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International Jazz Conspiracy

Feb 13, 2019 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM



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
11:29 PM
Fernanda Maria - Castelo Branco
Fernanda Maria Castelo Branco
Fado... Fados! Arion 1983
11:29 PM
Fernanda Maria - Traquitamas
Fernanda Maria Traquitamas
Fado... Fados! Arion
11:29 PM
Flora Purim - Bad Jive
Flora Purim Bad Jive
Humble People Concord Jazz 1985
11:29 PM
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus Band - Try Some Ammonia
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus Band Try Some Ammonia
Too Much Sugar For A Dime Axiom
11:30 PM
Air - Eulogy to Charles Clark
Air Eulogy to Charles Clark
Live Black Saint
11:31 PM
Air (4) - Portrait Of Leo Smith
Air (4) Portrait Of Leo Smith
Live Air Black Saint 1993
11:33 PM
Henry Threadgill - Platinum Inside Straight
Henry Threadgill Platinum Inside Straight
Everybodys Mouth's A Book Pi Recordings (2) 2001
11:33 PM
Henry Threadgill - Game Is Up
Henry Threadgill Game Is Up
Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (feat. Chris Hoffman, Jose Davila, Roman Filiu, Curtis Robert MacDonald, David Bryant, David Virelles, Luis Perdomo & Craig Weinrib) Pi Recordings 2018
11:34 PM
Harriet Tubman - Farther Unknown
Harriet Tubman Farther Unknown
The Terror End of Beauty Sunnyside Records 2018
11:40 PM
Frank Zappa - Side One
Frank Zappa Side One
Lumpy Gravy Bizarre