Monday, October 09, 2006

ABOVE US ONLY SKY: Music at L'pool John Lennon

Yesterday we made a trip to John Lennon airport to collect my brother and sisterinlaw enroute from Pisa.

While there we heard about a happening taking place there last week.
The New York musicians "Bang on a Can Allstars" performed their "Music for Airports" in the departure lounge! The piece was composed by Brian Eno in 1978 and until last week, this live version ( created by Bang on a Can Allstars ) had never been heard before in a UK airport....

" Bang on a Can" are a brilliant mix of rock band, classical ensemble and part jazz band. They performed at the Philharmonic , L'pool last week ( as well as in the departure lounge! ) and soon they return to L'pool with their modern opera" The Carbon Copy Building".

The airport recital was the initial event in the Autumn Season of the Liverpool Performs 2006 artistic programme. It's presented by the Liverpool Culture Company.

I just wish our pickup duty had been earlier in the week!


Anonymous adrian said...

And if you're into percussion troupes at Liverpool, Scrap Arts Music are at the Royal Court tomorrow.

PS. Why no big-haired photo in the profile?

2:11 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Thanks Adrian.
I doubt there'd be enough space in the picture for the said ( said, Adrian, not SAD..) Big Hair.
I'm sorry it's occassionally blocked the view of the screen for the rest of the audience at Film Society. Next time I'll crouch down in the aisle if that helps. It was suggested recently by a mutual friend that I cut it.
Watch this space.
Talking of percussion, how are your lessons going yours?

2:48 pm  
Anonymous adrian said...

Hi, Jan. I think you're confusing me with Adrian Benson. The percussion lessons are going OK, thanks. I can differentiate between maksuum, baladii and sayyidii and can do a reasonably creditable filled ciftitelli.

6:35 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Was that in Brummie-ese or something more exotic?
A neighbour says she partakes of ciftitelli every Friday. Now I know what she means. Thankyou.
PS NEVER drop a triangle on your toe. Cyril Potts did in 1958. And look what happened to him...

8:40 pm  
Anonymous adrian said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

12:33 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Sounds pretty serious,being removed by a Blog Administrator..was it by the ears, I wonder?
I think it was probably Cyril Potts. Or then again it may have been that funny guy. Just wish he'd get on with his timpani. Or wite another piece about a rat.

1:22 pm  
Anonymous adrian said...

It's a doumbek, actually - don't know why the post was removed - possibly becuse there was a url. Try iserting the word doumbek between the usual blog stuff to get the address and you can see a picture of aforementioned device. I don't know anything about rats - I think you're confusing me with Adrian Benson again.

2:21 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Sounds amazing, the doumbek.
Have wasted yet more time researching it.
1.Did you know that playing 11/8 time on a doumbek will cause Musical Turbulence and Confusion to both Player and Audience...that this will NOT get you acknowledged as A Drum God??
2. YOU can learn Frills and Embellishments on a Middle Eastern doumbek in L.A. for 1/2 price this October..
3. And best of all YOU can buy one NOW on's a Darbuka Doumbek Djambe Drum and its a mere 39.99 ( 5hrs 39 mins...)
Thankuou C Potts for introducing me to such fascination. Now Im going to Morrisons..

3:07 pm  
Anonymous adrian said...

Mine cost £49.99!

4:07 pm  

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