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Acoustic string improvising trio IST was invited by Derek Bailey in 2001 for his Company event at Tonic in NYC, here in the entire and intense concert they performed that night, including a 2nd set pairing with John Zorn, pushing the band into amazing and unexpected territory.

IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
Featuring John Zorn

IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn): Featuring John Zorn (Confront)

Label: Confront    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Mid-April 2001, Derek Bailey was invited to present a Company event at Tonic, the then home of adventurous music in New York. Besides himself, Derek took with him four other performers from the UK - tap dancer Will Gaines and the acoustic string trio IST, comprising of Rhodri Davies, Simon H. Fell and Mark Wastell. These five were joined for three nights of Company music by New York musicians Joey Baron, John Zorn, Jennifer Choi, Annie Gosfield and Min Xiao-Fen. The three nights of Company proper were preceded by an evening of music showcasing the music of the British based contingent. Bailey performed a fascinating duet with Gaines, followed by a lengthy set from IST.

The music IST performed that evening is presented on this disc in its entirety. Bruce Gallanter, tireless proprietor of famed New York record store Downtown Music Gallery, was in the front row, taping direct onto his handheld recorder. He also recorded each and every night of the Company event, during which IST were paired with John Zorn, for a once only meeting, late in the evening of the second night.

"IST played one of the most intense and balanced sets they've delivered in their four-year existence. The players pushed beyond decency into assaults on their instruments, causing the attentive observer to wince. Mark Wastell digs into his cello body with the end of his bow and leaves a white scar: his playing sears the memory likewise. Rhodri Davies' harp is Bailey's guitar writ large, the sound world of Pierre Boulez shot through with the funk and low-humour repartee of the improviser. The simultaneous crisis and hilarity of Simon Fell's two-bow assault on his instrument is audio-science and Dada in one."-Concert review extract from Derek Bailey And The Story Of Free Improvisation by Ben Watson / Verso Books

"The members of IST lovingly and respectfully dedicate this music to Derek Bailey (1930-2005).

IST also extend warm thanks and appreciation to John Zorn for graciously permitting us to include his contribution."-Confront

"John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".

Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music. After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and received wide acclaim with the release of The Big Gundown, an album reworking the compositions of Ennio Morricone. He attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987, and Naked City in 1989. After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US he made New York his permanent base and established his own record label, Tzadik, in the mid-1990s.

Tzadik enabled Zorn to maintain independence from the mainstream music industry and ensured the continued availability of his growing catalog of recordings, allowing him to prolifically record and release new material, issuing several new albums each year, as well as promoting the work of many other musicians. Zorn has led the hardcore bands Naked City and Painkiller, the klezmer/free jazz-influenced quartet Masada, composed over 600 pieces as part of the Masada Songbooks that have been performed by an array of groups, composed concert music for classical ensembles and orchestras, and produced music for opera, sound installations, film and documentary. Zorn has undertaken many tours of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians and ensembles that perform his diverse output.

Zorn's compositions cross many genres and he has stated "All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I'm an additive person-the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can't see the connections, but they are there." For Zorn "Composing is more than just imagining music-it's knowing how to communicate it to musicians. And you don't give an improviser music that's completely written out, or ask a classical musician to improvise. I'm interested in speaking to musicians in their own languages, on their own terms, and in bringing out the best in what they do. To challenge them and excite them." "

-Wikipedia (

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Product Information:

Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 40
Squidco Product Code: 20597

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CD in a tin case
Recorded at Tonic, in New York City, on April 17th and 19th, 2001 by Bruce Gallanter.


Rhodri Davie-harp

Simon H. Fell-double bass

Mark Wastell-violoncello

John Zorn-alto saxophone (track 6)

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Track Listing:

1. For Derek 1 14:10

2. For Derek 2 8:57

3. For Derek 3 6:09

4. For Derek 4 8:03

5. For Derek 5 6:20

6. For Derek 6 6:52