giovedì 24 dicembre 2020

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Tramp and Tom Waits / Gavin Bryars full Orchestra

"Una voce straordinaria, e la più associabile a quella di un barbone ubriaco, avrà pensato Bryars prima di telefonare a Tom Waits. Il disco è straordinario, unico, notturno, struggente. E natalizio."

da "Non mi ha mai tradito" di Luca Sofri, Il Post, Luca Sofri 

"A 26-second recording of a nameless rough sleeper began composer Gavin Bryars’ musical quest for the heart of humanity"

da "Anthem for the homeless: mystery at the heart of a contemporary classic", The Guardian, Bryan Morton


La voce di Tom Waits appare e scompare durante il brano, per  prendere poi il largo verso il minuto 10

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet is a 1971 composition by Gavin Bryars based on a loop of an unknown homeless man singing a brief improvised stanza. The loop was the singer's recollection of the chorus of a Gospel hymn, by James M Black, published in 1911. 

Rich harmonies, comprising string and brass, are gradually overlaid over the stanza. When later listening to the recordings, Bryars noticed the clip was in tune with his piano and that it conveniently looped into 13 bars. 

For the first LP recording, he was limited to a duration of 25 minutes; later he completed a 74-minute version. It was shortlisted for the 1993 Mercury Prize. 

Bryars says:

"In 1971, when I lived in London, I was working with a friend, Alan Power, on a film about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station. In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song – sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads – and one, who in fact did not drink, sang a religious song "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet". This was not ultimately used in the film and I was given all the unused sections of tape, including this one.

When I played it at home, I found that his singing was in tune with my piano, and I improvised a simple accompaniment. I noticed, too, that the first section of the song – 13 bars in length – formed an effective loop which repeated in a slightly unpredictable way [in the notes for the 1993 recording on Point, Bryars wrote that while the singer's pitch was quite accurate, his sense of tempo was irregular]. I took the tape loop to Leicester, where I was working in the Fine Art Department, and copied the loop onto a continuous reel of tape, thinking about perhaps adding an orchestrated accompaniment to this. The door of the recording room opened on to one of the large painting studios and I left the tape copying, with the door open, while I went to have a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping.

I was puzzled until I realised that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man's singing. This convinced me of the emotional power of the music and of the possibilities offered by adding a simple, though gradually evolving, orchestral accompaniment that respected the homeless man's nobility and simple faith. Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism."

Tom Waits

In April 2019, a 12-hour overnight version was performed in London's Tate Modern art gallery, directed by Gavin Bryars. Performers included two groups of homeless people (one vocal, one instrumental), together with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Southbank Sinfonia, and Bryars' own ensemble.

_ from Wikipedia

Gavin Bryars

sabato 7 novembre 2020

Intangible Reality

"XVII_model 1l" © Fabio Barilari

Should you like to see my lecture "Intangible Reality", here it is. Its main focus is on "Drawing" as a powerful act of self expression in (and out of) the architectural design process. 

Many thanks again to Prof. Bea Martin from Birmingham School of Architecture, for her kind invitation. Further amazing lectures will be hosted every Wednesday at 6pm (UK Time) on her ARCHIZOOM lectures series. 


Ecco il video della mia lecture "Intangible Reality". E' focalizzata sull'atto del Disegno come potente mezzo di espressione interno ed esterno al processo progettuale architettonico.

Mille grazie alla Prof. Beatriz Gomes-Martin di Birmingham School of Architecture per il suo gentile invito. Altre ottime lectures verranno presentate ogni Mercoledì alle 17:00 (ora in Italia), all'interno della serie ARCHIZOOM lectures 

Bea is a fully qualified British architect and urbanist with a set of skills and experience that fall in the practicing of architecture and urban design, as well as in the teaching of its theories, training, and enthusiasm for the built environment.

Bea is the founder of Archilibs, an experimental design lab exploring the visual construct in architecture. In her role as a visual theorist, the focus is on a conceptual investigation, digital and analog, of the apparatus of drawing, the challenging boundary of drawing as a work of art, in a research that is both architectural and artistic but never an end in itself. Archilibs questions and reiterates the mission of drawing through continuous research, intense interrogation, and devotion to craft. Exploring the graphic theoria, praxis, and poiesis of architectural verbalisation as a process for drawing. Her work is not limited by the normal conventions of architectural delineation, rather a representation of different types of explorations, material, connections, and notions; A body of drawings that transverses a wider visualisation and verbalisation of the inherent reasons underlying architecture and the built environment.


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lunedì 2 novembre 2020

Intangible Reality _ Lecture


Wednesday November 4th at 6pm (UK time) (7 pm - Italy time) I will present my lecture "Intangible Reality", whitin the ARCHIZOOM Lectures series.

You can join the ArchiZoom Meeting following this link to participate:


Mercoledì 4 Novembre all 19 (ora in Italia), presenterò la lecture "Intangible Reality", all'interno della serie delle ARCHIZOOM Lectures.

Per chi fosse interessato, potete partecipare iscrivendovi al seguente link:


Thank you very much to Prof. Bea Martin from Birmingham School of Architecture, for her kind invitation.

venerdì 2 ottobre 2020

Architect Nina Maritz

Lateral Thinking in all its beauty and power. 

"Our practice philosophy can be expressed by the Navajo/Diné concept of “hozho”, i.e. environmental beauty, the happiness one experiences by being in harmony with nature. Architecture can only be complete when it works well – true beauty comes from a combination of the pragmatic, the aesthetic and the sustainable.

(...) Contextual response is crucial: appropriate approaches in a country like Namibia entail careful deployment of funding to achieve as much as possible without wasting resources. Thorough design and lateral thinking make the most of limited means. The aesthetic impact of using materials in unusual ways, exploiting their natural textures and colours, can push the boundaries of architectural design."

from Architect Nina Maritz - Ethos

All images are © Nina Maritz Architects

Video producer: Joris Komen & DNKMN Object Kinematics