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International Jazz Conspiracy

Jan 22, 2020 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM


With Emel

The program is a sonic journey through contemporary jazz, free improvisation, new music, hindustani music, flamenco, world music, underground, avant garde and art music from different corners of the globe, as well as interviews and live studio performances by local and visiting artists and the occasional musical restructuring*. An adventure in sound, a journey into the tone world.

We strive to present music with duende, a term originally used by flamenco musicians referring to inspiration, magic and fire in music. There is no direct translation for it in English, but the closest would be "soulful".
The famous Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca often speaks of duende. In his lecture "El juego y la teoria del duende" (Play and Theory of the Duende) he says:
"All through Andalucia. . . people speak constantly of duende, and recognize it with unfailing instinct when it appears... These dark sounds are the mystery, the roots... from which we get what is real in art... Thus duende is a force and not a behavior, it is a struggle and not a concept. I have heard an old master guitarist say: ‘Duende is not in the throat; duende surges up from the soles of the feet.’ Which means it is not a matter of ability, but of true living style; of blood; of ancient culture; of spontaneous creation."
Duende is not just found in flamenco though. In the liner notes of Miles Davis' 1964 album My Funny Valentine, Nat Hentoff says: "In trying to distill the particular mesmeric quality of Miles Davis, Kenneth Tynan has referred to the Spanish word DUENDE: 'It has no English equivalent,' he explained, but it denotes 'the ability to transmit a profoundly felt emotion with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of restraint... Miles Davis has DUENDE.' "

Hosted by Emel Sherzad.

'May music never just become another way of making money.'
- Keith Tippett

*musical restructuring: simultaneous playback/mixing of various audio sources, a.k.a. audio collage.

International Jazz Conspiracy
10:15 PM
Soft Machine - Spaced Seven
Soft Machine Spaced Seven
Spaced Cuneiform Records 1995
10:17 PM
Jon Hassell - Open Secret (Milano)
Jon Hassell Open Secret (Milano)
Maarifa Street - magic realism 2 NYEN
10:55 PM
Miles Davis - He Loved Him Madly
Miles Davis He Loved Him Madly
Panthalassa - The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974 Reconstruction & Mix Translation By Bill Laswell Columbia 1969
10:58 PM
Klaus Schulze - I Was Dreaming I Was Awake
Klaus Schulze I Was Dreaming I Was Awake
La Vie Electronique, Vol. 1 M.i.G - music GmbH 1969
10:58 PM
Various Artists - Excerpts
Various Artists Excerpts
Faith - A Message From The Spirtits Soul Jazz
11:13 PM
Teryy Riley - Aleph Part 2
Teryy Riley Aleph Part 2
Aleph Tzadik
11:14 PM
Brian Eno - 1/1
Brian Eno 1/1
Music For Airports EG
11:14 PM
Jon Hassell/Brian Eno - Charm Over Burundi
Jon Hassell/Brian Eno Charm Over Burundi
Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible Musics EG
11:15 PM
Hugh Hopper - Miniluv
Hugh Hopper Miniluv
1984 CBS