** Texts in English and French ** 169 fundamental free jazzrecords recommended in 180 pages by Maurizio & Roberto Opalio (My Cat Is An Alien) and Philippe Robert, from must-have classics to indispensable curiosities. Free Jazz Manifesto is not simply a list of 169 recommended records, but a poetic vision, a parallel universe based on a personal aesthetics of perception and an in-nite love for the most creative, incendiary, spiritual music.
If Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman or Anthony Braxton are well present, many unknown musicians make a place in this list of essential curiosities: Ahmed Abdullah, The Baden-Baden Free Jazz Orchestra, Black Unity Trio, Byron & Gerald, Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble, CCMC, Ric Colbeck, Jerome Cooper, Michael Cosmic, Phill Musra, Leo Cuypers, GL Unit, Griot Galaxy, Stephen Horenstein, INTERface, Interspecies, Clint Jackson III, Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble, Muun Music, Robert F. Pozar, Abdullah Sami, Synthesis, Motoharu Yoshizawa... My Cat Is An Alien is the world-renowned outsider duo of radical, experimental instantaneous composers and intermedia artists formed by brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio in early 1998. They started their activity in Torino, Italy, before moving in a remote, secret region of the Western Alps.
MCIAA is a single intermedia entity that acts through music, shamanic live audiovisual performance, painting and drawing, art design, photography, “cinematic poetry” films & videos, installation, writing and poetry, phonographic editions and artists' books. French musical critic Philippe Robert works for Revue & Corrigée, and is a former collaborator for Jazz Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, Octopus, and Mouvement. He runs the blog Merzbo-Derek.