November 30, 2017

The Heliocentrics quoted "Ghetto Raga"...

On an article posted on line in June 2017 by ( Heliocentrics compiled a list of music that inspired their last album "A World of Masks".
Quoting TEB's "Ghetto Raga" between the tracks they wrote:

"This late ’60s English album is an oddity which boasts an appearance by the late John Peel on jaw harp. It is, again, very minimalist in approach, and drones feature heavily throughout the whole album—although this time all the instruments are acoustic, the lineup consisting of violin, viola, hand drums, oboe/recorder, cello, and slide pipes, and draws heavily upon traditional English folk and medieval music. This influence is more apparent in the material we have subsequently written, but I’ve always been blown away by the mood and hypnotic string arrangements throughout this album."

"The Heliocentrics are a group for which genres are meaningless and boundaries invisible", is written on their Bandcamp page. 

"Since first appearing on DJ Shadow’s 2006 album The Outsider the group have gone on to release a string of records that float through jazz, hip-hop, psych, krautrock, and musique concrete whilst collaborating with numerous genre heavyweights from Mulatu Astake to Gaslamp Killer and picking up prestigious fans along the way, such as Madlib and the recently departed David Axelrod.

The primarily instrumental group, who operate out of their vintage analogue studio in East London called the Quatermass Sound Lab, bring in a new singer on album number four - a young Slovakian singer called Barbora Patkova. The result is an album that takes the band, already solidified in ever-expanding grooves and rhythms into new previously unexplored dimensions. The group’s deep-set ability to craft music intuitively and impulsively stems from a desire to avoid typical processes or generic structures. Since its conception, the band's music has mainly been created from live improvisation. This musical approach gives the band its own sound and identity - "for anything to happen it must be at that time from the people in the room, and on the spot". A decade of such sonic adventures has resulted in a tightly knit bond that the group refer to as “almost a form of telepathy” with “musical changes that otherwise would be near impossible to write."

Listening the album at the Bancamp page (go here), apart a track title "Down Chorus" (2:17), frankly I feel just  vague references to the TEB's sound... But we live in a 'free world' where everyone can say what they want... 
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November 27, 2017

Paul Buckmaster's obituaries.

Here below you can read some obituaries of our great musician Paul Buckmaster published on the  main press.
A tweet by Elton John said:

                         Paul in studio in 2008.

May 1969: one of the first live apparence of Paul with the TEB at Camden Fringe Festival (photo: Robert Ellis)

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November 25, 2017

Ghetto Raga's founder THOMAS ZUNK contacted Ghettoraga Archive... soon here a piece about his connections with the TEB's music...

As probably you readers remember, in 2013 I wrote a short piece here after having  discovered a German band called Ghetto Raga existed ( ). Just few days ago, Ghetto Raga's founder Thomas Zunk contacted me just to thank for my attention...

"Hi Luca, 
thank you so much for your answer. I only came across your article a couple of months ago when I was googleing for "ghetto raga" to check what there is written about us in the net these days. 
I was delighted that you had taken notice of us. Just around that time in 2013 the last line-up of Ghetto Raga had disbanded! We were three then: me on hand drums and Theremin, Alex Ehlers on bass-guitar, oboe and english horn and Hoshiko Yamane on violin. Alex left town and Hoshiko then joined and is now famous with Tangerine Dream
Only since this summer 2017 I have gathered a new generation of musicians and I am very proud of the guys, they are outstanding soloists and improvisers. Note that the violinist, Lutz Wernicke, was also founding member of the very first line-up in 1997. Makes me very happy! The new Ghetto Raga will play its first concert in two weeks. We will do a tribute night in honour of Karlheinz Stockhausen to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his death. Dec 6. at Madstop84 in Berlin. 

                            Thomas with Ghetto Raga

Next spring I am organising three concerts for us in Berlin cinemas to play a new live soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick's amazing science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey". A BIG thing. I did that with a different Ghetto Raga line-up (and also as a soloist) already in 2005! 
Luca, I alread started writing down the story of TEB and me, how I came to love them, why I called my band Ghetto Raga and how Glen Sweeney's hand drum playing opened my mind and influenced me. It'll take a few days, my friend, then I will send you the whole story! 
For now, maybe you like to check out my website: It contains my whole work, everything I did before that, during it and after Ghetto Raga. There you will also find a button for the site of Ghetto Raga:
A lot of material! 
You will find all infos from the past line-ups, photos and links to Soundcloud with numerous sites full of music of Ghetto Raga between 1993 (proto-GR) and 2013. The name Ghetto Raga first appears in 1997 and this means that I will celebrate 20 years of Ghetto Raga in December. I know you will like what you will see and hear! I will be back soon with my little story. Thank you!
Cheers from Berlin
herTZliche GRüße Thomas Zunk"
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November 08, 2017

Paul Buckmaster passed away yesterday!

My friend Paul Buckmaster passed way just yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71... 
No words to say what I feel about this... 
We was in contact few weeks ago talking about the idea to reissue his beautiful "The Chitinous Ensemble"'s record... 
Genial Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger, conductor and producer, worldwide music looses a great artist, a wonderful person.  

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