The 8th OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival
2018.10.9 - 2018.10.21
General seating based on first come first served policy.
55 Years of Nurturing Avant-Garde and Outsider Music: ESP-Disk's Perpetual Revolution
2018.10.13 14:00 - 16:00
华侨城创意文化园北区A3+ A3+, North District of OCT-LOFT
Steve Holtje（美国 U.S.A. ）
Manager of ESP-Disk’, composer and improvisor
现场配有翻译 With English-Chinese interpreter
“The artists alone decide what you will hear on their ESP-Disk’.” - A philosophy summed-up the ESP-Disk’ motto, printed on their every release.
From the beginning, ESP-Disk's goal has been to provide its recording artists with complete artistic freedom, unimpeded by any record company interference or commercial expectations. The label's discography is important in the history of jazz, especially free jazz. You will also find the finest recordings of avant-garde, improvised rock, psychedelic folk, proto-punk and other unique sounds.
ESP-DISK’ opened for business in New York City in 1963 on the 12th floor of 156 Fifth Avenue, releasing an Esperanto album (hence the label's name). Near the end of that year, owner Bernard Stollman heard Albert Ayler and made plans to record him. There followed a prolific 18-months in which 45 albums were recorded and released, mostly featuring previously unknown free improvisational artists. The main exceptions were Ornette Coleman and Paul Bley, both of whom had gained global recognition during the 1950's. Artists who made their debuts as leaders on ESP-Disk’included Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Marion Brown, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Henry Grimes, Charles Tyler, Sunny Murray, Milford Graves, Sonny Simmons, Ronnie Boykins, and Frank Wright. Several of these artists were then quickly sought out and recorded by the Impulse! and Columbia labels.
ESP-Disk's rock groups, The Fugs and Pearls Before Swine, wrote and recorded powerful statements against the war in Viet Nam ("Kill for Peace" by The Fugs and "Uncle John" by Pearls Before Swine) and their records rose quickly towards the top of the pop charts, through word of mouth. Overnight, the record industry began bootlegging their LPs and no further orders reached ESP-Disk’.
About Steve Holtje
Steve Holtje studied music theory with Peter Schubert, Max Lifchitz and Christopher Hatch at Columbia. In the '90s he worked for noteworthy Italian jazz labels Black Saint and Soul Note, where he helped get Charles Gayle a contract and attended the last recording session of Sun Ra. Switching to music journalism, he wrote for CREEM,The Wire, andJAZZIZ and editedMusicHound Jazz: The Essential AlbumGuide. He moved back to the business side of music and joined ESP-Disk' in 2010, becoming the label's manager in 2012. Since the passing of ESP-Disk’ founder Bernard Stollman in 2015, Mr. Holtje has continued to run the label for the Stollman estate, bringing artists including Matthew Shipp and Fay Victor to the label. Mr. Holtje is also a composer and improvisor who has scored two movie soundtracks.
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