I caught Steve Reich, on the BBC here, talking about the Brussels Flamenco Show that inspired his 1972 Clapping Music. The flamenco was dismal, until the Spanish performers began to mark time with complicated clapping patterns, entrancing Mr Reich in the process. Which led me, in a wonderful ‘completing the circle’ way, back to Spain and to Catalan Percussionist Santi Carcasona:
If you’re interested in the wonderful variety of human language, you’ll be interested in this: http://www.theoneandthemany.co.uk/explore/
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Imagine 14 humans, each in its ‘natural habitat’ (taxi, bath-tub, kitchen), sounding (and looking) like Northumbrian birds. The sound is all human, the speed is all bird:
Looking at the Spanish Top 40 this week, I saw Birdy’s cover of People Help the People at Number 2. I remember seeing Cherry Ghost performing their original version of the song on Jools Holland back in 2006. So I thought I’d see what has brought Birdy so high in the Spanish charts. The letter h has been her secret weapon.
Reblogging this advice from Leah Harris’ wonderful Jam Session Diaries because it’s so well thought out and so helpful for singers working with other musicians, in any language: