So I was asked to write a bit about the Phantoms I’ve seen. Putting it behind the cut, as the post turned into a quite massive lil’ thing when I was done…
I must say that although I have my favourites, I’ve never seen a bad Phantom
live. They’ve all been good, in different ways. But if I were to list
my top 5 Phantoms, it would look something like
this (in no particular order): Flemming Enevold, Scott Davies, John
Owen-Jones, Earl Carpenter aaaaand… not sure who the fifth one is, as
there’s so many solid candidates. Somewhere between Brad Little, Marcus Lovett and Ian Jon Bourg, probably. Though I also have a big heart for Preben Kristensen and David Arnsperger.
59 performances, 16 Phantoms. Here’s my thoughts on them.
From 1975 to 1979, London improvisors published the most innovative artists and musicians of their generation in the magazine Musics. Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Zorn, David Toop, John Russell, The Feminist Improvising Group, Bob Cobbing, ICP, Val Wilmer, Annabel Nicholson, Han Bennink, Eddie Prévost, David Cunningham, Steve Beresford among many others were contributors.
…a blueprint for the interlinked activities we now call sound art, field recording, improv, live electronics & audio culture. it came out six times a year and ran for twenty-three gorgeous issues. the journal covered improvised and non-western music alongside performance art, reflecting the broad interests of the so-called “second generation” of London’s improvisers, and provided a convivial focus point. overlapping with London musicians’ collective (LMC), the publication first launched in Spring of 1975, with the tagline: an impromental experivisation arts magazine and a manifesto that proposed the destruction of artificial boundaries, and linked Free Jazz, the works of John Cage, and indigenous and non-European music….