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Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell: Foldings (Confront)

Confront/Sound 323's Mark Wastell meets three of Japan's most interesting minimal improvisers at Offsite in Tokyo, 2003 to perform this extraordinary two part work.

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: CONFRONT 12
Squidco Product Code: 11807

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live in concert at Offsite, Yoyogi, Tokyo on January 19th, 2002 by Taku Sugimoto.


Tetuzi Akiyma-turntable, air duster

Toshimaru Nakamura-no input mixing board

Taku Sugimoto-acoustic guitar, preparations

Mark Wastell-violoncello, preparations, contact mic, amplifier.

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track listing:

1. First Fold 28:04

2. Second Fold 29:26
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Confront/Sound 323's Mark Wastell meets three of Japan's most interesting minimal improvisers at Offsite in Tokyo, 2003 to perform this extraordinary two part work.

Artist Biographies:

"Toshimaru Nakamura is a Japanese musician, active in free improvisation and Japanese onkyo.

He began his career playing rock and roll guitar, but gradually explored other types of music, even abandoning guitar, and started working on circuit bending. He uses a mixing console as a live, interactive musical instrument: "Nakamura plays the 'no-input mixing board', connecting the input of the board to the output, then manipulating the resultant audio feedback."

Nakamura's music has been described as "sounds ranging from piercing high tones and shimmering whistles to galumphing, crackle-spattered bass patterns."

Nakamura founded the ensemble A Paragon of Beauty in 1992. He has recorded solo albums, worked as a session musician, and collaborated with artists including Sachiko M ("a kindred spirit"), Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, John Butcher, Nicholas Bussmann, Taku Sugimoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, dancer Kim Ito, and drummer Jason Kahn."

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"Taku Sugimoto is a Japanese guitarist.

He initially gained attention in the late 1990s for his restrained, melodic playing, unusual in the world of free improvisation. Critic Bruce Russell describes this era of Sugimoto's music by writing: "Sugimoto is perhaps the pre-eminent stylist on the guitar ... He brings a golden glow to every session he partakes in, having abandoned amped up noise in favour of a much more introspective and calligraphic style of play."

Around 2002 his music became increasingly abstract, all but eliminating melody and featuring extended periods of silence.

He has collaborated with other Japanese musicians involved in the Onkyo movement, such as Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide. He has also collaborated with musicians from European free improvisation scenes, notably trombonist Radu Malfatti and guitarist Keith Rowe."

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"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."

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Bailey, Derek & Company
Klinker [2 CDs]
Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda
Atta! [VINYL]
Kerbaj, Mazen / Toshimaru Nakamura
East of Where?
Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda
Tippetts, Julie / Mark Wastell
Unraveling The Waterfall
Nakamura, Toshimaru / Jun Numata
The First Album
Skogen / Magnus Granberg
'Ist gefallen in den Schnee' (2010) and 'Despairs had Governed Me Too Long' (2012) [double CD reissue]
(Another Timbre)
Davies, Rhodri / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell
There Is No Love
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Jason Kahn / Toshimaru Nakamura
IHJ / Ftarri
(Winds Measure)
Veliotis, Nikos / Mark Wastell
Live at All Angels
Collusion Duo (Nick Smith / Mark Wastell)
Wastell, Mark
Vibra: Trent (3" CDr)
(Linear Obsessional Recordings)
Sealed Knot, The
Trembling Shade
10tet (Akiyama / Kamura / Malfatti / Kinoshita / Okura / Veliotis / Unami / Koike / Filip / Sugimoto)
Nakamura, Toshimaru / Martin Taxt
Pan On Fire
Wastell, Mark
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
Akiyama, Tetuzi / Jason Kahn / Toshimaru Nakamura
Between Two
Order From Noise [2 CDs & a DVD]
(Mikroton Recordings)
London: Conway Hall
BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell)
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
Broken Consort
Wastell, Mark
Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
Sealed Knot, The
All Angels
Sealed Knot, The
Oceans of Silver & Blood
Oceans of Silver & Blood
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Consequences (of Time and Place)
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
Confront Collectors Series
Dahl, Anders & Skogen
(Another Timbre)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Nakamura, Toshimaru / John Butcher
Dusted Machinery
Davis, Matt & Mark Wastell
Derby 11.05.2002 / Liverpool 10.05.2002
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
Sealed Knot, The
Unwanted Object
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Volden, Havarad & Toshi Nakamura
Crepuscular Rays
(Another Timbre)
Larner, Brett
Itadakimasu - Improvised Duets 1994-2000
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
ErstLive 008
Nakamura, Toshimaru
Oceans of Silver and Blood
Live at Cafe Oto
Nakamura / Trayle
(Creative Sources)
Davies / Bohman / Patterson / Wastell
For Hugh Davies
(Another Timbre)
Nakamura, Toshimaru / English (Foster, Joe / Jones, Bonnie)
One Day
Guionnet, Jean-Luc / Nakamura, Toshimaru
Various Artists
That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge
AVVA (Nakamura, Toshimaru / Roisz, Billy)
Gdansk Queen [DVD]
Scotch Of St James, The
Live at Amplify 2004
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
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