For largely personal reasons, I have been in Italy for a few weeks, and when I was planning the trip, by luck, I happened to come across this.
I’ve heard various versions/recordings/concerts/whatever of various incarnations of the crafties since they first started recording, and I’ve always thought it would be interesting to attend one of the classes/workshops/whatever someday.
Anyway, I noticed they had a performance at the end of this incarnation and inquired as to whether it would be public or not. It wasn’t, but I was grateful when I was added to the guest list (along with the person I came to Italy to see).
As with all of the other incarnations I had heard, the performance was very much like, while also being very unlike, any of the others. There tends to be quite a combination of beauty and dissonance (often simultaneously) and it can definitely be challenging to listen to (there was a 9 year old boy sitting in front of us who might certainly attest to that), though I was certainly quite pleased to hear the renditions of a few King Crimson songs. included in the ‘set’. I don’t think I will hear ‘21st Schizoid Man’ the same again.
It was a wonderful experience, and I was quite glad to be present for it.
The beginning procession can be seen below (the back of my head is visible, making it probably my first and last YouTube appearance).