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Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell): Berlin (Confront)

Ist - Rhodri Davies (harp), Simon H. Fell (double bass) & Mark Wastell (violoncello) - recorded this fascinating, quietly active lower case work at Total Music Meeting in Berlin 2001.
 

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 18
Squidco Product Code: 17772

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CDr in a tin case
Recorded at Total Music Meeting, Podewil, Berlin in 2001.


Personnel:

Rhodri Davies-harp

Simon H. Fell-double bass

Mark Wastell-violoncello

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track listing:


1. Punkt Und Linie 31:35




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Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Free Improvisation
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
Trio Recordings
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"One day, I hope, the story will be written. The story of the group IST and its relationship to the birth of the music that subsequently became variously known as 'New London Silence' or 'Lower Case Improv' (and yes, I use those upper case letters intentionally).

Perhaps the learned critics (who seem very rarely to actually ask the musicians) will tell us just what our place is in this history. Certainly we were not the first - Rhodri and Mark were much influenced by Radu Malfatti and Phil Durrant (among others) at this time (or so it seemed to me), but we were among the first. From my own personal point of view, playing this new kind of provocatively distilled music seemed like a coherently radical response to the expansive intensity of groups such as Hession/Wilkinson/Fell and Descension. I have always had a certain sinful pride in the breadth of my discography at this time, and looking back I'm still impressed by the fact that at one period I was simultaneously playing with Descension and IST.

These two groups have more in common than their radical diversity, however. Perhaps more than any other groups in which I've participated, each performance by these ensembles seemed to represent a kind of manifesto - a real challenging of the ways a certain number of our audience might have of thinking about music, and what it should be. But whilst Descension's discography amounts to one appallingly-recorded and long out-of-print CD, we are fortunate that IST was much better documented on numerous occasions.

It's only fair to point out that IST didn't begin with the purity it later developed. The very early recordings released on the 'Anagrams To Avoid' LP show a group still wedded to the music of free, unrestrained activity. But the chemical processes resulting from the combining of Rhodri and Mark didn't take long to come to fruition (my act of introducing Rhodri to Mark and vice versa might one day merit me a footnote in someone's thesis).

One such 'manifesto' performance was our appearance at Berlin's Total Music Meeting in 2001. Perhaps it is difficult for some people now to understand the significance of a group such as ours playing at the Total Music Meeting at that time. I don't intend to write this history now either, but from a free/improvised music point of view Berlin in 2001 was far from the place it is now - a chapter in the history of free music was drawing to a close, but for the moment the old ways of doing things still reigned supreme.

We played the music you will hear on this recording - and not for the first time caused quite a stir. In particular, a younger generation of Berlin musicians seemed to feel the musical permafrost cracking. The response of the audience at the end of our set - those who had stayed - gives some flavour of the impact of this performance.

Of course, this is all somewhat of a storm in a teacup. We didn't change the world, perhaps we didn't even change the Berlin musical world. But we did play a short but exceptional set; the music is here to hear, the rest you can decide for yourself."

Simon H. Fell [May 2013]


Other Releases With These Artists:
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
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IST
London: Conway Hall
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BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell)
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
(Confront)
Broken Consort
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Kesten, Christian & Mark Trayle / Annette Krebs
Berlin series No. 2
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Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
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Sealed Knot, The
Surface/Plane
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Nordwall, Joachim
Concert
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Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Consequences (of Time and Place)
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Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
Confront Collectors Series
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Garcia, Miguel / Tomas Gris / Lee Noyes
Asto Ilunno
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Bailey, Derek & Simon H. Fell
The Complete 15th August 2001
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Four Compositions [2 CDs]
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Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
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Davis, Matt & Mark Wastell
Derby 11.05.2002 / Liverpool 10.05.2002
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Saunders / Thomas / Parkinson / Davies / Chase / Davies (Edges Ensemble)
divisions that could be autonomous but that comprise the whole
(Another Timbre)
SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions
(Clean Feed)
Davies / Patterson / Toop
Wunderkammern
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Live at the Red Hedgehog
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Rowe, Keith & Mark Wastell
Live at i-and-e
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McHugh, Jonathan & Mark Wastell
Hydriotaphia
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Halliwell, Graham
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Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
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Burn / Thomas / Fell
The Middle Distance
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and we disappear
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Morris / Fell / Ward
The Necessary And The Possible
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Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson
Midhopestones
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Oceans of Silver and Blood
Live at Cafe Oto
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Davies, Rhodri
Over Shadows
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Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell
Foldings
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Davies / Rives / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Santos
Twrf Neus Ciglau
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Eastley, Max / Rhodri Davies
Dark Architecture
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For Hugh Davies
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Furt plus
Equals
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Eastley / Halliwell / Parker / Wastell
a life saved by a spider and two doves
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fORCH
Spin Networks
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Davies / Hayward / Eckhardt / Capece
Amber
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Scotch Of St James, The
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Un Salon Au Fond D'un Lac
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Ffansion | Fancies
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Awareness About
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Sealed Knot, The
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Membrane
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Gray / Hobbs / Hostetter / Braman
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Recommended & Related Releases:
Other Recommended Releases:
IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn
(Confront)
IST
London: Conway Hall
(Confront)
BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell)
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
(Confront)
Broken Consort
done
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Berlin series No. 2
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Wastell, Mark
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The Complete 15th August 2001
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SFQ (Simon Fell Quartet)
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Live At Cafe Oto
(Confront)
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Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Davis, Matt & Mark Wastell
Derby 11.05.2002 / Liverpool 10.05.2002
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Saunders / Thomas / Parkinson / Davies / Chase / Davies (Edges Ensemble)
divisions that could be autonomous but that comprise the whole
(Another Timbre)
SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions
(Clean Feed)
Davies / Patterson / Toop
Wunderkammern
(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
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Rowe, Keith & Mark Wastell
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Lodi
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Burn / Thomas / Fell
The Middle Distance
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Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
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