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Marcio Mattos

Since coming to London in the early 70’s Marcio Mattos has performed, recorded and broadcast both in Britain and abroad with most exponents of the Improvised Music world: Evan Parker, John Stevens, John Surman, Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, Roscoe Mitchell and Marylin Crispell amongst many others.

He has also worked with the dance companies Ballet Rambert and The Extemporary Dance Theatre Company as well as electro-acoustic music groups such as the West Square Electronic Music Ensemble, where he developed his own electronic treatment of the double bass and cello both in recording and live performance. It was at West Square he started working with Philipp Wachsmann and Ian Brighton initially, in the trio BM&W and then later, with the addition of percussionist Trevor Taylor, the quartet String Thing.

Such is the diversity of his playing, this highly “in demand” musician was also in many of the late Elton Dean formations, as well as being a long-standing member of numerous Eddie Prevost ensembles. His capability, attitude and flexibility led to his involvement in various international projects, mainly in Europe, including the “Bardo State Orchestra” - a project with Tibetan monks and Jim Dvorak, various projects with Georg Graewe, Tony Oxley’s Celebration Orchestra, “AXON” with Phil Minton/ Fred van Hove and Martin Blume and “LINES” with Phil Wachsmann/ Jim Denley/ Martin Blume and Axel Dorner.

His current projects include, a duo with Shakuhachi player Shiku Yano, the string quartet “Gocce Stellari” with Charlotte Hug, John Edwards and Phil Wachsmann and ‘ABAETETUBA’ with Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer and Rodrigo Montoya as well as his continued involvement as a permanent member of ‘LIO’, the London Improviser’s Orchestra.

Marcio Mattos is a much travelled and experienced improviser who can readily adapt and excel in every musical environment both on Double Bass and Cello. His “success”, in this respect, is primarily due to the high level of commitment he makes in every situation faced. His presence can be heard in very many released CD’s and especially in his latest solo recordings, “SOL[os]’ (EMANEM 5035)

“Mattos is a creative genius…his invention is unparalleled, as is his musicianship.” – Marc Medwin, review in ‘The Squid’s Ear

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"The music you hear on this DL has a distinct urgency and excitement. It moves forward in a complicated, constantly mutating web of stylistic references to musical precedents within jazz and twetieth century music, overlapped in a restless search for new textures, moods, dynamic interludes, and possible resolutions. Some listeners may feel - as others have done in the past - that sections of the Quartet's music sounds like be-bop heard at a distance or in a dream. There is certainly something in this perception. But the likeness never goes beyond mood or the resemblance of incidental allusion. Perhaps there are changes of the instrument temporarily foregrounded in the ensemble that are reminiscent of devices for handling over solos in jazz, including be-bop.But you need only listen to the rhythmic and harmonic mutations and uncertainties, or to the continuously re-defined relationships the four instruments enter into with one another, to be made aware that the music never becomes stylistic imitation or pastiche" - Alan Durant. --- Larry Stabbins / tenor and soprano saxophones Veryan Weston / piano Marcio Mattos / double bass Eddie Prévost / drums --- DL re-release of material previously issued as an LP, together with additional music. Part 1 was recorded at the Bracknell Jazz Festival on the 3rd of July, 1983. Part 2 was recorded at Porcupine Studios London by Ted Taylor. Front cover artwork by Simon Picard

Eddie Prévost – Continuum

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