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Russell, John: Analekta (Emanem)


 

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UPC: 5030243413829

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4138
Squidco Product Code: 8013

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Digital concert recordings made in London by Tim Fletcher and Sebastian Lexer. Track 1 recorded 2006 March 19; Track 2 recorded 2004 November 21; Track 3 recorded 2006 June 18; Track 4 recorded 2006 April 30


Personnel:

John Russell-guitar

Steve Beresford-electronics

Garry Todd-tenor sax

Henry Lowther-trumpet

Chefa Alonso-soprano sax, percussion

Nicole Legros, Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg-voices

Stefan Keune-alto saxophone

Philipp Wachsmann-violin

Ashley Wales-piano

Ivor Kallin-doublebass

Javier Carmona-percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards. An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott's, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians' Co-Op and the London Musicians' Collective. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world's leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs and albums. In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK's longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music."

-John Russell Website (http://www.john-russell.co.uk/biography/)
10/15/2019

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"Steve Beresford (born 1950) is a British musician who graduated from the University of York. He has played a variety of instruments, including piano, electronics, trumpet, euphonium, bass guitar and a wide variety of toy instruments, such as the toy piano. He has also played a wide range of music. He is probably best known for free improvisation, but has also written music for film and television and has been involved with a number of pop music groups.

Beresford played in Derek Bailey's Company events and in the groups Alterations with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack, and the Three Pullovers with Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith. He was also a member with Gavin Bryars and Brian Eno of the Portsmouth Sinfonia.

Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a number of prominent musicians, including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, and Han Bennink. He has collaborated extensively with Swiss-American artist/musician Christian Marclay and is an active member of the long-standing London Improvisers Orchestra.

From 2010 he performed various pieces by John Cage, including Indeterminacy with Tania Chen and comedian Stewart Lee, and a performance with Ilan Volkov at The BBC Proms 2012 at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

He has also worked with a number of popular musicians, including Ray Davis, The Slits, Frank Chickens, Ted Milton and The Flying Lizards. In 2015 he performed a duoproject with the upcoming Norwegian singer Natalie Sandtorv at the Blow Out! festival in Oslo, Norway.

He was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2012. He is a senior lecturer on the Commercial Music course at University of Westminster.

Beresford's music and his teachings have inspired the musical community in the UK for over a decade. British songwriter and performer Katy Carr cites Steve Beresford's lectures on musical themes associated with Free improvisation, Experimental music, John Cage, musique concrète, Diamanda Galás and The Slits as a source of initial inspiration with regards to the creation of her debut album, Screwing Lies released in 2001."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Beresford)
10/15/2019

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"Philipp Wachsmann. Born Uganda, 1944; violin, viola and electronics.

In the CD booklet to Gushwachs, John Corbett notes that Phillip Wachsmann came to free improvisation from a predominantly classical background, particularly via the contemporary experiments of "indeterminacy, graphic and prose-based scores, conceptualism and electroacoustics, listening to Webern, Partch, Ives, Berio and Varèse, reading 'Die Reihe' and interrogating the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic preoccupations of Western art music. Starting in 1969, Wachsmann was a member of Yggdrasil, an ensemble performing works by Cage, Cardew, Feldman, Ashley and others and in this group he used contact mikes on the violin and made his own electronic instruments, ring modulators and routing devices. Ironically, his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1969-1970) pushed him hard in the direction of free music. He recalls: 'Despite her neoclassical orientation, her insistence that composition is about the imagination of performance and its realisation, the live moment, and her stunning ability to make this happen was a powerful influence on me, steering towards 'performance' and therefore 'improvisation'.'"

Wachsmann moved from Yggdrasil to Chamberpot - recorded on Bead 2 - and shortly thereafter appeared on Tony Oxley's influential February papers, forward looking in the virtual 'industrial' orientation of some of the tracks, years before this became an accepted genre; the two musicians have continued to work together, in various groupings but notably in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. Philipp Wachsmann has also performed and/or recorded with: Derek Bailey's Company, e.g. on the recording Epiphanies; Georg Graewe; Barry Guy; Iskra 1903; King Übü Orchestrü; London Jazz Composers' Orchestra; Evan Parker, particularly as part of the Evan Parker Electronic Project; Quintet Moderne; Fred Van Hove's ML DD 4; Rüdiger Carl's COWWS (now CPWWS) Quintet; and Lines, with Martin Blume, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner and Marcio Mattos. He also plays as a solo musician.

Phillip Wachsmann also administers Bead Records."

-EFI: European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mwachs.html)
10/15/2019

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"Ashley Wales is a British composer and record producer, one half of Spring Heel Jack with John Coxon and an integral part of Bruise with Tony Bevan. He put on and hosted the monthly 'back in your town' concerts at the Red Rose in North London which saw the likes of John Tchicai, Other Dimensions in Music, Matthew Shipp, Han Bennink and many others playing with local improvising musicians. Ashley uses a wide range of sources to make music with including live sampling, electronics and acoustic instruments."

-Cafe Oto (https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/ashley-wales/)
10/15/2019

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"Javier Carmona is a drummer and percussionist from Madrid (now settled in Barcelona after seven years in London), Javier is very active in the European free improvisation scene and has performed with musicians such as John Tchicai, Evan Parker, Carlos Zingaro and John Russell, among many others.

Member of several formations, Javier also collaborates with dancers Rosa Aledo and Saija Lehtola in Kicking Louise & Co., a dance company that has presented work in France, Cyprus, Spain and England.

Organizer of FIL Malaga, a festival of free improvised music including performances and workshops, Javier has also led student workshops about free improvisation in Newport University (with Kamil Korolczuk), Westminster University (with Sakoto Fukuda) and Huddersfield University (with Ingrid Laubrock and Olie Brice).

Co-founder alongside graphic designer and electronics player Kamil Korolczuk of Oso Records, a netlabel of free downloadable music focused on releasing various types of experimental music."

-Javier Carmona Website (https://carmonajavier.wordpress.com/about/)
10/15/2019

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track listing:


1. The Bite 17:46

2. Blart 18:17

3. Chamarileros 17:44

4. So It Goes 24:04
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"John Russell has been running the Mopomoso series of concerts since the mid-1980s, initially with the help of Chris Burn. The concerts take place on the third Sunday of every month at the Red Rose, which is between Finsbury Park and Holloway in the inner suburbs of north London. The usual format is to have three groups (commonly duos, trios or soloists) per concert, with the final group being a duo with Russell. The three duos on this compilation come from such occasions - there are several more that will hopefully be released in due course.

This is the second duo performance with Garry Todd to be published - a 1975 duo appeared on the long deleted Incus LP called TEATIME. Todd has not appeared in public very often over the years, but he has kept up his playing standard, as can be heard on this recent reunion.

Henry Lowther has been active, mainly as a jazz trumpeter, since around 1960, but has been involved in free projects from time to time. Over the last few years he has performed several duets with Russell - an apparently unlikely duo that works well together.

Chefa Alonso has been living in London for the last couple of years and making herself felt on both soprano saxophone and her home-made percussion kit. This was the first time that she and the guitarist performed a duet.

Every so often, Russell also puts together one-off larger groups under the name Quaqua. The last track on this CD is the nine-piece Quaqua he put together for the 2006 FREEDOM OF THE CITY festival. In choosing the musicians, he decided on an orchestration, and then used the musicians who were both available and potentially compatible. This theoretically unlikely group improvised some magnificent music together, showing that his vision was right."-Martin Davidson, from the liner notes

Related Categories of Interest:

EMANEM & psi
Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
April 2007
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
Free Improvisation
Instant Rewards


Other Releases With These Artists:
Wachsmann, Philipp / Trevor Taylor / Paul Medley / Matthew Hutchinson
Old Dreams New Horizons
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Matthew Wright / Trance Map+
Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf
(Intakt)
Circuit (Seagroat / Chatzigiannis / Taylor / Hutchinson / Medley / Wachsmann)
Cell
(FMR)
Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith
The Sweetness of the Water [VINYL]
(Treader)
Kraabel, Caroline
Last1 And Last2
(Emanem)
Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann / Hug / Mattos / Edwards)
Vulcan
(Emanem)
Brighton, Ian
Marsh Gas [REISSUE]
(FMR)
Brighton, Ian
Imaginings
(FMR)
Kaiser, Henry
Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
(Fractal Music)
Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford)
Kontakte Trio
(FMR)
Hawkins, Alexander Ensemble
No Now Is So
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Carrier, Francois / Steve Beresford / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
OUTgoing
(FMR)
Coombes, Nigel / Steve Beresford
White String's Attached (1979)
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
ISKRA 1903
South on the Northern (1988/9) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Josephson / Wachsmann / Lindsay / Smith / Blume
Zero Plus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Beresford / Flinn / Tucker
Ink Room
(Creative Sources)
Lee / Evans / Beresford
Check For Monsters
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2006
(Emanem)
ISKRA 1903 (Rutherford, Paul / Wachsmann, Philipp / Guy, Barry)
Chapter Two, 1981-1983 [3 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker Octet, Evan
Crossing the River
(psi)
Russell, John / Volker, Ute / Werchowski, Mathieu
Three Planets
(Emanem)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Wachsmann, Philipp / Trevor Taylor / Paul Medley / Matthew Hutchinson
Old Dreams New Horizons
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Matthew Wright / Trance Map+
Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf
(Intakt)
Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith
The Sweetness of the Water [VINYL]
(Treader)
Kraabel, Caroline
Last1 And Last2
(Emanem)
Brighton, Ian
Marsh Gas [REISSUE]
(FMR)
Brighton, Ian
Imaginings
(FMR)
Kaiser, Henry
Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
(Fractal Music)
Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford)
Kontakte Trio
(FMR)
Hawkins, Alexander Ensemble
No Now Is So
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Carrier, Francois / Steve Beresford / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
OUTgoing
(FMR)
Coombes, Nigel / Steve Beresford
White String's Attached (1979)
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
ISKRA 1903
South on the Northern (1988/9) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Josephson / Wachsmann / Lindsay / Smith / Blume
Zero Plus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Beresford / Flinn / Tucker
Ink Room
(Creative Sources)
Lee / Evans / Beresford
Check For Monsters
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2006
(Emanem)
ISKRA 1903 (Rutherford, Paul / Wachsmann, Philipp / Guy, Barry)
Chapter Two, 1981-1983 [3 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker Octet, Evan
Crossing the River
(psi)
Russell, John / Volker, Ute / Werchowski, Mathieu
Three Planets
(Emanem)
Other Recommended Releases:
Circuit (Seagroat / Chatzigiannis / Taylor / Hutchinson / Medley / Wachsmann)
Cell
(FMR)
Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann / Hug / Mattos / Edwards)
Vulcan
(Emanem)
Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso
Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
(Emanem)

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