Monday 25 November 2019, 7.30pm
speak easy embarks since 2008 on a vocal extreme tour playing tours and Festivals in Germany, Austria and Norway. Minton's sonorous voice is capable of producing disturbing sound collages, whereas Ute Wassermann's extreme vocals resonate with a variety of bird whistles. Coupled with Blume's finely nuanced percussive work and Thomas Lehn's extraordinary analogue synthesizer sounds, a physical immediacy of rare intensity is achieved. speak easy is an organism rather than an ensemble, grown out of high musical competence and full of creative energy.
In 2019 the group expands to s p e a k e a s y xtended playing concerts in Berlin, Bochum/Dortmund, Vienna & London where the 4 members of the groups are living and meeting 2 local guests in each town.
This is the first concert of the group in the UK
Ute Wassermann | voice and whistles | Berlin
Phil Minton | voice | London
Thomas Lehn | analogue synthesizer | Vienna
Martin Blume | drums & percussion | Dortmund
Marcio Mattos | cello | London
Adam Bohman | prepared violin & objects | London
With support of Musikfonds.
Vocal artist Ute Wassermann is a composer/ performer, improviser and interpreter of contemporary music. She studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts, specializing in sound installation and vocal performance, and studied classical singing with Carol Plantamura (San Diego) and Arnold van Mill (Hamburg). Since 1984 she has developed many special multivoiced vocal techniques, catalogued by register, timbre and articulative sequences, which may be deconstructed and/or superimposed and used to explore spatial resonance phenomena. She has given numerous performances of her own solo work and performs regularly with many improvising musicians, including duos with Richard Barrett (live electronics) and Matthias Kaul (percussion), in venues ranging from international festivals to lofts. She has collaborated frequently with composers who have created works especially for her voice, including Henning Christiansen, Richard Barrett, Chaya Czernowin, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Sven-Åke Johansson, and has performed with many ensembles including ASKO, Elision and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin.
Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s - Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980′s.
For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as an improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.
Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries.
“Phil Minton is best known for his startling vocal improvisations. On his new solo CD, this sensible looking man proffers 37 thin slices of his unfettered soul. Not long ago these croaks, burps, high-pitched exhalations, deep-throated drones and shreds of garbled half-language would have seen Minton either burnt or hailed as an emissary of God.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times
Schooled both as a concert pianist playing contemporary repertoire and as a recording technician, Thomas Lehn deploys a huge musicality through his unique chosen outlet the analogue synthesiser. This instrument allows him extremely close and immediate contact with all aspects of sound modification - a vast gamut of living electronic sound produced with unmatched speed and fluency. Thomas Lehn simply represents a coming-of-age of electronic sound production in the domain of concert performance that sets a standard for the entire medium. He is therefore unsurprisingly an essential member of many of the most active and significant projects in this highly international and dynamic scene.
Born 1956 in Arnsberg/Westfalen. Has worked since 1983 as a performer and composer with several musicians and in different musical situations, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups including musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, Helmut Joe Sachse, Luc Houtkamp, Johannes Bauer, Conny Bauer, Marcio Mattos, Jay Oliver, Phil Minton, Lol Coxhill, John Butcher, Mario Schiano, Georg Graewe, Frank Gratkowski, Dieter Manderscheid, Hans Schneider, Wolfgang Fuchs, John Edwards, Werner Lüdi, John Russell, Chris Burn, Roger Turner, Joëlle Leandré, Axel Doerner, Horst Grabosch, Melvyn Poore, Jim Denley, Phil Wachsmann , Mats Gustafsson, Xu Feng Xia, Thomas Lehn, Fred van Hove, Paul Lovens, Wilbert de Joode, Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Cor Fuhler, Frank Paul Schubert, Alexander von Schlippenbach a.m.o.
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
Adam Bohman has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups, Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, and The London Improvisers Orchestra. Adam's music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation.