- I am hopefully going to get to interview all three members of the
group Borbetomagus in the near future. Anybody have ideas for
- --- In thewire@y..., Daniel DiMaggio <aggio@b...> wrote:
> I am hopefully going to get to interview all three membersof the
> group Borbetomagus in the near future. Anybody have ideas forThey're a great band, and as nice a bunch as you'd want to meet. We
had a fun time when they came over to the UK a couple ofyears ago.
Miller arrived at the station in a wheelchair after getting drunk +
falling over in Glasgow the previous night. They were unstoppable +
life-affirming, musically + character-wise, even though their venue
fucked them up + put them on in a tiny pool backroom of the pub.
Scared the shit out of the regular punters + bar management.
Buy them all a beer or eight first.
Get Donald Miller to namedrop shamelessly (mention Ligeti for a laff).
Ask them why they think they're still pretty marginal + ignored
(playing in pub backroom for instance), whereas limp contemporaries
of theirs (like zorn) are everywhere.
Maybe talk about their increased use of effects + amplification on
the saxes over the years?
Oh, I don't know, they're pretty straight-talking down-to-earth guys,
and they like to talk too.
- just saw zorn last spring & I couldnt agree more. it was pretty
disappointing to see him play fairly conventional klezmer riffs & then
throw in a signature zorn hornfreakout & then return back to the head.
I would have hoped for a lot more interweaving of genres. Joey Baron
was worth the price of the ticket, regardless.
as for boretomagus questions, Ive always wondered if they came up with
the idea of putting the 2 bells of the saxes together of if they took
their cue from previous improvisors. & Ive always heard that the
difference tones that are produced by such an effect are not rendered on
recordings but can only be experienced in a live setting. is this true?
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> Ask them why they think they're still pretty marginal + ignored
> (playing in pub backroom for instance), whereas limp contemporaries
> of theirs (like zorn) are everywhere.
- This Friday, Oct. 5, me and my radio partner will be doing a
tribute show to the group Borbetomagus. It will feature interveiws from
members Donald Miller and Don Dietrich, and selections from albums.
It's 6-10 PM, East Coast US time, so if you're in the New Jersey area
(unlikely), tune into 103.3 FM, WPRB. It can also be heard online at
It's in honor of the group's first NY performance in a few months;
October 13 at Tonic, as part of the No Music Festival.