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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


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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track listing:

1. The Bite 17:46

2. Blart 18:17

3. Chamarileros 17:44

4. So It Goes 24:04

Related Categories of Interest:

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

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

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 (

"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 (

"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 (

Other Releases With These Artists:
Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford)
Kontakte Trio
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]
Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]
Carrier, Francois / Steve Beresford / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
Russell, John / Phil Durrant / John Butcher
Conceits (1987/1992)
Gustafsson, Mats w/ John Russell & Phil Minton
a duo(s) [VINYL]
Coombes, Nigel / Steve Beresford
White String's Attached (1979)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [2 CDs]
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2002 - small groups [2 CDs]
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
Marzan, Pascal & John Russell
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions
(Clean Feed)
Todd / Solomon / Russell / Coombes / Beresford
Russell, John
Altenburger, Martine & John Russell
(Another Timbre)
Lee / Evans / Beresford
Check For Monsters
London Improvisers Orchestra
Improvisations for George Riste
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2006
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
Parker Octet, Evan
Crossing the River
Butcher / Durrant / Lovens /Malfatti / Russell
News From the Shed
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2004 - small groups [2 CDs]
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
Russell, John / Volker, Ute / Werchowski, Mathieu
Three Planets
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2003 - Small Groups [2 CDs]
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