Wednesday 31 July 2013

Gavin Bryars composed a guitar piece for Derek Bailey called "The Squirrel & the Ricketty Racketty Bridge". A piece for one guitarist playing two simultaneous guitars. Bailey ended up recording the composition with four players on eight guitars ... we wanted to treat the eight & add three more .... different instruments.
Basil Psanoudakis - Turntables & ebow bass
Paul Pax Andrews - Saxophone
Wheldon Thornley - Keyboards

"There is no doubt in my mind that my friend Derek Bailey was one of the major figures in music – and not just improvised music – over the last thirty years. I was a 19-year old philosophy student, and beginning jazz bass player, in Sheffield when I first met him in 1962. Along with drummer Tony Oxley, our trio – called Joseph Holbrooke - developed over the next four years an original and experimental approach to improvisation that led us away from jazz into uncharted areas of collective free playing."