Monday, March 13, 2006

/ Cargo London / + Harpsichord

British harpsichordist Jane Chapman takes the harpsichord clubbing at the end of March:

Have you ever seen a harpsichord in a club before? I wonder what sounds it will make, how today’s composers will make it sing for a club-going crowd…

Virtuoso harpsichordist Jane Chapman and experimental DJ Anakonda create a strange and wonderful night of new music, investigating the outer and inner reaches of the harpsichord, producing amazing sounds with effects pedals, electronics, and new pieces written especially for cargo by the UK’s best new composers. With live video projection onto the harpsichord itself.

I love this! It reminds me a little bit of what my friends do in tambuca (the dj/live music mix).

4 comments:

Tia O'Connor said...

Much better! :-) Sadly enough, the Romanian musical insitutions hardly have any good instruments, "experimenting" like that with them is far from imagination here.
I am very curious about that harpsichord though... how come he decided to get rid of it like that? I bet it wasn't a XVIIth century harpsichord decorated (painted) by Holbein. If he was Angelina Jolie we would know everything about it...

megc said...

Glad you like the post, Tia! I emailed her for more info, actually. Wish I could make it to London, but circumstances (time, money) keep me in NYC (not a bad place to be!). I posted just now about the follow-up to Harpsichord: Burning. My guess it was a 1970s-era factory "jangle box." But I'm not sure! I'll email him and ask.

Tell me more about the instruments in Romania...

Tom Murach said...

Hiya Meg, caught yer comments on Trash Harpsichord music on the H_List. Anyone who recommends L. Cohen, hey what can I say, right on! I'll give it a try. So I check out this blog, and it's instant thrills! Burning Harpsichords 'n' all. Looks like a german job with slanted cheeks, but that bentside seems straight. I got one here ready to be burned, but the owner will be against the idea. There was a burning piano guy, he catapulted the piano while it burned, unfortunately it landed out of sight. No onboard mikes either.
Next comment: I rubbed my eyes, Jane Chapmann!., yeah, my first harspichord professor, I think the only piece I can still get right from top to finish, I learned with her.
Ciao
Tom in France

megc said...

Tom, so glad you like the blog! I have a good time with it and I educate myself (and hopefully others!) about harpsichord happenings around the world. I like writing them up.

As far as the burning hps., yes, the slanted cheeks made me think it was a German instrument (Neupert?) but then there's the straight side (Z-box?). A Mystery Only Bill Can Solve. I will email him post haste.

Coooool you studied with Jane Chapman! She sounds so interesting. I first heard of her work with Simon Emmerson's piece inspired by unmeasured preludes, "Points of Departure." I still want to play that piece.

Where are you in France?