Live at the Berlin Jazzbühne Festival, 1982 / Philip Catherine & Nicolas Fiszman

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“In the afternoon we performed in a rather austere theatre in East Berlin. Then I remember we crossed Checkpoint Charlie that evening to play in...

“In the afternoon we performed in a rather austere theatre in East Berlin. Then I remember we crossed Checkpoint Charlie that evening to play in a club in West Berlin. The atmosphere was completely different. I felt as though we were living in a black and white spy movie.”  - Nicolas Fiszman recalling that chaotic day of 13 June 1982.

On that gloomy afternoon, the two guitarists, alone on stage, decided to brighten up the morosity that reigned. The pieces they played bore titles such as “Janet”, “Babel”, and “Petit Nicolas”. It is hard to believe that this varied, well-constructed, polyphonic music was not entirely written down on paper. Philip says, “Nothing is written from beginning to end. I compose the themes and some harmonic bridges. Then we have a chord chart … and that’s it.” The foundations are written; inspiration, taste, fantasy and friendship do the rest. We feel as though we are taking a nonchalant walk through Rio or Miami. The concert is punctuated by thunderous applause. For these brief minutes in that year 1982, the East Berliners were able to fly over their tightly closed borders. We are privileged to have unearthed this unique concert where two outstanding artists bring together two cultures to create an intense blaze of happiness.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 24, 2023


  • UPC: 3770020964022


  • Catalog Number: TLR 2204044


  • Label: The Lost Recordings


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Jazz


  • Composer: Nicolas Fiszman


  • Conductor: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar), Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Nicolas Fiszman


  • Performer: Philip Catherine, Nicolas Fiszman



Works:


  1. Janet

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  2. Babel

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  3. Crystal Bells

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  4. Petit Nicolas - Grand Nicolas

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  5. Air Power

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  6. End of August

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  7. Transvested Express

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)


  8. September Start

    Composer: Nicolas Fiszman

    Performer: Philip Catherine (Guitar), Nicolas Fiszman (Bass, Guitar)