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. It is updated approximately every two months.
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 September 2016:
- First off, if you haven't seen it already, take a look at the new online issued of Nate Wooley's Sound American: The Anthony Braxton Issue: "This issue is the very first collaboration between Sound American and Tri-Centric, designed to serve as a primer and guide providing history, context, and performance practice hints for Braxton compositions. It also includes audio samples of Language Music performed by musicians in the community."
- Several new releases from NoBusiness Records: on CD there's the Jason Roebke Octet with Cinema spiral; Bennett/Johnston/Mezzacappa/Rosaly with Shipwreck 4; the Peter Kuhn Trio with The other shore; and, a double CD of No coming, no going: the music of Peter Kuhn, 1978-79; and on LP there's Fail Better! with what I initially but incorrectly thought was a Yorkshire LP - Owt; Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mário Costa/Chris Corsano with Purple patio; Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh with Mark Dresser and Alex Cline Live at the Open Gate; and Arthur Williams' Forgiveness suite.
- Not Two Records has released the perfect companion piece to Barry Guy's The Blue Shroud, recently issued on Intakt: a 4CD set of the Blue Shroud Band small formations recorded over the three evenings leading up to the first performance of the work. There are two recent great releases on Ogun: Rebel flames from Canto Generàl featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Harry Miller's Different times, different places, volume two.
- A range of new and recent releases from Joëlle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber and Roger Turner, several overlapping: Joëlle Léandre's 10 piece group on Can you hear me? on Ayler; Léandre/Delbecq/Houle recorded at 14 rue Paul Fort, Paris on Leo; the MMMQuartet (Joëlle Léandre/Fred Frith/Alvin Curran/Urs Leimgruber) with Oakland/Lisboa on Rogueart; 6ix (Jacques Demierre/Okkyung Lee/Thomas Lehn/Urs Leimgruber/Dorothea Schüch/Roger Turner) with Almost even further on Leo; Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips with 1→3 =2:⇐⇒1 and Urs Leimgruber/Andreas Willers with Pale white shout, both on Jazzwerkstatt; Urs Leimgruber/Alex Huber with Lightnings on Wide Ear Records; Cold duck by S4 (John Butcher/Christian Kobi/Hans Koch/Urs Leimgruber) on monotype; Urs Leimgruber/Roger Turner with The spirit guide on Creative Works; Witold Oleszak/Roger Turner with Fragments of parts on Freeform Association; and Blood samples by The Cabinet Trio (Roger Turner/Borre Molstad/Frode Gjerstad) on FMR.
- Just out on Potlatch is Un salon au fond d'un lac by Marc Baron and on NURNICHTNUR there's Eagle prayer by Florian Wittenburg.
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