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Options July 12, 2017: Zu Manifestival & Nova Convention (1978)

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Zu Manifestival Poster 1978

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
impLOG (Don Christenson)  Holland Tunnel Drive (excerpt)   Options   Dark Entries  1980  impLOG was the solo project of Don Christensen after leaving New York No Wave group The Contortions in 1979. He began making music using found sounds, a Univox drum machine, guitar stomp boxes, Casio keyboards and percussion instruments. 
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa (The Crying of the Mouse)   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme 
Music behind DJ:
Jean TIngleuy 
Sound Sculpture Installation   Options   Audio Arts  1983  Cassette released by Audio Arts, London, UK, 1983 
Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival 1978 at Entermedia Theater. Selections from tapes restored by Dave Soldier
Zu Band  Live Set (excerpt)   Options Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival      Recorded 8 October 1978. Bill Laswell, Fred Maher, George Bishop, Cliff Cultreri (replaced by guitarist Michael Lawrence here?), Dennis Weise, Michael Beinhorn, Gilli Smyth, and maybe Chris Cutler, Daevid Allen in there too? Gomelsky allegedly hooked up Zu Band with former Gong frontman Daevid Allen and they became "New York Gong". 
Taka-i-ki  Live Set (Fed 4 Thought)   Options Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival      Recorded 8 October 1978. From Gromelsky's notes: Elliot Levin, tenor & soprano saxes; Steve Buchanan, alto sax; George Bishop, tenor sax; Rick Iannacone, elec. guitar. 
Yochk’o Seffer  Live Set (excerpt)   Options Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival      Recorded 8 October 1978. Neffesh Music: Michael Reduie saxophone; Dave Kassler secondary bass; Francoise Laizeau, percussion; Y'ochko Seffer, soprano saxophone. 
The Muffins  Live Set (excerpt)   Options Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival      Recorded 8 October 1978. Paul Sears, Dave Newhouse, Billy Swan, Tom Scott. 
Gerry Lindhal & Gregg Weisman (PASS)  Live Set (excerpt)   Options Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival      Recorded 8 October 1978. Gerry (Gerald) Lindhal who founded Studio PASS (now Harvestworks) and Gregg Weisman, synths. 
Fred Frith, Peter Blegvad, Chris Cutler, Billy Swan  Live Set (Alcool)   Options Giorgio Gomelsky’s Zu Manifestival      Recorded 8 October 1978. Introduced by Frith 
Nova Convention, John Giorno's celebration of Willam Burroughs, 1978 at Entermedia Theater. Selections from tape archives of John Giorno and Charles Ruas, restored by David Weinstein
John Giorno  Interview   Options Nova Convention      Recorded 1978. Linda Perry of WBAI interviews the poet about the Nova Convention. 
Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye  Live Set   Options Nova Convention      Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1978. Smith chats with audience then two pieces: For Jim Morrison, and Bumblebee 
Allen Ginsberg Band  Live Set   Options Nova Convention      Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1978. Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky with rockabilly band. 
John Giorno/William Burroughs  Interview & Live Reading   Options Nova Convention      Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1978. About William Burroughs, then Burroughs reads. 
Steve Lacy  Tape Piece   Options Nova Convention      Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1978. Peter Orlovsky introduces an electronic piece by Lacy. 
Ed Sanders  Live Set (Sappho Songs)   Options Nova Convention      Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1978. Songs accompanied by his Bardic Pulse Lyre. 

Listener comments!

Avatar 2:56pm weinstein:

Everybody is welcome to contribute what they know about these tracks today. Lots of anecdotes and mystery surrounds both festivals.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Webhamster Henry:

I wasn't there, but I can make stuff up with the best of them!
  3:04pm ?:

I played with The Muffins and Yochk'o Seffer at ZU. I was also FOH sound for all the I was not playing.
  3:05pm Paul Sears:

Sorry, forgot my name...
Avatar 3:06pm geezerette:

What an incredible poster / flyer. Wow!
  3:07pm Paul Sears:

I have an original poster, and a T shirt.
Avatar 3:08pm geezerette:

Lucky man.
Avatar 3:09pm weinstein:

Yes Paul Sears! Thank you for your notes and pix and playing and engineering on this!
  3:09pm weasel walter:

go, paul, go!
Avatar 3:10pm geezerette:

Love this already. Top of my dead just lifted.
Avatar 3:11pm geezerette:

haha head. whew.
  3:13pm Paul Sears:

I was drafted 4 days before to do sound. Joe Goldin bailed. Giorgio TOLD me I was doing sound. Night before, got trained on the system with Art Ensemble of Chicago. That was a Pink Floyd owned rental PA, with PINK FLOYD 750 (actually Phase Linear) amps.
Avatar 3:14pm weinstein:

Paul you are making all the nerds very happy. Like me.
  3:14pm weasel walter:

bill laswell is shredding. attention.
  3:15pm Paul Sears:

I have a photo of the Midas FOH console somewhere.
Avatar 3:15pm fred:

Good afternoon David and all.
re: earlier "Music behind DJ", my office is underground, below a set of sculptures by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle
  3:15pm weasel walter:

i think this sounds a lot more like bill bacon on drums.
Avatar 3:16pm weinstein:

Fred, the Tingleuy fountain outside Centre P is one of my favorite things in the universe!
Avatar 3:17pm weinstein:

@Walter, the drummer is the most disputed name from this group. Can't untangle it, but glad to have more heads listening!
  3:19pm weasel walter:

i just wrote to michael beinhorn about this broadcast being on. i'll try to get some poop from him about this.
Avatar 3:20pm fred:

@David: that's the one
  3:21pm weasel walter:

lots of hard-to-hear no wave bands on the schedule: arsenal, made in USA, theoretical girls, the static, members of sick dick and the volkswagens (abbott, miller) . . . X___X didn't play.
  3:21pm weasel walter:

the residents, vis a vis hardy fox and jay clem, were on hand!
  3:23pm Paul Sears:

yeah hardy was cool. Gave me a vinyl NOT AVAILABLE. Bob Fripp and Deborah Harry sat right in front of me for awhile. They were at Giorgios the night before. Very cool.
  3:25pm weasel walter:

the post manster band, robal played, with alan and rob hertzberg
  3:25pm weasel walter:

small coterie of philly free jazz guys: elliott levin and bobby zankel
  3:26pm Paul Sears:

I have been searching for the hertzbergs for years. No luck.
  3:26pm weasel walter:

lydia lunch was a big manster fan. LOL
Avatar 3:28pm geezerette:

Fred, fantastic! Which means you can see them when you come up for air.
Avatar 3:28pm northguineahills:

The figure on the flyer also feature's on Harmonium's eponymous record cover.
  3:28pm weasel walter:

i will send this broadcast along to elliott levin. he will be psyched this got played on the radio, re: taka-i-ki
  3:29pm Paul Sears:

Gomelsky resisted letting me digitize these tapes for over 20 years. Huge thanks to Dave Soldier for getting this done.
Avatar 3:29pm geezerette:

heya ngh!
  3:30pm weasel walter:

i'm glad there's still some oxide on these tapes. ha ha ha
Avatar 3:30pm geezerette:

Paul Sears, horrible to contemplate. This is wonderful.
  3:31pm Paul Sears:

Kudos goes to Dave Soldier!
Avatar 3:31pm fred:

@geezerette: It also means I barely notice them by now. Except when they're turned on, which is usually not the case. Even then the water jets are often off
Avatar 3:35pm weinstein:

@WWalter, Zankel was listed as playing but apparently is not on the tape, by Gomelsky's track notes.
  3:35pm Paul Sears:

My ears were burned pretty good for many hours before The Muffins played!
  3:35pm weasel walter:

interesting personnel in this taka-i-ki band. i've played a lot with elliott levin and played once with rick iannacone. elliott was pretty young back then and was playing with cecil taylor.
  3:36pm Paul Sears:

  3:36pm weasel walter:

sounds like the mufiins
  3:37pm Paul Sears:

Nope. Yochk'o did play with us tho.
  3:37pm weasel walter:

ah, i see. neffesh music. got it.
  3:38pm weasel walter:

i'm here to learn!
  3:39pm Paul Sears:

I have to duck out for a few minutes soon. Hopefully a quick errand. Unexpected!
Avatar 3:40pm weinstein:

Yochk'o Seffer , born Seffe József 10 July 1939 Hungary ), is a French composer and instrumentalist. He is also a painter and sculptor, including some of his own instruments (the "sculptophonies" ).
Avatar 3:40pm weinstein:

Big thanks again to you Paul!
  3:40pm Paul Sears:

Neffesh rehearsed at The Muffins house
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm doctorjazz:

Driving, listening, had to pull over to post THIS IS GREAT!
  3:43pm weasel walter:

Avatar 3:46pm weinstein:

Doctor! I will pass the love on to Dave Soldier, who fueled the effort.
Avatar 3:47pm geezerette:

David, are you aware of Lyn Foulkes,the L.A. painter / musician ?
Also George Hermes, both visual artists who make their own,exquisitely low tech,instruments.
To check out way after this show, think you might dig.
Avatar 3:49pm northguineahills:

ahhh, studio PASS became Harvestworks. Thanks for the info!
Avatar 3:49pm weinstein:

Thanks, G. I am interested in instrument builders. Came this close to studying with Harry Partch.
Avatar 3:50pm weinstein:

PASS had a Fairlight. We drooled.
Avatar 3:50pm geezerette:

Damn! That would have been fascinating.
Avatar 3:54pm fred:

This PASS set is wonderful
Avatar 3:57pm weinstein:

I don't remember Gerry begin so wild. But looking back. Yeah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm Webhamster Henry:

I recorded a little on the Fairlight over at P.A.S.S.. I have an 8" floppy somewhere I think with whatever it was I did on Page R.
Avatar 4:04pm fred:

Is the band Zu named after that event?
  4:04pm weasel walter:

the italians? probably not.
Avatar 4:06pm geezerette:

This is literally unbelievable. So happy!!!
Avatar 4:27pm northguineahills:

This Ginsberg Band is superbly fun....
Avatar 4:29pm weinstein:

I never have quite figured out who is playing. Giorno doesn't remember and the WBAI notes are poor.
Avatar 4:36pm geezerette:

This real humor and spirit is nearly impossible to find on media now. They have a sweet sincerity and so much passion. Unafraid of embarrassment.
  4:39pm weasel walter:

thanks mr. weinstein. great show!
Avatar 4:39pm geezerette:

what weasel said.
Avatar 4:39pm weinstein:

The archivist in me gets giddy with this kind of broadcast.
Avatar 4:41pm geezerette:

History magic. :)
Avatar 4:42pm weinstein:

Thanks all. I was hoping, and certainly Dave Soldier and Ruas do as well, that some secrets would get revealed if we started posting this stuff. Amazing.
Avatar 4:54pm northguineahills:

Thanks David, truly revealing stuff!
Avatar 4:56pm Tom M:

Thanks Daves et al.! Somewhere in my archive is an air check I taped from WBAI during the original broadcast that I think has some of the missing parts.
Avatar 4:57pm fred:

Thanks David(s)
Avatar 4:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza):

Here comes one of my favorite loopfests in a long, long time: "Ramu Misses You": wfmu.org...
Avatar 4:57pm weinstein:

Write me Tom! We can share info!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Webhamster Henry:

That Nova convention sounds like fun, back when BAI was fun!
Avatar 4:58pm weinstein:

Tingleuy into Kenzo.... perfect... Bye all!
Avatar 4:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza):

(starting in moments, running for two playfully surreal hours)
Avatar 5:00pm Tom M:

Will do! I've got a couple of Giorgio stories too.
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