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PHILIP GLASS — LODGER PREMIERE

The world premiere of Philip Glass’ 12th symphony—an interpretation of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s music for LODGER—will be conducted this week in Los Angeles by John Adams in a program that includes Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails and Adams’ Grand Pianola Music.

Angelique Kidjo will sing during the LODGER section, and program performers include sopranos Zanaida Robles and Holly Sedillos, mezzo-soprano Kristen Toedtman, pianists Marc-André Hamelin and Orli Shaham, and organist James McVinnie.

 

LODGER—

ADAMS & GLASS

Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11, at 8 pm.

Sunday, January 13, at 2 pm.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Above: Original Lodger album cover, 1979. Image credit: RCA.

Below: Philip Glass (left) and David Bowie.

ANNETTE PEACOCK IN CONCERT

Artists Space and Blank Forms present pioneer composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Annette Peacock in concert this month in Brooklyn. An associate of Ram Dass, Paul Bley, and Robert Moog, she was the first to use the Moog Synthesizer for vocal processing.

Peacock’s last public performance in the city was at the Whitney in 2013.

“Peacock struck out on her own with I’M THE ONE, her 1972 solo debut, a cult classic marked by free-flowing, rock, R&B and pop-influenced jazz with Peacock’’s dynamic vocals. Equal parts moving and disquieting, I’M THE ONE—praised by such artists as David Bowie and Brian Eno——stands among the most adventurous artistic statements released by a major label, and established Peacock as a force in not only jazz, but the broader category of pop music as well.

“Pushing her sound further and further in the ensuing years, Peacock would collaborate with a diverse slate of artists including Salvador Dalí, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Robert Wyatt, Mick Ronson, Coldcut, Bill Bruford, and Alan Holdsworth among many others.”*

ANNETTE PEACOCK*

Friday, December 7, at 8 pm.

First Unitarian Congregational Society

119 Pierrepoint Street, Brooklyn.

Annette Peacock, including artwork for I’m the One, above.

RE-MAKE RE-MODEL

“I loved American music. From the age of about 10, every week you’d discover somebody new. I was very much into jazz. You know how English people are; there’s a certain amount of musical snobbery. I mean, I loved Little Richard and Fats Domino, but when I heard Charlie Parker for the first time, this was something I really loved, and nobody else who I knew knew anything about him. It’s good to have your private obsessions.” — Bryan Ferry*

Roxy Music has revisited their 1972 self-titled debut album with a 45th anniversary reissue packed with unreleased demos, outtakes, radio sessions and more. ROXY MUSIC—45TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is out now in a variety of formats, including a 3CD/DVD super deluxe edition that also comes with a 136-page book.”**

The DVD includes video footage of “Would You Believe,” “If There is Something,” “Sea Breezes,” and “Virginia Plain” filmed in 1972 at Bataclan.

Roxy Music, from left: Paul Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Brian Eno. Image courtesy Roxy Music and the BBC.

HEROES: DAVID BOWIE AND BERLIN

David Bowie moved to Berlin in late 1976 and stayed—on and off—for about two years. He recorded 32 songs for the “Berlin triptych”—Low, Heroes, and Lodger—but none of this dovetails too neatly: Low was started at Château d’Hérouville (“Honky Château”), outside Paris, and Lodger was recorded in Montreux. Only Heroes was made at Hansa Studios in Berlin. For the first time since Hunky Dory, he was just “David Bowie,” sans overly-constructed persona or alter ego (unless you count Iggy Pop). During the very years that punk exploded out of lower Manhattan and London and in dives off Hollywood Blvd., Bowie went back to a deeper source—his fascination with the rough imagery of the artists of Die Brücke, as a gateway to Weimar Berlin.

Bowie’s new, temporary home was a life-saving move from the death trip of Los Angeles, where the singer was subsisting on little more than cocaine, Gitanes, and glasses of milk. In Berlin, Bowie rediscovered food (and alcohol). And he began a working life with Brian Eno.

This is the subject of Tobias Rüther’s HEROES: DAVID BOWIE AND BERLIN, a Reaktion Books translation of Rüther’s Helden (2008), and part of their Reverb series. Sifting through the myths and creating a few of his own, Rüther draws from a rich vein of source material: memoirs by Romy Haag, Christine F., and producer Tony Visconti; Paul Trynka’s Iggy Pop and Paul Stump’s Roxy Music biography Unknown Pleasures; histories by Rory MacLean and Ernst Bloch; and dozens of Bowie bios, which are legion.

Following the release of Lodger, Bowie moved to New York City and entered the mainstream. The”Berlin years” are remembered as his last great period of true experimentation, until the final burst of Blackstar just before his death.

 

HEROES: DAVID BOWIE AND BERLIN by Tobias Rüther

reaktionbooks.co.uk

This British paperback is available locally at Book Soup for $25.

BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

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Image credit: Reaktion Books

Image credit: Reaktion Books. Original image © Steve Shapiro/Corbis

 

WEEKLY WRAP UP | NOV. 3-7, 2014

Las Pozas, Mexico

This week on the blog we visited Pentti Monkkonen‘s new exhibition; we saw Black Coffee; we listened Thursday Afternoon; and we passed by The Fondation Louis Vuitton.