Tip! Photographs by Roberto Masotti, texts by Carlo Maria Cella, Silvia Lelli, Luca Scarlini. You tourned the tables on me, one hundred and fifteen contemporary musicians and composers portrayed by Roberto Masotti between 1974 and 1981 with the constant (but always variable) presence of a table as a prop that always travels with the photographer. Including, among others, Robert Ashley, Derek Bailey, David Behrman, Han Bennink, Steve Beresford, Luciano Berio, Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Peter Brötzmann, Gavin Bryars, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Rhys Chatham, Giuseppe Chiari, Lol Coxhill, Alvin Curran, Max Eastley, Brian Eno, Malachi Favors, Morton Feldman, Simone Forti, Philip Glass, Vinko Globokar, Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, Tom Johnson, Mauricio Kagel, Petr Kotik, Peter Kowald, Christina Kubisch, Steve Lacy, Jeanne Lee, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Meredith Monk, Max Neuhaus, Michael Nyman, Tony Oxley, Charlemagne Palestine, Evan Parker, Sun Ra, Steve Reich, Josef Anton Riedl, Terry Riley, Paul Rutherford, Frederic Rzewski, Dieter Schnebel, Detlef Schönenberg, Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw, Wadada Leo Smith, Demetrio Stratos, Akio Suzuki, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, David Toop, Horacio Vaggione, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Michel Waisvisz, Kate Barnard Westbrook, Mike Westbrook, Kenny Wheeler, John White, Elisabeth Wiener, Walter Zimmermann.
From the introductory text by Roberto Masotti, The coffee table: a brief history
"It was found and purchased on the outskirts of Milan, on a sunny afternoon in May 1974, at a camp of gypsies who lived off buying and selling scrap iron. It was first used as a prop, by chance, when I was shooting a portrait of Juan Hidalgo, a Fluxus artist, and then again with Walter Marchetti, who formed the group Zaj with Hidalgo and Esther Ferrer. Hence the idea of a series of portraits of musicians, all featuring the coffee table. Each musician involved first took a look at all the previously selected images, then freely decided how to proceed and which other items, if any, they wanted to surround themselves with."
Print run: 100 copies
Closed format: 24x30cm
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