Sunday, 13 November 2016

So Long Farewell Repair

New Release - So Long Farewell Repair - live at The Glad Cafe
Daniel Carter - saxophone/piano
George Lyle - double bass
Fritz Welch - drums
In Memoriam George Lyle 1940 - 2016
CD/Download out now
Available from
Mixed Up Records, Glasgow (+sales through Amazon)
Monorail Glasgow

Just over one hour in length the recording of their set extends sonically and formally in every direction; seething not in a heedless ‘blow-out’ but as though constantly emerging in new environments – insects improvising structures of great depth using familiar materials but in counter intuitive ways. George’s playing is here in all its breadth, too: tactile adjusting and nudging, resonant low field work. From the CD liner notes:

There was a particular way that George’s hands roved for and with the bass; some kind of non-euclidian space being described. Not at all punching the clock of well trodden bass lines (no disrespect there, since he could pad around with gentle care in those shoes too) but rather pointing to (George pointed at nothing-in-particular all the time) and initiating things that were bluffs, blinds, never quite suggesting any harmony or impulse but coaxing a very sideways-shifting but grounded human presence.

Back story:
Daniel and Fritz have known each other a long time, hovering around the edges of each other’s gigs in NY through the years but rarely playing together.  When Daniel came to Glasgow to perform with William Parker in 2012 they reconnected and set plans in motion to work on a new project. This trio was the outcome.

George and I hit it off crackin’ jokes in the back row of a Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra gig. We talked about jamming together for a coupla years before it finally happened. By then I lived just up the hill and so it soon became a weekly occurrence. We would meet during the day, drink lots of strong coffee and shoot the breeze before playing music in his living room. He was a free players through and through and seemed to thrive on sound!
I was psyched that he was totally comfortable in the ultra weird zones that I like to inhabit. He pushed himself and his instrument to fantastic extremes. George quickly became one of my favourite collaborators. He was always down for playing. And he loved to talk about music, sounds, ideas, dreams, politics and life. He joined me and my family for Christmas dinner a few times and always brought a fresh pineapple to parties.  - FW

Alasdair Campbell, who knows a good thing when he hears it, booked the project for his Counterflows festival without hesitation. We thank him once again for his amazing and ceaseless support for this music.

The concert is presented in its entirety.

Interview with George Lyle 2015
Alasdair Campbell on George Lyle 2015


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.