Disease + The Girl with the Prefabricated Heart

An all-time great rock song and performance kicks off “16 Songs”. Here’s Allison Crowe live-in-concert – captured by Turtle Recording’s Larry Anschell (Engineer and Producer) and Brad Graham (Co-Engineer).

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Lyrical and social themes “as we replace marble with plastic” mesh visually with “Dreams That Money Can Buy” – the avant garde cinematic creation of German surrealist, Dadaist+ Hans Richter and collaborators. “The Girl with the Prefabricated Heart“, the second of DTMCB’s seven dream sequences, is shaped by the rich vision of French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, Fernand Léger. This experimental feature film received the Award for the Best Original Contribution to the Progress of Cinematography at the 1947 Venice Film Festival.

“Power-house intense” says an European reviewer, “”the energy of ‘Disease‘ can easily provide electricity to a small country for a decade.”

Writing in Süddeutsche Zeitung, a major German daily newspaper, journalist Peter Baier sets the stage (in this translation): “From the outset the Canadian songwriter wins the favor of the audience and increases the expectations with her coloratural laugh. Allison Crowe plays the piano with a strong grip. Its sound fits perfectly to her slightly-smoky, expressive, in short: Great voice. Sometimes her playing recalls the keyboard-capers of Konstantin Wecker and then there are moments to bring to mind Modest Mussorgsky’s „Pictures at an Exhibition“.

(And in the original text: Bereits mit ihren ersten Ansagen gewinnt die kanadische Songwriterin mit eigenem Label die Gunst des Publikums, lässt mit ihrem Koloratur-Lachen die Erwartung auf Weiteres ansteigen. Mit kräftigem Zugriff spielt Allison Crowe das Klavier, zu dessen Klang ihre leicht rauchige, ausducksstarke, kurz: große Stimme hervorragend passt. Manchmal erinnert ihr Spiel an die Tasten-Eskapaden eines Konstantin Wecker, dann wieder gibt es Momente, die an den Stil von Modest Mussorgsky’s „Bilder einer Ausstellung“ denken lassen.)

“Amazing composition,” says another in the musician’s broadly international audience, “there is so much intellect in the music writing of Allison Crowe, which you don’t see anywhere these days, not from the new artists nor the established ones.”

It’s an intellect revealed in part via inspired musical choices and its energetic expression is visceral in nature. Energy flows from the performer on-stage to engulf concert-goers as well. Spontaneous eruptions – stomping feet, clapping hands, rhythmically pulsing bodies – accompany this song (a recent bootleg video from Jazzhaus Freiburg further testifies to this rocking reality).

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Allison Crowe - 16 Songs Video Album - New Moon - Disease

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My Funny Valentine – Allison Crowe w. Billie Woods – Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

On her most recent European tour, Allison Crowe’s concert venues included several classic jazz joints.

Crowe, who started playing piano at age five, first sang publicly around that same time – belting out the Jazz Era-hit “Ja-Da Ja-Da (Jing Jing Jing)”.

Making music her life full-time since age 16, the artist, now 32, is one of the great singers and musicians in popular music on-stage and on record this century. While she’s known as a singular writer and performer of rock, folk, pop, Newfoundland, Celtic, and other sounds – her roots in jazz go deep, and she now includes some favourite standards in her many-hued repertoire.

Here, at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg, Allison Crowe sings Rogers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” – accompanied by the always delightful Billie Woods Music on guitar.

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Discerning culture blog Muruch loves Allison Crowe’s vocal take on the Rogers-Hart jazz standard, “My Funny Valentine”, saying: “I never thought anyone could match, let alone surpass, the great Etta James on this song, but Allison’s gut-busting high notes take the melody to a whole ‘nother level…”

http://www.muruch.com/2014/06/allison-crowe-my-funny-valentine-live-video.html

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Allison Crowe video from Europe tour

In an courtyard tonight in Haarlem, Holland – there’s finally internet connection enough to upload a video from Allison Crowe’s “Heavy Graces” tour! Plenty more images – and, with any luck, more video – from the latest chapter in the musical story of one of the modern greats:

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Musician Allison Crowe performs her song “Disease” — before a rocking audience at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg on Muttertag — Mother’s Day — 2014. This tune and Crowe’s wildly impassioned performances have drawn her comparison in Europe to innovative Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky — and the famed German singer-songwriter (“Liedermacher”), composer, author, and actor, Konstantin Wecker.

This hand-captured video is, obviously, lo-fi in sound+ — still, it captures some of the excitement of this night — representative of Crowe’s triumphant May 2014 “Heavy Graces” tour of Germany and Italy. The Canadian artist enraptured audiences who called her back for two or three encores each night.

At Jazzhaus – Allison Crowe takes to a stage that’s hosted: Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, BB King, Jimmy Cliff, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Betty Carter, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Terry Callier, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Nigel Kennedy und mehr greats.

Vielen dank! Grazie mille! Thank you, everyone!

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Disease ~ Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” (song 8)

An highlight for many experiencing “Tidings Concert“, and, from the outside, perhaps unexpectedly so, is Allison Crowe’s performance of “Disease“. It fits in Allison’s exploration of the many emotions and colours of the season, of life itself, and, has become a tradition, ever-evolving, in its singular way. “Power-house intense” is how one European reviewer describes it, saying: “the energy of ‘Disease‘ can easily provide electricity to a small country for a decade.”

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Free to Fly

It’s four in the afternoon and not raining. Not in Baltimore. Not in Cleveland where the world’s first rock concert happened – sixty years ago this weekend.

In 2006, the wonderful songwriter and jug-band-Jedi, John Sebastian, told The New York Times: “The (record) industry has been in the corporate noose for so long, it doesn’t even have a leg jiggle left. There’s no one left saying, ‘Wait, we want to make art’.”

Keith Richards’ tranfusion at a Swiss clinic is urban legend. The new cultural blood that’s coursing through our digital world is ready to become truly legendary. A force :)

It’s a fantastic voyage from the “Moondog Coronation Ball” to now.

Among this week’s way-stations, we hear from the newest blogger to enter ourstream: THW – the UK music blog of The Human Wreckage – very kindly features Allison today, and says: “In a nutshell; Allison Crowe is what is missing from the music industry. She has a strong mind, follows her heart and just oozes talent.” With Allison blazing her own path, and such pioneers as Ani DiFranco and Janis Ian showing what’s possible, making music stronger than the corporate establishment, these are the best of times for music-makers andmusic-lovers!

Sister THW blog – Forget the Freak You’re Just Nature – presents Allison’s captured-live-in-the-studio performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah“.

And the buffet is laid out at Muruch – enriching blogger on music, literature and film, and a site familiar to fans of Allison Crowe. Muruch premieres a new recording of “Disease” – an exciting early listen to “Tidings Live:)

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Tough Mama. Katey Sagal and the Sons of Anarchy.

Allison Crowe, with Zimmy’s “world of illusion” at her feet, is free to fly. “Free to possess truth in one soul and one body“.

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Tidings – twin docs for eyes and ears+

Here’s a real treat. Can’t rightly call it a sneak-peek, yet, as the experience is auditory. There are twin “Tidings” documents in the works – film-maker Peter Buckle’s video-documentary, and audio-engineer/producer Brad Graham’s live concert album. Both exciting projects will be released later this year. Right now, we have here a recording of “Disease“. A lot of people ask for the “Tidings” version of this Allison Crowe song. Here it is :)

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Disease (08/03/08)

An international review declares “the energy of ‘Disease‘ can easily provide electricity to a small country for a decade.” Here is Allison Crowe captured live by Turtle Recording’s Larry Anschell and Brad Graham. “Once more shifting genres, moods, and techniques, ‘Disease‘,” says 1 Heck of a Guy, “is a passionate look into the dark side of human connectedness manifest in a song played with operatic ferocity.”

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Disease + walking octopi

Disease“, ever-evolving social commentary from Allison Crowe. In concert today it can be 10 minutes in performance, and you may hear Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” or Cranberries’ “Zombie” in its middle. During “Tidings” season, Bohemia’s “Good King Wenceslas” finds way into the song…)

Here it is on the day walking octopi are discovered – more about that on the banter track

On the same weekend Allison Crowe’s concert performances are captured “Live at Wood Hall“, scientist Christine L. Huffard and colleagues release a study of “Underwater Bipedal Locomotion by Octopuses in Disguise” along with videos of Octopus marginatus, which resembles a coconut:

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and Octopus (Abdopus) aculeatus, a clump of floating algae:

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(The original vids are no longer on YouTube, still, these short clips show the same octopi walking.)

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