Following the release of their fourth collaborative record, NYC at the end of 2008, KIEREN HEBDEN AKA FOUR TET and jazz drummer STEVE REID, perform with stalwart on the Scandinavian free jazz scene, saxophone player MATS GUSTAFSSON, on Saturday 20 June at SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S annual MELTDOWN festival.
Renowned for unrepeatable events, mind-bending collaborations and unlikely line-ups (2007’s alternative ‘rat pack’ of Cocker, Cave, McGowan and Doherty has gone down in history). ORNETTE COLEMAN’S MELTDOWN is no exception with former MELTDOWN director ROBERT WYATT on spoken word duties with CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA, BACHIR ATTAR & THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA appearing with the ORNETTE COLEMAN QUARTET, and an already intriguing line up for YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND. Given that ORNETTE COLEMAN’S MELTDOWN is a celebration of the unbounded spirit of the avant-garde and the edgy impulse of improvisation, audiences can expect to see artists appearing in each others shows throughout the festival.
An unmissable festival for lovers of serious music, ORNETTE’S COLEMAN’S MELTDOWN in 2009 features artists drawn together by a love of the pioneering spirit of this year’s director, and specially curated one-off events that won’t be found on the bills of other festivals throughout the summer.
MORE SPECIAL GUESTS AND SUPPORT ACTS CONFIRMED:
ANTONY HEGARTY, from Antony and the Johnsons, will be joining SEAN LENNON and CORNELIUS in YOKO ONO’s conceptual rock band YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND in the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 14 June. On Friday 19 June Ornette will be joined by guitar virtuoso BILL FRISELL and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist FLEA demonstrates his love for the avant-garde legend by flying in from Los Angeles to guest on ORNETTE COLEMAN’S second show on Sunday 21 June. Given that ORNETTE already has two bassists in his quartet, this show is likely to shake the Royal Festival Hall to its foundations. And, you know it’s not just any festival when support for MOBY is provided by OREN MARSHALL, a pioneering player of acoustic and electric tuba who has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, Moondog and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 91 year-old sax legend ANDY HAMILTON supports THE ROOTS on Saturday 13 June and SOAP & SKIN – the piano-driven musical project of 18-year-old Austrian artist Anja Plaschg – has just been confirmed as the support act for the Patti Smith night on Thursday 18 June.
FOUR MORE SHOWS IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
SOUTHBANK CENTRE also announces four new shows in the QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL that put the seal on one of the most adventurous MELTDOWN line-ups in its 16 year history. On Sunday 14 June MARC RIBOT, the idiosyncratic guitar genius of choice for Tom Waits, John Zorn and Elvis Costello, collaborates with free jazz saxophonist EVAN PARKER and improvisational drummer HAN BENNINK. On Tuesday 16 June, jazz and blues guitarist (Ornette’s first electric guitarist) JAMES BLOOD ULMER performs a very rare solo show. In an event that will draw the connections between free jazz and extreme metal, former Faith No More vocalist and John Zorn and Bjork collaborator, MIKE PATTON will perform a special show on Thursday 18 June with avant-garde icon FRED FRITH.
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