Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Last improv session of 2013

It's about 10 years since I finally met Stanley Adler, in Quillan of all places. After crossing paths what must have been numerous times, firstly in New York in the 1980s, where we both played in punk/new wave bands and even inhabited the same neighbourhood on Spring St/SoHo, then in London in the 90s playing in many of the same places. We've collaborated on various projects ever since, some purely commercial - weddings, restaurant gigs, etc, some high art - Baroque sonatas, duos by Faure, Delius, Piazzolla, Webern and Feldman, and others for pure pleasure - our own twisted music. As there is nothing like the London Musicians' Collective for wayward improvisers around here, we rehearse once or twice a week on the 'tunes' (some of which are now gathered together in a handsome fake book "Dogs and Blues") or, as here, in a totally off-the-cuff manner.

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