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Victor Gama and Max Eastley

Friday 10 March 2006 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall introduce a session by the Angolan-born instrument builder and musician Victor Gama, in collaboration with fellow sound artist and inventor Max Eastley.


1 hour 15 minutes



Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall
Produced by Felix Carey
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

Tel. 020 7765 4661
Fax. 020 7765 4378
e-mail mixing.it@bbc.co.uk

Friday 10 March 2006, 10:15pm

Field Music: You're Not Supposed To (2.31)
Field Music are Peter Brewis (formerly with Futureheads), David Brewis and Andrew Moore with some time drummer Tom English from Maximo Park. On this new single they are joined by Emma Fisk (violin), Peter Richardson (cello) and Kenny Kirsop (saxophones).
CD single
Memphis Industries MI063

Susumu Yokota and Rothko: Waters Edge (4.25)
This collaboration came about when Mark Beazley of Rothko contacted Susumu Yokota and sent him some material he'd been working on. In Japan, Yokota re-worked these tracks and added his own parts, then sent them back. The results left Beazley, in his own words, 'speechless'. The title of this track refers to the feeling of wanting to be somewhere else more calm and peaceful.
album: Distant Sounds of Summer
Lo Recordings LCD56

Osvaldo Golijov/Dawn Upshaw/The Andalucian Dogs: Tancas serradas a muru (2.53)
Dawn Upshaw (soprano) with the Andalucian Dogs: Tara O'Connor (flute); David Krakauer (clarinet); Jamie Sommerville (horn); Ljova (viola); Erik Friedlander (cello); Mark Dresser (double bass); Bridget Kibbey (harp); Michael Ward-Bergeman (hyper-accordion); Gustavo Santaolalla (guitar/ronroco); Jamie Haddad (percussion); Jeremy Flower (sound design & laptop)
album: Ayre
Deutsche Grammofon 00289 477 5414

Session: Victor Gama and Max Eastley
Victor Gama is an Angolan-born Portuguese instrument builder and musician, who came into this session with his Acrux instrument (named after a star in the Southern Cross constellation) which consists of small metal discs connected to a round piece of glass that sits on a hemispherical resonator. He was joined by the British instrument builder Max Eastley, who brought in his monochord known as the Arc, and a instrument invented by the late Hugh Davies which consists of four springs mounted on a piece of wood with pick-ups.

Victor Gama and Max Eastley: Improvisation 1 (2.19)
Victor Gama and Max Eastley: Improvisation 2 (5.33)
Victor Gama (Acrux); Max Eastley (Arc)
Recorded 13 February 2006 at BBC Maida Vale studio 3
BBC session recording - not commercially available
Click here to see pictures from this session

Sandy Dillon: I Fell In Love (3.07)
Sandy Dillon, originally from the US East Coast area, studied Traditional Composition for Orchestral Music at Berklee College, before moving to New York and playing jazz piano for Tennessee Williams and recording scores for gay porn films. Here she hooked up with Mick Ronson who accompanied her to England, and she settled in East London. This is her first album release since contracting MRSA whilst being treated for cancer.
album: Pull the Strings
One Little Indian TPLP499CD

moha!: A2 (3.14)
Moha! is the duo of guitarist Anders Hana, who is also a member of Noxagt, Ultralyd and the Ingebrigt Flaten Quartet, and drummer Morten J Olsen (who also uses supercollider 3 software on this release): a member of Ultralyd, Office-R(6), M/N/O/G and Thomas Dybdahl's band. He has also played with the likes of Fred Frith, Arve Henriksen and Steve Lacy.
album: raus aus stavanger
Rune Grammofon RCD 2049

Victor Gama and Max Eastley: Improvisation 3 (7.29)
Victor Gama (Acrux); Max Eastley (Arc)
Recorded 13 February 2006 at BBC Maida Vale studio 3
BBC session recording - not commercially available

Michael Webster: Lotus Festival; Lullabye (4.46)
Michael Webster was recommended to Mixing It by LA composer/songwriter Brian Woodbury. He was a member of the Native Shrubs of the Santa Monica Mountains (see Mixing It, 20 January 2006).
The Lotus Festival is an annual festival of Asian culture held in Michael's Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Lullabye is a setting of a poem by Noah DeLissovoy.
Michael Webster (vocals/piano/vibes/bass); Joe Berardi (drums); Ron Sures (bass); Ray Chi (cello); Dan Clucas (trumpet); Marc Doten (bass on 'Lotus Festival'); Vince Meghrouni (flute/sax/drums on 'Lullabye'); Alex Schultz (guitar on 'Lotus Festival'); Kendall Shaw (guitar on 'Lullabye')
album: Lotus Festival
Lovethink Records LY 66

Toolshed: NaNaNaNaNaaNaa (Part 1/Part 2) (4.54)
Toolshed is the big band project of Manchester's Graham Massey (808 State/Biting Tongues/Homelife). The first half of this track was recorded at Testa Rossa Studios, Manchester, and the second half was recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Richard Harrison, James Ford (studio and live drums), Dave Walsh, Pat Illingworth (live drums); Graham Massey (programming/alto sax/baritone sax); Paddy Steer (double bass); Seaming To (Yma Sumac vocals); Howard Jacobs (live bass clarinet); Iara James (live Aztec goddess soprano sax); Roger Wickham (live baritone sax); John Pipen (live tenor trombone); Mark Frost (live bass trombone); Gary Farr (live trumpet)
album: Toolshed Album
Twisted Nerve TN066
Click here for a review of this album

Curtis Chip: Cars Are Awesome (5.30)
The Curtis Chip was a component of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5: one of the first polyphonic synthesisers to appear in the 1980s. It's also the name of this electronic musician, drummer, DJ and record label boss.
album: Eating Paste
Ad Noiseam adn38

Victor Gama and Max Eastley: Improvisation 4 (4.15)
Victor Gama (Acrux); Max Eastley (spring board designed and built by Hugh Davies); Hugh Davies (there in spirit)
Recorded 13 February 2006 at BBC Maida Vale studio 3
BBC session recording - not commercially available

Seu Jorge: Life on Mars? (3.26)
One of the great talking points of Wes Anderson's 2005 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, was the Portuguese versions of David Bowie songs played by deckhand Pelé dos Santos. The actor and singer who played this part in the film, Seu Jorge, has now released an album of all his David Bowie covers from the film, and a few others besides.
album: The Life Aquatic Exclusive Studio Sessions
Hollywood Records 206 162 576 2

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