Made to Measure-event: Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown (b/usa) + Nova Materia (cl/fr) + Made To Measure patchwork by Marc Hollander (b)
A special night to celebrate the relaunch of Crammed Discs’ legendary MADE TO MEASURE composers’ series with Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown (b/usa) + Nova Materia (cl/fr) + Made To Measure patchwork by Marc Hollander (b)
Inaugurated in 1984, Crammed's MADE TO MEASURE composers’ series set out to chart a map of some of the most interesting instrumental music of the era. Thirty-five albums came out during the series’ first decade, harbouring a great variety of inventive musical adventures which often weaved aspects of neoclassical/chamber music, ambient, electronica, minimalism, experimental avant-rock, soundscape creation & more.
The series was christened “Made To Measure”, as it was meant to host music which had or could have been made to measure as a soundtrack for other art forms (film, theatre, dance, video). Although only a moderate portion of the series’ releases was actually created for soundtracks (most notably, John Lurie’s original music for Jim Jarmusch’s two breakthrough movies), the intersections with other artistic domains turned out to be numerous: Made To Measure’s contributing musicians collaborated with renowned filmmakers (Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tom Tykwer, Jarmusch) choreographers (Maurice Béjart, Karole Armitage, Régine Chopinot, Philippe Découflé), fashion designers (Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons) and more.
The quality and diversity of the releases, as well as the trademark unified visual presentation (generally using pre-existing works of art as cover illustrations) turned Made To Measure into an emblematic collection which enjoys significant cult status to this day, and served as a source of inspiration for successive generations of fans and artists. After a slumber which lasted over twenty years, Made To Measure is reactivated in 2021 with new releases by Nova Materia and Aquaserge, and remastered reissues of four key albums originally released in the ‘80s, including “Douzième Journée by Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown