One of the shining lights among Women Composers in early 20th Century France.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Desportes: Two Serenades for Three Trombones and Tuba – ORTF – circa 1953 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Yvonne Desportes is probably not a name very well known outside of French music circles. Born in 1907 and passing away in Paris in 1993, Desportes was a prolific composer as well as writer and a well respected professor at the Paris Conservatory. Even with an impressive catalog of over 500 works, including operas, chamber and symphonic works, she is very seldom performed these days, and aside from her textbooks, she is almost completely forgotten.
This weekend it’s Two Serenades for Three Trombones and Tuba, featuring members of the Orchestre National Trombone section with Paul Bernard on Tuba. Since it’s a radio recital from the ORTF, it’s a best guess estimate this broadcast was from 1953. In any event, it is highly unlikely this recording has seen the light of day since it first aired.
A rarity and an unjustified neglect. Seems to go hand in hand.
A summit meeting
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Wayne Shorter – Larry Coryell – Live at Montreux – July 20, 1990 – Swiss Radio
Over to Montreux this weekend for a classic meeting between legends Wayne Shorter and Larry Coryell, recorded on July 20, 1990 and broadcast by Swiss Radio.
A nice blend of Jazz and Fusion carried out by one of the greatest living Improvisers (Shorter) and the Godfather of Fusion (Coryell). Together they make a heady and luxuriant blend and a good time was had by all on that steamy Montreux evening.
Here’s what’s on the player and here’s who joins in the proceedings:
Wayne Shorter (s), Jim Beard (kbds), Larry Coryell (g), Ronnie Burrage (dr), Jeff Andrews (b)
1. Sanctuary (12:24)
2. Over Shadow Hill Way (12:00)
3. Virgo Rising (16:17)
4. Face On The Bar Room Floor (07:57)
5. O’Americano (10:15)
6. Endangered Species (06:39)
7.Endangered Species – Improv. sur Theme (13:57)
Just under 90 minutes – perfect for Sunday listening.
Goes well with doing nothing. Reading, navel gazing and woodworking are also options.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Steve Hillage – In Concert at the BBC Paris Theatre – December 4, 1976 – BBC Radio 1 In Concert
Another artists synonymous with a decade and genre of music. Steve Hillage was associated with a number of influential artists and bands during the Progressive Rock era of the early 1970s, including Kevin Ayers and most notably, Gong.
When he finally went solo after leaving Gong in 1975, his debut release, Fish Rising was much anticipated and well received.
As times and tastes changed however, so did Steve Hillage. He dabbled in the Punk scene for a while, playing guitar on stage for Sham 69 during the 1976 Reading Festival and becoming a Producer in the 1980s, working with such bands as It Bites, Simple Minds and Robyn Hitchcock. In 2006 he returned to Gong and has been with them more or less since then.
Tonights Concert features the Steve Hillage recorded at the fabled Paris Theatre on December 4th 1976, during the time of the release of his follow-up album L.
(Sorry about the hissy sound of the broadcast. It’s an old tape and it’s seen better days, but it tried its best).
Somewhere in the blizzard of confetti is a band.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Flaming Lips at Villette Sonique – May 24, 2013 – France Radio Le Mouv`
In case you haven’t heard, Flaming Lips are currently on tour with Australia’s Tame Impala as opening act and are slated to play Los Angeles at the end of this month. So if I were you, I’d see if there are any tickets left and definitely go. Although I suspect it’s sold out. They’ve been selling out concerts just about everywhere. But they’ve had a habit of doing that for some time now. Flaming Lips are high on the list of must-see bands.
2013 has been an insanely busy year for the band, with a world tour taking them completely around the globe. Needless to say, they’re in the process of making a lot of new fans.
From one of the Spring Festivals in Europe this past year, Flaming Lips at Villette Sonique in France, recorded on May 24th by the venerable Radio France Le Mouv, as part of their Le Mouv, Le Live weekend program.
Play very loud. Your weekend depends on it.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Nicole Sabounè in Session at Sveriges Radio – July 8, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3
Over to Stockholm tonight for a radio session by new talent-on-the-rise Nicole Sabounè, recorded this past July by Sveriges Radio P3.
Sabounè originally appeared on the TV series The Voice, the Swedish equivalent to America’s Got Talent . . .only Sweden. Creating a minor sensation, she was mentored by fellow Swedish singer Ola Salo from the band The Ark and released her first single in October of 2012.
Since then she’s been touring around, building up an audience and getting a lot of positive feedback from the press and radio. She’s currently in London, getting ready for her first set of club dates in the UK and getting ready for the release of her much anticipated debut album.
Lots of energy with a bit of bite, Nicole Sabounè at 21, is looking at a good future ahead and hopefully we’ll get to see her on this side of the Atlantic soon.
In the meantime, check out her Radio Session and visit her Facebook page and see what she’s up to.
Who says you can’t have Surf and Lucha Libre at the same time? (Photo: Jillian Mitchell)
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Lost Acapulco In Session at RNE Radio 3, Madrid – October 3, 2013
Over to Madrid by way of Mexico for a session at RNE Radio 3 by Mexican Surf-Cult band Lost Acupulco.
The spirit of Dick Dale lives, and is kicking ass in Mexico, and has for some time. Lost Acapulco is probably one of the best known bands of the Latin extension, but there are lot of bands, particularly in the Tijuana/Jalisco area that are heavily into Surf as well. Possibly influenced by Lost Acapulco or just carrying on the Surf tradition so popular on the West Coast of the U.S. in the 60’s.
Around since 1996, Lost Acalpulco have the extra added attraction of bringing a taste of Lucha Libre with them on their stage appearances. Not that the concert is broken up into wrestling matches, but the band members sport the characteristic masks, synonymous with the Lucha Libre style. They have achieved Cult status and have a huge following all through Latin America and Spain. They’ve made appearances at The Fillmore in San Francisco as well as some of the Festivals around Europe. So they are no stranger to most audiences to the south and east of here. And most audiences love them.
But you can’t see the Lucha Libre part on this post – it’s just audio. Instead, what you get are some excellent examples of the current Surf scene in Mexico.
So if you haven’t done much investigating of the scene just South of us, check these guys out and see what you think. It was recorded on October 3rd, so it’s new.
Let’s go trippin’ . . . .so to speak.
The baked goods are extra.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Of Montreal, Live At Motel Mozaique 2012 – VPRO 3FM
Further evidence Athens Georgia is still a hotbed of creative endeavour with a concert this week by Athens born-and-based Of Montreal as performed at last years Motel Mozaique festival in The Netherlands.
Always inventive, Of Montreal have been a staple with indie audiences for a number of years now.
So here they at the , as they sounded last year at the 2012 Motel Mozaique festival, recorded by the venerable VPRO in The Netherlands, and broadcast by 3FM, the local FM station in the area.
Something to get you over Hump Day.