Live solo concert
recorded February 2004
Previously issued on Incus 2004 “From the Store” CD-R solo guitar series. The complete solo concert is now available on DVD.
The Rooftop Concert
recorded July 2004
Filmed on a hot summer afternoon on a rooftop of a private apartment somewhere in the narrow streets of the Ribera district.
All 3 concerts
of 2004 and 2005
DVD01 Derek Bailey, solo guitar
DVD02 Derek Bailey, solo electric guitar
CD58 Derek Bailey, electric guitar
Agusti Fernandez, piano
The British free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey relocated to Barcelona in 2003. During his time in this vibrant city there were numerous musical meetings. These three recordings are released on Incus Records under the umbrella of "The Barcelona Chronicles". These recordings document Derek's new approach to his instrument whilst dealing with the complex and progressive limitations caused by Motor Neurone Disease.
Playing for Friends on 5th Street catches free-improv guitar legend Derek Bailey in an intimate concert for about 40 friends and fans on December 29, 2001. The friends - fixtures on the downtown scene - include guitarist Alan Licht, poets Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo, DMG proprietors Bruce Lee Gallanter and Manny Maris, and Stephanie and the late Irving Stone, to whom Bailey dedicated the video release. It was a casual evening and a casual performance as well. Bailey seems to be working through ideas, finding little nuances and sitting on them, working through suggestions before strolling along other paths. The single-camera footage, focused tightly on the guitarist, is presented with few edits and nicely augmented with various post-production effects: full screen and letterbox, color and warm sepia halftones and stop motion lend to the more-than-front-row intimacy of the video. Bailey is at his best during the 51-minute set, which includes his telling a story about working in a guitar shop in the 1960s (accompanying himself as he does in his much sought-after "chats") and a few moments of traditional playing on the vintage Epiphone hollow-body he bought on Staten Island.
Live performance at Dance Hakushu Forest Stage,
August 18, 2006 Hakushu Town, Yamanashi, Japan.
Running time : 45' 55”
Produced and presented by Dance Resources on Earth & Dance Hakushu 2006 Committee
Language : English
Subtitles : French
Taking The Dog For A Walk. This feature-length music documentary maps the scene of British Free Improvised Music, past and present, and retraces the road that leads from its emergence and emancipation from the various free music movements in the 1960s to the recent (albeit small) surge in popularity as talented new players and dynamic venues are coming to the fore. In his search for the “Britishness” of British free improvised music, director Antoine Prum is assisted by bass sax improviser Tony Bevan and stand-up comedian Stewart Lee, who speak to musicians from different generations and backgrounds to chart the specifics of a genre that refutes the very notion of genre. Alternating with extended live music sequences, the conversations gravitate around the idiosyncrasies of improvisation, from playing in front of the proverbial “four men and a dog” to pursuing a career in a milieu where success is not measured by mainstream criteria.
John Butcher 20:33
Max Eastley 29:11
John Edwards 29:10
Thurston Moore 34:55
Maggie Nicols & Phil Minton 26:06
Roger Turner 33:04
Veryan Weston 03:01
Richard Williams 22:54
N.E.W. Recorded at Cafe OTO
London 17th January 2012
Steve Noble, drums
John Edwards, double bass
Alex Ward, electric guitar