gunnar Lettow/Korhan Erel - Bad falling bostel; the self-titled The Alliteration; Ensemble Progresivo's Hesitancy; Ariel Shibolet's 132: work for multiphonics; Konstantin Sukhan/Yury Favorin/Alexey Sysoev - It don't mean a thing; the Foils Quartet's The Jersey lily; Naoto Yamagishi - Hossu no mori; Ferran Fages/Ernesto Rodrigues - CRU; Gonçalo Almeida/John Dikeman/George Hadow - O Monstro; Band à Part - Caixa-prego; Marco Scarassatti's Novelo elétrico; Isabelle Dutoit/Alexander Frangenheim/Roger Turner - KOCHUU; the self-titled Tensil Test; Alexander Frangenheim's Talk for a listener; Eventless Plot's Structures; Natsuka Tamura/Alexander Frangenheim - NAX; Frank Gratkowski/Udo Schindler - Sounding dialectics; the self-titled UN; the self-titled Lauroshilau; Gregory Büttner/Gunnar Lettow/Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres - Zwei mal zwei; Fabio Battistetti's Into the wood; Wade Matthews/Javier Pedreira/Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres - Primary development; and Guillaume Gargaud/Jean Philippe Gomez- -Marina on Mars.
- Thanks to Kevin Reilly of Relative Pitch Records for updating me on all their releases (including the Evan Parker/Sylvie Courvoisier mentioned above): Joey Baron's Just listen; Joëlle Léandre/Phillip Greenlief - That overt desire of object; Vinny Golia Quartet - Take your time; Aych - As the crow flies; Michael Bisio/Matthew Shipp - Floating ice; Way Out Northwest (John Butcher/Torsten Müller/Dylan Van Der Schyff) - The white spot; Urs Leimgruber/Roger Turner - The pancake tour; Joe Morris/Agustí Fernández/Nate Wooley - From the discrete to the particular; Jemeel Moondoc/Connie Crothers- -Two; Joëlle Léandre/Jérôme Bourdellon - Evidence; Chris Abrahams/Magda Mayas - Gardener; Book of Three - Continuum (2012); Estamos Trio - People's historia; Mary Halvorson/Kirk Knuffke/Matt Wilson - Sifter; FPR's All at once; Vinny Golia/Urs Leimgruber - Empiricism in the west; Jack Wright/Ben Wright - As if anything could be the same; Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey - And other desert towns; Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne - Ironic havoc; Greg Cohen's Golden State; Bogan Ghost - Zerfall; Matthew Shipp Trio - Root of things; Stefan Gauci/Kirk Knuffke/Ken Filiano - Chasing tales; Mary Halvorson's Reverse blue; Jemeel Moondoc - The zookeeper's house; Everybody digs Michel Doneda; and Tomas Fujiwara Trio - Variable bets.
- Other recent discs are: Live in Molde from SPUNK/Joëlle Léandre on +3db; Gråmølna from Joëlle Léandre/Michael Duch on Confront; Chergui from Alexandra Grimal/Giovanni di Domenico on Ayler; Hugo Ball: sechs laut-und klanggedichte, 1916 from Jaap Blonk/Damon Smith on Balance Point Acoustics; Spill plus from Magda Mayas/Damon Smith/Tony Buck on nuscope; Raoul Björkenheim's Ecstasy on Cuneiform; Sentimental mood from Ernst Glerum/Uri Caine on Favorite; East of the sun from the ICP Orchestra on ICP; the Blue Lines Trio (Michiel Scheen/Raoul van der Weide/George Hadow) on Casco; Büyükberber/Nabatov/Hemingway with 21 9 12 on TryTone; Isotropes from Sensaround (Alister Spence/Raymond MacDonald/Shoeb Ahmad); Pitfall from The Remote Viewers; 4 blokes, the Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet, on Ogun; Paul Dunmall Sextet's Life in four parts and Willi Kellers Quartet's Life in a black box, both on FMR; and Home: handover, a 4-CD set on Potlatch from Jean-Luc Guionnet/Éric La Casa.
COPYRIGHT!! I don't want to get heavy with this but the work involved in setting up this site and
maintaining it on a regular basis is substantial so copyright in this material rests with me (and contributors). At
the same time, I'm happy for the information/files on these pages to be used in any reasonable way. However,
this limited use should also acknowledge both me and the musician/label from
where much of the data originally arose. Feedback would also be appreciated to know
how any of this is being used elsewhere.
Statement, January 2007: Started at a time when the web itself was new this seemed a fairly modest aim but the availability of cheap digital media and the explosion of recordings that has resulted means that I have been chasing the vanishing tail of comprehensiveness for too many months now to have any expectation of ever catching the beast up. At the same time, my increasing responsibilities at the University of Sheffield are such that I don't have the spare time to go chasing the rareities that at one time seemed so exciting and appealing. So, while keeping the site going, I am going to have to cut back in a number of ways. I am not sure entirely how this will shape up though one immediate effect will be a replacement of the upcoming concerts section by a simple list of venues and contacts (no big surprise as this has already proved difficult to update). Content will probably be scaled back to ensure that everything fits within the scope of the site and my updates may no longer be monthly but when I can manage to do them (two-monthly?). I'll have to see how this goes...
Peter Stubley, formerly Assistant Director for Academic Services, University of Sheffield Library.
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