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C.A. Quintet interview with Jim Erwin


Interview:

What can you tell me about Trip Thru Hell? What did you think about the album when it was released?

For me listening to the album brings me back to Dove studios where we recorded. Ken did a good job of getting people to use their imaginations. When the album was released, only the underground stations played it. Smooth as Silk sounded good on your am car radio.

What was your main influence at that time? 

Ken and myself had a classical past due to school band and church choir. Tom and I being a little younger where really influenced by all the great imaginative guitar work at the time.

Your bass playing is amazing.

Thank you for the complement. Fortune tellers lie did not make the album, but what a great song to play the bass to. It has alot of one of a kind chord changes and rhythms. (alot like fresh garbage by Spirit).

700 copies were made. Do you own a copy?

Yes-thanks to Ken and my wife. We made the sunday paper locally about valuable MN.. recordings. Eight people from our high school cashed in on their old lp's.

Can you tell me how was your life before C.A.Quintet? What are you doing nowadays?

Before the band, I played alot of sports, but music was always right there. Ken and I caddied to make money for our first guitars. A friend and I took a bus to see the real Beach Boys-with Brian Wilson, and Ken took me to see the Beatles. After the band, I have worked in manufacturing. I worked for a skyscraper outfit that made alot of the large buildings in this country. Today I work for a company making gyroscopes. I still use music as my release.

Would you like to add anything?

Kens songs really inspired the rest of the group to use our musical imaginations. I think the fact Tom was 16 ,and I was 17 helped with the active imagination thing. Thank you for listening to what came out of our minds so many years ago.

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2010
© Copyright http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/ 2010

C.A. Quintet interview with Ken Erwin


The legendary C.A Quintet with their mind blowing album called Trip Thru Hell! The album was released in early 1969.
Interview:

You made one of the crown jewels of psych music in late 60's. Why do you think it didn't sell very good? Do you think it was problem with advertisement or that the album was way ahead of time?
 
Actually the album sold very well where it was available … The first batch of records 600-700 copies sold out in the first day or two it was in the record stores…. The problems were multiple…  the record label (Candy Floss) was a small local company with no national distribution …. Thus, the record was only placed in local record stores in Minnesota… In addition, the person running Candy Floss had no idea what we had produced. His name was Peter Steinberg. He was only interested in making money (which he never did ) and preferred the mindless “bubble gum” type of music. He only allowed us to record this as kind of an amusement. He  owed us a lot of studio time and we used the time to create the album.  Peter was never involved in the any manner with the production of the music/album. Furthermore, he wasn’t smart enough to recognize the demand for the album and thus had no more produced after the initial pressing. Peter was so unwise, he didn’t even keep a copy of the album for himself.( I kept 25)  I did see a check made out to the C.A.Quintet for $1200 for royalties for the first and last pressing.  Peter stole the money and kept it for himself. It is kind of ironic that a single album now sells for more than $1200. What goes around comes around. But, at the time we were just young kids having fun making music and didn’t pay attention to the business end of things ( sound familiar ? ) In retrospect there is no price tag that could put on the value of the times we had…. We have no regrets..

What was your main influences at that time?

I’m not sure I had a “main influence”….. I started listening to Rock and Roll around 1954 -55 … I used to hang around the Radio and listen… I loved that era of Rock and Roll.. at the same time I was being influenced by Jazz from my father and Uncle ( Pee Wee Erwin ) as well as Classical music… I was active singing in choirs as well as playing trumpet in the school bands…  I taught myself guitar around 9th grade and that eventually became my main instrument.. I was just a bowl of mixed up flavors …. Everything from Ray Charles to Hendrix to Beethoven to Buddy Holly to Tommy Dorsey…  all I knew was I wanted to strike out in a different creative direction…

What else beside music did influence you to make ''Trip Thru Hell''?

I realized where I lived…. I looked around …planet Earth certainly qualified as “Hell”… for groups.. and some individual “hells”  …. But then I think a person can make the best of it and enjoy life as well here… there is plenty to enjoy…. Like music…  I have always been a philosophy buff… and thought about things like that… I’ve said this before… but what a perfect trap… the prisoners voluntarily keep themselves locked in… and there are a lot of false paths that one could follow to “get out”…. That is all I want to say about that…

What are some memories from recording and producing the LP?

The album was recorded on a 4 track Studio Ampex  recorder… ( The same machine as Sgt. Pepper was recorded on )  all analog…with over-dubbing ….. Yes Jim’s bass playing was the foundation upon which all the rest of the music was laid upon… Gibson Hollow body if I recall … he would know…. Tom Pohling played a fender of course… all your standard instruments for the time.


There is no love song on the whole album. In fact there is a concept behind the album.

I did have the idea of connecting all the music together from the beginning … I was writing some music that all seemed to belong to a theme… sometimes it just happens that way… yes no silly love songs… not that there is anything wrong with them…they just didn’t fit… it would be like bringing Laurel and Hardy in a scary movie…. Just no fit… I wanted to create something that was difficult to duplicate in your mind so … you would hear something different each time you listened to it and not tire of it… later on I fell in love with the Dark Side of the Moon for the same reason… they really nailed it… they had a much bigger budget,  better technology and made wonderful use of it… not to mention the creativity they used…

700 copies were pressed. Sundazed reissued your album. What do you think about that? Did you help them in studio?

I put 25 copies away when the album was released… I thought when I had kids some day ( god help me not 25) they might enjoy a copy… over the years I gave a number away and still have a few copies…. I did help Sundazed with the CD…  Bob Irwin is a master at what he does…. I couldn’t have asked for a better production than what he did.

What can you tell me about '' live record'' you did back in 1971? It was released on private label. Can you tell me some informations about that. How do you feel about bootleg called ''Last Trip at Lake Pepin'' released later in 2006 on Swordfish label?

Well the last nite we played… I tossed a couple of microphones on the floor in front of the band and recorded on a small reel to reel Sony tape recorder… just like taking a photo … we had no idea that night that anyone would ever care about the C.A. Quintet…. I tucked it away and years later came across it…. too bad we didn’t know then what we know now… we would have brought in a professional recording outfit to record the night…. But it is what it is… by then we were down to 4 guys and I was playing bass…most of this is recorded on the liner notes of that and the “Last Trip at lake Pepin”…. That album is not a bootleg…. When we put out the first live album , there were parts of the music so out of balance… there was no way to remix them… and make them any better… “Pepin” was my attempt to remix those songs as best I could with current technology… (I especially like the song Badge that Doug Reynolds sings).

Were you in any bands before C.A.Quintet? What are you doing these days?

Yes I was in bands before the C.A.Quintet.. I think the first band I played in was when I was perhaps 13 or 14… we played for parties … mostly in the basements of kid’s houses…eventually you gravitate to playing with better more dedicated musicians and by the time I was in high school I was playing professionally with some pretty good musicians…  the only member of the C.A. Quintet that was with me from the very early days was my brother Jim… he and I stuck together… ( we still do )…  I have had a number of professions over the years… after the C.A. Quintet I played in a club band for a few years … until 1973… then one day I got tired of playing other people’s music and just left the music business altogether….  I continued to write music and play for myself… but never again for money…. To support myself I taught computer science in college… worked as a manager for a major corporation (that job stunk) and then formed my own little business which I still continue to operate to this day… but I am getting on in years now and prefer to not work so hard…. I bought some beautiful wooded land in the early 70s and have been building my own little paradise out here since… I guess you could almost classify me as a semi-recluse…. I have no desire for fame … that is for sure…

Are you still in contact with other members of the band?

We are still in contact Jim, Doug and Rick Johnson.  Rick played most of the drum parts on the album....  but was not credited for it for some reason… I had little to do with the album design… Rod Eaton did that… just an oversight… as Rick Johnson was no longer with the band when the album was finished… We were inducted into the Midwest Rock and Roll hall of fame a couple of years ago… we got together for that night and played a few songs… the other guys still play around town with other groups…. I will never play for an audience again… I am retired… the only thing I would consider is recording some music if the right situation came along….

Anything else you would like to add?

Well you did a nice job of forming some questions…. I hope I answered them to your satisfaction…. I have done so many interviews that I am sure I am repeating myself… you can probably find other interviews around with a little search…. The liner notes in the CD are pretty nice…. I am impressed and wish you all the best with your life… I am sure you will do well…. I visited Russia about 15 years ago and have a special affinity for the people and the whole region…

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2010
© Copyright http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/ 2010

Yahowa13 interview with Isis Aquarian

 Octavius, Isis, Djin, Sunflower "L.A. Event 2010"

Interview:

Who was Father Yod and how did he started The Source Family?

Father Yod was one of the stages of Jim Baker. Jim started 2 famous restaurants on sunset strip called “The Aware Inn” and “Old World”  then opened the FAMOUS SOURCE RESTAURNAT down the street.  He was a student of Yogi Bhajan and well on his spiritual Path…Jim was much older than the young generation happening at the time of the 60’s but he saw them as the “Saints and Sages reincarnated”. He knew there was something higher than the Eastern energy hitting the scene. He then formed his own communal family called The Source Brotherhood or the Source Family and merged all the paths and ancient teachings into what we called the Aquarian Age knowledge…..later we called it the “Aquarian Exodus”.  Jim became Father and our spiritual teacher of choice. We were not hippies/flower children or yogi anymore -we had merged the East with the West and a new vibration was emerging.  Father then became FATHER YOD and pretty well embodied this adventure for us.   Father Yod then became YAHOWHA towards the later part of the adventure.

One has to remember that this time was born of the mindset of all that was the 60’s and 70’s with not only us but a vast majority of society ..mainly it seemed the hubs were in L.A. S.F. and London.
It was Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll and young kids leaving home to find something higher…leaving the brainwashing of their parent’s generation.  What made us different was we took all of this energy and added Spirit to it.  Sex was sacred tantra…drugs was the sacred herb with only one hit in morning meditation only…and rock n roll was the music we used to create for the mindset of the new age upon us, called The Aquarian Age.

What are some Father Yod influences?

As Jim Baker and early Father years he was into any and all esoteric wisdom, books and teachers. He explored them all.  For awhile he became a Vedanta monk.

He hang out with the Nature Boys, Jack Lalanne was his friend.

Krishna Murti, teachings, The B.O.T.A (tarot teachings)  He also befriended Manley P.Hall and studied his works i.e. “Secret Teachings of all ages”  He was a lover of the oldies in music genre along with the Opera. And tuned into and loved the music of the 60’s and 70’s and it message.

How did you join The Source Family?

I had Met Jim Baker long before he started the Source…He was at the Old World Restaurant and married to Dora who I became friends with.  I was probably the only one in the family who knew Father as Jim Baker in that time of his life……the few early members who knew him as Jim Baker, knew the Jim that had already crossed over into his spiritual path with the Yogi…this was shortly after he opened the Source.

I was the eldest of 7 children and grew up in a military family. When I left home I went to Washington D.C. and worked in the white house as a aid under President Johnson ..then I moved to NYC and worked with Brandiff airlines and hit the social scene there…heard about the hippies/flower children in L.A. and wanted to know what was going on and so moved to L.A.  Met Jim Baker among others, then moved in with a famous Rock and Roll Photographer and we ran his studio for several years…I went to the Source one day to find some models and had not seen Jim for several years…when we reconnected he was being called Father and looked like Moses….I knew I was home and walked out of my life and joined the Source Family seeing Father as my Spiritual teacher of choice…was given the name Isis Aquarian.  I became the family historian, archive keeper, temple keeper and was called the Dragon Lady.


I later became one of Father/Yahowha 14 wives. "SPIRITUAL LAW ALWAYS RULED OVER MANS LAW" WITH FATHER AND THE FAMILY.

Can you tell me about a typical day back then?

There eventually were about 140 members and we all lived communally in the Hollywood Hills in a very big mansion.  We all had our duties. We were wealthy, happy…wore robes and had long hair. We were the darlings of the L.A. energy. Jim was long a legend in Hollywood to begin with and all the mover and shakers of the in crowd came to all of his Restaurants..it was the same for  the Source -a lot of the famous musicians would be there along with the actors and producers of Hollywood. We home schooled our children so we had teachers, Had home births, some took care of the house duties, some worked the Restaurant, some did produce for the family and restaurant and then we had the family musicians, artiest and family seamstress…we made our own clothes.  We all came together every morning at 4 am for morning meditation and then started our day.  We studied the teachings of the ancient mystery schools….along with what Father eventually started to channel himself.

Most of this can be found in the story I helped write with one of the brothers Electricity-  the untold story of “Father Yod, Yahowha 13 and the Source Family”   we also have a documentary coming out next year with interviews from family members and their stories.  A comic book is due out next week. Our website has a lot of information also Yahowha.org.

65 albums were recorded. Nine of them were released on vinyl. Where are all other recordings? Does any bootlegs exist and if it does, on what format (vinyl, CD, tape...)?

There was a period where the family members would gather on their own and jam, for awhile we did not really have a family band. In those days it seemed everyone did music -they were either singing or had a guitar -it was kind of the cool thing to do.

Slowly the musicians would gather and one day father thought it would be fun to start forming a band or groups of different musicians to see what we could do and also to have some fun and entertainment for the family.

We had a few duo couples, then our first series try as a band..was the “spirit of 76” group.

Father would mix up the combination of family musicians and try different things with this one.

Then he ended up forming HIS SIGNATURE band called Yahowha 13.

We had a recording studio built in the garage and so it was easy to record as we went or wanted…then we sold those pressing in a side shop at the Source and tried to see if we could get one of the recording companies to sign us.  A lot of albums were done with the intention of releasing them all…..but at one point it was decided that we were going to move to Hawaii so we could buy land and live free and safe …the feeling of the 70’s with most at that time was their was going to be some pretty heavy upheavals and we wanted to be out of the city…grow our own food, protect the women and children etc.

So everything got put on hold and when we moved nothing was done for a long time because we were not settled for a long time and the albums got put on the back burner with a lot of other things.

Re bootlegging?

I hope there is no bootlegging going on…..but I am sure it is happening.  We are on the look out for it all the time.

Most of the family music and the Yahowha 13 family music is protected by the Source Foundation, and our record company out of Chicago, Drag City…who is re mastering and releasing the albums including some music never released before….I also found a lot of the lost music in my archives.

Albums were released under Higher Key label. Can you tell me more about the label, who was the owner and how did all start?

Higher Key Label WAS the Source Family label and owned by the family….Father started it to produce and release our albums.

What can you say about the band? How did you start and what was the main reason for Father to record music?

Father and the family became our own little reality and universe…we just listen to family music or the family musicians……of cource we all knew and listen to the great bands and music of the 60’s and 70’s before coming into the family..music  and the musicians in that time were like the Gods descending to earth, we all loved it and Father loved it.  Music is the universal language and it helped change a generation of that time.

Fathers reason to record for himself was….he said that he  still would be  teaching long after he was gone by the music he did with Yahowha 13….and that has come true.  This music has remained an underground cult happening for 40 years and now is mainstream.  The next generation has totally embraced it.

He did it for a period then once we left L.A. he stopped and left it up to the other family musicians.

They kept the name Yahowha 13 and worked with Lovely on Violin and Pythias on some of it and then they formed the band called Breath….where Hom and Rhythm joined in.

Did you have any concerts with the band or did you play only in studio?

The band would go play at venues and the college and some high school on the campus…in fact some of the vinyl’s were recorded from these concerts.  The musicians opened the Diamond Head Crater Festival on Oahu Hawaii in 1976 new years day at sunrise… they went on before Sly and the Family Stone.

Do you have all of the albums collected in archive?

A very strange thing happen once Father passed over…he was the glue of our adventure and within several years we knew it was time to go our own ways…we dispersed and some just left taking nothing but the clothes they wore…no teachings, photos etc….I gathered pretty much a lot of the photos and teachings and the cassettes of the morning meditations ( I had been the one who recorded them ) as care taker for this part of it…the music was pretty much left in the hands and caretaker of the musicians and I never thought to question that….I later found out that the music  (along with a lot of it) was not really taken care of and protected and what was taken after family dispersed was lost or thrown away etc.   I guess thinking they were no longer of use or part of that persons life ? I guess when we dispersed everyone just thought it was over and left in somewhat of a fog.  Everyone had and still has their own reality of this time with Father and the Family.  Maybe it was hard for people to go on with their new lives and families and reality and truck all this stuff with them?

Some of it did survive in pieces by various means and ways and so luckily we do have what we have today to be able to share it.

However, I did have  most of the albums that were already pressed and I still do …I think there are only two of us that kept the collection and one or two who had several of them.. I also found most of the music and some that has never been released on my cassette tapes of all things….and they are being used to save what we can find and eventually put out by Drag City.

What are you doing these days?

Since Father passed over and then the family dispersed in 1977…I have protected and kept the Archives.

I have remained his wife, Aquarian Nun and now his Crone. He is my beloved.

There is nothing new about the concept of nun, monk, hermits etc, which have existed, for different reasons,  for eons….and Crone is just the last stage of the Goddess Trinity…the Elder.

Update from the time the family dispersed:

On our 20th year reunion, a small group gathered in Hawaii and it was the first time we had come together since dispersing….it was magical and yet we still had a lot to deal with -with each other….but it was a start.  The thing is at the core of us all…..the love is still there…we had an adventure like no other with each other and Father. Father never left our hearts.

We scattered Fathers Ashes along with Mercury’s in the ocean.

In 2001 Father had asked us in 1974 to gather as a family on September 17, 2001 at 8 PM to usher in the Golden Age of Aquariaus..mind you this was 74 and 2001 seemed like a space odyssey - but as many things that Father said, we knew it had validity and we remembered it. Father left us in 1975.

As 2001 near I remembered this Hokum we called it, that Father gave us….I was living in Hawaii and so I Took the responsibility of setting this next gathering in motion. It was very intense for many private personal reasons for all of us and yet to top it all off……911 happen just a few days before our gathering !  This was a wake up call for many of us and many of us were more determined than ever to do as Father asked…by putting aside personality as much as we could with the whole thing and each other…….about 85 of us ended up being here….22 of them were the children raised either in the family days or born to us and grew up hearing about each other.  This started a group effort to try to protect what we had, do something with it and honor and protect the legacy.  The Source Foundation was started with a board of directors.

Over these past 10 years or so…..some very good projects have been accomplished

The Source Family book was done  the untold story of “Father Yod, Yahowha13 and the Source Family”-

When this was published we decided to do a big coming out party in L.A.  Family were invited and the Yahowha 13 band was invited to play (the 3 musicians had not played together for 30 years)  and it was very  magical ….from this they have gone on to do some new music, events and tours.  Each of them also continue to do their own thing.

No more secrets was done in a booklet form to put out most of our teachings, found on Amazon and our website.

Fathers book he did in the early days…Liberation has been reprinted and is being offered

The Family days music is being offered through our site and Drag City

A comic Book Father Yod and the Source is being released this month…our website and bluewaterprod.com

This lead me to want to do something and since I am not really a musician or singer….I was inspired to do  the teachings in WORD with Yahavah Aquarian putting music for background….and this is how my CD at 67 years old, come to be  “Echoes’ of a Crone”.  This is also put out by Drag City and they have posted a 2 min. segment on you tube.  I am working on my next one called “Barefoot Crone” which will be more of a universal wisdom message.

When the Documentary is release next year we will have another Source Family Gathering in L.A. and friends and family will be invited.  We are hoping to have a venue where we will be able to extend the invitation to who ever would like to come and met and share with us.

Father asked one thing of us…basically to do what we wanted but “JUST BE KIND”

We all left with our own reality of our time with Father and the Family…There was never any harm or hurt intended by Father or the Family in any way on this adventure.  Each will have to answer the questions to how they have taken this time and what have they done with it for the betterment of The Legacy, Self and Society.

In Kindness

Isis Aquarian


The Book publisher: www.processmediainc.com

Drag city records: www.dragcity.com


















Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2010
© Copyright http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/ 2010

Yahowa13 interview with Djin Aquarian


Interview:

How did you join The Family? What did you do before joining The Family?

I joined the family when it was called "The Great Brotherhood of the Source". I was introduced to it through a friend of mine who had been there and told me about it in 1971. He was a busboy at a restaurant in Chicago and I was playing and singing there. He thought by my songs that I was meant to join the family and meet my Earthly Spiritual Father who was then called Father Yod. So in the summer of 1971 we drove to Hollywood cross-country together. I didn't join right away but met Father Yod on his, Jim Baker's, birthday July 4th. It took me another year before I entered the mystery school of the Source Brotherhood.

Before joining the family I was a song writer performer but at the time I joined I was spiritually seeking to find a new life beyond the commercialism and Viet Nam war profit machine....I wanted out of society but wanted to be of service to humanity and the Source was perfect for that for me.

65 albums were recorded. Nine of them were released on vinyl. Where are all other recordings? Does any bootlegs exist and if it does, on what format (vinyl, CD, tape...)?

All the other recordings were destroyed mysteriously except for some fragments which have been put together and released as compilations on various labels. I don't know of any bootlegs.

Albums were released under Higher Key label. Can you tell me more about the label, who was the owner and how did all start?

Higher Key was Father's creation so he could put the lp's out on our family label. We built the studio where they were recorded, did the art and photography work and paid to have them pressed up.The family as a collective owned the label.

What can you say about the band? How did you start and what was the main reason for Father to record music?


The band always was changing members but finally the three main musicians of Sunflower, Octavius and myself became Father Yod/Yahowha's personal back up band so he could sing the wisdom. Father created all of the bands for different reasons but he mainly wanted to reach young people with the wisdom teachings.
   
I was listening to any music with a message of peace and love...Beatles, Cat Stevens, Marvin Gay, Moody Blues, Curtis Mayfield, Hendrix.....etc."

Did you have any concerts with the band or did you play only in studio?

We did many free concerts around LA....mainly at schools.


Do you have all of the albums collected in archive?

I had most of the collection on original vinyls but wound up selling them to collectors like Billy Corgan but other less famous people too from all over the world. I have none left. I just felt that they would be better off with fans who would love to have them and share them.

Which album do you like the most and why?

I like Penetration the most because it is so timeless and out of this world. It has a lot of ambiance and subtleties that the other albums don't plus very little singing...mostly instrumental....gong, tympany and bell.

How did you decide which of the recordings will be released on vinyl? 

Father decided that on his own. They were all special but he had his own reasons for choosing what he chose."


Anything else to share regarding recording and producing?

The experience of being an open channel to receive the inspiration to play in the way we did with Father and each other spontaneously was amazing and enlightening. They were all recorded at around 4 am. when the energy currents of the day were just coming in and there was a divine presence in the studio.

What are you doing this days?

Yahowha 13 minus Father is touring now and then and we've made several lp's "Sonic Portation" and "Yahowha 2013" available on line at  www.Prophase Music.com. I also have an album out called "Destiny of Aquarius" available on line at www. Global Recording Artists.com. I plan on doing more music solo and with Yahowha 13 in the coming years and there will be a documentary on the family and the music coming out in the future that is being worked on now. The band will do it's sound track.

Djin, thank you very much for taking your time.

I too am grateful for your kind attention brother....May Peace Prevail On Earth! Yahowha!























You can find more information about The Source Family here. They also have their own web store. There you can buy books, historic DVD and records. Many thanks to Isis Aquarian.All the photos courtesy of Isis Aquarian. 

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2010
© Copyright http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/ 2010

Daevid Allen with Andrea Bartelucci - Magick Brother (1996) INTERVIEW with Andrea!!!

Today I have for you a special one. I spoke with Andrea Bartelucci, about his project with Daevid Allen, member of Soft Machine and Gong! In 90's Andrea worked with Daevid Allen and also recorded a song with him. The song was allowed to be downloaded by Andrea so here is the link: Magick Brother
Now some short bio about Andrea and then I will post an interview and his thoughts about Daevid.
Andrea is a jazz flutist and composer. Author of a number of compositions and leader of several musical projects. A deep knowledge of jazz tradition and a serious classical formation developed into creative research in new directions, including modern jazz, fusion and progressive rock. He studied classical flute and chamber music with celebrated teachers, such as Gustav Scheck, Glauco Cambursano and Harold Gomberg. Performed as a soloist in Europe and America in a number of different musical settings. Since the end of 70s developed an interest in jazz and started playing it, working with outstanding italian jazz musicians, like Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi and Bruno Tommaso. He studied jazz with such authorities and Charles Mingus associates as Walter Bishop Jr. Mal Waldron and Jack Walrath. He extensively toured in Europe and recorded with Jack Walrath and spanish vocalist Paula Bas. He often played with organist and pianist Gianni Giudici appearing on a number of TV broadcasts. In 1980 he met Daevid Allen, ideator of “Gong” and “Soft Machine” in New Mexico, and later played together with him during his european tour in the mid-90s. Since 1989 he often visited Russia taking part in a large number of musical projects with talented artists such as David Goloschokin, Mikhail Kostyushkin and Andrei Kondakov and as leader of his own Saint Petersburg based BART-quartet. His concert programs include many originals and jazz standards in a new personal treatment.
  INTERVIEW:
"I met Daevid in New Mexico in 1980. He was living for some time near Santa Fe and touring in the States with Elizabeth Middleton. I was very fond of his records "New York Gong - About Time" and "Now Is The Happiest Time Of Your Life", and I was 25 then. So I called him on the phone and he invited me to join him in the middle of the desert. I arrived in N.M. with my girlfriend of that time, and we lived together in a wooden house owed by Frank, a Chippewa wise man, involved in gathering people to create a community of people sharing high spiritual ideals. That area is reputed for frequent visits from UFOs, and I was almost on the point to be a direct witness. Anyway, I was very into "psychedelia" at that time. I then moved to Woodstock and
to New York, in time to hear Daevid play a concert at the "Squat Theater". Actually the record "Divided Alien Clockwork Band" consists of the recording I made at the concert with my portable Sony cassette recorder. Daevid gave me some of his jacks to connect it to the mixer output. I gifted him with the tape whe we met again in Italy during his gong gig in 1994. Two years later I met him again with Gong, and then I played with him in the Magick Brothers italian tour the same year on three gigs: Lollio, Mezzago (from which "Magick Brother" was taken), and Castiglion Fiorentino.After that time I met Daevid only once with Gong in North Italy a pair of years later. I think he's living in Australia now."
 Many thanks Andrea Bartelucci for this information :)
 *I posted a video from Tot Sam, his jazz project in the top of my post and download the song I posted a link!!!

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2010
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