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Charlemagne Palestine pays tribute to Tony Conrad

The veteran minimalist records a new release on what would have been Conrad's 77th birthday

In memory of the late Tony Conrad, friend and collaborator Charlemagne Palestine has returned to the site of their first meeting, Saint Thomas Church in New York, to pay tribute to the composer and avant garde film maker on what would have been his 77th birthday.

The pair met at the church at 53rd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, where Palestine worked as a carillonneur from 1963–1970. As well as operating the 26 bell carillon for the church's daily hymns, Palestine would also perform improvised sessions which attracted many visitors, one of which was Conrad, who at that point lived in Times Square. It was at the church that they would start recording together.

On 7 March 2017, Palestine returned to the bell tower and recorded STTT THOMASSS ‘’’’”’”DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrr TONYYY’’’’’’’’ which will be released on cassette on 8 December by Blank Forms Editions.