Using cello, amplified textures, prepared effects, harp, trumpet and electronics, the trio of Mark Wastell, Rhodri Davies and Matt Davis explore the nature of space, silence, noise and electronic sound.
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Packaging: Cardstock foldover in plastic sleeve
Track 1 - 2 recorded live from Derby Dance Centre 2002. Track 3 recorded live from Freedom Of The City festival 2002.
Mark Wastell-violin, cello, preparations, amplified textures
Rhondi Davies-harp, preparations
Matthew Davis-trumpet, electronics, processing
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1. Rhodri Davies Solo 4:25
2. Davis/Davies/Wastell Trio 26:09
3. Davis/Wastell Duo 18:00
4. Untitled 13:49
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"Mark Wastell and Rhodri Davies are the core members of Broken Consort. They have been performing together in various groups since 1995. Their first duo concert took place at 'Anagrams', Stockholm, in August 2000. Broken Consort draws on additional members when and where necessary, and has played as a trio, quartet, and in larger formations.
The ensemble name comes from 'Broken' (a small group of instruments of different types) and 'Consort' (to associate or agree). Through combining acoustic and electronic instruments, they explore the nature of space, silence, noise and electronic sound."-Broken Consort page at Rhodridavies.com
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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."-European Free Improv (EFI) (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mwastell.html)
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"Matt Davis (born in London in 1970) is an artist working in sound, music and performance living in Bristol.
In studying visual art an interest in strategic photography and process based work led Matt to the world of improvised and experimental music and sound art. Attending Community Music in 1995 and completing John Steven's Search and Reflect course, amongst others, he made several connections in the improvised music scene such as with Mark Wastell, Angharad Davies and Rhodri Davies.
In 1999 he relocated to Barcelona, joined the IBA collective and 'L'Orquestra IBA' as well as working with the dance company La Sospechosa - a collaboration which lasted many years.
On returning to London in 2002 he curated a series of events entitled FIELD designed to unite improvised music and dance. These events, with the support of the Chisenhale Dance Space Artist's Program, eventually became a live-art project investigating notions of space and performance, and were particularly influenced by the work of geographer Doreen Massey who collaborated on the project.
He has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, as well as touring Japan with Broken Consort in 2003.
From 2008-2012 he joined the ensemble Zeitkratzer, and in 2009 moved to Cornwall, where he was a member of the SoN collective and the trio Emlow.
He now lives in Bristol."-Matt Davis Website (http://f-i-e-l-d.co.uk/biog-contact.html)
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