ECM

22 Feb
ECM  edited by Okwui Enwezor

ECM edited by Okwui Enwezor

Back in 1969, I was working in stores that sold vinyl recordings, many of which were 12 inches in diameter and packaged in 12 inch square cardboard which by that year were developing into art forms in their own right. 1969 was also the year filmmaker Manfred Eicher founded ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) records bringing the world such musicians as Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Steve Reich, Paul Bley, Carla Bley, Meredith Monk, Marion Brown, Codona, Terje Rypdal, Jan Garbarek, the Art Ensemble of Chicago,Arvo Pärt and composers such as György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger, Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Heiner Goebbels. And many more…

Keith Jarrett by Roberto Massotti

Keith Jarrett by Roberto Massotti

Some forty years later Munich’s Haus der Kunst,houses the exhibition ECM A Cultural Archaelogy through Oct2 2013. And accompanying that showcase is a handsome monograph, ECM: A Cultural Archaeology edited by Okwui Enwezor, Markus Mueller with contributions by Diedrich Diederichsen, Kodwo Eshun, Renée Green (Prestel).

ECM exhibition at Haus der Kunst

ECM exhibition at Haus der Kunst


This 300 page book with over 100 well reproduced photographs is an outstanding array of essays, photography, archival material, and artworks that weave assorted visual art —installation pieces, photography, and film–alongside essays and an anthology of liner notes which complemented the astonishing and extraordinary music that ECM brought to the world.

Currently reading Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly)

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