Overtones and Undertones #3

IKLECTIK presents,

Overtones and Undertones #3

Wednesday 4 October 2023 | Doors: 7:30pm | First Act: 8pm
Our Kiosk opens 1 hour prior to doors.

Tickets: £10.50 Advance / £12 OTD https://link.dice.fm/a2608f4eb474

With Bryan Day (invented instruments, found objects and field recordings) – ypsmael (electronics, field recordings, acoustic and amplified objects) ; Phil Durrant (electric mandolin & electronics) – Tim Hodgkinson (clarinet) – Mark Wastell (percussion).

Following on the success of ‘Overtones and Undertones #1 and #2, we present a second concert of acoustic, electro-acoustic, electronic improvised music featuring musicians who explore overtones, microtones and subharmonics. The use of multiphonics, contact mics, self-built instruments, and electronics creates a rich bed of overtones, which sonically interact with precise clusters and extended techniques. Feedback and oscillating systems and electro acoustic treatments, accentuate harmonic clusters and undertones fashioned from subharmonics, creating an ever-evolving soundscape.

We are delighted to feature an exclusive London appearance of the visiting German/USA duo Ypsmael + Eloine (aka Bryan Day) who are touring Ireland and the UK. They utilise electronics, field recordings, invented instruments, found objects, acoustic and amplified objects to create ‘ever changing masses of sounds. bubbling and burping, like a pan on a stove.’

The first set will feature the world premiere, of a new trio of Phil Durrant, Tim Hodgkinson, Mark Wastell


First Set:
Phil Durrant – electric mandolin & electronics
Tim Hodkinson – clarinet
Wark Wastell – percussion

Second Set:
Ypsmael – electronics, field recordings, acoustic and amplified objects
Eloine (aka Bryan Day) – invented instruments, found objects and field recordings

Eloine (aka Bryan Day)

Bryan Day is a sound artist, musical instrument designer, and conceptual artist based in San Francisco. Using scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components, and amplified materials, he re-imagines them into constructivist sound sculptures. Day has performed, taught workshops, and built sound installations across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Bryan is a member of Euphotic with Cheryl E. Leonard and Tom Djll; Collision Stories with Michael Gendreau, Mason Jones and Jorge Bachmann; Pay Dirt with Victoria Shen; and Seeded Plain with Jay Kreimer. His projects have releases on Tansprocesz, Ikuisuus, Chocolate Monk, Digitalis, Unread, Freedom From, Charnel, Gilgongo, Creative Sources, Bug Incision, Almost Halloween Time and many other labels over the last 25 years.


Ypsmael (Norman Mueller) is a live electronics project based in southern Germany with origins in England in the late ’00s. Crafting textural sound washes and live loops, Ypsmael uses an array of electronic and acoustic sound sources, sonic artifacts and audio detritus derived from various instruments, circuit-bent, amplified objects and environmental sound at the core of his compositional and improvisational approach. In over a hundred live appearances around Europe and across the Atlantic, Ypsmael has shared the stage with the late Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Damo Suzuki (Can), Jack Wright, Michael Pisaro, Theresa Wong, Simon Whetham, Nate Young and Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes, Failing Lights), Jeph Jerman, Crank Sturgeon, I’d M Thfft Able, John Chantler and many more. https://ypsmael.com/

Phil Durrant

Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts. As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach. Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts with Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, Gaudenz Badrutt as well as his seven-piece group – including Pat Thomas and John Edwards – ‘If Herbie Went West Coast’, using a modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing duos with guitarists Martin Vishnick, and Daniel Thompson. He also performs in trios with Maggie Nicols and Emil Karlsen as well as Olie Brice and Andrew Lysle. Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN as well as the international electronic ensemble MIMEO with Keith Rowe, Kaff Matthews, Thomas Lehn a.o. With Mark Wastell, Steve Beresford and David Toop, he is currently performing in an audio/visual project celebrating the work of the artist Alan Davie. Durrant was one of the musicians extensively interviewed for ‘The Practice of Musical Improvisation: Dialogues with Contemporary Musical Improvisers’, edited by Bertrand Denzler and Jean-Luc Guinnet and published by Bloomsbury.

Tim Hodgkinson

First solo at the LMC in 1979 using ring modulators and tape delay. Released SPLUTTER, an album of solo improvisations 1985, and toured USA with Fred Frith, playing with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Jim Staley, Chris Cochrane. From early 90’s focused on reeds and lap steel guitar. With Ken Hyder formed K-SPACE trio with Tuvan musician Gendos Chamzyryn, releasing three CDs – including Infinity, which digitally recomposes itself with each listen. In 2008 recorded KLARNT, album of clarinet improvisations. Meanwhile played with Ikue Mori, Birgit Ulher, Shelley Hirsch, Lol Coxhill, Kay Grant, Andrea Parkins, Anthony Davis,Yumi Hara, Yoni Silver, Ute Wasserman, Milo Fine, Isabel Duthoit, Paulo Fresu, Catherine Jauniaux and many others. Worked in OSSATURA, electro-acoustic improvising group, ZINC trio with Paul May and Hannah Marshall, quartet with Denman Maroney, Dom Lash, and Paul Lytton, Iancu Dumitrescu’s HYPERION ENSEMBLE, site-specific performances with Davide Barbarino, the WATTS with Chris Cutler and Yumi Hara…

Mark Wastell

Ph credit: Dawid Laskowski

Mark Wastell is a versatile improvising musician who has played a central role in the British improvised music scene for over a quarter of a century. He has performed and recorded extensively and his varied resume includes projects with Derek Bailey, Phil Durrant, John Butcher, Lasse Marhaug, Rhodri Davies, Simon H. Fell, Burkhard Beins, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Evan Parker, 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, Jan Bang, Maggie Nicols, Thurston Moore and David Sylvian. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label which has released over 150 albums to date.

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