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Lenka Lente publish Jean-Marc Montera’s Derek Bailey and Jin Yufeng and Wei Wei translate the guitarist’s seminal 1980 book Improvisation into Chinese

French guitarist Jean-Marc Montera has written a monograph on Derek Bailey. Montera, co-founder of the GRIM in Marseille in 1978, notes Bailey’s influence on his own career, stating Bailey inspired Montera to reconsider his position on music and how to practise it. His 110 page Bailey book is published in French by Lenka Lente.

News also comes in via Twitter that Jin Yufeng and experimental musician Wei Wei (aka Vavabond) have translated Derek Bailey’s Improvisation: Its Nature And Practice In Music into Chinese. Edited by the Shenzhen shop and record label Old Heaven Books, Improvisation is published by China Academy Of Art Press. Its publication was marked by a Bailey tribute, Improvisation For Improvisation, that closed this year’s Tomorrow Festival on 19 May, featuring Tomorrow Improvisation Unit with bassist Mamer, guitarist Li Jianhong, saxophonist/flautist Lao Dan, saxophonist Wang Ziheng and members of Guru Guru.

Originally published in 1980, Bailey’s Improvisation examined the meaning and methods of improvising music in all its forms, drawing on conversations with Han Bennink, John Zorn, Jerry Garcia, Steve Howe, Steve Lacy and more. The cover art (above) of the Chinese edition was done by woodcut artist Liu Qingyuan, who also produced the artwork for Shenzhen’s 2nd Tomorrow Festival back in 2015.

Apart from translating Bailey, Wei Wei has been busy recording her new album Non Serviam, which will be released by playrec in July.

Josh Feola wrote an article about the translator Wei Wei and her partner, the guitarist Li Jianhong in The Wire 406. Subscribers can read that on Exact Editions.