Steve Lacy Double Sextet:
|Mon pauvre cur est un hibou
qu'on cloue, qu'on décloue, qu'on recloue.
Recorded in 1992
|Ind.||Title||Composer / Author||Dur.|
|1/||The Owl||Steve Lacy / Guillaume Apollinaire||6:53|
|2/||Torments||Steve Lacy / Gaston Chaissac||10:52|
|3/||Tracks||Steve Lacy / Mario Merz||7:30|
|4/||Dome||Steve Lacy / Kurt Schwitters||16:29|
|5/||The New Moon||Steve Lacy / Wassilky Kandinsky||11:15|
Recorded March 4-6, 1992 at Grosser Sendesaal Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, Cologne (Germany). Recording supervisor: Ansagar Ballhorn. Engineer: Peter Esser. Assistant engineer: Walter Platter. Sound: Helmut Schmaul. Piano tuner: Paul Müller.
Mix, editing & CD-mastering by Ansagar Ballhorn.
Producers: Ulrich Kurt, Pia & Werner Uehlinger.
Cover painting: Wassilky Kandinsky ("Improvisation 9", 1910). Cover art: Walter Bosshardt.
This set of five "painted poems" by the Painter's Poet (Apollinaire) and four Painter-Poets (Chaissac, Merz, Schwitters and Kandinsky) was composed in the beginning of the '70s (Rome-Paris) and reworked (rewritten, revised, reconsidered, rescored, rearranged) off and on since then, until this version for double sextet commissioned by Ulrich Kurth (WDR Cologne) and Werner X. Uehlinger (hat Hut Records), which was also performed live and subsequently broadcast.
The texts are sung in French (1, 2), Italian (3), and German (4, 5).
The unity between all the arts, as well as the infinite possibilities of collaboration between artists in different disciplines, and of different persuasions, has long been apparent to many of us. However, the actual work in common, and the combining of the elements involved, remains a very delicate affair and, just as in good cuisine, too much spice, or too much cooking, or any number of misjudgements or false actions, can ruin a dish.
I hope these five paintings are bright and clear!
The pieces are dedicated to Anton Webern (The Owl), Erik Satie (Torments), Gioacchino Rossini (Tracks), Serge Prokofiev (Dome), Kurt Weill (New Moon).
Steve Lacy (August 1992)