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7 Questions for… Han-earl Park

Han-earl Park has been called a musical philosopher. Han-earl Park plays guitar. Han-earl Park improvises. Han-earl Park invents machines that improvise (seriously, it’s called io 0.0.1 beta++). Han-earl Park is difficult to describe, so here’s what it says on his own website, “Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing…




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FOU Records round-up

FOU Records is a French label dedicated to improvised music. I suspect the name derives from that of the label owner, Jean-Marc Foussat, but the logo indicates a fortuitous link to the I Ching hexagram 24, “Return” which offers such words of wisdom as “After a time of decay comes the turning point,” and “…the…




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7 Questions for… Jorma Tapio

Jorma Tapio has been a significant pillar of the Finnish rock and jazz scenes for some time now, and is still renowned for his contributions to Edward Vesala’s Sound & Fury (in the past, he’s been referred to as the Sancho Panza to Vesala’s Don Quixote!) Indeed, Jorma is the driving force behind Sound &…




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Orthodox – Supreme

Marco Serrato – bass Borja Díaz – drums Achilles Polychronidis (AkiPo) – saxophone Utech Records URCD103 This is Orthodox’s sixth release, and their first for Utech. Serrato and Díaz have been forging their free doom sound for a while now and they’re joined here by Achilles Polychronidis of sax-drums duo, Skullfuck, for a single 36-minute…




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The guest list – Ray Faust’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Ray ‘Faust’ is an old friend and fellow enthusiast whose tastes run broad and deep and…




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The guest list – Owen Kilfeather’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Owen Kilfeather is a fearless, possibly even surreal, composer and improviser. He’s also a pretty damn…




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The guest list – Vasco Trilla’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Vasco Trilla (the Thriller?!) is a drummer. Which is like saying Borges wrote the odd story,…




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7 Questions for… Ian Simpson

Improvising guitarist, sound manipulator, relentless experimenter, fiddler with electronics… Ian Simpson is hard to label and that’s exactly as it should be. My own point of entry to Ian’s work was via his involvement with Some Some Unicorn (possibly the most ambitious improvising ensemble in the UK right now – discuss…) but his involvement in…