Don Cherry

Organic Music Theatre - Fes. Jazz Chateauvallon 72 (BF-023 CD)

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Organic Music Theatre - Fes. Jazz Chateauvallon 72

Don Cherry



DRJ 162648

BF-023 CD



CD 18,99 €

2xCD set in jewel case, with slipcase and OBI strip

The shamanic first Organic Music Theatre performance that initiated Don Cherry's "mystical" period now available for the first time!

In the late 1960s, the American trumpet player and free jazz pioneer Don Cherry (1936–1995) and the Swedish visual artist and designer Moki Cherry (1943–2009) began a collaboration that imagined an alternative space for creative music, most succinctly expressed in Moki’s aphorism “the stage is home and home is a stage.” By 1972, they had given name to a concept that united Don’s music, Moki’s art, and their family life in rural Tagårp, Sweden into one holistic entity: Organic Music Theatre. Captured here is the historic first Organic Music Theatre performance from the 1972 Festival de jazz de Chateauvallon in the South of France, mastered from tapes recorded during its original live broadcast on public TV. A life-affirming, multicultural patchwork of borrowed tunes suffused with the hallowed aura of Don’s extensive global travels, the performance documents the moment he publicly jettisoned his identity as a jazz musician, and represents the start of his communal “mystical” period, later crystallized in recordings such as Organic Music Society


  • Don Cherry - piano, harmonium, tanpura, vocals
  • Naná Vasconcelos - berimbau, percussion
  • Christer Bothén - donso ngoni, piano, light percussion
  • Doudou Gouirand - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, light percussion
  • Moki Cherry - tanpura, vocals