Saturday, 23 February 2013

Iorram on Band Camp

All Iorram releases are now available to download via Band Camp.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

GN82 Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Lol Coxhill & Evan Parker - Improcherto by George Burt

Live recording of the orchestra's performance at the Gateshead Jazz Festival 2011 with guests Lol Coxhill and Evan Parker. From George Burt's notes on the piece:
The origins of this piece go back to one summer when I saw The Barry Guy New Orchestra and Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet within a few weeks of each other. I was looking for ways that a composer (like Barry Guy) or a bandleader (like Peter Brötzmann) could organise music into a structure without inhibiting the players and promoting co-operation between them. I thought I could see one solution in Barry Guy’s graphic scores. In trying to get to the essence of how these work, I drew little diagrams on scraps of paper. Symbols like a triangle for a trio passage or linked circles for a duo came quite naturally. While I was planning a more complicated piece that would bring out the useful aspects of conduction while keeping the emoting and arm-waving to a decent minimum, we got the news of Harry Beckett’s death. An orchestral piece with space for solos seemed a good way to celebrate his life and music, because one of the characteristics of his playing was his ability play lines which floated cheerfully over the broiling chaos of a big free-jazz improvising group. That’s the origin of the Improcerto. Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill, Harry’s old muckers, play the first two solos followed by Neil Davidson, Raymond MacDonald and John Burgess. Conducted sections are by George Burt, Raymond MacDonald, Una MacGlone, George Burt again and Peter Nicholson. George Burt, 2011

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Raymond MacDonald / David Stackenäs Lin Flax

David Stackenäs is widely regarded as one of Swedenʼs most enquiring, adventurous and distinctive guitarists. This record documents his first project with Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald. The duo creates highly textured and intimate soundscapes, at times strongly melodic, with a dark lopsided narrative. 'Lin' translated from Swedish means 'flax' and 'flax' in Swedish means 'luck'. While luck may have played a part when Stackenäs and MacDonald first met in January 2009 in the Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, the rapport that developed on their first duo tour, culminating in this recording, is born out of a mutual relish of the spontaneous collaborative encounter. Both players embrace the way that these encounters can lead to new insights and artistic developments and this recording showcases these vital elements.

CDR 100 copies

Sunday, 17 October 2010


Some new and forthcoming things:

Never Come Ashore is a new download label / blog set up by Nick Fells and Neil Davidson. New releases there include a series of voice pieces by Fritz Welch, Insects by Armin Sturm and a laptop guitar duo by Nick Fells and Neil Davidson. Forthcoming projects include documentation of a 7 hour performance by Rhodri Davies and Dominic Lash on the 8th of January 2011 at Glasgow University.

Instal 2010 at Tramway Glasgow

Our friends at Psykick Dancehall have launched a journal here.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

New Releases from Burt & Alcorn and The Rope & Duck Company

Susan Alcorn and George Burt: 'A&B' CDR limited to 100 copies SOLD OUT AT SOURCE

This record documents the first musical meeting between the guitarists Susan Alcorn and George Burt when Susan arrived in Glasgow on a rainy weekend in November 2009 to play as a duo with George at the second Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra festival.

Susan Alcorn’s work is marked by purity of sound, a keen sense of sonic weight and an ear for clear melodic line. Her reputation as one of the most striking voices in contemporary music has led her to work with underground musical luminaries such as Jandek, Evan Parker, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Eugene Chadbourne and Pauline Oliveros. George Burt is an exceptional guitarist, an anarchist of sound whose hands dance him through a central belt poetics all his own. He is a founder member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and co-leader of the heart of Scottish un-jazz the Burt MacDonald 5

Review from Downtown Music Gallery

The Rope & Duck Company: 'Waymarkers' CDR limited to 100 copies

The Rope & Duck Company are Aileen Campbell – voice, Emma Roche – flute and Una MacGlone – double bass. Waymarkers is their first CD as a trio.

Campbell, MacGlone and Roche have been playing together as members of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra for over five years and have also collaborated on various art and performance projects for the Transmission gallery and Tramway in Glasgow and the November Music festival in the Netherlands. The trio investigate a kind of chamber improvisation utilising a sonorous and tonal sensibility, exploring more traditional methods of sound production side by side with more extended techniques. All tracks were recorded at Streetlevel Photoworks Gallery in Glasgow with the final two recorded live in concert by John Cavanagh mixing live onto 1/4 inch tape.

Both discs available now from Boa Melody Bar