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just a quick newsletter to announce a new MY CAT IS AN ALIEN’s CD-R limited to
120 (move fast!..) on the newly born ESQUILO RECORDS, the first CD-R label in
Portugal!!, plus an incredible live performance in Torino by free jazz
avantgarde masters SUNNY MURRAY & JOHN TCHICAI curated by Ramona Ponzini’s
Optic Theater in collaboration with Musica 90–  read below for details….


“New York Eye and Ear Control”
November the 29th (Tuesday)
Musica 90 – Teatro Juvarra, Torino (Italy) – h.21:00

SUNNY MURRAY was one of the early avant-garde’s most inventive and influential
drummers, doing a great deal to establish the role of the drums in free
improvisation. Born James Marcellus Arthur Murray in Idabel, OK, Sunny began
drumming at age nine and moved to New York in 1956. His big break came when he
joined Cecil Taylor’s group in 1959, which allowed him to improvise at a far
more advanced level. While touring Europe with Taylor, Murray met Albert Ayler,
and wound up joining his band in 1964; through 1967, Murray appeared on most of
the saxophonist’s greatest free jazz sessions. He also worked with Ornette
Coleman, Don Cherry, and John Tchicai, and made his first albums as a leader
with 1965’s Sunny’s Time Now (for Jihad) and 1966’s Sunny Murray Quintet (for
the seminal ESP). In 1968, Murray traveled to France, where he played with
Archie Shepp and recorded as a leader for Affinity and BYG Actuel. He led a
fine quintet in the late ’70s and ’80s, and surfaced on several dates during
the ’90s. – Steve Huey, All Music Guide
Danish saxophonist JOHN TCHICAI arrived in New York City in the fall of 1962 and
quickly immersed himself in Manhattan’s fertile free jazz scene, forming the New
York Contemporary Five (with Archie Shepp and Don Cherry) in 1963 and the New
York Art Quartet (with Roswell Rudd) in 1964. Tchicai also appeared as a
sideman on some of the decade’s most crucial free improv recordings: Albert
Ayler’s New York Eye and Ear Control, Archie Shepp’s Four For Trane and John
Coltrane’s Ascension. – Brent Burton
Michael Snow
Canada, 1964, sound, B&W, 34 mins, 16mm

The top of MICHAEL SNOW’s curriculum vitae reads, born: Toronto, Ontario, 10
December, 1929. Occupation: filmmaker, musician, visual artist, composer,
writer, sculptor. As Canada’s best-known living artist, Snow is also one of
the world’s two most highly acclaimed experimental filmmakers (the other
being Stan Brakhage, US). In the 1960s, he developed a reputation for being an
important innovator in the fields of Pop and Minimalist art. Retrospectively,
his second film, New York Eye and Ear Control (1964), is now viewed as being a
key to the important contrapuntal complexities of Snow’s oeuvre. In it, the
improvised, spontaneous, expressionist and emotional music of
avant-garde jazz musicians Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell
Rudd, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray coexists with the classical,
measured, composed, and intellectual filmed images.


MY CAT IS AN ALIEN – “Astral Key” CD-R (Esquilo)

“The first instalment in the Granite Series features Italian improv/drone rock
duo My Cat Is An Alien further exploring their sound. This recording is taken
from one of their recent European tour shows were they have showcased their
music exploring the possibilities of the guitar drone and its associations with
the sounds from the galaxy. The scotish landscape may have provided the right
atmosphere, but the stars had to be aligned so that the brothers Opalio could
accomplish such set. Magical.
This edition comes in a black gatefold cardboard sleeve with an original photo
on the cover. There are three different photos – three different covers. The CD
is silkscreened with an original star map. Limited to 120 copies.” (Esquilo)



– out early December 2005 –
yesss…the long-time announced, new cult-project featuring mystique chants and
old traditional poems recited in Japanese by Ramona Ponzini alongside the
Opalio brothers performing weird acoustic tunes– The LP comes in a gorgeous
handmade limited edition of 600 + only 80 (!!!) in different color paper…

*ROBERTO OPALIO – “The last night of the Angel of Glass” DVD-R + CD-R
(Foxglove/Digitalis Industries)
– out mid-December 2005 –
Special art-set ltd.ed. of 100 (!!!), featuring a new soloist work by Roberto
Opalio; the DVD contains the whole film (images+music); the CD the whole music
soundtrack… move extremely fast and pre-order your copy now!


OK – so stay tuned for these new cosmic releases and much more… from the outer

Alien faith!————–MCIAA & Optic Theater