Prior to the world premiere of Glenn Branca's Symphony no. 15 (Music for Strange Orchestra) at (Le) Poisson Rouge, reporter Don Fuchs arranged access for us to observe the rehearsals happening at Carroll Music Studios in Manhattan. Below is a slide show of images from that evening. The orchestra rehearsed without the Maestro for the first few hours, and later I had the opportunity to photograph Glenn while he was being interviewed. Glenn and LPR are raising money via kickstarter to finance the recording and limited edition release of the new work.
Le Poisson Rouge
Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, who helped invent the genre as the powerhouse drummer for Fela Kuti, was in town last week for a few performances. He played an intimate late night set as part of Rich Medina's Jump N Funk series. His Afrobeat Orchestra composed of mostly younger players was strong and tight and they grooved their set along til past 2 AM.
Sierra Leone born Ahmed Janka Nabay performed a great warm up set of 'Bubu Music' - a style comprised of twitchy fast poly-rhythmic drums (played here on a synthetic kit, which sounded fine) with looping figures in the bass and guitar. Over, or more within, this sound scape, Nabay weaves a song-speak narrative with a response from the band. It was a great, eye opening show, I really enjoyed it. Nabay has a 12" 45 rpm EP out on True Panther which I picked up and have been digging.