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International Jazz Conspiracy

Sep 2, 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
10:01 PM
Bajofondo - Tuve Sol
Bajofondo Tuve Sol
Mar Dulce Surco 2007
10:04 PM
Bajofondo - Cristal
Bajofondo Cristal
Mar Dulce Surco 2007
10:09 PM
The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble - Inner Peace
The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble Inner Peace
Drumdance to the Motherland Eremite
10:25 PM
Albert Mangelsdorff Qintet - Flower Dream
Albert Mangelsdorff Qintet Flower Dream
Folk Mond & Flower Dream Tropical Music 2007
10:33 PM
Albert Mangelsdorff Qintet - Plakate
Albert Mangelsdorff Qintet Plakate
Folk Mond & Flower Dream Tropical Music 2007
10:40 PM
Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet - Mahüsale
Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet Mahüsale
Diggin' - Live In Tokyo Enja Horst Weber 1972
11:05 PM
Joe McPhee Po Music - Pithecanthropus Erectus
Joe McPhee Po Music Pithecanthropus Erectus
Topology Hat Hut
11:14 PM
Joe McPhee Po Music - Age
Joe McPhee Po Music Age
Topology Hat Hut
11:25 PM
Zeena Parkins & Chris Cutler - Link
Zeena Parkins & Chris Cutler Link
Sharks ReR