Roxy Music and Clash Members Team Up For Special Performance
Though the era of the supergroup may be long gone, this bit of news certainly seems to slide in under that banner: Roxy Music guitarist extraordinaire Phil Manzanera is teaming up with Clash bassist Paul Simonon for a special performance.
Rounding out the trio will be Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who previously played with Simonon in the Good, The Bad and The Queen. The three will be joined by a variety of other musicians in the performance at the La Notte della Taranta on Aug. 22, a free open-air concert in Italy that regularly attracts over 150,000 fans. Italian singer-songwriter LigabueLigabue, Columbian singer Andrea Echeverri and London-based violinist Anna Phoebe of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will also take part in the event.
Manzanera was named the Maestro Concertatore for the festival; in other words, the band leader. Previous years Maestros include Police drummer Stewart Copeland and composer Ludovico Einaudi.
"I am honoured to become part of the rich musical tradition of pizzica music that has has evolved over 2,000 years and looking forward to reinterpreting its classics, said Manzanera on his website. "Before being invited to be this year’s Maestro Concertatore I was unaware of pizzica as a music genre. It’s been a thrilling experience to discover the history of pizzica and trace its origins from all parts of the Mediterranean region. I am very much looking forward to working with the Popular Orchestra and working with some very special guests.”
You can find more information on the event here.