Here you will find Barry's Guys miniature composition "Waiting" based on a beautiful poem by our Irish poet friend Barra Ó Seaghdha. And if you scroll through the multitude of very special gems by 41 composers you will also find a beautiful piece by Savina Yannatou who many of you know from the duo with Barry and from our "Blue Shroud Band".
SAVE THE DAY !!
KRAKOW : 24. – 28. November 2021
We are very happy to announce already the residency with the BLUE SHROUD BAND in our beloved city Krakow where we have a fantastic audience and great support from Marek Winiarski (NotTwo Records)
There will be small ensemble concerts in the Alchemia Club and also presentations of two Blue Shroud films :
“The Blue Shroud” documentary film directed by Jonathan Creasy and the London LIVE recording of our Blue Shroud performance in the Purcell Room on 16th November 2019.
The final concert in Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury on 28th November will present the première of Barry Guy’s new extended composition for the Blue Shroud Band with the title “all this this here” , based on Samuel Beckett’s “What is the Word” and his short poem “brief dream” and also a poem by Barra Ó Seaghdha “Waiting” and two Edo Haikus.
We hope that some of our friends and fans of the music will be tempted to travel to Poland for this occasion.
Nice new photo gallery of Barry Guy on the following website :
Barry Guy has just completed a new composition for the ensemble CAMERATA VARIABILE who commissioned him to create a piece for Mezzo Soprano, Piano and String Quartet.
The title is "FLYWAYS" , since the wish of the ensemble was, that the piece might relate to bird migration and it is based on a beautiful text by our Irish poet friend Barra Ó Seaghdha.
A small excerpt from his text :
We did not know what was sensation within us and what was world without us and beyond us. If we had not seen them there, there inside-us-around-us-beyond-us, would our wondering have been so full of wonder? We were overwhelmed.
Barra’s many facetted expressions on the subject suggested musical resolutions that slip and slide according to the tensions offered in his text. My task has been therefore to combine all of his thoughts into a rational tapestry of sounds that allow us to fly with the birds, so to speak.
Barry Guy reciting the poem by Herman Melville "Art"
During these weird times of NO CONCERTS at all.... we have been kindly supported by the Stiftung Nantesbuch with a request to send in a short "spring video" which would be honoured with a fee and placed on their website.
Here is a link to the pre-version of it, filmed in our garden.
In 2020 the legendary London Jazz Composers Orchestra (LJCO) which Barry founded in 1970 is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
We are very honoured and happy that we managed to stage a three day celebratory LJCO residency in Krakow with the help of Marek Winiarski, one of the main supporters of our music which was attended by many of our best friends not just from Krakow but from other countries too.
John Sharpe (UK) wrote a beautiful report about the concerts in Alchemia Club and Manggha Hall which you can read on "All About Jazz":
On this occasion Marek Winiarski released an LJCO CD with the title "That Time" (NOTTWO CD label) with works from the past by Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Howard Riley and Barry Guy. www.nottwo.com/mw1001
NEW RELEASE on our own label :
Bach Soprano Arias and Swedish Folk Chorales MCD1901
What is the Word Barry Guy has completed his new composition for the KRONOS quartet based on Samuel Becketts's "What is the Word" It will be first performed during 2020 most likely in New York.
A very early recording from the past
We recently re-discovered this recording from c.1963 of the "Pete Robinson Hot Four" which was Barry's first ever Jazz group. Line-up : Pete Robinson - alto sax, John Fenner - guitar, Bunny Rabbit - drums, Barry Guy - bass and vocals and guest Bernhard Living - tenor sax
As opposed to “performing” in a normal concert situation, I would like to explore Bach’s wonderful solo pieces TOGETHER with the audience, who is free to come, stay, and go during the three to four hours. My hope is, to reach deeper into the music and experience transformations, revelations, which result from a particular concentrated LISTENING on both sides.
MEDITATION is also the practise of peacefulness and gentleness.
Ramón López – drums and percussion Barry Guy – double bass
FROM THE LINER NOTES by Barry Guy
It was at Ramón López’ suggestion that we record as a duo in the downtime of another studio session, and perhaps it was his constellation of drums and cymbals that prompted the thought of a metaphorical planetary system. So SIDEREUS NUNCIUS The Starry Messenger the title of Galileo Galilei’s short astronomical treatise published in early 1610, did not necessarily stretch the imagination unduly – there it was in front of me!
SYLLOGISTIC MOMENTS MCD1802
Peter Evans – trumpet Barry Guy – double bass
FROM THE LINER NOTES by Barry Guy
Syllogism: a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given or assumed propositions.
Peter Evans and I have occasionally met in larger ensembles for special projects. This particular concert in Uster (Switzerland) within the PAM festival on 18. November. 2016, allowed us to delve into the minutiae of duo performance where intense listening and decoding of intentions kept our minds and bodies in high alert. This occasion had us playing somewhat athletically, pushing and pulling ideas around, and to be honest, we both felt exhausted after the concert but also exhilarated. The joys of improvisation I guess… and high speed communication.
ADAGIO for PEACE
the following links will bring you to a special recording of J. S. Bach’s g minor Adagio played with sordino and linked to our favourite charity MSF with the hope that you will donate generously to their cause.
RELEASED in 2015 on the Maya Recordings label: Time Passing / MCD1501
This live recording of the epic composition “Time Passing…” by Barry Guy based on texts by Samuel Beckett, Edwin Morgan and Kerry Hardie, features the stunning achievement of the singers Savina Yannatou, Anja Pöche ,Matthew Brook and bass improvisations by Barry Guy who acted also as conductor of the brilliantly performing Camerata Zurich.
Torben Snekkestad and Barry Guy SLIP SLIDE AND COLLIDE MCD1401 Torben Snekkestad - saxophones , reed-trumpet Barry Guy - double bass
This Duo CD documents a new collaboration of Barry Guy together with the exceptional Norwegian saxophonist Torben Snekkestad.
At convergent boundaries, tectonic plates collide with each other, sometimes slowly, other times giving way suddenly with huge energy being expended. The various plates that encompass this planet either get sub ducted by being bent and pulled under the crust, or they collide and fold the rock at the boundary creating mountains. Whatever way the plates move, there is an end result only for a moment as the forces adjust. There are indeed certain moments when the individual contributions by the two players are modified by collision - and sonic adjustments are made when one voice slips and slides around the other. This all happens in the blink of an eye compared to the millions of years that the earth adjusts its crust. Thinking of these players as “forces of nature”, I suggested that they use titles pertaining to islands surrounding their homelands. Torben Snekkestad (although residing in Denmark) has Norwegian islands and Barry Guy (residing in Switzerland) has Irish islands (referring to a country which could be called his chosen homeland). We chose the title “Slip Slide and Collide” as a playful affiliation, but nevertheless there is indeed a special moment when two powerful players negotiate their musical boundaries and present us with islands of creativity and resolution. liner notes by Maya Homburger
earlier releases on Maya Recordings:
Agustí Fernández Barry Guy Ramón López “A Moment’s Liberty” Recorded live by Ferran Conangla, May 11, 2013 in Loft Cologne The new AURORA trio CD “A Moment’s Liberty” with Agustí Fernández (piano), Barry Guy (bass) and Ramón López (drums and percussion) follows their much acclaimed CDs “Aurora” and “Morning Glory”. A moments liberty - aurora Trio
The amazing recording of all Six Partitas for Solo Harpsichord by J. S. Bach played masterfully by Malcolm Proud (MCD1301) has just been voted Classical Album of the Year in the Irish Times:
J.S. BACH SIX PARTITAS FOR HARPSICHORD CLAVIER ÜBUNG 1 BWV 825-830 MALCOLM PROUD, HARPSICHORD DOUBLE CD , MCD1301, €30/SFr50/£24/$40 (incl. p&p)
J.S. Bach Clavier Übung Teil I "Clavir Übung – bestehend in Praeludien, Allemanden, Couranten, Sarabanden und Giguen, Menuetten und anderen Galanterien; Denen Liebhabern zur Gemüths Ergoetzung verfertigt von Johann Sebastian Bach, Musikdirektor zu Leipzig, Opus 1.“ Bachs Partiten sind häufig als die großartigste der Suitensammlungen hervorgehoben worden, das barocke Pendant zu Beethovens Klaviersonaten. Dies trifft insofern zu als Bach in Stücken wie der Toccata, Sarabande und Gigue der e-Moll Partita, weit über die Grenzen seiner Zeit hinausgeht, und in seinen expressiven Explorationen genau so radikal ist wie Beethoven in seinen späten Sonaten. Sie gehören zu den höchsten Errungenschaften der Westlichen Kunstmusik. Aus den Liner Notes von David Ledbetter.
J.S. Bach Clavier Übung Part I ‘Keyboard Practice consisting of Preludes, Allemandes, Courantes, Sarabandes, Gigues, Menuets, and other galanteries; prepared for the delight of spirit of music lovers by Johann Sebastian Bach... Director of Music for Leipzig. Opus 1.’ Bach’s Partitas have often been singled out as the greatest of suite collections, the Baroque equivalent of Beethoven’s piano Sonatas. This is true inasmuch as Bach, in such pieces as the Toccata, Sarabande and Gigue of the E minor Partita, goes far beyond the limitations of his time, in expressive explorations every bit as radical as Beethoven in his late Sonatas. They belong with the supreme achievements of western art music. From the Liner Notes by David Ledbetter
LIMITED EDITION (112 LPs) of STATEMENTS V-XI , BARRY GUY, solo bass with original art work on the cover by great artists, designers and photographer who have donated these pieces to support our CD label. We will create the LP sleeves piece by piece, as the orders come in.
If you are interested in this very special production , please send us an e-mail to email@example.com and we will send you photos with samples of the artists work.
PS. Price for this LP (incl.p&p) Euro 88 (Europe) , Euro 98 (rest of the world)
COVER ART for the LP: Each of the following artists has given us 10 – 15 pieces. However, several artists’ contributions have sold out. Caroline Forbes (U.K.) , Photographs Alan Davie (U.K.), Ink on Paper , works from the 90ties Albert Irvin (U.K.), Acrylic on paper , 1995 Vanche (Belgium) , Acrylic on paper, 1995 Hans Husel , (Germany) "Signs of Music" Mixed Media 1995 Jan Erik Willgohs (Norway) , Acrylic on Card , 1994 Fred Hellier (U.K.), Ink on Paper, mounted on card, 1993 Paul Mosse (Ireland) , Works on paper, various dates Barry Guy (U.K.) Acrylic , Ink and mixed media on paper, 1994.