|| June 23, 2005
|| The Society For Ethical Culture New York, N.Y., USA
After five dates supporting Porcupine Tree in early June, Fripp peeled off on his own to play eight days in and around the east coast. This was gig number six.
Joining him on that tour was Hellboy supremo and Four Quarter Maintainer, Tom Redmond, who described the Centre for Ethical Culture as a “wonderful performance space.”
Soundscape fan, Hugh Shiebler, who attended several gigs from this tour recalls “Tonight there was raw emotion, the contrasts between darks and lights at times almost unbearable. We had a few moments of full-throttle knob-twirling abandon, similar to parts of "Radiophonics" and some of the early Argentina 'scapes, little symphonies of noise, pulsing scrunched and strangled into werning, whirring bursts. At those points I was reminded a bit of some of the ThrackAttack improvs, with their sense of boundaries having been transgressed, feeling that anything could happen.”
This was a Q&A show (although sadly this is not available) and Robert began the second half by playing a recording of one of the Soundscapes he performed at the WTC in 2000. Hugh Shiebler,who had been at that show as well, describes the impact of hearing this music in its new context. “It was extremely moving, and I know that I was not the only one in the audience who felt that. We were instantly connected with all of the horror that had intervened on 9/11, but we were also paying our respects. Or so it felt to me anyway. It seemed as if Robert's talk about the future reaching back to the heal the past was actually being demonstrated for us in real time. Quite profound.”
With his customary understatement, the guitarist wrote of this performance “A good show for me, with new ideas. A very generous audience, Crafties & old friends in the audience, even a good question or two.”
Buyer beware: there are several pops and clicks dotted about, as well as a touch of distortion on tracks four and five. Part of this concert (track5)was used on Fripp's Love Cannot Bear album released in 2005.
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Thu., Jun 23, 2005
Written by Robert Fripp
New York Society For Ethical Culture, NYC.
Tonight's performance is the first in this refurbished venue, although to call this space a venue is to demean its presence. It appears to be a former Friends' Meeting House and, as a secular performance space, approximates as closely to the sacred as I might wish.
From The Stage…
To The Stage…
To The Rear From Audience Left…
We left New Haven around 11.25. A hard drive into the city as we got closer to Manhattan. The FDR doesn't allow trucks on it, so we remained in convoy with Biff in the budget van & came in via Second Avenue, down to & across 57th. then up Broadway to No.2, West 64th. Street. Yow! 3.5 hours in all.
Practising now done, time to change. Tom & Tony & Victor are Four Quarters Maintainers this evening. Each of them is an All Quarters Maintainers, so this is quite a Team.
00.55 Hotel Acceptable, New Haven.
Four nights in New Haven, with shortish drives to venues in nearby cities, is a much better approach to un-touring than packing & unpacking every day in a different hotel in a different town. The location-based approach is sometimes referred to as hub touring & was suggested to The League of Crafty Guitarists by Bill Forth at the end of the 1980s, although we never put it into effect – Endless Grief intervened.
Hub Touring is a favoured strategy of The Very Rich Gigster. The VRG catches their private jet every afternoon to the city of the day, returning to Hub Central around midnight. The Happy Gigster, on the other hand, climbs into a van sometime during the morning & returns in the early hours.
Our evening flight back from NYC was a much easier drive than this morning.
A good show for me, with new ideas. A very generous audience, Crafties & old friends in the audience, even a good question or two.
Back in NYC, Tue., Aug 14, 2007
Written by aronson
I remember this performance very well... The Vargan had flown up from the sunshine state earlier that day. After a delicious plate of sushi we made our way to the venue.
I recall really enjoying and being very moved by [what we both remember now as] the third and fourth ’pieces’. I am keen to see if my feelings are the same when I revisit this performance later today.
The SFEC is an amazing venue and I’ve seen several performances there over the years. It is a special place. Great to see that Robert is planning on returning there later this year. I’ll be there... likely with The Vargan.
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