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Imaginary String Trio, The (Wachsmann / Guastalla / Lash): Imaginary Trio (Bead)

Formed from the merging of violinist Philipp Wachsmann's 2005 solo performance in Oxford in a concert that also included the duo of cellist Bruno Guastalla and bassist Dominic Lash, the trio then took that union into the studio under the name The Imaginary String Trio, producing this fascinatingly diverse and dexterous album of collective spontaneous improvisation.
 

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Label: Bead
Catalog ID: Bead CD08 SP
Squidco Product Code: 32534

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at The White House Studio, in UK, in 2005.


Personnel:

Philipp Wachsmann-violin

Bruno Guastalla-cello, bandoneon

Dominic Lash-contrabass

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Artist Biographies:

"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)
11/16/2022

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"Bruno Guastalla was born in France in 1957, and lives with his partner ceramicist Aline Stanway in Oxford (UK). His main activity for the past 40 years has been to restore and make violins and cellos, since 1983 as part of Oxford Violins. He is also a music performer and improviser. He plays cello and bandoneon in MUE, Set Ensemble, Ensemble Azut, Oxford Improvisers, Cold Harbour Trio, DEC Project. He has collaborated amongst others with Philipp Wachsmann, Dominic Lash, Cafe Reason Dance Company, Macarena Ortuzar, Helena Gough, Martin Hackett, Pete McPhail and various members of the collective Oxford Improvisers. Experience as an instrument maker influences his attitude to sound. He uses conventional notation, field recordings and various sound editing techniques. Questions around language, perception and shape making come up a lot. Song project is a collaboration with singer Sarah Verney Caird and poet Joe Butler."

-Bruno Guastalla Website (https://brunoguastalla.net/)
11/16/2022

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"Born Cambridge, England, in January 1980; played bass guitar since 1994; studied with Hugh Boyd and Pascha Milner and at Basstech (London) with Rob Burns, Terry Gregory and others. Played double bass since 2001; basically self taught, with grateful thanks to Simon H. Fell. First class BA in English Literature from Oxford University (2002). Received MA Composition from Oxford Brookes University in 2003, having studied with Paul Whitty, Ray Lee and others. Received PhD from Brunel University in 2010, having studied the work of Derek Bailey, Helmut Lachenmann and JH Prynne and been supervised by Richard Barrett and John Croft."

-Dominic Lash Website (http://dominiclash.blogspot.com/p/dominic-lash_5.html)
11/16/2022

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track listing:


1. Appearance 11:22

2. Vision 8:23

3. Revelation 16:39

4. Spectre 8:51

5. Presence 8:39

6. Phantasm 11:08
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"In 2005 the percussionist Chris Stubbs invited Philipp Wachsmann - solo, and Bruno Guastalla and Dominic Lash - duo to perform in Oxford. However, he went on to suggest a meeting of all three for the final part of the concert. This memorable encounter was the start of this trio. The trio brings interaction of players and is not shy of risk. At times it fleetingly alludes to moments of the classical string repertoire (Bartok and Beethoven). It celebrates the very wide vocabulary, sonorities, textures and counterpoint that string voices can be part of, from a wide variety of genres, from 'classical' to 'jazz'. The music on this CD 'The Imaginary Trio' is nonetheless spontaneous and improvised."-Philipp Wachsmann

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