The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

November 8, 2009

As part of ESP-Disk's benefit for the Jazz Foundation, we're playing this 
afternoon around 2 for a half-hour set; the event goes into the night; 
other performers include Guiseppe Logan, Talibam, Sonny Simmons, Joe 
Morris, Paul Thornton (from the Godz, remember?), Randy Burns, etc. 
Benefit's $20, place is 308 Bowery, Manhattan. You get to stay from 2 to 
9:30 I think. Should be excellent. I'm playing electric saz, ukulele, and 
electric oud with Azure singing and Myk Freedman on lap steel. My oud 
playing is weird, beware misery. But you get to hear good stuff swirling 
around and it's for a good cause.

songs again and again

eo1-4, Azure Carter, voice, myself, electric oud
eo5, myself, electric oud

you'd listen to the ensemble first. you'd take note of the bass response
and the tricks, and playing in and out of tune, and the shame of playing
out of tune. you'd then note, something's present as if murmuring was an
order of the day, sounding through the improbable dance of fingers on a
particularly ungainly solid-body instrument somewhat poorly made by
tharwat saber, egyptian, eleven strings, tuning ADeadg. you'd stay way
from these instruments with overdetermined tradition, but this is strange
enough, open to new ways of playing. i curse myself for playing at all,
it's a useless enterprise, idiotic, narcissistic, not even dance-play,
just wood. - an
example. stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid. ok it sounds good.

Our set at

ESP-Disk Jazz Foundation Benefit

at the Bowery Poetry Club tonight -

Azure Carter, vocal; Myk Freedman, lap steel;
Alan Sondheim electric oud and electric saz

(recorded from the audience by Jason Weiss)

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