Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bertrand Burgalat & Robert Wyatt - This Summer Night

Let´s hear it for the summer!

Clip directed by Daniel Klein
Bertrand Burgalat & Robert Wyatt - "This Summer Night" , ℗ & © 2007 Tricatel

And if you like, Bertrand Burgalat & Robert Wyatt - "This Summer Night (Solenzara Mix)" right here, from the CD "Inédits" (Tricatel 2011, 2014 ??).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gavin Esler In Conversation with Robert Wyatt

And here it finally is, the video from Gavin Esler In Conversation with Robert Wyatt at University of Kent (6 April 2016)!

Music by Soupsongs:

Annie Whitehead - trombone and vocals

Jennifer Maidman - lead vocals and guitar

Sarah Jane Morris and Cristina Dona - lead vocals

Brian Hopper and Mark Lockheart - saxophones

Tim Harries - bass

Janette Mason - keys

Liam Genockey - drums

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

'Pardon me, I'm very drunk'

I just read: Marcus O'Dair (2016). 'Pardon me, I'm very drunk': alcohol, creativity and performance anxiety in the case of Robert Wyatt. Popular Music, 35, pp 207-221.

Unfortunately it is not open access, so you have to check if your local library has a subscription (or jump over here to buy).

The scholarly article´s title is pretty descriptive of course, and the story of Robert Wyatt and his alcohol use (and misuse) is seen in context of the literature on the topics mentioned in the title.

The conclusion? Even if the alcohol use led to dependency, and at times a strained relationship with Alfie, it might have helped him "to overcome performance anxiety and to enhance at least some stages of creativity". But it might have been partly due to placebo!

Monday, June 6, 2016

I´m A Believer

Today just a bit of bragging!

Thanks to my daughter Maja, who was in Japan earlier this year, I finally got this Japanese promo of Robert Wyatt´s Virgin single from 1975 "I´m a believer (N. Diamond) / "Memories" (H. Hopper)"!

Musicians on this one (as always check Une Discographie de Robert Wyatt!):

- Robert Wyatt - vocals, piano,

- Dave MacRae - piano on I'm
A Believer
- Fred Frith - guitar, violin
- Richard Sinclair - bass
- Nick Mason - drums.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Musical Couples on Late Junction

Check out the episode of Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 where "Verity Sharp celebrates avant-garde musical couples ahead of tomorrow night's "wedding session" from Matana Roberts and Seb Rochford. Robert Wyatt explains how lyrics written by his wife Alfie have stretched him as a musician...".

Robert Wyatt and "Cuckoo Madame" is on after about 73 minutes.

28 days left to listen!