The BBC’s Late Junction programme has commissioned a series of genre-crossing collaborations by musicians who’ve never met before. In their most recent one, broadcast last Thursday, Alasdair was hooked up with Irvine Arditti (violinist founder of the Arditti Quartet, whose performances of Xenakis and Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue get occasional airings in this house) and Elaine Mitchener. Mitchener describes the session as ‘free improv’ and it’s not quite like anything Alasdair has done before, though his presence is identifiable through much of it. The closest comparison might be if Concerto Caledonia performed Appendix Out’s Travels in Constants EP - and a couple of pieces by Berio. Don’t put up with that unsatisfying description but listen here until Thursday. The image above is taken from this gallery, showing the performance of Bellissimo where the musicians swapped instruments (Alasdair borrowing Irvine’s violin).
Here’s the track listing:
- False, False
- Comin’ through the Fair
- Chatterboxes [extra track, broadcast 2013-06-12, about 1hr 17 min in]
While the on-demand streams are scheduled to disappear in the next couple of days, the full session should be available in due course as a downloadable podcast (iTunes link). Apologies for being slow to share this: I had a routine operation last week that put me out of action for a few days.