Music : Confront Recordings present The Seen; twentieth anniversary concert. Saturday 17th June 19:30

Celebrating twenty years of Mark Wastell’s metamorphic large group The Seen.

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £10 cash

First half of the evening will be a screening of David Reid’s film of The Seen in concert at Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim, Norway from 5 May 2006 featuring Mark Wastell (tam tam), Wolfgang Fuchs (record players), Bertrand Denzler (tenor saxophone), Angharad Davies (violin), Burkhard Beins (percussion), Graham Halliwell (feedback saxophone), Tomas Korber (electronics), Benedict Drew (electronics), Dominic Lash (double bass).

Followed by a live performance from an edition of The Seen put together specially for the occasion;

Douglas Benford : Shruti box / objects
Regan Bowering : percussion & amplified objects
Phil Durrant : electric mandolin & electronics
Graham MacKeachan : double bass
Paul Khimasia Morgan : guitar body and electronics
Cath Roberts : electronics
Matt Atkins: objects, percussion & tape player
Bill Thompson : Moog guitar & electronics
David Toop : leaves / paper / air
Mark Wastell : sampled and filtered recordings of The Seen from the last twenty years

“It is the changeable aspect of the group that attracts its members. In varying the framework of ensemble size, mixture of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, and various pairings and contrasts of instruments and musicians, Wastell sets up active playing environments that both challenge the members to consider how to engage, while encouraging them to bear in mind the overall group sound. He acts more as instigator than leader, providing the simplest of instructions such as a sub-grouping to begin the piece or what order musicians are to enter and places full trust in the ensemble from there.” (Michael Rosenstein)

In-depth article on The Seen here

Drawing credit : Callum Storrie

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