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Wastell, Mark

Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands

Wastell, Mark: Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands (Confront)

This long overdue re-issue celebrates the unique encounter of eleven like-minded musicians from Japan, England, Wales, Germany, Basque Country & Norway, brought together in the studio for one day only for this daytime recording session followed by an evening concert.
 

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 23
Squidco Product Code: 18757

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CDr in a tin case
Originally issued on L'innomable in an edition of 300 in 2007. Recorded at LMC studios, in Briton, London, on June 17th, 2003.


Personnel:

Mark Wastell-cello

Tetuzi Akiyama-acoustic guitar

Benedict Drew-computer

Mattin-computer

Michael Duch-doublebass

Annette Krebs-guitar

Nishide Takehiro-guitar, electronics

Rhodri Davies-harp

Andrea Neumann-piano, electronics

Graham Halliwell-saxophone, feedback

Paul Hood-tunrtables, electronics, objects

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1. Caressed On the Brow By Unseen Hands 28:26
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"In spite of the numbers, the music never gets crowded, and an ensemble character successfully emerges right at the top of this single, thirty minute piece. Instead of the usual tight focus and close-up sound, this is a more diffuse recording in a larger room. So the scale opens up like a stormy vista of dark clouds - the ominous atmospherics alternate with hovering, shifting drones, from stratospheric sines and feedback to bone-rattling bass tones. It's not all restrained reductionism, and moments of drama occur throughout, giving the piece a satisfying arc. Individual contributions are unsurprisingly hard to identify, and the aim is clearly to construct an ensemble sound.

Wastell's mini-orchestra also performed live in the evening of that same June day. I saw them in Hackney in a condemned building, where I recall feeling that if the gaping floorboards didn't get you, the thick dust would. In spite of the odd, not to say life-threatening, performing environment, the concentration and focus of the playing was memorable. By the end of the evening some feverish brows certainly needed caressing."-Clive Bell, The Wire


Artist Biographies:

"Mark Wastell Born 1968; cello.

Much of Mark Wastell's relationship with his chosen instrument is concentrated on the tactile, textural and sonic possibilities of both violoncello and bow. He is increasingly interested in working with extreme elements drawn from frequency, timbre and pitch.

His early activity was consciously and subconsciously influenced by a variety of improvising musicians including John Stevens, Barry Guy, Phil Durrant and John Russell. Subsequent exposure to contemporary composers lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the works written for strings by Feldman, Cage, Nono, Lachenmann and Sciarrino. The use of live electronics and music concrete by Tudor, Parmegiani, Xenakis and others was another important early influence.

Wastell's current instrumental material primarily focuses on using abstract principles of space and texture - encompassing elements of new London silence, pro-instrument minimalism, new complexity and electro-acoustics. Because of the very nature of his chosen instrument, he tends to favour 'chamber' style ensembles and is a member of a number of regular groups:

• Chris Burn's Ensemble, with John Butcher, Rhodri Davies, John Russell, Matt Hutchinson

• Derek Bailey's Company - with, for example, Will Gaines, Simon H. Fell and Rhodri Davies

• Evan Parker's String Project, with Peter Cusack, Hugh Davies, Rhodri Davies, Phil Durrant, John Edwards, Kaffe Matthews, Marcio Mattos, John Russell

• Assumed possibilities, with Chris Burn, Rhodri Davies and Phil Durrant

• The Sealed Knot, with Burkhard Beins and Rhodri Davies

• Necessaire with Alessandro Bosetti, Ignaz Schick and Burkhard Beins

• IST with Simon Fell and Rhodri Davies

• Quatuor Accorde with Tony Wren, Phil Durrant and Charlotte Hug

• Broken Concort, a duo with Rhodri Davies

Mark Wastell has also performed with many other leading musicians including John Zorn, Keith Rowe, Peter Kowald, Hugh Davies, Roger Turner, Veryan Weston, Lol Coxhill, Mark Sanders, Axel Dorner, Hans Koch, Phil Minton, Max Eastley and Steve Beresford.

As a soloist he has played at the Micro-classical Festival (London 1996), LMC Festival (London 2000) and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2000). He has travelled extensively with various groups, performing on tour and at festivals in the USA, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Greece. Other work includes the launch in 1996 of his own record label, Confront Recordings. Wastell is also joint co-ordinator of the concert venue All Angels, together with Rhodri Davies."

-European Free Improv (EFI) (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mwastell.html)
12/13/2017

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"Tetuzi Akiyama (Akiyama Tetsuji) (born 13 April 1964) is a Japanese guitarist, violinist, and instrument-maker. Akiyama formed the improvisation group Madhar in 1987, and the classical ensemble Hikyo String Quintet in 1994 (which also included Taku Sugimoto on cello). In 1995, Akiyama and Sugimoto formed a guitar duo, and played at venues in New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. During this time, Akiyama was also a member of Keiji Haino's Nijiumu outfit. Akiyama also formed Sutekina Tea Time (a duo with Takashi Matsuoka) and Mongoose (a trio with Taku Sugimoto and Utah Kawasaki).

In 1998 Akiyama began organising a monthly concert series, The Improvisation Meeting, with Toshimaru Nakamura. In December 2006 he began a regular duo with Hervé Boghossian (France), they toured in Europe (France, Portugal, Switzerland, England) several times in 2007 (in May, October & December) & also played in Tokyo during Hervé Boghossian Japanese tour in August/September 2008. In 2009 he worked with David Sylvian."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetuzi_Akiyama)
12/13/2017

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"Benedict Drew lives and works in Whitstable and Margate, in 2011 he graduated from the Slade School of Art. He has frequently collaborated with a diverse mix of artists and musicians including Nathan Budzinski & Auto Italia, Otomo Yoshihide, Rhodri Davies, Greg Pope, Emily Richardson, 'The Work In Progress', Sachiko M and Emma Hart. Performing often in the UK and internationally including Tate Modern, London; Yamaguchi Centre for Art, Japan; Rotterdam Film Festival; Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee; ICA, London; Performa 09, New York; and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Drew has made many radio works for Resonance FM, most recently Concrete Decent Transmission for Writtle Calling. He was lead-artist for Chisenhale Gallery's Propeller Project (2012) and a LUX Associate Artist (2011/12). In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Jarman award."

-AV Festival Website (http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/2012/events-and-exhibitions/benedict-drew)
12/13/2017

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"... [Annette Krebs] wanted to play the guitar since she was four years old, but only eleven years later this dream came true. Her first teacher was a jazzmusician who led her more practically and gave her the basis of the most varied styles. From the beginning she made improvisational and compositional songs about the school and the things around her. At sixteen she wrote her own protestsongs, played a little rock, a little this and that. When the time for studying came, she chose classical guitar. Jazz and modern music did not interest them at first, modern art was even more so: she painted, was fascinated by Dadaism, Schwitters' Merz and others. She tried to play what she painted, to paint what she was playing. Of the fact that the other were similar, she had no idea at that time.

In Frankfurt, where she at that time studied guitar, she also tried to penetrate the authentic interpretation of baroque music, discovered the European tradition and composed intensively. At the same time, however, she lured the abstraction - the pictorial as well as the musical. In her own compositions she stayed with pure tones, from which she formed her "abstract" melodies.

Now Frankfurt is a very lively city, and Annette Krebs took everything that was going on around her: concerts of contemporary music, jam sessions and joint improvisations and debates with other musicians. When she finally moved to Berlin, she began to break out of the world of classical music. First, she tried to put her guitar in an informal context, playing classical repertoire in pubs, which was almost surreal, but she soon sought another The instrument was accessible to the instrument itself. She held it between the knees like a violoncello and reduced the number of strings. So she started to use the electric guitar as well. She tirelessly studied the possibilities of other forms of play, Until she finally put the guitar on the table. This had quite practical advantages: All "boxes" and the mixing console were so at hand. Similar to Keith Rowe, she developed a certain "sculptural" approach to her instrument. But the resulting distance began to disturb her with time, so she put the guitar on her knees to strengthen the immediate contact with the instrument. Although the gameplay remained basically the same, the gameplay was quite different; The instrument was so much easier to master. The range of instrumental and additional sounds stretched them in all directions - even those who see Annette Krebs play can hardly say which are from their guitar and which not.

In the multicultural and musically vibrant Berlin she joined the thriving improvisation scene. Chris Dahlgren, Chris Dahlgren, Chris Dahlgren, Rhodri Davies, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward, Marcus. The list of people with whom they have collaborated is impressive: Chris Abrahams, Natasha Anderson, Alessandro Bosetti, Burkhard Beins Heike, Charlotte Hug, Sven-Ake Johansson, Christoph Kurzmann, Sachiko M, Coffee Matthews, Wade Matthews, Chico Mello, Toshimaru Nakamura, Andrea Neumann, Bhob Rainey, Taku Sugimoto, Luca Venitucci, Michael Vorfeld, Marc Wastell, Steffi Weismann, Otomo Yoshihide ...

In the year 2000 the seven-head ensemble phosphorus, In which Annette Krebs on Burkhard Beins (drums), Axel Dörner (trumpet and laptop), Robin Hayward (tuba), Andrea Neumann ("Inside-Piano"), Michael Renkel (acoustic guitar, laptop) and Ignaz Schick (electronics) , Gramophone). They all combined the need for increased concentration of musical expression and the effort to achieve clarity and transparency. In place of dense sound, silence was the starting point. The sound events and phenomena were carefully positioned in the imaginary space and meticulously measured their relationships (volume, character, sound start and end, contrasts, transitions, and collisions) and precisely measured with a view to the balance of the whole. Since these sounds were generally very quiet, a wide spectrum "

Outside of phosphorus, Annette often appears alone or with other musicologists. The Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto or the Italian saxophonist Alessandro Bossetti are close to her. For several years she appeared in the duo with Andrea Neumann, in Vienna she plays with Christoph Kurzmann and Burkhard Stangl. She also works with Sandra Becker or Steffi Weissmann on their video projects. Together with the latter, for example, she has created a funny variation on the subject of "alienation / deprivation" with the title Le vol 1-3, a parody on pop music videos, in which the two authors make a cheerful raid in the department store to the sounds of "recycling music".

The music of Annette Krebs is full of opposing qualities: On the other hand, she is "ascetic" - she works with large portions of silence and delicate noises. On their CD Guitar Solo (Fringes Recordings, 2002), the first normal guitar sound can only be heard after about six minutes. On the other hand, it is very rich - it works not only with differently transformed guitar sounds, but also with laptop, radio or cassette recorder, from which, inter alia, fragments of the real world (talks, different sound environments, etc.). Annette Krebs teaches us to listen to what we have long known. Even the most common sound is re-evaluated. Her music slips smoothly into the mysterious gap between life and art that Robert Rauschenberg once spoke of. Annette Krebs is a charismatic personality that is always good for a surprise. Their game is full of unpredictable interruptions, sudden outbursts and trembling excitement."

-Annette Krebs Website (Translated by Google) (http://www.annettekrebs.eu/texte/text/js.html)
12/13/2017

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"Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 in Aberystwyth, Wales and now lives in Gateshead in the northeast of England.

He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance.

His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, Common Objects, HEN OGLEDD: Dawson - Davies, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Cranc, The Sealed Knot and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch.

In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on 'Self-cancellation', a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow.

New pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone.

In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award."

-Rhodri Davies Website (http://www.rhodridavies.com/words/)
12/13/2017

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"Born 1968 in Freiburg, grew up in Hamburg. Piano lessons since 1974. Studied piano at "Hochschule der Kunste" in Berlin. Since 1996 primarily active as improviser and composer in the areas of experimental and new music.

In the process of exploring the piano for new sound possibilities, she has reduced the instrument to strings, resonance board and metal frame. With the help of electronics to manipulate and amplify the sounds (sometimes to make parts of the sound audible which are inaudible without amplification), she has developed numerous new playing techniques, sounds, and ways of preparing the dismantled instrument. Because the original inside piano is very heavy, a piano builder (Bernd Bittmann, Berlin) constructed a new and lighter one for her.

She has worked intensively in the crossover area between composition and improvisation, and in the field between electronic and handmade sounds, with Berlin musicians such as Annette Krebs, Ignaz Schick, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward and Burkhard Beins. She has composed for inside piano for interdisciplinary projects including film, dance, performance, etc."

-Improvised Music from Japan website (http://www.japanimprov.com/profiles/aneumann/)
12/13/2017

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"Graham Halliwell, born Liverpool, August 1959,, is a saxophonist, whose work has recently been exploring ideas of stillness and sparseness, to this end he has been supplementing its normal sound by utilising it as a device for shaping feedback. This has lead him to work with some of major names in the "reductionist" or "lower case" school. He plays in the brilliant trio +minus with Bernhard Gunter and Mark Wastell, and has recorded with Rhodri Davies and Steve Roden. Other groups include VHF (with Simon H Fell and Simon Vincent)."

-Bagrec Blogspot (https://bagrec.blogspot.com/2006/09/music-questionnaire-no-7-graham.html)
12/13/2017

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Wolff, Christian
Berlin Exercises [VINYL]
(God Records)
Davies, Rhodri / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell
There Is No Love
(Confront)
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Jason Kahn / Toshimaru Nakamura
IHJ / Ftarri
(Winds Measure)
Veliotis, Nikos / Mark Wastell
Live at All Angels
(Confront)
Collusion Duo (Nick Smith / Mark Wastell)
Refraction
(Confront)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Wastell, Mark
Vibra: Trent (3" CDr)
(Linear Obsessional Recordings)
Davies, Angharad / Rhodri Davies / Michael Duch / Lina Lapelyte / John Lely & John Tilbury
Goldsmiths
(Another Timbre)
10tet (Akiyama / Kamura / Malfatti / Kinoshita / Okura / Veliotis / Unami / Koike / Filip / Sugimoto)
10tet
(Confront)
Beuger, Antoine
Two . Too (For Erwin-Josef Speckmann)
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Wastell, Mark
Quartet
(Confront)
Ercklentz / Neumann
LAlienation
(Herbal International)
Davies, Rhodri
Pedwar [BOX SET, 4 LPs + INSERTS]
(Alt.Vinyl)
Ishikawa, Ko / Tetuzi Akiyama / Hideo Ikegami
Live at Kissa Sakaiki
(Confront)
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
(Confront)
Common Objects: Butcher / Davies / Davies / Patterson
Whitewashed with Lines [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Jason Kahn / Toshimaru Nakamura
Between Two
(Meena)
Davies, Rhodri / John Butcher
Routing Lynn
(Ftarri)
IST
London: Conway Hall
(Confront)
Dorner / Hayward / Krebs / Neumann
The Berlin Series No. 3
(Another Timbre)
Gallio / Streuli
Road Works [CD & DVD]
(Percaso)
BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell)
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
(Confront)
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Anla Courtis
Naranja Songs
(Public Eyesore)
Broken Consort
done
(Quakebasket)
Sealed Knot, The
All Angels
(Confront)
Oceans of Silver & Blood
Oceans of Silver & Blood
(Confront)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Consequences (of Time and Place)
(Confront)
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
Confront Collectors Series
(Confront)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Common Objects: John Butcher / Rhodri Davies / Lee Patterson
Live In Morden Tower
(Mikroton Recordings)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Live At Cafe Oto
(Confront)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Berlin
(Confront)
Various Artists
Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Neumann, Andrea / Bonnie Jones
Green Just As I Could See
(erstwhile)
Krebs, Annette / Magda Mayas / Anthea Caddy
Thread
(Another Timbre)
Davis, Matt & Mark Wastell
Derby 11.05.2002 / Liverpool 10.05.2002
(Confront)
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Takuji Kawai
Transition
(Ftarri)
SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions
(Clean Feed)
Agnel / Gauguet / Neumann
Spiral Inputs
(Another Timbre)
Davies / Patterson / Toop
Wunderkammern
(Another Timbre)
Four4 (Allen / Burn / Patterson / Wastell)
John Cage
(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The
Unwanted Object
(Confront)
Halliwell, Graham
Recorded Delivery
(Confront)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Lodi
(Confront)
Hautzinger / Okura / Akiyama
Rebuses
(Monotype)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs
Phosphor 2
(Potlatch)
Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson
Midhopestones
(Another Timbre)
Chant / Davies / Drew / Edwards
Decentred
(Another Timbre)
Krebs / Unami
motubachii
(erstwhile)
Davies / Rives / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Santos
Twrf Neus Ciglau
(Creative Sources)
Eastley, Max / Rhodri Davies
Dark Architecture
(Another Timbre)
Krebs, Annette & Rhodri Davies
kravis rhonn project
(Another Timbre)
Davies / Bohman / Patterson / Wastell
For Hugh Davies
(Another Timbre)
Furt plus
Equals
(psi)
Eastley / Halliwell / Parker / Wastell
a life saved by a spider and two doves
(Another Timbre)
Various Artists
That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge
(Matchless)
Davies, Rhodri / Matt Davis / Samantha Rebello / Bechir Saade
Hum
(Another Timbre)
fORCH
Spin Networks
(psi)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2003 - Small Groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Tim Barnes / Masafumi Ezaki
Futuro
(Quakebasket)
Johansson, Sven-Ake / Doerner, Axel / Neumann, Andrea
Barcelona Series
(Hatology)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Surface/Plane
(Meniscus)
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
Open
(erstwhile)
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Akiyama, Tetuzi / Jason Kahn / Toshimaru Nakamura
IHJ / Ftarri
(Winds Measure)
Veliotis, Nikos / Mark Wastell
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Collusion Duo (Nick Smith / Mark Wastell)
Refraction
(Confront)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Davies, Angharad / Rhodri Davies / Michael Duch / Lina Lapelyte / John Lely & John Tilbury
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(Clean Feed)
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(Another Timbre)
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