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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 156                          ::
  ::                   Thursday, May 25th, 2000                   ::
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                       CANTERBURY ENCOUNTERS

The upcoming Canterbury Festival, which I hope many among you will be able to attend, should provide us all with the much-needed opportunity to meet in real life, outside cyberspace. I for one will definitely be there! And while we're at it, and since I know many of WR's subscribers are from the US, I am glad to announce that I'll be taking my first trip to America for ten years next month, on the occasion of the NEARfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Then I will be staying in New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Philadelphia. Just is just to let anyone interested know - not that I assume anyone's interested in meeting me, but I'm surely interested in meeting fellow Canterbury fans, and it's always a pleasure when the opportunity comes along, alas all too rarely.
Of course, the ideal thing would be to organise meetings between as many fans as possible, and if I can help coordinate that I'll be most happy to do that. Please contact me to make suggestions.
Meanwhile, back to our usual stuff...



From: "Mark Hewins"
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 08:07:24 +0100

May 2000 - June 2000

The Musart.co.uk Canterbury Musicians Server website was in existence for a total of 5 years. Lately Matt and I have not had the resources or time to continually update the central site as we would have wanted. This resulted in the vast and crumbling Cathedral edifice seen in the last few months. It was our great pleasure to receive many awards and plaudits from web professionals from the very beginning. Maybe it will even be remembered with a deal of affection by true Music fans and aficionados.

Hopefully it was helpful to some and a pain the neck for others; even funny at times. Certainly I believed in; and always wanted, a memorable site that will one day be made available in total on a mixed media‚ Music CD.

It would be a mammoth task to bring the design and structure into the 21st Century and so I took all three Musart domains down on purpose, at least for the time being. We will re-position and return at some point in the not so distant future.

The content, which was always meant to be as varied as Canterbury Music itself, ranged from relevant links to Music Manuscripts through MIDI files, Video, stories, personal photographs, Aymeric Leroy's What's Rattlin‚ archive and TinK's MUSART Canterbury search engine. Not least was up to date news and comment from some of the Musicians themselves. Myself included, of course.

Several very serious and kindly generous offers of help have come in from all over the world; we had many millions of page access‚ over the years and I would personally like to thank all those private individuals, webmasters and web-teams who would freely give their own very valuable time and awesome coding skills to the Canterbury Scene Musicians.

Many sites are continuing with their own Canterbury type agendas and I hope that the newsgroups (continually growing) will be a source of alternative information for interested browsers, present and future fans. Few of these sites have direct connections with the large group of Canterbury Musicians themselves. But it shows the burgeoning interest in this group of Musical individuals and collaborators; also the implicit Œforward motion‚ of Canterbury Music.

Thanks for your attention.
Mark Hewins


From: "Nadine Weill" <nadine_weill@hotmail.com>
Subject: Pierre Moerlen's Gong web site and gig
Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 03:13:53 +0200


I'm pleased to let you know about

Pierre Moerlen's Gong gig
with Pierre Moerlen, Benoit Moerlen, Jens Mayer and Olivier Adjedj

on saturday 27th of  May 2000
Mulhouse (Alsace, France), " Theatre de Poche/Ruelle "
Tel (00.33)

more details at:

best regards,
Nadine Weill


From: Michael Clare <mykelc@earthlink.net>
Subject: UErr, Eugo-- Euro
Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 13:04:44 -0700

Message from The Administrator
Department of Highest Potential Errors
University Of eRrors

Hello Friends and Fellow Students of the fine art of Errorology ----

I am pleased and relieved to be able to report the Daevid Allen's University of Errors are determined and commited to what is turning into the magical mystery floating anarchy tour of Western Europe. In deep discussion yesterday it was decided by the Famous and Illustrious Ancient Creaky Boned Headmaster and the approaching sub ancient overstressed administrator that "We must go forth and Errorize" --- the faculty is nuts enough to follow into this madness.

The tour dates are slim and will be posted more accurately here and there in a day or two --- the original dates which you may have seen where there were lot's of TBC's are mostly No Go's ...woooo.... so we go guerilla.

Spread this far and wide ... tell your friends in Europe ... we are available to be hosted, wined and dined and pampered by any .... off days are as expensive as gig days.

As far as the August visit to the Northeast USA --- it is a go --- looks like it will be doubled --- great honors and thanks to all of you who responded to last weeks request for gig suggestions ---- again an itinerary will be posted in a few days.

Check out the already outdated new websight- http://www.universityoferrors.com ---- we have this software that will allow memos from the road and soon will be able to get e-mails via faculty@universityoferrors.com --- at the moment those e-mails come bouncing to you back as undeliverable after 4 days, but  the head of department of virtual communications is on the case.

All donations are not tax deductable but good karma points applicable and gladly accepted via GAS --- buy a Money Doesn't Make It cd --- advance payment for the new one or the someday t-shirt and lesson book

Cheers and Belgian Beers To all--
Department of Impetuosity
university of errors
a not by choice non-profit, non-affiliated free thinking organization of lunatix


From: Xavier.Marchon@aventis.com
Subject: Concert review
Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 17:04:26 +0200

I don't know whether the Greaves/Akchoté/Courtois gig has already been reviewed in this newsletter ? Likely not, so I hope my memory will be good enough to tell you about it.

The concert was held last year on January 7th, 1999 in Montreuil (suburb of Paris). The advertising said "John Greaves will play his new compositions with Noël Akchoté on guitar and Vincent Courtois on cello". In fact, there was no sign of "compositions" during the concert. The music was all improvised, and mostly loud and free. It was the fist time I saw John Greaves play in a totally improvised outfit, as in the Soft Heap days.

The beginning of the first set was rather confused, obviously the three musicians had never played together before this evening, and the result was... very noisy and rather disapointing. John Greaves' bass was very loud and always saturated. Noël Akchoté played guitar as if he didn't know it was a guitar, and Vincent Courtois' cello was mostly wild.

It was much better after 20 minutes when John Greaves started to sing, or rather to recite poems. It gave sort of a structure in the chaotic music, which became more listenable. Amongst the texts I could only recognise "The Green Boy" and "How Beautiful You Are", the others will appear, as I've heard later, in John Greaves' forthcoming album "The Caretaker", this time in a song format.

During the second set, the music became quieter, sometimes melodic and even moving during the improvised version of "How Beautiful You Are". One Christophe Glockner (whom I had never heard before, he appeared to be a friend of Vincent Courtois) went on stage to read texts accompanying the music. I must say it was rather successful and interesting.

One year after this improvised concert, I didn't know what to expect when I heard that John Greaves was again playing with Vincent Courtois and Christophe Glockner in Paris. No advertising at all was made for these concerts (January 23 and 24th, 2000), so I nearly missed them. I learned about it only half an hour before the beginning of the second concert ! (John definitely needs a good publicist!)

It took place in a little theatre (full of approximatively 70-80 people) and was in fact a Christophe Glockner concert, with John Greaves and Vincent Courtois being "sessions" musicians. The songs were written, composed and sung by Christophe Glockner, who also played guitar and piano; one track however was a reading of a Victor Hugo's text with improvisations by Greaves and Courtois and it was very reminiscent of the Montreuil concert last year.

But Greaves and Courtois turned out to be much more than backing musicians. All arrangements were made by the group, and John played a significant part in the show. Not only did he play bass, but he also sang, played accordion, and was in the role of the eccentric English gentleman. You should have seen him singing "Le soleil vient de se lever..." (a famous advertising song...), yelling "there ain't no cure" (?!) at every occasion inbetween or during the songs, or playing very seriously with a luminous magic wand, it was hilarious.

Vincent Courtois had a very crystaline sound with his cello, and gratified us with some beautiful and moving solos. Finally Christophe Glockner, despite his rather "sad" songs didn't take himself too seriously; there was much humour in the show, and that's what made it so enjoyable.

The biggest surprise was for the encore : a very surprising version of "How Beautiful You Are" sung in French and English alternatively by Glockner and Greaves. It was one of the most beautiful renditions I've ever heard of this song - and I've heard many !

I've heard that Glockner have already put an album out, and the second one, this time with Greaves and Courtois, is finished but is waiting for a distributor. Let's hope it is as good as this concert was, and that it will soon be released.

After reading these concert reviews, you may like to see the photos ? Go to Hélène Collon's web site : http://www.perso.club-internet.fr/stellast/


From: Happy The Man <band@happytheman.com>
Subject: HTM Website
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 18:22:49 -0400

Dear Happy the Fan,
The 'official' Happy the Man website is up!  Please check it out at:

The band has been gearing up for their upcoming 'live' shows and has
just added a concert date at the State Theatre
http://www.thestatetheatre.com/ in Falls Church, Va. (our 'old' stompin'
grounds!) Thursday, June 8th.

Hope to see you there!
Happy the Man


From: Joerg.Reinicke@t-online.de (Joerg Reinicke)
Subject: Allan Holdsworth in concert
Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 01:19:25 +0200

Hi everybody!

Tonight I had the big luck to visit a gig of Allan Holdsworth in Karlsruhe, my hometown in the Southwest of Germany. He played two sets of one hour each in a jazz club called JUBEZ. Alongside with him were longtime mates Jimmy Johnson on five-string bass and Gary Husband on drums. The audience counted to around 200 people.

Ever since I first heard Hazard's Profile  on the Softs Bundles, I wished to see Allan live. So today for me a dream's come true. Well, the concert was great. All three guys were obviously enjoying it. All throughout the concert there were close interactions and nearly blind understanding which, of course, cannot be taken for granted given the  material they were playing.

As per Allan's announcements, the set list consisted of older and the new material. The only title I can recall is Water In The Brain from the Road Games mini album. I guess, some of the new material must be taken from the new CD Sixteen Men Of Tain which has not been mentioned yet on this site if my memory serves me right. I have not seen or  heard it yet but I want to point out that further information can be found on www.gnarlygeezer.com. For a limited time you can order a signed copy of the CD.

The following tour dates are also taken from this website:  

MAY 14 - SYKE (Germany)  
MAY 19 - P.FELCINO PG  (Italy)
MAY 21 - 22 ROMA (Italy), BIG MAMA

Last but not least some of you may be interested to know that flyers at the gig were informing about Gary Husband's own projects -  The New Gary Husband Trio as well as the release of some seventeen year old session recordings. For more information please refer to

If anybody would like to have a concert poster (40 x 60  cm), please e-mail me privately.

All the best,
Joerg Reinicke

[I am sorry this message reached me too late for inclusion in the last issue. I put the dates up on the website, so I hope no one missed the tour. I personally attended the Amsterdam gig - AL]


From: Gary Davis <artshop@artist-shop.com>
Subject: ReR and Cuneiform releases
Date: Sun, 07 May 2000 23:58:23 -0400

Hi, folks:

The latest Artist Shop newsletter is out and you'll find it in it's entirety at <http://www.artist-shop.com/news.htm>. Here are some excerpts of passing interest to Canterbury fans.

We have three new releases from Chris Cutler's ReR/Recommended label
<http://www.artist-shop.com/rer>. Chris Cutler and Fred Frith/Two Gentlemen In Verona - Chris Cutler: electrified drums/flotsam,  Fred Frith: electric guitar/voice/jetsam,   Recorded live April 16th, 1999 at Interzona - Verona, Italy.  "There must have been something special going on in Verona last April. By far the most aggressive of their duo albums, it leads us via howling fuzz guitar & machine gun percussion into walls of post-rock improvisation, obsessive industrial rhythms, and levels of excitement rarely generated by two people on a stage." Chris & Fred were members of Henry Cow & the Art Bears, & both have a huge c.v. of releases under their own names.
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/rer/verona.ram>

Tim Hodgkinson/Sang - "Tim Hodgkinson's new album is another intense collision of contemporary classical music and rock energy. Perhaps best known as a founding member of avant rock group Henry Cow, Tim has since displayed many musical personalities. What is so effective in Tim's recent work is the requisitioning of rock production techniques; through the use of sampling & sound manipulation, the virtual orchestra hits the speakers with unprecedented force."
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/rer/sang.ram>

Steve MacLean Ensemble/The Opposite Of War - "Steve Maclean is a US guitarist, once a member of Doctor Nerve, whose quartet specializes in austere neo-classical rock chamber music of great subtlety. The music is strictly composed with single-minded seriousness. Time signatures abound, but more importandent lines and different rhythmic cells which magically build up the whole. Fans of early Henry Cow and Hatfield and the North will also recognize the myriad lines which scurry back & forth around the ensemble."
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/rer/war.ram>

Coming soon from Cuneiform <http://www.artist-shop.com/cuniform>, Doctor Nerve/Ereia.  Composed by Didkovsky, Ereia is a large work in three movements that spans intimate composition for solo viola, tightly reigned composition for full ensemble, explosive conducted improvisation of orchestral scope, and incendiary solos over rock grooves. It includes a no-holds-barred live performance of the second movement, recorded at Ereia's premiere at the FIMAV '97 Festival.  "Four years of hard labor & 14 musicians with a commitment to total annihilation; painstaking compositions & apocalyptic deconstructions burned into a single laser-guided CD projectile."
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/cuniform/ereia.ram>

Forever Einstein/Down with Gravity - Forever Einstein is a guitar/drums/bass trio whose stock-in-trade is quirky, rock-based instrumental music that shifts tempo, time change and mood, relies heavily upon composition, humor and instrumental interplay, and draws from influences as diverse as Erik Satie, King Crimson, Henry Mancini, Nino Rota, Gene Krupa, Henry Cow, Henry Cowell, and folk musics. They produce energized music that you can feel and think about, by taking the power and aggression of rock and applying more adventurous compositional techniques than most rock music gets treated to. Down With Gravity is Einstein's 4th & their best yet.
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/cuniform/gravity.ram>

Dave Kerman, 5UU's/Regarding Purgatories - Inspired by the "Rock In Opposition" [R.I.O] movement's uncompromising stance, drummer/composer David Kerman formed the 5uu's in 1984.  Regarding Purgatories, the 5th album by drummer/composer Dave‚s long-lived 5uu's project, features a completely revamped version of the band. He has enlisted what amounts to a avant/progressive supergroup to back him here, including vocalist Deborah Perry [Thinking Plague], bassist Keith Macksoud [Present] with guest keyboardists Charles Turner [5uu‚s] and Sanjay Kumar [U Totem]. The music has a new edge & this release marks a new sound for the band, as well as a break from the sound of the two previous incarnations of this band, who seem to reinvent themselves every few years.
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/cuniform/purgator.ram>

Volapuk/Polyglot - Forget the fact that you can't pronounce the name of the band and listen up! Volapük is drummer/composer Guigou Chenevier's (Etron Fou) new trio also featuring bass clarinetist Michel Mandel and cellist Guiillaume Saurel. The band has a very immediately identifiable sound, making full usage of the unusual sonorities of their instruments, along with short, rhythmically complex compositions & improvisations.  Polyglöt finds them refining their immediately identifiable sound. In addition to the usual contributions from Guigou Chenevier-drums, electronics, Michel Mandel-clarinets, taragot, & Guillaume Saurel-cello, ex-After Dinner violinist Takumi Fukushima appears as a guest on most of the record, & her contributions fill out & extend their already marvelous sound. The usual great melodies & catchy intricate rhythms abound as well. Included is Voilà Pük, a tune written for them by Lars Hollmer.
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/cuniform/polyglot.ram>

Rich Woodson's Ellipsis/Control and Resistance - Rich Woodson is a self-taught composer and guitarist who grew up on hard rock and heavy metal in Nashville, TN and San Antonio and Austin, TX. His major musical influences are Tim Berne, Frank Zappa, Watchtower (the 1980's Austin metal band, who invented the "technical metal" subgenre) and composer Charles Wuorinen. This debut CD is a bold and brilliant synthesis of RIO progressive rock, modern jazz and contemporary composition. A quintet using the simple instrumentation of tenor sax, soprano sax, guitar, acoustic bass & drums, there is simply so much musical information going on here that I am sometimes reminded of the first time I heard Trout Mask Replica. It didn't really sound like they were playing together, but subsequent playings revealed all of the hidden treasure of that album, like it will reveal the treasures here.
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/cuniform/control.ram>

We also have a brand new Italian label in The Artist Shop - Materiali Sonori
<http://www.artist-shop.com/materiali>. Nestled in their catalog is the
following CD featuring Fred Frith - Howard, Laswell, Frith, Hayward/Meridiem.  Meridiem is a project by Percy Howard (the extraordinary Californian singer of Nus). An album released for Materiali Sonori by an incredible quartet which puts together the best in Anglo-American music research of the past twenty years: Bill Laswell, Fred Frith, Charles Hayward and the very same Percy Howard. Mixed by Oz Friz. An exciting mixture of "adult-rock", poems and American atmospheres. Unexpected songs on a rich musical context.
soundbite - <http://www.artist-shop.com/materiali/meridiem.ram>


                          Gary Davis
The Artist Shop                              The Other Road
http://www.artist-shop.com          artshop@artist-shop.com
phone: 877-856-1158, 330-929-2056       fax:330-945-4923
       Check out the latest Artist Shop newsletter at


From: "David Kipling" <David_Kipling@bcit.ca>
Subject: Disconforme reissues
Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 09:15:31 -0700


The "Disconforme" web page is sure advertising "Dedicated To You" and "You Are Here", along with Centipede.

Do you you who, if anyone, has those two Tippett albums on CD?

Do you know whether the Disconforme CENTIPEDE is a good-quality recording --- I heard there was a poor LP-matered CD around?

I hope you can help, and I reckon you must be the busiest guy on the InterNet!!

I sure miss England.

David Kipling
BC, Canada


From: Damianbndi@aol.com
Subject: in chicago
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 11:13:38 EDT

Schubas, August 12th:
Scubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago
and the phone # is (773) 525-2508.
Show time and price is TBA.

Daevid Allen's University Of Errors
Established 1998
San Francisco, Ca.
Professor Daevid Allen, Headmaster

The University of Errors is Daevid Allen‚s new band. Daevid is well
known as the founder of Soft Machine and Gong, This is his first US
based band since New York Gong in the late 70‚s (which launched the
careers of Bill Laswell and Kramer)

The University was founded on a Saturday night in the Fall of 1998 in
San Francisco. It was a night that defies logic. Five musicians who had
never played together before showed up at a studio with no other idea
than a night of fun jamming. 24 hours later they had an album "Money
Doesn't Make It" (Innerspace 7707). There was no intention of starting a
band, just to have a jam: but the chemistry of the musicians was so good
that a month after his return to Australia and absorbing the tapes,
Daevid sent a message : "We must do this live!!! We will be University
Of Errors!!!"

March 1999 the band debuted live at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco
and the following night at Spaceland in Los Angeles. Rave reviews
followed each and the faculty was convinced that this was meant to be.
Recording the second album was done the next week and plans made for a
US West coast Tour in July.

September the band opened the New York campus with a sold out
performance at The Knitting Factory during the CMJ Music Marathon. Back
in San Francisco work on the second album was completed in time for the
winter hiatus. Ready to approach the new millennium with enough
psychedelic rock music, humor and wisdom to spread the credo of the
University: the more errors you  make the higher you are regarded in The
University Of Errors.

More info can be found at http://www.universityoferrors.com


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

        [for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX]

==> DAEVID ALLEN / UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS <================================

Jun 06 - BRUXELLES (Belgium), VK Club / Jun 08 - COPENHAGEN (Denmark), Loppen or Stengaden / Jun 11 - BERN (Switzerland), venue tbc / Jun 12 - WINTERTHUR (Switzerland), venue tbc / Jun 21 - LIEGE (Belgium), La Zone / Jun 28 - DIKSMUIDE (Belgium), 4AD

==> CARAVAN <===========================================================

Jul 30 - CANTERBURY Festival / Autumn 2000 - European tour
(Note: the Belgian date previously announced was erroneous and will definitely not happen; the band wasn't even aware of it!)

==> GONG - EUROPEAN TOUR <===============================================
                   [D.Allen-G.Smyth-M.Howlett-T.Travis-G.Zeprix C.Taylor]

May 29 - BLANDFORD (Dorset), Festival / Jun 25 - GLASTONBURY Festival, Avalon Fields / Jul 07 - IMATRA (Finland), Big Band Festival [with Randy Brecker Quintet (USA), UMO Orchestravs. XL and Rinneradio (Finland)] / Jul 25 - ARLES (France), MIMI Festival / Jul 30 - CANTERBURY Festival

with Didier Malherbe on selected dates

==> NUCLEUS <============================================================

Jun 22 - LONDON, The Annexe (1 Dean St, W1)
Jul 17-22 - LONDON, Ronnie Scott's

Ian Carr - trumpet and flugelhorn
Phil Todd - saxes
Mark Wood - guitar
Geoff Castle - keys
Davide Mantovani - bass guitar
Nic France - drums

==> JOHN ETHERIDGE <=====================================================

with "SWEET CHORUS" [tribute to Stephane Grappelli]:
Jun 03 - KENDAL, Brewery Arts Centre / Jun 04 - RICHMOND, St George's Theatre (Swaledale Jazz Festival) / Jun 10 - St ALBANS, The Maltings / Jun 24/25 - UPTON Jazz Festival / Jun 30 - GLASGOW,  Montrose/The Linx Hotel / Jul 02 - ABERDEEN, Lemon Tree

Jun 09 - WAVENDON, The Stables

Jun 16 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar (Stoke Newington)

Jun 07 - BATH Fringe Festival, Windows Arts Centre / Jun 23 - LONDON, Blackheath Concert Halls (SE3)


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

==> INVISIBLE OPERA CO. OF TIBET <=======================================

May 29 - BROAD CLYST Festival (Devon) / Jun 23 - GLASTONBURY Festival, Green Fields, Croissant Neuf

==> HAPPY THE MAN <======================================================

Jun 08 - Falls Church (VA), State Theatre
Jun 17 - Bethlehem (PA), NEARfest
         More information: http://www.nearfest.com

==> THINKING PLAGUE <====================================================

Jun 18 - BETHLEHEM (PA), NEARfest / Jul 26 - ARLES (France), MIMI Festival / Jul 29 - SCHIO (Italy) [North of Vincenza] (tbc) / Jul 30 - VITTORIO VENETTO (Italy) [North of Venice] / Aug 02 - ROVIGO (Italy) [South of Venice] / + other Italian dates t.b.a. (Trieste...)


                           END OF ISSUE 156

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