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 July 2015:
- A clutch of new releases from Martin Davidson on Emanem: Marcio Mattos's SOL[os]; the first CD issue of Acta's John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher LP Conceits (1987/1992) with some unissued music; John Russell With... (Henry Lowther, Satoko Fukuda, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Thurston Moore) at his 60th birthday gig last December; Earlier outbreaks of iconoclasm, a 2CD-set from The Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble of previously issued hat Hut material plus unheard music; and a re-packaging of Iskra 1903 Chapter one (1970-1972). The re-issue of Evan Parker's Monoceros - included in my last update - is also part of this release package.
- Recent Intakt releases include: The signal maker from Mark Helias Open Loose; Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway's duo Table of changes; Katharina Weber/Fred Frith/Fredy Studer with It rolls; Secret Keeper: Stephan Crump/Mary Halvorson with Emerge; the Schlippenbach Trio's Features; Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House's Roulette of the cradle; and Christoph Irniger Trio's Octopus. And recent releases from Relative Pitch Records are: Joe Morris Solos/Bimhuis; Birgit Ulher/Leonel Kaplan's Stereo trumpet; Nate Wooley Battle pieces; Susan Alcorn's Soledad; the Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble's The gospel according to Matthew & Michael; Matana Roberts' Always; Mette Rasmussen/Chris Corsano with All the ghosts at once; Pulverize the Sound's self-titled disc; and Radical empathy from Thollem/Wimberly/Cline.
- Nate Wooley's Pleasure of the text label has just released Paul Lytton's solo CD "?" "!" and Paul is also a member of one of Nate's large groups featured on Seven storey mountain III and IV. The same label has also recently re-published the 28-page booklet New/Rediscovered musical instruments, originally from 1974 and featuring Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, David Toop, Max Eastley, Paul Burwell, and Hugh Davies. A new label, The Bridge Sessions, has just released Sonic communion from Jean-Luc Cappozzo/Douglas R. Ewart/Joëlle Léandre/Bernard Santacruz/Michael Zerang; Potlatch has issued fq by Bryan Eubanks/Stéphane Rives; on ECM there is David Torn's Only sky together with an item from last year, Babylon-Suite from Kappeler/Zumthor. Münster Bern is the latest Peter Brötzmann solo, on Cubus; on Lenka Lente there is Sales Rectangles a book/mini-CD package from Guillaume Belhomme and Daunik Lazro; the latest release from The Ex is a DVD with many guests: Live at Cafe OTO - 'And so say all of us'; and there are three recent CDs from Hubro: Angående omstendigheter som ikke lar seg nedtegne from Monkey Plot; Pond from Huntsville; and Bucket of songs from Labfield.
- Thanks in particular to Raymond Strid, as a result of which there's been a significant update to his page on this site. I'll leave the reader to explore everything there but here are a few of the discographical additions: Birds from the trio of Mats Gustafsson/John Russell/Raymond Strid; the self-title LP THE ÄGG; Ten from the Fredrik Ljungkvist Yun Kan 10; Fylkingen and LP-only release by The Electrics; the 2CD set Oslo/Wien from Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø/Raymond Strid/Nina De Heney; and Gush's latest release The march on Konvoj Records.
- Finally, there's Trevor Barre's book Beyond jazz: plink, plonk & scratch; the golden age of free music in London 1966-1972.
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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
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