The last ever show of Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment will take place in London at the Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 4th December.
Tiring, as he does, of any form of permanence, Penny is renaming his operations.
‘L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS’ as, if nothing else, a reflection of his heart – ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’. The band’s stellar line up will remain - Penny Rimbaud/voice, Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello, Jennifer Maidman/guitars, with visual additions by Mick Duffield and Gee Vaucher plus occasional guest artists.
Of their recent show in Paris, Delphine Delaby wrote – ‘a special atmosphere that combines tension and power with serenity. The words and music blend to perfection. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen at the Cite de la Musique’.
Penny and the band will be taking a quarterly residency at the Vortex in the coming year.
Vortex 11 Gillet Square. London (Dalston Kingsland Station) www.vortexjazz.co.uk
While we’re on the subject, here is an excellent full length performance by Penny and cohorts earlier this year in Japan.
This Wednesday 14th August at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London, Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment will be performing a very special piece. Here’s the details from the man himself.
On Wednesday 14th, I’m doing a gig at the Vortex, Dalston, with Eve Libertine, Christine Tobin, Louise Elliott, Jennifer Maidman, Phil Robson and Chas Weber. The second half will be an experiment with free time based around an electronic piece that I created for our recent gig in Tokyo. For want of a better description, the piece, which employs progressive time stretches, ‘represents’ a nuclear meltdown, or perhaps merely the slow erosion of all and any technological or/and social system. It’s another attempt to move out beyond the confines of time/space which so bind so much of our lives. It’d be nice if you were there to share the experience.
Love, blessings and joy,
Love Songs is the book which compiles all of the words to all of the songs by Crass. Originally published by Pomona in 2004 as a paperback, and out of print for a couple of years, we felt it was time for a resurrection. Love Songs seems a fitting endpoint to the Crassical Collection – the remastered and expanded CDs of Crass’ studio albums.
Love Songs may seem to some an ironic title for the words of Crass, who are often dismissed as “angry shouty noise” by those Continue reading
And so we arrive at number six in the series of re-releases of Crass’ now classical albums remastered and with additional related material. This edition includes the original Crass album plus additional tracks featuring Eve Libertine, Hit Parade, A-Soma and Penny Rimbaud, and comes with a specially designed fold-out poster and an illustrated booklet containing lyrics and contextual notes.
Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day – The Swansong. Recorded at Southern Studios Winter 1984–Summer 1985.
From the liner notes by Penny Rimbaud:
“Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious. In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established Continue reading