European Free Improvisation Pages
Begun in January 1995, EFIP was intended to be a comprehensive information resource for all aspects of the type of music known as European free improvisation. It is updated approximately every two months.
Every effort has been made to check the information on this site as far as possible; in most cases the information has been sourced from the musicians themselves.
The latest update is 1 November 2015:
- Starting this time with a substantial update from NoBusiness Records, on both LP and CD. The LPs are: Fractions from Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble; The Convergence Quartet with Owl jacket; Howard Riley's solo 10.11.12; John Lindberg/Anil Eraslan with Juggling kukla; the Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet with The Delaware River; Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano with A little off the top; and Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang with Melted snow. And on CD there is: Intricacies, a 2CD set from Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers; Moon, a 2CD set from Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke; Martin Küchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble with Night in Europe; Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden with Frictions/Frictions now; and a 2CD set from John Carter - Echoes from Rudolph's.
- There are three new or recent Evan Parker discs: in duo with Peter Jacquemyn, Marsyas suite, on El Negocito Records; a duo with Motoharu Yoshizawa, Two chaps on Japanese vinyl and CD; and joining the duo Black Top on #Two on Babel. BGO Records has just released a 2CD set of John Stevens' Away containing the three Vertigo LPs John Stevens' Away; Somewhere in between; and Mazin ennit. INcipit Records from Italy has just released a CD/DVD box of live recordings of the duo of Livio Minafra and Louis Moholo-Moholo: Born free.
- There's a batch of recent CDs from Portuguese labels. From the new label Cipsela there's: Carlos "Zingaro"'s Live at Mosteiro de Santa Clara a Velha; Flower stalk from Open Field/Burton Greene; Daniel Levin/Rob Brown on Divergent paths; and Marcelo Dos Reis/Angelica V. Salvi with Concentric rinds; while from JACC there's the "Zíngaro"/Mitzlaff/Viegas/Rosso 4tet with Day one; Lisbon connection from Elliott Levin/Luis Lopes/Hernani Faustino/Gabriel Ferrandini; and Happy meal from What about Sam.
- Balance Point Acoustics has five recent releases: Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith's Background information; Desert sweets [Biggi Vinkeloe/Mark Weaver/Damon Smith] with A place meant for birds; Relations from Henry Kaiser/Damon Smith; Sandy Ewen/Henry Kaiser's Lake monsters; and a cassette re-issue of Peter Kowald/Damon Smith's Mirrors - broken but no dust. Euphorium Records has just released two new CDs: the New Old Luten Quintet with Letzter tumult!; and Axel Dörner/Roger Turner/Ra Ra Da Boff with London-Leipzig-Berlin.
- It was great to catch up with Jim Denley again in Sheffield recently, in between gigs with Mural (alongside Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach) and their latest release is a 3CD set on Sofa: Tempo. Jim's label Split also has two recent releases - the historical 2CD set from Teletopa: Tokyo 1972; and a duo of Jim Denley and Cor Fuhler: Truancy, both released on LP and CD. Another welcome and recent visitor to Sheffield was the classical guitarist Christían Alvear playing Jurg Frey; his discs of similar material include Antoine Burger: 24 petits préludes pour la guitare on Edition Wandelweiser Records; and Michael Pisaro: Melody, silence (for solo guitar) on Potlatch.
- New on Amirani are Do Tell with Hotend: the music of Julius Hemphill and Nicola Guazzaloca with Tecniche arcaiche: live at Angelica; on Red Toucan there's Simon Rose/Stefan Schultze with The ten thousand things; a rare addition to the Bimhuis label is Meeting points, a compilation of performances across the years from Guus Janssen; and on ICDISC.NL there's Live at Novarajazz Italy 2015 by Michael Braam and Bo Van De Graaf.
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