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.
Don’t let the Runway good looks fool you.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Anna Calvi – live at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York – Dec. 13, 2011
Special thanks tonight to our Bristol UK correspondent Mig Schillace for mentioning Anna Calvi to me. I had only heard about her but not actually heard her in concert. And, as Mig always does, he blew me away. Anna Calvi is relatively new on the scene, having really been around since 2011 (she’s been active since 2005). But in that short time has captured hearts and accolades just about everywhere she’s been. A Musician whose intensity of playing is only matched by her intensity of songs, she is an extraordinary artist. Going somewhat against type (she has a decided Model’s presence – so much so, that Paris Fashionistas are crazy about her), Anna Calvi is an accomplished guitarist, and coupled with a style of singing that fairly aches with passion, she lends a mesmerizing air to the concert hall. Her success is no fluke and her talent is no accident.
She’s currently on tour, coinciding with the release of her new album One Breath, and will be in the States for three dates (so far). One in Brooklyn (at the Music Hall of Williamsburg), one at UCLA‘s Royce Hall on November 11 and one at The Independent in San Francisco. And then it’s back to Europe for a string of dates in France until the end of December. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the three U.S. dates, make it a priority to see her. I suspect it will be memorable.
Tonight it’s a gig from 2011. A short concert from The Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, recorded on December 13, 2011.