Interesting new names are guitarist/composer Fred Frith – he’s been using the Wall Street Journal to generate numbers for compositional choices…-with vocalist Mike Patton , guitarist Marc Ribot with saxophonist Evan Parker, tuba player Oren Marshall, the 91-year old Andy Hamilton, and free performances by Led Bib and Acoustic Ladyland. Here’s the listings/blurb from today’s press release.Top of my list is Charlie Haden…
Listings for Meltdown
THE ROOTS with guest DAVID MURRAY & more
+ ANDY HAMILTON
Saturday 13 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £35 £27.50 £22.50
The legendary hip-hop outfit open the festival
DAVID MURRAY & GWO-KA MASTERS
Saturday 13 June, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 8pm, Tickets £20 £18
Saxophonist and clarinet virtuoso David Murray teams up with Guadeloupian percussionist Gwo Kan Masters.
YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND
Featuring SEAN LENNON, CORNELIUS & ANTONY HEGARTY
Sunday 14 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £25 £20
This is the first ever UK performance by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
IMPROVISATIONS WITH MARC RIBOT, EVAN PARKER AND HAN BENNINK
Sunday 14 June, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Time 7.30pm, Tickets £20 £15
Guitarist and composer Marc Ribot collaborates with free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Han Bennink in this unique improvised performance.
SCHOOL OF HARMOLODICS
Sunday 14 – Saturday 20 June, Spirit Level, From 11am Daily, Tickets: £80
Intensive week long course, created by Southbank Centre in partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, School of Harmolodics is open to any interested and serious artists 18 and over, whether in full-time study, recently graduated, emerging or established artists.
Sunday 14 June, The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, 5.30pm, Admission Free
Bonding over a mutual distaste for musical sterility and an inclination toward the more exciting and dangerous end of modern music, Acoustic Ladyland have been blowing minds since their inception in 2001.
Monday 15 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £25 £22.50 £20
The Senegalese superstar returns to the Royal Festival Hall.
YO LA TENGO
Monday 15 June, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 8pm, Tickets £17.50 £15
Yo La Tengo perform as part of their intimate and interactive Freewheeling Tour.
+ OREN MARSHALL
Tuesday 16 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £25 £22.50 £20
Moby performs on the eve of the release of his new album Wait For Me.
JAMES BLOOD ULMER
Tuesday 16 June, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 8pm, Tickets £20 £15
Jazz and blues guitarist and singer James Blood Ulmer is a former collaborator of Ornette Coleman’s, and was the first electric guitarist to record and tour extensively with him. He plays a rare UK show as part of Coleman’s Meltdown.
Wednesday 17 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £35 £30 £25
Top of Ornette’s dream list, Bobby McFerrin, one of the world’s best known vocal innovators and improvisers performs in the Royal Festival Hall.
PATTI SMITH & THE SILVER MOUNT ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA
+ SOAP AND SKIN
Thursday 18 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £25 £20
The director of Meltdown in 2005 appears for the first time in the UK in collaboration with inspired Canadian collective A Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra.
MIKE PATTON & FRED FRITH
Thursday 18 June, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 8pm, Tickets £30 £25
From Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Fantomas and Tomahawk to collaborations with Bjork and John Zorn, Mike Patton has been acclaimed for a wealth of projects. He performs a special show with Fred Frith.
ORNETTE COLEMAN with guest artist BILL FRISELL
Reflections of The Shape of Jazz to Come
+ BACHIR ATTAR & THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA
Friday 19 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £40 £30 £20
Ornette performs reflections of The Shape of Jazz to Come
Friday 19 June, The Clore Ballroom, 5.30pm, Admission Free
Relentlessly dodging definition, Led Bib are both a maverick jazz band and an unlikely rock quintet. Taking their name from a protective garment used on patients during dental treatment, this East London based five-piece pride themselves on side-stepping convention, with incendiary results.
CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA
With guests CARLA BLEY and ROBERT WYATT
+ THE BAD PLUS
Saturday 20 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £35 £30 £25
Bassist and band leader Charlie Haden, one of the original members of Ornette’s quartet from the late 1950s, brings his excellent Liberation Music Orchestra.
KIERAN HEBDEN AKA FOUR TET & STEVE REID WITH MATS GUSTAFSSON
Saturday 20 June, The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 8pm, Tickets £8.50 Following the release of their fourth collaborative record, NYC at the end of 2008, Kieran Hebden AKA Four Tet and jazz drummer Steve Reid, perform with stalwart on the Scandinavian free jazz scene, saxophone player Mats Gustafsson.
VOICELAB PEOPLE’S CHOIR
Saturday 20 June, The Clore Ballroom, 5.30pm, Admission Free
Saturday 20 June, The Clore Ballroom, post-show, Admission Free
ORNETTE COLEMAN with guests CHARLIE HADEN & FLEA
Reflections of This is Our Music
+ BACHIR ATTAR & THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA
Sunday 21 June, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £40 £30 £20
Ornette closes the festival with reflections of This is Our Music