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Circuit (Seagroat / Chatzigiannis / Taylor / Hutchinson / Medley / Wachsmann): Cell (FMR)

UK percussionist and electronic artist Trevor Taylor's Circuit project in an extended electroacoustic version with Jon Seagroat on reeds & electronics, Tim Chatzigiannis on computer & electronics, Mathew Hutchinson on piano, Paul Medley on reeds, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics, in carefully controlled and sublimely detailed improvisation.
 

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Jon Seagroatt-bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, electronics

Tim Chatzigiannis-computer, electronics

Trevor Taylor-percussion, electronics

Mathew Hutchinson-piano

Paul Medley-soprano saxophone, bass clarinet

Philipp Wachsmann-violin, electronics


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UPC: 748079797338

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 507-1218
Squidco Product Code: 27796

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Visconti Studio, in Kingston, London, England, on September 2nd, 2018, by Ebby Acquah.

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UK percussionist and electronic artist Trevor Taylor's Circuit project in an extended electroacoustic version with Jon Seagroat on reeds & electronics, Tim Chatzigiannis on computer & electronics, Mathew Hutchinson on piano, Paul Medley on reeds, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics, in carefully controlled and sublimely detailed improvisation. Recorded in the studio in 2019 and presented as 7 untitled tracks, the sextet leave histrionics and noise behind, showing restraint in their conversation while employing masterful technique, imparting an almost chamber ensemble feeling to their work. Electronics are employed with subtlety, and a strong percussive sense is heard from all players. No credits are given nor is there an explanation for the title, but the assumption is that these are collective improvisations, from a collective of impressive calibre and skill.


Artist Biographies

Trevor Taylor is an improvising musician based in the UK, performing electroacoustic improvisation. He is best known for his band Circuit, and his associations with saxophonists Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall. He is also the label leader for FMR (Future Music Records).

-Squidco 2/28/2024

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Paul Medley is an Oxford based improvising musician who plays clarinet, bass-clarinet and tenor sax. Paul has played in several UK based groups, including AMV and Ensemble Azut. He is currently the chair of the collective Oxford Improvisers.

-Oxford Improvisers (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=2ahUKEwiLz8K-r4DlAhVyh-AKHYSKAHUQFjADegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbrunoguastalla.net%2Ftag%2Foxford-improvisers%2Ffeed%2F&usg=AOvVaw0vn9fmFR9fc5wl1oZLKIMY)
2/28/2024

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"Philipp Wachsmann. Born Uganda, 1944; violin, viola and electronics.

In the CD booklet to Gushwachs, John Corbett notes that Phillip Wachsmann came to free improvisation from a predominantly classical background, particularly via the contemporary experiments of "indeterminacy, graphic and prose-based scores, conceptualism and electroacoustics, listening to Webern, Partch, Ives, Berio and Varèse, reading 'Die Reihe' and interrogating the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic preoccupations of Western art music. Starting in 1969, Wachsmann was a member of Yggdrasil, an ensemble performing works by Cage, Cardew, Feldman, Ashley and others and in this group he used contact mikes on the violin and made his own electronic instruments, ring modulators and routing devices. Ironically, his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1969-1970) pushed him hard in the direction of free music. He recalls: 'Despite her neoclassical orientation, her insistence that composition is about the imagination of performance and its realisation, the live moment, and her stunning ability to make this happen was a powerful influence on me, steering towards 'performance' and therefore 'improvisation'.'"

Wachsmann moved from Yggdrasil to Chamberpot - recorded on Bead 2 - and shortly thereafter appeared on Tony Oxley's influential February papers, forward looking in the virtual 'industrial' orientation of some of the tracks, years before this became an accepted genre; the two musicians have continued to work together, in various groupings but notably in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. Philipp Wachsmann has also performed and/or recorded with: Derek Bailey's Company, e.g. on the recording Epiphanies; Georg Graewe; Barry Guy; Iskra 1903; King Übü Orchestrü; London Jazz Composers' Orchestra; Evan Parker, particularly as part of the Evan Parker Electronic Project; Quintet Moderne; Fred Van Hove's ML DD 4; Rüdiger Carl's COWWS (now CPWWS) Quintet; and Lines, with Martin Blume, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner and Marcio Mattos. He also plays as a solo musician.

Phillip Wachsmann also administers Bead Records."

-EFI: European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mwachs.html)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Untitled 8:10

2. Untitled 5:08

3. Untitled 5:09

4. Untitled 8:25

5. Untitled 7:47

6. Untitled 4:46

7. Untitled 10:56

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Sextet Recordings
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
Collective Free Improvsation

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