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Wednesday 3 January 2018, 7.30pm


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Confront Recordings stage their first presentation at OTO for 2018. A rare Olie Brice solo performance, a first time collaboration between John Butcher and visiting Italian percussionist Giacomo Salis and Mark Wastell host his latest version of THE SEEN.

Olie Brice / double bass
John Butcher / saxophones
Giacomo Salis / percussion
Chris Burn / piano
Stewart Lee / text
Jennifer Allum / violin
Henry Bowers-Broadbent / electric piano
Dominic Lash / double bass
Bertrand Denzler / tenor saxophone
Mark Wastell / tam tam, harmonium


Mark Wastell has been organising larger formations of musicians, collectively known as THE SEEN for over a fifteen 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.

Phil Durrant : modular synth, objects
Phil Julian : electronics
Clive Bell : woodwinds
Mandhira de Saram : violin
Chris Burn : piano
Jennifer Allum : violin
Otto Willberg : double bass
Graham MacKeachan : double bass
Henry Bowers-Broadbent : electric piano
Mark Wastell : tam tam, gongs, cymbal

Giacomo Salis

Currently collaborates with fellow Italian radical percussionist Paolo Sanna in a timbre research project and non-idiomatic improvisation. With his solo project My Problem Child, he faced the study of sonic cut-up and noise-searching, creating sound spaces destined to meet other languages with particular attention to video art, installation and theater with a sound that swings between dark ambient, noise, electro-acoustic experimentation.

John Butcher

Butcher is well known as a saxophonist who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of time and place. His music ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and unusual acoustics. Since the early 80s he has collaborated with hundreds of musicians – including Derek Bailey, Rhodri Davies, Andy Moor (EX), Phil Minton, Christian Marclay, Eddie Prevost, John Stevens’ SME, Gino Robair, Polwechsel, Mark Sanders, John Tilbury, and Okkyung Lee.

Alongside long term projects he values occasional encounters; from large groups such as the EX Orkestra & Butch Morris’ “London Skyscraper”, to duo concerts with Fred Frith, Akio Suzuki, Paal Nilssen-Love, Keiji Haino, David Toop, Otomo Yoshihide, Sophie Agnel and Matthew Shipp.

Recent compositions include “Penny Wands” for Futurist Intonarumori, two HCMF commissions for his own groups, “Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing” for the London Sinfonietta and “Tarab Cuts”, a response to recordings of early Arabic classical music which was shortlisted for a 2014 British Composer’s Award.

“English saxophonist John Butcher may be among the world’s most influential musicians, operating at the cutting-edge of improvisatory practice since the ‘80s. Whenever an acoustic musician starts to sound like a bank of oscillators, a tropical forest, a brook or an insect factory, Butcher’s influence is likely nearby.” – New York City Jazz Record.

Olie Brice

Olie Brice is an improvising double bassist from London. He leads two bands - a quintet that plays his original compositions and a freely improvising trio featuring Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders. He has also worked with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Steve Swell, Achim Kaufmann, Alex Ward and Ingrid Laubrock.

“Brice makes the entire body of his bass sing. He has the ability to deliver a fractal line that is as purposeful as any by the great jazz bassists, but to do so within an entirely abstract setting” - Brian Morton, Point of Departure