Here are some recordings and photos from last freejazz session at Žižkostel, Prague.
This new recording of bassist, composer and director Barry Guy (born 1947) and his Blue Shroud Band was recorded in Warsaw and merges worlds of free jazz and baroque music, an area, where master improviser Guy is no stranger (for years, he was bassist for serious classical orchestra aside of his jazz activities). Memorable are also his numerous contemporary classical compositions, performed by such groups as The Hilliard Ensemble or Fretwork viols consort. For long years, main vehicle for his large compositions was London Jazz Composers Orchestra and later also Barry Guy New Orchestra. On The Blue Shroud, he gathered his old and new cohorts in the field of free jazz, aside of Greek singer Savina Yannatou and his life partner, baroque violinist Maya Homburger. Incorporated in original compositions are works of baroque masters H.I.F. Biber and J.S. Bach.
Violinist, singer, improviser and actress Iva Bittová (1958) is one of the most prominent and most respected artists on the Czech alternative, jazz, and world music scene. Her musical range extends from Moravian and gipsy folk songs through classical music to free improvisation. She released numerous albums, solo and in collaboration with various artists and ensembles, including Bang On A Can All Stars, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Fred Frith, Pavel Fajt, Vladimír Godár, George Mraz or her own band Čikori. In 2013, ECM records released her solo album named Iva Bittová. Recently she also played concerts with prominent freejazz drummer Hamid Drake or clarinetist Don Byron. As she lives now mainly in United States, Prague audience will see her after long time.
Her partner in concert at Palác Akropolis on June 21st will be Italian Paolo Angeli, the excellent soloist, who finds his musical inspiration mainly in the traditional music of Sardinia and contemporary experiments. Angeli is master improviser and inventor of his own Sardinian prepared guitar: an orchestra-like instrument with 18 cords, a hybrid between guitar, violoncello and percussion, gifted with hammers and pedals. Paolo elaborates, improvises and composes unclassifiable music, suspended between free jazz, folk noise and minimal pop. In 2003, on request by Pat Metheny, he started the project of a new model of his Sardinian prepared guitar. Result was two guitars that were born, one of which was adopted by the American musician. Among his musical collaborators are Evan Parker, Hamid Drake, Mats Gustafsson, Fred Frith and others.
Concert is organised by www.rachot.cz
Guerilla Records in late 2o15.