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No Idea :: January Sunday

Four January Sundays in Austin featuring regional improvised music accompanied by a viewing of
Derek Bailey’s seminal four-hour documentary “On The Edge: Improvisation In Music”

Alvin Fielder Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten
Sandy Ewen Chistina Carter
Dave Dove Chis Cogburn

Sunday #1 ::

Sunday, January 08 at Skinny's Ballroom // website + map
Set One :: Episode one of Derek Bailey's On The Edge: Improvisation In Music
Set Two :: Nick Hennies (solo) performing Psalms
Set Three :: Dave Dove / Chris Cogburn / Ryan Edwards

doors at 4:30p // video screening at 5p (sharp!) // music at 6:15p
$5-10 sliding scale admission (note: video screening is free)

Sunday #2 ::

Sunday, January 15 at Skinny's Ballroom // website + map
Set One :: Episode two of Derek Bailey's On The Edge: Improvisation In Music
Set Two :: Sandy Ewen (solo)
Set Three :: Lucas Gorham (solo)
Set Four :: Serpentine

doors at 4:30p // video screening at 5p (sharp!) // music at 6:15p
$5-10 sliding scale admission (note: video screening is free)

Sunday #3 ::

Sunday, January 22 at Skinny's Ballroom // website + map
Set One :: Episode three of Derek Bailey's On The Edge: Improvisation In Music
Set Two :: Christina Carter (solo)
Set Three :: Alvin Fielder / Damon Smith / Dave Dove / Jason Jackson

doors at 4:30p // video screening at 5p (sharp!) // music at 6:15p
$5-10 sliding scale admission (note: video screening is free)

Sunday #4 ::

Sunday, January 29 at The Broken Neck // website + map
Set One :: Episode four of Derek Bailey's On The Edge: Improvisation In Music
Set Two :: Bryan Eubanks
Set Three :: Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten / Jon Doyle

doors at 4:30p // video screening at 5p (sharp!) // music at 6:15p
$5-10 sliding scale admission (note: video screening is free)

Derek Bailey's On The Edge: Improvisation In Music

A series of four 55 minute films broadcast in the UK in early 1992. Written and narrated by Derek Bailey, produced and directed by Jeremy Marr, this work developed out of the first edition of Bailey's book on improvisation (the broadcast loosely coincided with the publication of the second edition) and attempted to provide a world-view of the subject, not being bound by country, musical genre or preconception. To say this was the best and most intelligent analysis of improvisation to be screened on UK television is probably unnecessary: it has in all likelihood been the only televised program on this form of music-making.

The four programs are:

1: Passing It On
Featuring: Douglas Ewart at Haynes School in Chinatown, Chicago; improvisation in Mozart with Robert Levin, piano and the Acadamy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood; John Zorn and Cobra; improvisation in religious and devotional music and communities with: Naji Hakim - organ improvisations in Paris; Gaelic psalm singing on the Scottish Isles of Harris and Lewis; and Indian singing with Pundit Hanuman Misra.

2: Movements In Time
Tracing the effects of migration on improvising links across continents and the production of new styles from the combinations: qawwali from the Sufis in New Delhi, Northern India; Hindu music of Rajistan with Ram Narayan; early medieval music performed in Andalucia by Symphony (Stevie Wishart, Mark Loopuy, Jim Denley); improvisation in dance with: Mario Maya, flamenco; Indian kathak mime and movement; and Egyptian gypsy music; the mixture of Cuban music and jazz with Eddie Palmieri.

3: A Liberating Thing
Concentrating on jazz based and free improvisation. With Max Roach at the Harlam School of the Arts; Butch Morris conducting (with, among others, Shelley Hirsch); Sang-Won Park and Korean music; Max Eastley's sound sculptures; Derek Bailey (solo and fleetingly with Phil Wachsmann, Steve Noble and Alex Ward); Steve Noble and Alex Ward duo; Nashville musicians including Buddy Emmons; Eugene Chadbourne.

4: Nothin' Premeditated
Featuring: Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead; Buddy Guy; George Lewis and computers (and in quartet with Douglas Ewart and sound and video generation); mbira music from Zimbabwe; music of the Tonga people; concluding with a house party on the Lower East side.