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P2 At Albany Again
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 20, 2012

My thanks to J Eric Smith for sending in this marvelous review of P2 playing Albany. You can hear the gig that Eric is writing about here.



Eric writes "I was a music critic (for better or worse) in Albany, New York for many years. My wife and I recently relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, and as part of launching a web presence in my new home community, I have been reviewing old archives of my work for items that might lend themselves to new purposes. I found a ProjeKCt Two live review (copied below) while digging through old floppy discs and files, and thought I would share it here, since I have not seen many other formal newsprint reviews from that era posted here. It was a lovely show, one that I still cite as one of my all-time favorite live performances.

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ProjeKct Two
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany, New York, May 8, 1998
Copyright 1998, J. Eric Smith (Originally appeared in Metroland, The Alternative Newsweekly of Northeastern New York)

"OK, now we’ve played everything we don’t know,so we can play something that we actually do know," announced electronic drummer Adrian Belew at the end of ProjeKct Two’s second all-instrumental, all-improvised set. Belew, 10-string Warr guitarist Trey Gunn and electric six-string guitarist Robert Fripp then encored with King Crimson’s "Vrooom," an angular number originally created by Fripp, Belew, Gunn and their Crimson bandmates Tony Levin, Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto.
 
As nice as it was to hear "Vrooom," the true value of the encore was to place the evening’s improvisational extravaganza in context by providing a single sample of how ProjeKct Two sounded when tackling a fully developed and structured instrumental piece. Frankly speaking, the encore paled in comparison to the 90 minutes of music preceding it, as its rehearsed complexities and nuances were nowhere near as impressive as the knotty, towering sound collages that ProjeKct Two created on the fly as the rapt audience watched and listened.
 
Fripp, Belew and Gunn were watching and listening to each other as well, and much of the thrill of this concert came from witnessing the interactions between these deeply talented musicians who have played together long enough to anticipate each other’s thoughts, sometimes before they eve realize that they’ve had them. Belew or Fripp typically opened each number with a drum or guitar pattern that the other musicians would would investigate, mount and ride, sometimes to loud and uplifting summits, sometimes to quiet, scary grottoes, sometimes back to the point at which they started. It was actually harrowing to experience in many cases, as the trio careened just on this side of control as they rode, the looks on their faces indicating that it was just as thrilling (and frightening) for them as it was their audience.
 
As important as technical prowess was to the concert’s success, mention must also be made of ProjeKct Two’s technological proficiancy. Belew was playing the latest generation of Roland virtual drums, allowing him to create a seemingly infinite number of sonic assaults as he clattered and rattled along with a look-Ma-I’ve-got drums grin on his face. (Understandable, given that he’s normally a guitarist.) Gunn matched Belew’s rhythmic and textural intensity as he tapped, stroked and and beat the touchboard of his Warr guitar.
 
Fripp spun out any number of his trademark spine-tingling sustained guitar lines but also used the treatment technology he has developed over the years via his Soundscape and Frippertronic performance experiments to create a wealth of tones and intonations. At times, the bands’ sounds were so far skewed from what your eyes were reporting to your brain that it was almost psychologically easier to look at the floor and imagine that Fripp was playing cluster chords on some beaten-up jazz-hall piano while Gunn blew on a baritone sax and Belew kept time by tapping on whisky bottles and ashtrays. Crazy, man, crazy.
 
All told, ProjeKct Two’s concert was a magnificent one, and I must confess to feeling great relief in being able to report that. Why? Because Robert Fripp’s written and recorded works have done more to shape both how I listen to and how I think about music than have any other artist’s over the last two decades, although I never actually stood in the same space with Fripp until last Friday. So imagine the potential for debilitating disappointment at this show, and then imagine the transcendent relief and joy when it didn’t come to pass. It literally moved me to tears. And how often can a wordless concert do that?"
 


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Pat's Projects
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jun 28, 2015
The ever-busy Pat Mastelotto has several new projects going live at the moment. First up is his collaboration with guitarist David Kollar and trumpeter, Paulo Raineri, collectively entitled KoMaRa. Their album, Bloom features this handsome character as the cover star, drawn by Tool's Adam Jones.



You can order Bloom here and you can read my take on the album over on the blog.

Elsewhere, Pat also appears on an album entitled  Inflamed Rides  featuring multi-instrumentalist, Lorenzo Esposito (Obake & Berserk), guitar Carmelo Pipitone and Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin on bass. Pat contributed drums to the entire album last year following King Crimson's tour in the USA.



There are 3 days left on their pre-order campaign. Find out more details here and take a peek at their video here



King Crimson Sell Out (Again)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 26, 2015
King Crimson's show in Brighton has sold out. There are still tickets for other parts of the UK tour available however, with second nights added to the itinerary Manchester, Birmingham and the last night of the UK leg, Edinburgh. Check out the tour dates here.

Elsewhere, King Crimson's dates in Utrecht are now completely sold out as well. If you're considering coming to see the Crim beast live better not to leave it too long before nabbing your ticket.   


David Cross On TV
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 26, 2015
David Cross recently appeared on Vintage TV's My Vintage show where he chose some of his favourite music. It's available here. David also appears with Stick Men on a live album documenting their Japanese tour earlier this year. Check it out here. Finally, his album Starless Starlight is available from Inner Knot and Burning Shed.


King Crimson Nominated For Award
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 25, 2015
King Crimson have been nominated in this year’s Progressive Music Awards which will be held in London on September 3rd this year.


King Crimson are included in the following categories.

Live Event - King Crimson’s US tour

The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award - Starless box set

Band/Artist of the Year - the appearance of the seven-headed beast of terror and joy.

Please take a minute to go and vote for the band in the above categories (registration is required).

You can check out the full list of nominees here.

Crimson's Canadian Sell-Out
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 25, 2015
King Crimson’s two shows in Quebec have sold out and due to extra demand, a third date in Toronto has been added.



Here’s the full list of Canadian dates the band are undertaking in November.

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre
 

Happy Birthday Ian McDonald
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 25, 2015
Very best wishes to Ian McDonald who celebrates his 69th year this very day. Though Ian is probably more widely known to the general public for his time as a member of Foreigner, it’s his crucial role and work in establishing King Crimson as a force to be reckoned with in 1969 which Crimheads around the world remember most fondly.





One Bad Apple?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 24, 2015
Apple's much publicised about-face on paying royalties during the first three months of their new music streaming service looks like it might not be the compromise it was first thought to be. According to Digital Music News, it looks as though the rate they'll pay will be just one-fifth of a penny. Meanwhile, our thanks to Anil Prasad of Innerviews for providing this link to guitarist Aram Bajakia's take on the new service.  


Fripp In A Speedboat!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
That's the image beat combo, The Horrors had in mind to help them with their new album. Read more on this unusual attempt at creative visualisation here


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
Here's a very special selection from Mister Stormy - Robert, Trey and Adrian working on material that would turn up on The ConstruKction of Light back before the Double Trio split up. Check it out here!


Crimson Come To Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 22, 2015
Due to extra demand, a third date in Toronto has been added to King Crimson's Canadian jaunt.



The full dates for the Canadian tour are:

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre


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