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Sealed Knot, The: Surface/Plane (Confront)

Listed as one of The Wire's Top 10 Improvised Music Records in 2003, this reissue of The Sealed Knots Meniscus release presents two live 2001 concerts in the UK from the subtlely sophisticated trio of UK & Berlin artists Mark Wastell, Burkhard Beins, and Rhodri Davies.
 

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 20
Squidco Product Code: 18755

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CDr in a tin case
Re-issue of Meniscus MNSCS 012, originally released in 2003. "Surface" recorded at All Angels, in London, England on September 28th, 2001.

"Plane" recorded at St. Pauls Hall, in Huddersfield, England, on September 27th, 2001.


Personnel:

Burkhard Beins-percussion

Rhodri Davies-harp

Mark Wastell-cello

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track listing:


1. Surface 15:51

2. Plane 26:46




Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Cultural Musics from Around the World
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Although the group was formed in 2000, its members have been playing together in different groupings and settings throughout Europe since 1997. There is a special connection between the London and Berlin scenes, which The Sealed Knot exemplifies. Although the musical form is composed in the moment, the structures are open. Nothing is forced - all three lock into a specific area of exploration in a subtle way. The group uses no pre-prepared material and they don't eschew repetition and definite pitches."-Confront

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"...Overall, they give the impression of a gradual ebb and flow of layered soundfields over a bedrock of silence. Confronted with the trio's intricately plaited tones, sometimes it's hard to tell the provenance of a particular sound - like many musicians exploring extended techniques, they're at war with their instruments...Gradual shifts and the kind of communication that develops within longstanding musical relationships are central to the group aesthetic. The slow, deliberate movement of The Sealed Knot's music often sounds semi-composed, a testament to the close bond that they have developed over the years..." (Will Montgomery, "Silence is a rhythm too: The Sealed Knot", The Wire, June 2002)

Listed as one of THE WIRE'S Top 10 Improvised Music Records 2003.


Artist Biographies:

"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)
6/14/2017

"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)
6/14/2017

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)
BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell)
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
(Confront)
Broken Consort
done
(Quakebasket)
Wastell, Mark
Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
(Confront)
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)
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)
Sealed Knot, The
Unwanted Object
(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
(Confront)
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)
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)
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)
Rowe, Keith & Mark Wastell
Live at i-and-e
(Confront)
McHugh, Jonathan & Mark Wastell
Hydriotaphia
(Confront)
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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