IST's 1997 album, recorded at the Natural Music Club in Stockwell, London. Representing epsode 2 in the development of this group, the music sits interestingly between 'Anagrams To Avoid' and 'Ghost Notes'. The music is often still quite active, but with the first signs of the distilled nature heard in later work. The recording quality is surprisingly good, with just a few typical digital artefacts to remind us that this was captured on a 1990s portable digital recorder, plus a little occasional traffic noise to remind that this was London, after all.
"Imagine three sailors improvising a route over a mythic sea . . . . . intricate music, resonant with folk memories. Davies, Fell and Wastell conjure a magic from the complex shuffle of plink-plonk, squeal and scrape." Gus Garside RUBBERNECK
Rhodri Davies / harp
Mark Wastell / violoncello
Simon H. Fell / double bass
Recorded live at the Natural Music Club, Stockwell, United Kingdom, 1997-04-09.
Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC
1. Buntata Le Rusg - 6:35
2. Betingol - 16:13
3. Improvised Explosive Device - 8:34
4. Joe Parsley - 17:23
5. Tangled Mess ... A Cross Section - 1:19
6. Broad Strokes - For Franz Kline - 9:07
Mark Wastell has been active as a musician since 1995, making his initial concerts with the trio IST featuring Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. He has performed and recorded extensively and has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Evan Parker, Lasse Marhaug, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Tim Barnes, Bernhard Günter, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Beins, Paul Dunmall, David Toop, Alan Wilkinson, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Julie Tippetts and David Sylvian. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label.
Rhodri Davies plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch, SLW and Apartment House. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large- scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. He also performs and researches contemporary music. New pieces for harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Carole Finer, Mieko Shiomi, Radu Malfatti and Yasunao Tone.
Simon Fell has spent much of the past 20 years trying to refine various syntheses of composition, improvisation and jazz. In 1989, he was awarded an Arts Council Jazz Bursary to complete the composition Compilation II for 9 musicians and electronics; a recording was released in 1990. Fell was awarded a composer's research and development bursary by the Arts Council in 1993 to compose Compilation III, a large-scale work for concert pianist, free jazz trio, rock guitarist, jazz orchestra, electronics and tape; a recording of a revised version for 42 musicians appeared in 1998. He has also received commissions from, among others, Eastern Arts, The Termite Club, Leeds University, Haverhill Town Council and Yorkshire & Humberside Arts. His compositions for London Improvisers Orchestra include Papers, Happy Families, Köln Klang, Ellington 100 (Strayhorn 85) and Three Mondrians; recent works for SFQ include Thirteen Rectangles, Six Bells Pieces and ...the old style...