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Sealed Knot, The: Unwanted Object (Confront)

The trio of Mark Wastell on double bass, Rhodri Davies on harp and Burkhard Beins on percussion performing at The Old School, Norfolk in 2004, tense and understated improvisation.
 

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 01
Squidco Product Code: 13381

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CD in a tin case
Recorded at The Old School, Norfolk, in 2004 by Graham Halliwell .


Personnel:

Rhodri Davies-harp

Mark Wastell-double bass

Burkhard Beins-percussion

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track listing:


1. Untitled 1 10:48

2. Untitled 2 7:52

3. Untitled 3 8:02

4. Untitled 4 13:17




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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
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"This trio, formed by Mark Wastell on double bass, Rhodri Davies on harp and Burkhard Beins on percussion, gets rid of any conceptual rigidity through a concentrated approach to the fine craft of filling voids with additional void. Though not technically over-adorned, the music played by The Sealed Knot answers only a few questions; its greyish atmospheres do not necessarily grant a free pass to any casual bystander. The peculiar mixture between these tense, low-whisper nods and the sense of primal telepathy that these men transmit is the very strength of the CD; during almost 40 minutes, the thin link between "subliminal" and "sublime" makes itself visible in several unbelievable sections, where the instruments morph beautifully: percussion breathes hard, the harp is feedback-wrapped, the bass puts a scarf around its own power to stare seriously amidst the throbbing sound waves. The skeleton born from all these processes is hard-boned and with a mind of his own, already."-Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes


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)
5/19/2017

"Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers and has conceived several sound installations.

Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin).

Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Tree, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics, and Splitter Orchester and also works with composers/musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Tarek Atoui, John Tilbury, or Charlemagne Palestine.

Burkhard Beins gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book "Echtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene" as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, alt.vinyl, God Records, Mikroton, or Confront."

-Burkhard Beins Website (http://www.burkhardbeins.de/cv.html)
5/19/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
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)
Sealed Knot, The
Trembling Shade
(Confront)
Baghdassarians, Serge / Boris Baltschun / Burkhard Beins
Future Perfect
(Mikroton Recordings)
Wastell, Mark
Quartet
(Confront)
Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach
Gluck
(Mikroton Recordings)
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
(Confront)
Allbee, Liz / Burkhard Beins
Mensch Mensch Mensch [VINYL]
(Alt.Vinyl)
Butcher, John / Burkhard Beins / Mark Wastell
Membrane
(Confront)
IST
London: Conway Hall
(Confront)
Broken Consort
done
(Quakebasket)
Wastell, Mark
Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The
All Angels
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The
Surface/Plane
(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)
Polwechsel
Traces Of Wood
(Hatology)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Live At Cafe Oto
(Confront)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Berlin
(Confront)
Davis, Matt & Mark Wastell
Derby 11.05.2002 / Liverpool 10.05.2002
(Confront)
Moser, Michael
Resonant Cuts: (2 CDs AND BOOK)
(Edition Rz)
Four4 (Allen / Burn / Patterson / Wastell)
John Cage
(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith & Mark Wastell
Live at i-and-e
(Confront)
McHugh, Jonathan & Mark Wastell
Hydriotaphia
(Confront)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Lodi
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs
Phosphor 2
(Potlatch)
Oceans of Silver and Blood
Live at Cafe Oto
(Confront)
Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell
Foldings
(Confront)
Polwechsel & John Tilbury
Field
(Hatology)
Trio Sowari (Beins, Denzler, Durrant)
Shortcut
(Potlatch)
Various Artists
That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge
(Matchless)
Beins, Burkhard
Disco Prova
(Absinth Records)
Polwechsel
Archives of the North
(Hatology)
Trio Sowari: Durrant / Denzler / Beins
Three Dances
(Potlatch)
Scotch Of St James, The
Live at Amplify 2004
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Rowe, Keith / Beins, Burkhard
Erstwhile Live 001
(erstwhile)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2003 - Small Groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Surface/Plane
(Meniscus)
Recommended & Related Releases:
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)
Baghdassarians, Serge / Boris Baltschun / Burkhard Beins
Future Perfect
(Mikroton Recordings)
Wastell, Mark
Quartet
(Confront)
Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach
Gluck
(Mikroton Recordings)
Allbee, Liz / Burkhard Beins
Mensch Mensch Mensch [VINYL]
(Alt.Vinyl)
Broken Consort
done
(Quakebasket)
Wastell, Mark
Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
(Confront)
Oceans of Silver & Blood
Oceans of Silver & Blood
(Confront)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Polwechsel
Traces Of Wood
(Hatology)
Moser, Michael
Resonant Cuts: (2 CDs AND BOOK)
(Edition Rz)
Four4 (Allen / Burn / Patterson / Wastell)
John Cage
(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith & Mark Wastell
Live at i-and-e
(Confront)
McHugh, Jonathan & Mark Wastell
Hydriotaphia
(Confront)
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Lodi
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs
Phosphor 2
(Potlatch)
Oceans of Silver and Blood
Live at Cafe Oto
(Confront)
Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell
Foldings
(Confront)
Polwechsel & John Tilbury
Field
(Hatology)
Trio Sowari (Beins, Denzler, Durrant)
Shortcut
(Potlatch)
Various Artists
That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge
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