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Wastell, Mark : Vibra: Trent (3

An extraordinary solo EP of a tam-tam performance by Mark Wastell, one of the founders of the "New London Silence" movement and Confront label founder, performing live at Nottingham Trent University for a rich and forceful album of timbre and tone.

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Limited, numbered edition of 50 3" CDRs In a soft wrap-around plastic case with spine, sleevenotes insert and laminated photograph

Label: Linear Obsessional Recordings
Catalog ID: LOR062
Squidco Product Code: 22167

Format: 3" CDr
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: 3 " CD in shiny black jewel case
Recorded live at Powerhouse, Victoria Studios, Nottingham Trent University, on October 27th, 2006, by David Reed.


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1. Vibra: Trent 18:49
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"During late October 2006, Burkhard Beins and myself has been invited to undertake a short tour, entitled 'Minimal Percussion', organised by film maker and sound recordist David Reid. We presented solo and duo material at each concert. The solo tam tam piece I was performing at the time was called Vibra. It had been conceived and dedicated to the memory of artist, musician and writer Roger Sutherland. In the previous couple of years I'd completed a trilogy of studio recordings of the piece, each of which had been released on various labels, and played it a number of times in concert. Recollection tells me that this show and another the following evening in Liverpool were the last times I actively performed the piece in public.

Roll on eight years to 2014. Richard invited me to release a project on Linear Obsessional. Around the same time I'd been trawling through my catalogue of old recordings, principally to find vintage works to release on my label Confront Recordings. Vibra seemed an obvious choice. The construction and momentum of the piece correlating nicely with the label name.

Coincidentally, 2014 also marked 10 years since the passing of Roger Sutherland."-Mark Wastell

"From the first reverberating waves, the piece pulses with complex layers of metallic overtones. With spectacular control, attack and decay are woven into enveloping, resonating gradations; from low, palpable rumbles to swelling surges of higher-frequency vibrations. It is how these basic elements unfold over time, meted out with an intense focus and control, which makes this such a riveting listening experience"-Michael Rosenstein discussing Vibra in Signal to Noise magazine circa 2006

"A lovely archival release from Linear Obsessional, documenting a 2006 outing in Nottingham for Wastell's solo tam-tam piece, Vibra. In his release notes, Wastell says that it was conceived as a tribute to the artist, musician and writer Roger Sutherland. Wastell had recorded the piece three times, releasing those recordings on different labels, and played it live several times by the time this date swung around.

Vibra is marvellously nuanced, its gorgeously metallic drone increasing in volume then receding in an almost tidal fashion. But what I really like about this recording is its physicality, the thick muscularity of its tones. Wastell is well practised in walking a line between absence and presence in his playing - listen to his recent trio recording with John Butcher and Burkhard Beins to see him slip in and out of silence like a sonic ghost - so it's always nice to see him let rip a bit. Even in its quieter moments you can make out the individual beats of Wastell's mallets, like tiny links in the chain of burnished sound, slowly working towards several reverberant crescendos. Credit also to Wastell for not trying to edit out the various coughs and shuffles from the audience which, although slightly ruffling the ambience, definitely help to put us listeners right there in the room.

Great stuff, and much more than a historical curio."-Paul Margree, We Need No Swords

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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) (

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Tippetts, Julie / Mark Wastell
Unraveling The Waterfall
Veliotis, Nikos / Mark Wastell
Live at All Angels
Collusion Duo (Nick Smith / Mark Wastell)
Sealed Knot, The
Trembling Shade
Wastell, Mark
IST (feat. John Zorn)
New York
London: Conway Hall
BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell)
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
Broken Consort
Wastell, Mark
Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
Sealed Knot, The
All Angels
Sealed Knot, The
Oceans of Silver & Blood
Oceans of Silver & Blood
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Consequences (of Time and Place)
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
Confront Collectors Series
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Davis, Matt & Mark Wastell
Derby 11.05.2002 / Liverpool 10.05.2002
Four4 (Allen / Burn / Patterson / Wastell)
John Cage
(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
Sealed Knot, The
Unwanted Object
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Oceans of Silver and Blood
Live at Cafe Oto
Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell
Davies / Bohman / Patterson / Wastell
For Hugh Davies
(Another Timbre)
Various Artists
That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge
Scotch Of St James, The
Live at Amplify 2004
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
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