And from then I got the feeling that this nucleus of players become a real new wave in the field of improvisation, specially when I ordered and listened to the first The Sealed Knot, 21 :11 of new music by a new trio with Burkhard Beins, Rhodri Davies and Mark Wastell, reference number Front 06 on Confront and recorded at All Angels the 14th april 2000. This sounds like another world inside the improvised galaxy and the resonant acoustics of the church wasn't foreign with the idiosyncracies of the music. I loved this recording a lot because of his soft noise aesthetic and the great use of silence or playing on the border of silence. The harmonics of Rhodri's harp, his bowing on the strings with resonant objects, the small sounds and high metallic hits of Burkhard, his use of the bow and Mark Wastell restraint on the cello. My friend Tim Fletcher had recorded this concert as he did very kindly with other gigs in these recordings mentionned here.
So, an earlier recording of IST of 1995 went issued on vinyle by the U.S. label SIWA, launching the then microcosmic interest in new vinyles in the digital sea. This lp, Anagrams To Avoid, was recorded at Soundworld in Chelmsford, the premises of FMR/Avant. I swapped this item later on around 2007 against a part of my share from the sales of my CD with John Russell and Jean Demey, Mercelis Concert. Sound 323 sold at least ten numbers. Then, I attended many Freedom Of The City festivals in London and caught Mark's performances. Firstly in 2001, the Quatuor Accorde (Phil Durrant, Mark Wastell, Charlotte Hug and Tony Wren) and the Chris Burn Ensemble with John Butcher, Mark Wastell, John Russell, Chris Burn piano & percussion, Matt Hutchinson on synthesizer & electronics. This set went in the Horizontal White CD on Emanem, the only totally free improvised Chris Burn Ensemble recording. All these guys plus Phil Durrant, Rhodri, Axel Dörner, Marcio Mattos and Jim Denley were playing in a great CBE's Navigations Cd on Acta. The Quatuor Accorde had a nice issue on Emanem, Angel Gate and later Emanem issued a great anthology double cd with All Angels' performances of solos and duos with Butcher, Prévost, Tomlinson, Sanders, Turner, Beresford, Fabienne Audéoud, Matt Hutchinson, Oren Marshall and Veryan Weston at the church organ (All Angels 1999-2001 Emanem 4209). These performances sounded often in the musical spirit of their organizers, Rhodri Davies and Mark Wastell.
here : http://www.confrontrecordings.com/#!releases/kps69