Wednesday 8 June 2016, 8pm
This year is the twentieth anniversary of Confront Recordings, the label I started way back in 1996 when I was just a little boy. There is plenty of celebratory activity planned including two seperate festival nights arranged at Cafe Oto. (Mark Wastell www.confrontrecordings.com)
John Butcher / saxophones
Michael Francis Duch / double bass
***UK Premiere Performance***
The newly formed duo of John Butcher and Michael Francis Duch debuted at the Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway in May 2015. This concert at Cafe OTO marks only their second outing and UK premiere performance. They have a CD release on Confront Recordings entitled FJORDGATA.
Matthew Bourne / piano
Steve Davis / drums & percussion
Dave Kane / double bass
Bourne / Davis / Kane are one of the most sought-after jazz trios in the UK and Ireland. Emerging from the Leeds music scene, the trio met for the first time in 2002, playing a completely improvised set at the Belfast Festival at Queens that was regarded as one of the festival highlights. They have toured and recorded extensively since. Each member of the trio is an adventurous musician and composer in his own right, wowing critics, breaking boundaries and challenging conventions. Bourne / Davis / Kane have a CD release on Confront Recordings entitled BROKEN LIGHT.
Mark Wastell has been organising larger formations of musicians, collectively known as THE SEEN, since the early 2000’s. Using predominantly improvised material with occasional instructions or themes distributed to individual musicians just prior to performance. No formation has ever been repeated, THE SEEN never stays static. Register of previous participants include Tetuzi Akiyama, Mattin, Michael Duch, Graham Halliwell, Andrea Neumann, Rhodri Davies, Paul Hood, Takehiro Nishide, Annette Krebs, Lee Gamble, Matt Davis, Joe Williamson, Wolfgang Fuchs, Burkhard Beins, Tomas Korber, Paul Abbott, Ben Owen, Jonathan McHugh, Jane Dickson, Olie Brice, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Bertrand Denzler, Angharad Davies, David Toop, Chris Burn, Richard Sanderson, Dominic Lash, Yoni Silver, Graham MacKeachan, John Butcher and Jason Kahn.
“With The Seen, everything is up for grabs. Even the act of listening – so sacrosanct in the world of improvisation – becomes problematized, for in such a tapestry of sound and silence how can one process what’s happening at any one moment? Yet this impossibility of total response provides opportunities to form clusters within the whole, that break apart and reform in different configurations as things develop. For listeners, too, there are possibilities for moments of both detailed focus and wider-scale immersion.” (Paul Margree)