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„… and then you’re left in this wonderful area of floating which i love so much“  (David Darling, 1994, in that old radio show)





Pino Palladino & Blake Mills:
Just Wrong (from Notes With Attachements)  / 
Thomas Stronen, Marthe Lea, Ayumi Tanaka: Varsha (from Bayou) / Sinikka Langeland: Wolf Rune (from Wolf Rune) / Simon Goff: Wooden Islands (from Vale) / Nik Bärtsch speaking / Nik Bärtsch: Modul 55 (from Entendre) / Ballaké Sissoko: Kora (from Djourou) / Daniel Lanois: Every Nation (from Heavy Sun) / Valerie June: Stardust Scattering (from The Moon and Stars: Prescription for Dreamers) / Balmorhea:    (from The Wind)





Sternzeit – /  A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Total Perspective Vortex (from Invisible Cities) / Daniel Lanois: Under The Heavy Sun & Mother’s Eyes (from Heavy Sun) / Lana del Ray: Chemtrails over the Country Club (from Chemtrails Over The Country Club) / Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, London Symphony Orchestra: Movement 7 (from Promises) / Joshua Abrams speaking* Natural Information Society with Evan Parker: Part III (from: Descension (Out Of Our Constrictions – out now on Aguirre Records, promoted in Germany at least, by Werner and Klaus, no kidding) / Balmorhea: some more quiet moments from The Wind)


Joshua Abrams (transcript of his special „solo speech“): „At the time of this recording we had performed descension (Out of Our Constrictions) 17 times in concert over a period of 5 months. i wrote the music in February of 2019 for the current touring incarnation of Natural Information Society made up of Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Jason Stein & myself. Lisa plays harmonium amplified with effects, Mikel – drums, Jason Stein – bass clarinet & i play guimbri.  The guimbri is a 3 string bass lute sometimes called a sintir or a hajhouj. It is Gnawan instrument that can be heard in sacred & secular music. I like to think of the guimbri as a sophisticated form of soundmaking technology for focusing & guiding concentration.

The music i write for Natural Information Society is interwoven & multilayered. we are all weaving a sound together. With time & experience performing the piece we find new paths, resting places & occasional detours.  it is the woven nature of the composition that gives descension (Out of Our Constrictions) its hypnotic qualities. The music encourages the band’s members to find variation & embellishment & is written with room for mutability & improvisation.  

From time to time we have the pleasure of having guests join the group.  when we last played in berlin, a couple days before this recording, Tony Buck, Magda Mayas & Theaster Gates all joined us at Arkaoda.  other guests have included Chris Abrahams, Josh Berman, Hamid Drake, Alexander Hawkins,  Tomeka Reid, Dave Rempis & Helge Sten.  In most cases guests are free to improvise along with the group and respond to the vibration and context of the piece (music)

Evan Parker needs no introductions for his contributions & innovations to free improvisation, the saxophone & music in general.  Far be it for me to tell him what to play or say.  he’s a free agent.  It is always a challenge & an honor to try to rise to what he brings to the music.  What you will hear is side C of a recording from a concert we presented at Cafe OTO in London. The piece is about 1/2 way through a 70 something minute performance.  The music is opening up, Jason is soloing a little, trying to catch up to Evan and the band is fully in.  CAFE OTO is one of the group’s favorite places to play & this night was no exception. The audience was crowded & the room was full of good energy bouncing off the walls.  playing the concert was a thrilling experience & and the hang (was) a fine time to boot.“ (translated by Deepl. in comment 3) 




This theme hour on DAVID DARLING will be quite a surprise. Deep in the archives Odilo C. found two portraits I did about the music of the late composer and cello player, from the years 1994 and 2001. – what a joy, to listen once more to Darling’s voice and musical confessions, not to forget the days in the studio with Manfred Eicher working on „Cello“. The second show has the better title: „Mr. Darkwood und die Langsamkeit der Steine“, but I will broadcast  „Das Herz der Dunkelheit“,  which is more centered around his primal inspirations, with music mainly from the solo cello albums JOURNAL OCTOBER and CELLO. And some excerpts from Darling‘s duo album with Terje Rypdal, EOS, and his album as band leader, CYCLES. 20 years of  great achievements, produced by  Manfred Eicher between 1979 und 2000. Here the old show in its entirety, without introductory and closing words  from the radio broacast yesterday … 





Beverly Glenn-Copeland (from Keyboard Fantasies)
Various Artists:  Made To Measure, Vol. 1 (Minimal Compact)

Die Welttraumforscher: two tracks  from DIE RÜCKKEHR DER ECHTEN MENSCHEIT: DIE JAHRE 1981-1990

Grandaddy: He‘s Simple, He‘s Dumb, He‘s the Pilot (from The Sophtware Slump….on a wooden piano)

Die Welttraumforscher: two tracks from WIR ARBEITEN FÜR DIE NÄCHSTE WELT: DIE JAHRE 1991-2012

Various Artists:  Made To Measure, Vol. 1 (Aksak Maboul)
Beverly Glenn-Copeland (from Keyboard Fantasies*)

V.A. – Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Dub Fire Special 


*Re-release of Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s rural Canadian  suite for DX7 and TR707 …keyboard fantasies… with new carefully reconstructed glasswork design by Alan Briand.  Beverly Glenn-Copeland is already known amongst collectors and music heads for two sought-after albums of folky jazz in the key of Joni. But it was this album, originally self-released on cassette in 1986 that really caught our attention. The album, entirely recorded on DX-7 and TR-707, lies somewhere between digital new-age and (accidentally) early Detroit techno experiments. The inimitable style of BGC here is both peaceful and meditative while simultaneously rhythmic and bass heavy. The album was recorded in the northern Canadian town of Huntsville where BGC was living at the time and is a beautiful fusion of personal vision, technology and place.




Eduardo Ramos: Vocacion Revolucion / Groupo Mounmental: Hasta Los Cuantas / Los 5 U 4: Solo Esta Musica / Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC: Concion Con Todos / Orquestra Los Van Van: Yo Se Que Van Van / Grupo Monumental: Nadia Se Siente Cansado / Orquestro Ritmo Oriental: Maria, Baila El Son / Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nievo: Rampe Cocorioco (all tracks from the Soul Jazz Records compilation:  V. A. – Cuba Music And Revolution – Culture Clash in Havana Cuba – Experiments In Latin Music Vol. 1)*




Omar Khorshid   (from Omar Khorshid with Love)**
Ayalew  Mesfin: Mot Aylerim (from Tewedije Limut)
Marcos Resende & Index: My Heart (from Marcos Resende & Index)


*Like Manna from the heavens, this superb collection heralds in the New Year and has to be one of the most significant compilations for many a decade.  Released as both a heavyweight 3 x vinyl LP and deluxe 2xCD set, this Soul Jazz Records album is the culmination of some 20 odd years of research and crate-digging by compilers Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerFeaturing a number of legendary Cuban artists who flourished in the 70s and 80s, for example Los Van Van, Grupo Irakere and Pablo Milanés,alongside other lesser-known performers, such as Grupo De Experimentación Sonora Del ICAIC, Grupo Monumentaland Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, who remain unknown outside their native country, virtually none of the tracks appearing on the collection have ever been heard outside of Cuba.


** „With Love“ released by the Beirut-based Voice of Lebanon label in 1978 is a testament to Omar Khorshid’s greatness and encapsulate the unique sound of his guitar playing over modern arrangements establishing him as one of Arabic music’s true innovator. Featuring reworkings of such favourites as Mohamed Abdel Wahab’s „Ahwak“, Farid El-Atrache’s „Hebbina Hebbina“ (a Brian Eno Favourite), and the Rahbani Brothers‘ „Rahbaniyat“, the album is a fascinating example of modern arabic music that aimed at fusing traditional influences with the more contemporary ones, and has become highly sought-after by lovers of this Middle Eastern sounds around the world.“


2021 5 Feb

Story with „Cello“

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In December of 1992 I came back from 6 months of working in Nepal gratuitously wallowing in heartbreak. A love affair doomed from the start was, well, doomed and died. In January of 1993 I’d take breaks from recording „The Fall of Us All“ to stand in the open doorway of my studio and smoke. In order to feel properly sad and in order to smoke Camel Straights with credibility I made myself sadder by playing David Darling’s „Cello“ album, especially the first selection. Also „Toward the Night“ by Someh Satoh – I alternated between Satoh and Darling depending on the level of misery required. Just seeing the cover of either CD made me feel sad. Very satisfying.  

This combination of CD, nicotine, and sadness worked best when it was snowing hard. Minnesota blizzards.

we feel righteously sad, why do we feel the need to make ourselves sadder by choosing exactly the right music to accompany our sad sadness? Darwin wants to know.


Album goes well, but slow. Like physics: you have decided to melt through a glacier but can only use body heat. It will take as long as it takes.




November 1992, Taksang, Bhutan




Wally ist Theaterautor, und eines Tages, früh in den Achtziger Jahren, verabredet sich Wally mit einem alten Freund. Ewig haben sich die beiden nicht gesehen. Sein alter Kumpel Andre hat einiges zu erzählen, von seinen Reisen mit tibetischen Mönchen in die Sahara, einem Reinkarnationsritual, und von den unwirtlichen, einsamen Landschaften im Norden Schottlands. Von letzteren könnte ich auch erzählen, etwa von meinem friedlichen Einbruch in ein Haus an der Steilküste, gegenüber der Orkney-Inseln, und wie ich dort nachts eine alte Platte von Louis Armstrong fand und auflegte. Nun, egal, es machte mir damals grosse Freude, den beiden Freunden zuzuhören, im Kino – Louis Malle hatte den Film „Mein Essen mit André“ 1981 gedreht, und neben „Herzflimmern“ gehörte er damals zu meinen Lieblingsfilmen des Franzosen. In einiger Zeit werde ich hier eine kleine Geschichte erzählen, aus dem „Arbora Verde“, einem italienischen Restaurant in Dortmund, Februar 2020. Genau da hatte Borussia Dortmund die erste Meisterschaft mit Jürgen Klopp gefeiert. Meine kleine Geschichte heisst „Mein Essen mit Horst“. Horst ist unser ehemaliger Klassensprecher. Und eigentlich ist er das immer noch. Die Zeit mit Horst und dem Wildschweinragout verging im Fluge, so fesselnd empfand ich die Dinge, über die wir sprachen. Eben nicht die üblichen alten Stories – vieles drehte sich um unseren Klassenlehrer Dr. Egon Werlich, eine hochspannende Figur, die bei jedem meiner Klassenkameraden die unterschiedlichsten Inspirationen, Faszinationen und Ambivalenzen auslöste. Was ich an diesem Abend von „Egon“ erfuhr, war mir neu, und warf ein weiteres interessantes Licht auf all die Eindrücke, die ich über die Jahre von ihm gewonnen hatte. Mein Problem ist, dass es mit nicht zusteht, diese Erzählungen öffentlich auszubreiten, weshalb „Mein Essen mit Horst“ eine echte Herausforderung sein wird. Aber glauben sie mir eins, wenn an dem Abend unser Gespräch von diversen Kameras gefilmt worden wäre, es wäre ein feines kleines „independant movie“ daraus geworden. Schnitte ohne grossen Schnickschnack, und der Soundtrack nicht mehr als hier und da etwas Ruhiges mit viel Raum, vielleicht aus David Darlings Album „Cello“. So würde den Erinnerungen, die sich auch um einen einen Rolls Royce, Egon, den Maler, Samuel Becketts „Endspiel“, und ein Mädchen aus dem Bergischen Land drehten, hier und da ein verlangsamendes Tempo unterlegt, eine dezente Verdichtung. Aber auch hiervon kann, aus Gründen der Diskretion, kaum etwas in „Mein Essen mit Horst“ einfliessen. Zudem lege ich Horst die Kurzgeschichte vor der Veröffentlichung vor, und lasse ihm alle Rechte zu weiteren Streichungen. Aber jeder dürfte hinterher eine Ahnung davon bekommen, wieso dies ein so besonderer Abend war, und sich an eigene besondere Abende erinnert fühlen, an denen geredet und getrunken wurde, und doch noch eine Menge mehr passierte zwischen den Sätzen, zwischen Martini Rosso und einem Glas Merlot. (Nachtrag: 30.12.2020: ich denke, diese kleine Geschichte wird nie geschrieben. Zu viele Details habe ich  schon wieder vergessen. So bleiben jedem eigene Erinnerungen an die Zeit mit einem aussergewöhnlichen Lehrer. Auf jeden Fall brachte Horst manch Staunenswertes ins Spiel, und ich muss heute noch schmunzeln, wenn ich mir vorstelle, wie Dr. Werlich in den grossen Ferien an einer amerikanischen Küste seinen Zeichenblock hernahm, und mit dem Zeichnen begann. Und wie seine Motive wohl aussahen. The Secret Life of E.W.)

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