Artist: Maggie Nicols, Pinguin Moschner, Joe Sachse
Album: Play Nevergreens
Genre: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Label: amf -music
About Maggie Nicols
Born February 24, 1948 in Edinburgh, Scotland, vocalist Maggie Nicols (or Nichols as what her name written in former days) has worked on almost every kind of project.
At the age of 15 she left school and started to work as a dancer at the Windmill Theatre. Her first singing engagement in which a strip club in Manchester at the age of 16. About time she did Became obsessed with jazz and started singing with revolutionary bebop pianist Dennis Rose.
From then on she sang jazz standards and originals in pubs, clubs, hotels and in dance bands with some of the finest jazz musicians around.
In the midst of all this she worked abroad for a year in 1966; as a dancer and hostess in Greece and Iran with the Jon Lei Dancers Followed by a six month engagement as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
In 1968 she joined John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble with Trevor Watts, later joined by Johnny Dyani and Carol Anne Nicholls (no relation), and the group Performed did year at Berlin’s 1st improvised music festival, Total Music Meeting with guest musician Johnny Mclaughlin
In the early 70s she began running voice workshops at the Oval House Theatre (one of the most important centers for pioneer fringe theater groups). She Both ACTED in some of the productions and rehearsed Regularly with a local rock band, Octuin.
Shortly after she Became part of Keith Tippett’s magnificent fifty piece band “Centipede” which included Julie Driscoll, Zoot Money, Phil Minton, Robert Wyatt, Dudu Pukwana and Alan Skidmore.
Julie, Phil and Maggie got together with Brian Ely FORMED and the vocal group ‘voice’. Around this time, began collaborating with Nicols so the Scottish percussionist Ken Hyder, (who had recently Moved to London) and joined his band ‘Talisker’.
By the late ’70s, Maggie Became active in feminist and co-founded the group OVA. Not long after, she started the Feminist Improvising Group, with Lindsay Cooper. So she organized Contradictions, a women’s workshop performance group did began in 1980 and dealt with improvisation and other modes of performance in a variety of mediums Including music and dance. Over the years, Maggie has Collaborated with other women’s groups: such as the Changing Women Theatre Group, and even co-wrote the music for a prime-time television series Women in Sport.
Maggie has so Collaborated Regularly over the years with pianist Irene Schweizer and bassist Joelle Leandre formidable, Including tours and three recordings as the trio Les Diaboliques. In addition to this is her ongoing collaboration with Ken Hyder. The duo Incorporates elements of the traditional tunes of Their shared Scottish background into jazz improvisations In Their most recent project, Hoots and Roots Duo. Other projects for Nicols have included a duo with pianist Pete Nu, a singing duo with her daughter Aura Marina, a trio with Caroline Kraabel and Charlotte Hug, a duo with pianist Steve Lodder (“The Maggie Nicols Songbook”) as well as Light and Shade, a project with lighting designer Sue Neal. Further More she has been Involved with many other groups,: such as the acapella group Inspiration (formerly Brixton Youth), Trevor Watts Moire Music, Very Varied, The Lewis Riley Quartet, No Rules OK, pulses, Gush and Al Dente with Lindsay Cooper, Elvira plenary and Michelle Buirette.
Maggie Nicols has Performed internationally for several Decades, for instance at the Zurich and Frankfurt the “rabble” festivals and Moers, Grenoble, Mulhouse, Vancouver and Victoria Ville Festival. She has so givenName solo performances at the Moers Music Festival, the Cologne Triennale, and a number of other creative and improvised music festivals. She has worked with a great many improvisers from all over the world Including drummer Günter “Baby” Sommer, British musicians, soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill, John Russell guitarist, Dutch trombonist and violinist Anne Marie Roelofs, the Australian Relative band (with Jim Denley) tuba player penguin Moschner, and prolific songwriting bands Loverly and Cats Cradle.
Vocalist Maggie Nicols has been 60s to active participant in the European improvisational community since joining the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the late ‘. As a co-founder of the Feminist Improvising Group, has thus she worked to further women in improvised music, dancing and other creative arts not only by example, but through workshops and extensive collaborating.
Penguin Moschner, born in 1956, tuba, attended State University of Music / Rhineland between 1977 and 1984. Since 1978 he has presented solo concerts Numerous and Appeared in a wide variety of groupings at festivals and concerts across Europe.
Helmut -Joe- axis – when he plays, one has the impression did he is almost oblivious to his surroundings, wholly Concentrated on the process of Producing sound. A symbiosis of man and instrument pervaded by electric shock-waves, stimulated by pulsating life-blood, imbued by wild, yet disciplined fantasy. Joe Sachse solo – a synonym for uncompromising drive, thrilling dynamism and technical brilliance. Whatever axis puts his hand ro Reveals search complexity did one gets the impression he is Involved in on exercise of self-duplication. He embodies Both the brilliance of a solo performer and the solidity of at accompanist, occationally Confronts himself as alter ego, Enters into self-dialogue and producesorchestral blankets of sound. When the axis, the guitarist then begins to knock, to rustle with a plastic bag and to tap his foot therby Assuming the function of percussionist, we are vaguely Reminded of the versatility of One Man Bands ….
The three musicians of Nevergreens actually require any more detailed presentation more.
Together with the vocalist Maggie Nicols, who worked with the two musicians in various bands since 1978, make a journey through the history of music. It made from pieces of Otis Redding, John Lennon and Frank Zappa, new improvisations, but have nothing in common with cover versions of popular style. For the occupation of Nevergreens would in any case not suitable.
For an idiosyncratic cast have Nevergreens. The singer Maggie Nicols from the United Kingdom presented together with penguin Moschner tuba and guitarist Joe Sachse addition to its own titles in this project songs by Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa and other musicians in pop music. Of them, these pieces from the 60s and 70s, however, not copied, but with lots of fun cited in the new context and he-improvised. Maggie Nicols has the feeling to make quotes and improvisations credible and exciting and seasoned with a dash of irony to offer. As one of the most important singers improvised music, she worked among others with Julie Driscoll, Irene Schweizer, Phil Minton, Günter Sommer and Conrad Bauer together.
In the exceptional guitarist at her side, Joe Sachse, I certainly do not have to go into here because it is in this country sufficiently well known for his collaboration with Peter Brötzmann, among others, George Lewis, Charlie Mariano, Jack Bruce and Günter Sommer. Nor should anyone ask what, then, has the tuba to do with Jimi Hendrix, I can only say that you have to listen for yourself, because it is incredible and not to describe what Penguin Moschner this as sluggish decried, elicits instrument. As one of the most renowned tuba players in Europe, he was already solo concerts throughout Europe and in Hong Kong, he played with Anthony Braxton, Barre Phillips, Roscoe Mitchell and many others.
Maggie Nicols: voice
Pinguin Moschner: tuba
Joe Sachse: guitar
01. Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix) 4:28
02. – a) Yelping Friends (Moschner, Nicols, Sachse) 14:25
– b) With a Little Help from My Friends (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03. – a) I Want You (Bob Dylan) 7:28
– b) Eye Want Shoe (Moschner, Nicols, Sachse)
04. Blue (Joni Mitchell) 3:02
05. – a) I Can’t Turn You Loose (Otis Redding) 4:15
– b) Just Turning Loose (Moschner, Nicols, Sachse)
06. – a) One Line – Spring Worm (Sachse) 11:30
– b) Working Class Hero (John Lennon)
07. – a) A the Edge of a Vedge (Moschner, Nicols, Sachse) 11:01
– b) Uncle Meat (Frank Zappa)
– c) Danny Wanna Eat No Meat (Moschner, Nicols, Sachse)
08. Madness (Prince Buster) 4:59
09. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans – Doris Day) 4:10
Recorded on October 3, 1996 at Gostenhofer Jazztage, Nürnberg, Germany by Michael Fingerhut.