Lol Coxhill, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker: those three blokes

One of the hazards of writing difficult pieces at speed is that assumptions can turn into errors. An email from Evan Parker has set me right on the issue of the “Three Blokes”:

“It seems almost churlish to offer a small correction, but the fact is that
Lacy wrote a piece for the three of us and the title was “Three Blokes” -
it became the title for the whole CD at Jost Gebers request.  It was also the only piece with any prearranged element- apart from the three blokes and their soprano saxophones that is. A bit sad to think that only one of the blokes is left but even sadder to have lost them both.” Evan Parker

About davidtoop

David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London who has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance. He has published five books, including Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener, released eight solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, and as a critic has written for many publications, including The Wire, The Face, Leonardo Music Journal and Bookforum. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London. Currently writing Into the Maelstrom: Improvisation, Music and the Dream of Freedom, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. His opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in September 2012. He is Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts London.
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One Response to Lol Coxhill, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker: those three blokes

  1. Ty Martin says:

    I agree, but sometimes errors can turn into an organic sound that wouldn’t have otherwise been discovered!

    I think that if you are going to write difficult pieces at speed, especially in this genre, is that you are creating a space for anything to happen.

    For better or worse!

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