Mark Wastell / Matt Davis / Luigi Marino
Sunday 29 September – doors 7pm – start 7.30pm | £6 adv – £8 otd | BUY TICKETS
Three unique performers merge their sonic worlds for a one-hour long immersion into metal resonances, electromagnetic fields, and resonating bodies.
Matt Davis and Mark Wastell met and first performed together at a London Musicians Collective workshop in 1996. Soon after they formed Diamonds and Amoebas, a quartet with pianist Robbie Knight and harpist Rhodri Davies. Towards the end of the 1990s, together with Rhodri and violinist Phil Durrant, they were the main protagonists of a fresh approach to collective improvisation that became known as New London Silence. Primarily interested more in space, time and texture, their music began to reach a wider audience through recordings on Wastell’s Confront label and various international imprints. Throughout the following years their work, not restricting itself to acoustic improvisation, has continued to develop and has incorporated other elements including electronics, visuals, site-specific installations, self-invented instruments and collaborations with dancers.
Mark Wastell and Luigi Marino played for the first time in Mark’s large ensemble The Seen and continued as a separate unit, exploring a shared sense of time through the subtle resonances of metal percussion, occasionally enhanced by feedback generators that use the body of the instruments to propagate sound. Even though the duo has less than a year of life, it is already establishing itself as a stable presence in the experimental music scene with performances at Cafe Oto, Oxford Improvisers, IKLECTIK, Hundred Years Gallery and upcoming ones at DisCon Festival.
Mark Wastell is a London based musician who has been working in contemporary music since the early 1990’s, making his initial concerts with the trio IST featuring Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. During this period he also became a member of Derek Bailey’s Company, Evan Parker’s String Orchestra and Chris Burn’s Ensemble. He co-formed The Sealed Knot with Rhodri Davies and Burkhard Beins in 2000. He has been a member of other notable groups over the years including Assumed Possibilities, The Scotch of St. James, Open, +minus and Oceans of Silver and Blood. Mark also helms The Seen, a metamorphic large group which has incorporated over 80 musicians since its inception in 2003. He has performed and recorded extensively and his varied resume includes projects with John Butcher, Lasse Marhaug, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Tim Barnes, Bernhard Günter, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Paul Dunmall, David Toop, Alan Wilkinson, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Julie Tippetts, Alan Skidmore, Mike Cooper, Chris Abrahams, Stewart Lee, Clive Bell, Arild Andersen and David Sylvian. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label which has released over 120 albums to date.
Matt Davis works in improvised and experimental music, and audio/visual installation. Musically using trumpet, field recordings and electromagnetics.
The latter could be described as live acoustic/visual performance of electromagnetic signals harvested from cracked household or industrial electrical devices which are mainly originally designed as light sources – exploring them as naturally acoustic events and for their potential as feral musical elements.
As an acoustic improviser he has worked extensively in many collaborations throughout Europe.
Luigi Marino is a musician based in London. His work focuses on networks able to display relationships between human and nonhuman actors, with particular attention to how intuitive decisions can profoundly affect pre-existing conditions. He is an active improvisor performing on both electronic media and percussion, especially zarb and bowed custom cymbals.
Currently, he regularly plays solo, in duo with Michael Thieke, Mark Wastell, and Sabine Vogel, in trio with Giancarlo Schiaffini and Eugenio Colombo, and in Mark Wastell’s large ensemble The Seen.
As a performer or composer, his music has been presented at festivals and venues such as Rainforest World Music Festival (Kuching, Malaysia), San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Cafe Oto (London), Intonal Festival (Malmö), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Sacred Realism (Berlin), Auditorium Parco Della Musica (Rome), IEM (Graz), Sowieso (Berlin), Rhiz (Vienna), Iklectik (London), Spektrum (Berlin), Offene Ohren (Munich), Interpenetration (Graz), BEAST FEaST (Birmingham), Acousmatic for the People (Malmö), WIM (Zurich), Spazio O’ (Milan), ICMC (Athens).