October 24, 2010

Ziga Koritnik - Photographer!


Galleries from myspace
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From his myspace a quote :) from Gandhi "I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."

Ziga Koritnik (on photograph left taken by Mr. Robert Balen, on July 07, 2005) has been capturing images of musicians since 1987. He lives and works in Ljubljana - Slovenia, where he is regular guest on the music scene and documents the Ljubljana jazz festival, the Druga godba festival, concerts in Cankarjev dom and various other events across Europe, both large and small, including Saalfelden jazz festival, Konrontationen in Nickelsdorf, and Vienna jazz festival in Austria, Musique Mettisses in Angouleme, France, Womad in Reading, England and the Talos Festival in Ruvo di Puglia, Musicche sulle bocce, Sardegna - Italy, Vision festival in New York. Since 1996 he has been the resident photographer of the Skopje jazz festival in Macedonia, where each year a calender with his photos is published. In 2001 he held a major exhibition at the Skopje City Museum to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, which was accompanied by a book predominantly featuring Koritnik's photographs. In 2001 he spent seven weeks in New York, where he documented the Vision Festival and became acquainted with the musical and artistic events in the city. He was afforded the oppurtunity to exhibit in the Kavehaz Gallery in Soho. His photographs are regulary published in Slovene newspapers and magazines (including Delo, Mladina, Muska and Fotografija) as weel in international publications (Time out, Jazz times, Jazziz, Signal to noise, Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik, Ballett Unternationale, Village voice, All About jazz...). ...

October 19, 2010

Chris McGregor - Piano Song & In his Good Time

I’m just a FREE musician and I like every kind of music.


I have this strong imaginative reference to African village music,
and the thing I know about that music is that it has a strong centre.
It builds up, a lot of people do things together that they know.



Chris McGregor is perhaps best-known for his foundation and leadership of The Blue Notes, the South African sextet which included  Dudu Pukwana, Nikele Moyake, Louis Moholo, Johnny Dyani and Mongezi Feza. Equally as notable was McGregor's creation of the Brotherhood of Breath in 1969, which branched out from his work as The Blue Notes. He released three albums of solo piano performances,we'll have the two of them here today, and continued to be a major force in the music after leaving England to live in the French countryside.He died in May 1990.

some links of interest :

The Blue Notes wiki

The Brotherhood of Breath wiki

PerfectSoundForever the online magazine has a tribute to Chris McGregor

the most complete site on the Blue Notes and their offshoots 
is the work of love of Mike Fowler 
highly recommended!

listen  in this order if possible

thanks to the extinct  Church Number Nine blog

October 16, 2010



found god knows where and reuped
Candomble Osun E Osala Altair Ti Ogun By Omirohumbi

Altair TÓgun - Òsún Ati Òòsààlá

and at macumbagratis.blogspot.com : 1, 2, 3 parts of Cantigas do Orixas
much more at blackstarliners
some links here

some more there
some songs written

Something on IFA, belief system of Yoruba tradition, from wich Candomble, Santeria, etc developed.
Ineresting things to read, interesting man to meet.

October 11, 2010

Tea Music

Kizaemon Tea-Bowl, Korea, 16th Century (used for Tea Ceremony, 17th Century)
Traditional tea ceremonies were originally performed by Buddhist monks in sacred mountain temples. The tea ceremony strengthens connections with nature and is considered valuable for cultivating a peaceful mind. These compositions function as "a bridge between tea and music in Korean tradition."

Tea Music [Da'ak] Vol. 1 - 5

Tea Music 1 - Two Themes on the Fragrance of Tea - Hwang, ByungKi
Tea Music 1 - Tea Music - Leaves, Water, Light - Yi, KonYong
Tea Music 1 - Ode to Tea Fragrance - Paik, ByungDong
Tea Music 1 - Ensemble No 8 Tea Mind, Tea Music, Tea Zen Samadhi - Kim, HeeJo

Tea Music 2 - In Praise of Tea-Tao - Yi, SungChun
Tea Music 2 - Cho Il Incense - Park, IlHoon
Tea Music 2 - Su Ryong Uhm (Water Dragon Moan)
Tea Music 2 - PyungJoHoeSang - New SangRyungSan

Tea Music 3 - Dong Ta Song - Park, IlHoon
Tea Music 3 - Cho Dang - Yi, ChongKu
Tea Music 3 - Il Ji Ahm - Kim, YoungDong
Tea Music 3 - MyungSun - Bak, DongUk

Tea Music 4 - Four Seasons - Winter - Night - Kim, JongSu
Tea Music 4 - Four Seasons - Spring - Dawn - Kim, JongSu
Tea Music 4 - Four Seasons - Summer - Midday - Kim, JongSu
Tea Music 4 - Four Seasons - Fall - Evening - Kim, JongSu

Tea Music 5 - Good Time for Tea Drinking, Elegance - Cloud - Park, InHo
Tea Music 5 - Good Time for Tea Drinking, Elegance - Moon - Kim, SongKyong
Tea Music 5 - Good Time for Tea Drinking, Elegance - Wind - Park, IlHoon
Tea Music 5 - Good Time for Tea Drinking, Elegance - Star - Yi, KonYong
Tea Music 5 - Good Time for Tea Drinking, Elegance - Sun - Hwang, UiJong



Rituals of tea-drinking are followed throughout the world. The mystical properties of tea are celebrated, mostly without thinking, in the daily lives of millions. In Korea, tea and music have a special and spiritual relationship. The Korean Creative Music Society’s Tea Music [Da'ak] explores the intricate association between Korean music the ancient art of tea-making.

Drawing inspiration from the love of tea to be found in both traditional and contemporary worlds. Tea Music [Da'ak] combines dance, art and a tea ceremony with exquisite Korean music played on traditional instruments.

These include the daegeum (a large Korean flute), danso (a small bamboo flute), gayageum (a 25 string instrument), yanggeum (a Korean zither) and geomungo (a 6 string instrument).

Take time out from the tension and stress of today’s modern life and be transported by this delicate and tranquil piece of perfection.


October 6, 2010

Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella

When you think of Latin percussion, think of Francisco Aguabella. Perhaps the finest Afro-Cuban master percussionist , who was while living synonymous with his instrument the conga - one of the highest compliments a musician can ever receive.
 He was a master of Bata (the sacred Santeria drumming tradition), Abaqua and Yeza, and secular Afro-Cuban jazz and salsa styles. Discover this enigmatic Cuban drummer, a virtual Rosetta stone of African culture, who has been highly influential in the growth of Latin jazz, pop and fusion in the U.S. 

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Francisco Aguabella was a master of the Yoruba-derived bata drums and rumba as well as contemporary traditions including Cuban son, salsa, and Latin jazz. Though he has released only a half dozen albums, his work is best measured by his contribution to the Afro-Cuban sounds and the growth of Latin jazz. "He is one of the strongholds of our music and has always kept the commitment to our Cuban rhythm, that's very important, " says Cuban jazz player Israel "Cachao" Lopez.
Aguabella has received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is the subject of a documentary film by Les Blank, Sworn to the Drum.
Francisco Aguabella's passion and fire on the conga drums are absolutely contagious and not to be missed.

directed by Les Blank 1985
35 minutes

Sworn To the Drum

more Francisco Aguabella