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The newly convened trio of Burkhard Beins (percussion & electronics), John Butcher (saxophones) and Mark Wastell (amplified tam tam) brings together three of Europe's most accomplished and innovative musicians. Each is credited for furthering the capabilities and extended the language of their chosen instruments and the international credibility of improvised electro-acoustic music as an art form.
This concert at Cafe Oto marks the trio's debut performance and is sponsored by Confront Recordings
BURKHARD BEINS / percussion & electronics
As a composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected objects. Furthermore he works with electronics, electro-acoustic instruments and devices. Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He is a member of groups like Perlonex, Activity Center, Polwechsel, Mensch Mensch Mensch, Phosphor, The Sealed Knot, and Splitter Orchester and also works with Keith Rowe, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Abrahams, Orm Finnendahl, John Tilbury, Charlemagne Palestine and many others. Meanwhile he has released more than 40 CDs and LPs on labels like 2:13 Music, Zarek, Erstwhile, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth or Confront. His first Solo-CD "Disco Prova" has been released in 2007 and combines field recordings and percussion material with digital multitracking, followed in 2009 by "Structural Drift", a result of a sound art residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, based on e-bowed and propelled zither, analogue synth, objects and small electronics.
JOHN BUTCHER / saxophones
John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a physicist, he left academia in 1982, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - including Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Gerry Hemingway, The EX, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, Mark Sanders, John Tilbury, Christian Marclay, Andy Moor, Phil Minton, and Steve Beresford. He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with a sense of place. Recent collaborative projects include Anemone with trumpeter Peter Evans, The Contest of Pleasures with Axel Dörner and Xavier Charles, Way Out Northwest with Torsten Muller and Dylan van der Schyff, and The Apophonics with Gino Robair and John Edwards. Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with Otomo Yoshihide, David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Christof Kurzmann, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Okkyung Lee, Matthew Shipp and Akio Suzuki.
MARK WASTELL / amplified tam tam
Mark Wastell manages to build enormous atmospheres on the Tam Tam with very little actual activity. His music is dark, deep and beautiful. Slow movements build up sonic pulses that are able to take over rooms and buildings. Over a twenty year period Mark has collaborated with many people including Angharad Davies, Bernard Gunter, Evan Parker, Mattin, Tony Conrad, Keith Rowe, Otomo Yoshihide, Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Toshimaru Nakamura, Lasse Maurhaug, Peter Kowald, Taku Sugimoto, John Zorn and Max Eastley. His regular groups are The Sealed Knot (with Rhodri Davies and Burkhard Beins) and Oceans of Silver & Blood (with Joachim Nordwall). Mark also runs Confront Recordings.