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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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Boddy Reuter Giveaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 24, 2013
Thanks to those nice people at DiN, we have a copy of the very latest album by Ian Boddy and Markus Reuter to give away.



Entitled Colour Division it finds Stick Men's Reuter collaborating once again with leading UK electronic music exponent, Ian Boddy. All you have to do to get your mits on this disc is tell me the name of the last Boddy / Reuter CD released on the DiN label. If that name isn't quite on the tip of your tongue, you might find a hint here. Send your entry, along with your postal address, in an email marked COLOUR to competitions@dgmlive.com. We'll announce the winner on Saturday 28th September. You can read my take on the album over on the blog.



Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 23, 2013
A bit of a rarity here - Robert and Trey working on a piece in 1992 that never made it to a formal release! 


Fripp's F*%k You!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 23, 2013
"It was pretty funny to get this contract from Robert Fripp with “Fuck you!” on it." - find out more in an interview with the California Guitar Trio on Anil Prasad's Innerviews website.


It Was 32 Years Ago Today...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 22, 2013
Discipline was released on this day, 22nd September 1981.



Something of a ground-breaking departure in the KC canon what are your favourite moments of this particular platter?

A Post About Frippertronics
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 22, 2013
Ambient musician Dave Stafford has written an enthusiastic endorsement about the Frippertronics 15 show bundle DGMLive made available recently. You can read Dave's account of the music over on his blog


A Glazed Expression
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 21, 2013
This just in from Greg James. "I walked into this stained glass shop today to meet my sister-in-law and couldn't help but notice a familiar face looking at me...



Apparently the owner is a fan and cooked up this piece. I told him if he made one of the Discipline cover, he'd have a sale as that was my point of entry. He called me" just a youngster" and let me take a photo of his Schizoid stained glass. I told him I was going to email it to RF but he suggested that I send it to Greg Lake instead "cuz it was his album". I, of course, said that it was a group effort, but he was happy for me to send you the pic.

A fun encounter that I thought I'd share."

Guitar Circle / OCG Courses
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 21, 2013
The courses in Argentina begin in 10 days, both are directed by Robert Fripp and it is still possible to apply!

1-
The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists VIII Preparation Course
Monday 30th of September to Monday 7th of October, 2013 / Lunlunta, Mendoza (Argentina)
http://guitarcircleofeurope.com/2013-09-30.html

2-
Introduction To Guitar Circle
Tuesday 1st to Monday 7th of October, 2013 / Lunlunta, Mendoza (Argentina)
http://guitarcircleofeurope.com/2013-10-01.html

3-
The Guitar Circle Of Europe Autumn 2013 Preparation - AAD (At-A-Distance) Course
Monday November 4th to Friday December 20th, 2013
http://www.guitarcircleofeurope.com/2013-11-04.html

4-
Berlin Guitar Ensemble vs. 1605munro X · Performance Project
Monday 2nd to Monday 9th of December, 2013
Exact Location tbc, Berlin (Germany)
http://www.guitarcircleofeurope.com/2013-12-02.html

5-
The Guitar Circle - Intermediate Course
Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th of January, 2014
Casa Stella Maris, Caorle (Italy)
http://www.guitarcircleofeurope.com/2014-01-12.html

6-
The Guitar Circle - Beginners Course (Introduction To Guitar Circle)
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th of January, 2014
Casa Stella Maris, Caorle (Italy)
http://www.guitarcircleofeurope.com/2014-01-13.html

7-
The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists VIII Performance Project
Monday 28th of April to Monday 5th of May, 2014
Casa Stella Maris, Caorle (Italy)
http://www.guitarcircleofeurope.com/2014-04-29.html


Faced With Stagefright
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 20, 2013
Thanks to Lutz, who writes "I found an article on the Gibson page about "Stage fright" and I was greeted by a well-known face."


And The Winner Is...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 18, 2013
Congratulations to Will Middlemiss of Salem, Hew Hampshire. Will's name was pulled out of the hat at random and so he wins himself a copy of Major Surgery's First Cut. Stay tuned for another fab competition soon! 


Orchestral Soundscapes In London
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 18, 2013
Andrew Keeling's Orchestral settings of Robert Fripp soundscapes will be performed at London's Barbican on January 18th 2014. 

The rarity of such performances means this is really not a date to be missed for soundscape fans. The evening also features the stunning Twelve Hours of Sunset by the late, great David Bedford and composer Murray Gold, best known for his work on the long-running children's TV series, Dr.Who.



The album is available from Burning Shed and Inner Knot.
The Wine Of Silence orchestral soundscapes were last performed in Amsterdam in May 2012 and you can read Robert's view of the event and my take on the concert over on the blog.

Meanwhile, Andrew's guides to the music of King Crimson and Robert Fripp has been reviewed in the pages of Prog magazine.



You can order this and other guides directly from Spaceward as well as take a look at Andrew's various musical projects here and take a peek at Andrew's blog here.

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