mercoledì 3 settembre 2008

John Zorn's Cobra: Live At The Knitting Factory (1995)


Al “Knitting Factory” non avrete mai a che fare con un concerto qualsiasi: dovrete sempre aspettarvi qualcosa di totalmente eccezionale, di sbalorditivo, come fu nel 1989 con i Naked City.
Nel 1992 il locale newyorkese ospita nientemeno che una foltissima schiera di musicisti, riuniti sotto il celebre nome dell'opera “Cobra” di John Zorn. Questo live è stato registrato nel corso dell'intero anno, al ritmo di un brano o due al mese: esso raccoglie perciò soltanto momenti di puro genio, senza alcun riempitivo. Ogni brano porta il nome di una differente specie di cobra e ha una propria line-up, che rende ben distinguibili i brani. Un'esperienza sempre nuova nel corso di un'ora abbondante, ricca di inventiva e di talento: ormai lontani dagli originari “game pieces”, questi frammenti sperimentali hanno una logica inattaccabile, e si avvicinano più decisamente a composizioni vere e proprie, spazianti dal noise al free jazz alla classica moderna.
La visionarietà delle musiche e il “gioco” d'improvvisazione che si instaura tra i musicisti rendono questa performance assolutamente fondamentale, emozionante dall'inizio alla fine.

Tracklist:
1. Hemachatus Haemachatus (2:11)
2. Naja Naja Atra (8:43)
3. Many-Banded Krait (11:02)
4. Taipan (1:31)
5. D. Popylepis (3:24)
6. Lampropeltis Doliata Syspila (2:19)
7. Boomslang (11:11)
8. Maticora Intestinalis (6:23)
9. Acanthopis Antarcticus (4:04)
10. Hydrophiidae (5:42)
11. Ngu Sam Liem (0:53)
12. Ophiophagus Hannah (1:25)
13. Boulengerina (5:33)
14. Laticauda Laticauda (2:58)

Total Time: 65 min circa

Line-up:
- Christine Bard (1,3,7) / drums
- Anthony Coleman (1,2,3,7,9) / sampler
- Mark Degliantoni (1,2,3,9) / sampler
- Curtis Fowlkes (1,3) / trombone
- Evan Gallagher (1,2,6,8,10) / keyboards, sampler, trombone, cornet
- Gisburg (1,4,5,7) / voice (soprano), mouth organ, tin whistle
- Roy Nathanson (1,3,7,9) / soprano, alto, tenor
- James Pugliese (1,2,7,9) / drums, sampler, percussion
- Marcus Rojas (1,13) / tuba
- David Shea (1,2,9) / sampler
- Doug Wieselman (1) / clarinet
- Michelle Kinney (2,13) / cello, electronics
- Tim Spelios (2) / CD players
- David Weinstein (2) / sampler
- Brad Jones (3) / string bass
- Myra Melford (3) / synthesizer
- Zeena Parkins (3,7) / electric harp
- Marc Ribot (3,7) / electric guitar
- Jay Rodrigues (3) / alto
- E.J. Rodriguez (3,14) / drums, percussion
- Bill Ware (3) / vibraphone
- Jeff Buckley (4,5) / voice (tenor)
- M. Doughty (4,5) / voice (tenor)
- Judy Dunaway (4,5,8) / voice (mezzo-soprano), electric guitar, balloons
- Mark Ettinger (4,5) / voice (tenor)
- Cassie Hoffman (4,5) / voice (soprano)
- Nina Mankin (4,5) / voice (mezzo-soprano)
- Chris Nelson (4,5) / voice (baritone)
- Juliet Palmer (4,5) / voice (alto)
- Wilbur Pauley (4,5) / voice (bass)
- Rick Porterfield (4,5) / voice (baritone)
- Eric Qin (4,5) / voice (baritone)
- Kevin Sharp (4,5) / voice (throat)
- Louie Belogenis (6) / drums
- Steven Bernstein (6,10,13,14) / sampler, trumpet, slide trumpet
- Dawn Buckholz (6) / sampler
- Joe Gallant (6,10) / string bass, 6-string contrabass guitar
- Randy Hutton (6) / synthesizer
- Margaret Lancaster (6) / soprano, alto
- Fred Lonberg-Holm (6,8,11,12) / electric harp, tape recorder, CD players, noisemakers, cornet
- Vito Ricci (6) / electric guitar
- Walter Thompson (6,10) / alto, baritone, flute
- Ed Broms (7) / string bass
- Tamela Glenn (7) / voice (soprano)
- Lee Hyla (7) / sampler
- Tim Smith (7) / bass clarinet
- Chris Wood (7,9) / string bass
- Bob Lipman (8) / electric guitar, bongos, percussion
- Leslie Ross (8,11,12) / bassoon, electric bassoon, shawm, various reeds
- Blaise Siwula (8) / alto, trumpet
- Kiku Wada (8) / electric guitar
- David Watson (8,11,12) / electric guitar, trumpet
- Steve Waxman (8) / electric bass, pocket trumpet, percussion
- Michael Evans (9,10) / drums, percussion
- Craig Flanagin (9) / electric guitar
- K.J. Grant (9,11,12) / electric bass, voice (alto)
- John King (9) / dobro
- Sharon Topper (9) / voice (soprano), noisemakers
- John Zorn (9) / alto
- David Cast Castigilione (10,14) / tenor, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
- Allan Chase (10) / soprano, alto
- Hollis Headrick (10) / drums
- Rolf Sturm (10) / electric guitar
- Steve Swell (10) / trombone
- Thomas Ulrich (10) / cello
- Nick Balaban (11,12) / synthesizers
- April Chung (11,12) / violin
- Paul Hoskin (11,12) / baritone
- Donna Jewell (11,12) / voice (soprano)
- James Lo (11,12) / drums
- Makigami Koichi (11,12) / voice (tenor)
- Matthew Ostrowski (11,12) / analog synthesizer
- Greg Anderson (13) / acoustic, string instruments
- David Krakauer (13) / clarinet, bass clarinet
- Frank London (13) / trumpet, percussion
- Paul Morrissett (13) / kaval, gaida, violin
- Andrea Parkins (13) / accordion
- Sebastian Steinberg (13) / electric bass
- Alicia Svigals (13) / violin
- Jane Tomkiewicz (13) / percussion
- Billy Martin (14) / percussion, talking drum
- Ben Perowsky (14) / drums
- Adam Rogers (14) / electric guitar
- Dan Rosengard (14) / synthesizers
- Danny Sedownik (14) / percussion
- Paul Shapiro (14) / soprano, tenor, flute
- Tronzo (14) / slide guitar


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mrgnash ha detto...

So good! Thanks!

cba ha detto...

To the Cobra titles

Cobra 1: Hemachatus Hemachatus - African, spits venom, has keeled scales and bears up to 60 live young.

Cobra 2: Naja Naja Atra - Asian, has a "complete mask" (i.e., a black and white scale pattern that completely covers the back of its neck), its venom played a role in the development of immunology and serum therapy for snake bite.

Cobra 3: Many-Banded Krait - Asain, Kraits bite almost only at night. The Many-Banded Krait has closely-set black and white rings: it does not roll into an ellipse like the more common Banded Krait, but into a rounded knot.

Cobra 4: Taipan - Most poisonous Australian snake. The venom not only paralyzes the central nervous system, but it also destroys red corpuscles.

Cobra 5: D. Popylepis - Largest venemous snake in Africa, characterized by lightning quick, elegant movements in branches and the vigor of its reactions. When excited, lifts its head and neck and opens its mouth threateningly.

Cobra 6: Lampropeltis Doliata Syspila - Brilliantly-colored American snake. A "false" coral snake, it uses mertensian mimicry for protection.

Cobra 7: Boomslang - Australian, a colubrid that lives in trees, it uses its rear fangs to inject hematoxic venom into its prey. This species has killed at least one noted herpetologist.

Cobra 8: Maticora Intestinalis - Southeast Asian snake. Has a coral-red tail underside, which it displayes when excited. Its venom appears to be less potent than other cobra species.

Cobra 9: Acanthopis Antarcticus - Australian, the death adder. When excited, inflates itself into a sausage shape. Its bite leaves practically no mark. Chiefly active at dusk.

Cobra 10: Hydrophiidae - Have glands in the head used for eliminating excess salt. Its external nasal openings are on top of the head and can be closed by a valve.

Cobra 11: Ngu Sam Liem - Southeast Asian cobra. Lacquer-black with shiny yellow bands on a strangely ridged back, the "triangle snake" eats almost nothing but other snakes.
Cobra 12: Ophiophagus Hannah - The largest poisonous cobra in the world, it is the only cobra that can move forward while in the threat position.
Cobra 13: Boulengerina - These cobras almost always live in shallow water and feed on nothing but fishes.

Cobra 14: Laticauda Laticauda - Widely distributed snake. It moves quickly and skillfully on land, but us often encountered sunning itself near the beach.