Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7.30pm
Nøught + Dead Days Beyond Help
Delighted to release this fierce first time duo from two of our favourite saxophonists. Brotzmann-esque heft and gritty melodies from Trzaska, fused with Wright's tonal punctuation packs this one full of intensity which escapes the routine.
Mikolaj Trzaska / saxophone
Seymour Wright / saxophone
1. 12.9.16 - 36:46
Recorded on Friday 9th December 2016 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Dawid Laskowski. Artwork by Oli Barrett.
Mikolaj Trzaska & Seymour Wright - 12.9.16
Solo set from French hurdy-gurdy player Yann Gourdon. One third of the drone trio France and part of the La Nòvia collective, Gourdon's practice focuses on acoustic phenomena and dynamic relationships with the environment. Having learned to play traditional music from Auvergne by listening to field recordings, Gourdon re-orientates tradition via minimalism, honing in on a place or location's unique vibratory fields, volumes and surfaces.
Yann Gourdon / hurdy gurdy
1. 15.10.15 - 41.18
Recorded on Thursday 15th October 2015 by Luca Consonni. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Mattias Launois. Artwork by Oliver Barratt.
Yann Gourdon - 15.10.15
“Valentines” documents the first duo meeting between Kahn and Julian, recorded during Kahn's tour of the UK in 2012.
The initial idea was to meet and hopefully generate audio material that could then be used later as the basis for a composition. It seemed apparent that the three improvised pieces that makes up “Valentines” stood up well on their own merits without the need for further embellishment.
The session was recorded by John Macedo, who also conducted an interview with the pair about their approaches to recording and performing.
No overdubs, edited for length only.
Jason Kahn / analogue modular synthesiser, mixing board, radio
Phil Julian / analogue modular synthesiser, computer
Recorded at Goldsmiths University of London by John Macedo, 14th February 2012.
Jason Kahn & Phil Julian - Valentines
Having been re-issued and now sold out again, we're pleased to make this duo from Keith Rowe and Mark Wastell available on digital for the first time. The duo had formed the previous year for ErstQuake in NYC and this was to be their second and, as yet, only other performance together.
"The breadth and depth of [the] music is totally inspiring, I absolutely love this piece of music. Total unity in sound to make a perfect piece in the moment. It doesn't get better than this!" (Gordon W. Smith)
"Keith Rowe and Mark Wastell. This last performance balanced the evening well. Louder, more gestural, bringing the evening to a climax in two ways – the temporal one and also by taking the audience on a long journey to the satisfactory end of the piece – more musically referential towards the end especially as Rowe dropped in a distinct seesawing 6/4 rhythm. Theme and statement and variations... all here but not under the figure of traditional moves. But the strategies are very much the same. They just require a shift in the mode of listening. The audience were prepared to do that, consequently enjoyed the music and gave them warm applause. Deservedly." (Rod Warner)
Keith Rowe / guitar, electronics
Mark Wastell / amplified textures, electronics
Recorded by David Reid at i-and-e, Dublin 2006.
KEITH ROWE & MARK WASTELL - LIVE AT I-AND-E
Originally rejected by the record company it was commissioned by, hence the title, Unwanted Object was released on Confront in 2005. It eventually headed up many end of year polls and critics choices lists including a place in The Wire's Top 50 Records of 2005.
"The peculiar mixture between [these] tense, low-whisper nods and the sense of primal telepathy that these men transmit is the very strength of the CD; during almost 40 minutes, the thin link between "subliminal" and "sublime" makes itself visible in several unbelievable sections, where the instruments morph beautifully: percussion breathes hard, the harp is feedback-wrapped, the bass puts a scarf around its own power to stare seriously amidst the throbbing sound waves. The skeleton born from all these processes is hard-boned and with a mind of his own, already" (massimo ricci, touching extremes)
"Impulses seem crucial to the trio's ideas in their limited environment, and their music materializes so freely. The air is filled with deceptively organized patterns and it becomes a nagging wonder that these performances weren't preconceived at all. It is a brilliant work." (Alan Jones, Bagatellen)
Burkhard Beins / percussionRhodri Davies / harpMark Wastell / double bass
Recorded by Graham Halliwell at The Old School, Bracon Ash, Norfolk 2004.
THE SEALED KNOT - UNWANTED OBJECT
Mark Wastell has been organising larger formations of musicians, collectively known as THE SEEN, for over 10 years. Using predominantly improvised material with occasional instructions or themes distributed to individual musicians just prior to performance. No formation has ever been repeated, THE SEEN never stays static.
Register of previous participants include Tetuzi Akiyama, Mattin, Michael Duch, Graham Halliwell, Andrea Neumann, Rhodri Davies, Paul Hood, Takehiro Nishide, Annette Krebs, Lee Gamble, Matt Davis, Joe Williamson, Wolfgang Fuchs, Burkhard Beins, Tomas Korber, Paul Abbott, Ben Owen, Jonathan McHugh, Jane Dickson, Olie Brice, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Bertrand Denzler, Angharad Davies, David Toop, Chris Burn, Richard Sanderson, Dominic Lash, Yoni Silver, Graham MacKeachan, John Butcher and Jason Kahn.
“With The Seen, everything is up for grabs. Even the act of listening – so sacrosanct in the world of improvisation – becomes problematized, for in such a tapestry of sound and silence how can one process what’s happening at any one moment? Yet this impossibility of total response provides opportunities to form clusters within the whole, that break apart and reform in different configurations as things develop. For listeners, too, there are possibilities for moments of both detailed focus and wider-scale immersion.” (Paul Margree)
This product page is only for Volume V, but you can buy the whole set at a reduced price here.
Volume V:THE SEEN // CAFE OTO, LONDON 26.06.2009Mark Wastell : tam tamJohn Butcher : acoustic & feedback saxophoneDominic Lash : double bassMatt Davis : trumpetJane Dickson : piano, electronics Phil Durrant : maschinePhil Julian : electronicsJonathan McHugh : analogue synthesiserPaul Abbott : electronicsBenedict Drew : Roland 101, electronicsBen Owen : shortwave radio
THE SEEN: ARCHIVE : Volume V