Charaoui / Lely / Wright - 396

"The new austerity on the first CD from the young exponents of the growing art of the year 2000, this approach in which traditional musical instruments are twisted into complex sound transformers which match the new sound sources available from the burgeoning electronics and computer sciences has become a medium in its own right." - Eddie Prévost.


Yann Charaoui / cymbals and table top samplers

John Lely / piano and prepared bal-bal tarang

Seymour Wright / alto saxophone



1. 2.28'53 

2. 4.17'21

3. 20'10

4. 13.5'05


Recorded at Gateway Studios, Kingston-upon-Thames on 2nd August 2000 by Steve Lowe. Front cover '396' by Lester Wright. 

Available as a 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC download.   

Seymour Wright

Seymour Wright lives in London. His practice is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique ­– actual and potential. This is an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of imaginations, instrument, spaces and strucutures. The energy of this learning is applied to various collaborations and contexts to access/share what he has called the ‘awkward wealth of investigation’.

His solo work is documented on three widely acclaimed self-released collections Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).

His current collaborations include: abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; a duet with Crystabel Riley; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; The Experimental Library with Evie Ward; XT with Paul Abbott; lll人 with Daichi Yoshikawa and Paul Abbott, a 'new jazz' trio with John Chantler and Steve Noble; an on-going inter-textual quartet with Paul Abbott, Cara Tolmie and Will Holder; a trans-atlantic duet with Anne Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne. Bits of his writing has been published in C//A, Sound American and The Wire.