Mark Sanders - one of the most creative percussionists in improvised music hooks up with Peter Jacquemyn - a powerhouse of constant invention on the double bass - and Witold Oleszak, a pianist specialising in ruined, disassembled or otherwise prepared pianos.
PETER JACQUEMYN / double bass
Peter Jacquemyn moves easily between the visual arts and music. He is a sculptor working, for example, wood with a chain saw - some examples of his work can be seen here - but also a self-taught bass player. Although he is a longstanding member of the Belgian WIM - Werkgroep Improviserende Muzikanten (WIM) (Association of Improvising Musicians) - playing concerts since 1984, he has only recently begun to release recordings. This amazing gap of fifteen years was based on Jacquemyn's view that improvised music changes every time it is played (and listened to) and that it should not be controlled and ossified by recording. His first recordings were released in 1999 (three of them) and one of these (the duo with Gunda Gottschalk), together with the later solo disc, were a deliberate attempt to present a range of possibilities recorded over a period of time rather than the documentation of a live situation.
He has played in a wide variety of ad hoc situations with musicians such as Fred Van Hove, Jacques Palinckx, Peter Kowald, Conrad Bauer, Wolfgang Fuchs, Takashi Yamane, La Donna Smith, Jo Truman, Michael Moore, Ernst Reijseger, Floros Floridis, Daunik Lazro, Barre Phillips, Roger Turner, John Edwards, Joëlle Léandre, and Phil Minton.
WITOLD OLESZAK / piano
Began studying music at the age of 5. After years of education (classical piano) quit school and joined the avant-garde music and para-theatrical group "Krew" and this experience influenced his artistic development. In 1989 started studying architecture, simultaneously, continued playing as self-taught musician. At that time was exclusively creating illustrative compositions for the alternative theatre and conceptual drawings of graphic scores.
At the moment he is mainly focused on free improvisation in several projects and he remains a member of an experimental-rock band "Reportaz". Mostly plays the piano and prepared piano, instruments of his own design, and instruments which are ruined or broken. As a performer he especially values collaboration with great contemporary drummers such as: Andrzej Karpinski, Adam Golebiewski, Chris Cutler, and Roger Turner with whom he plays on a regular basis.
MARK SANDERS / drums & percussion
Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner) and his precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, and Otomo Yoshihde.
"ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo." Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY