Back in NYC August 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.
''Immense Beautiful'' August 11, 2007
Written by Armand
This particular soundscape has a quality which I can’t describe in usual terms.
It is so extremely good and it is standing on its own.
The power it generates is comparable with a solar flare!
It is a very fine piece, that is for sure.
Thank you Mr Fripp!
And thank you DGM!
June 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.