Richard Scott’s Lightning Ensemble with Jon Rose
Auslanders: live in berlin
Vernacular 001/Sound Anatomy SA006
Jon Rose – violin
Richard Scott – modular synthesizer
David Birchall – acoustic guitar
Phillip Marks – drums and percussion
Sound Anatomy and Vernacular Recordings are delighted to present our first co-production capturing the legendary Australian improvising and experimental violinist Jon Rose performing live in Berlin with Richard Scott’s Manchester-based Lightning Ensemble.
Richard Scott and Phillip Marks first played together in Manchester’s Bark! in the 1990s (alongside Rex Casswell and Robin Hayward). Out of this quite volatile collaboration they helped to develop a distinctive highly conversational, percussive and rhythmic “Manchester-style” of free improvisation, which is very much reflected in the contrapuntal textures and forms on this album, recorded live in concert at Ausland in Berlin in 2015. This hyper-interactive style of improvising, with individual lines subservient to the collective shaping of energies, owes much to seminal UK groups such as Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Music Improvisation Company but with a restless edginess that perhaps reflects a different time and no doubt something of the sociable and sometimes abrasive character of the city of Manchester itself.
Jon Rose gamely agreed to meet us onstage for the first time for the Lightning Ensemble’s Berlin debut concert at Ausland and appeared unfazed by the experience. The summer fireworks that ensued that evening are herby etched here in binary form for all to hear.
Auslanders is co-released with Vernacular Recordings, as a digital download and as a limited edition run of 100 CDs in hand printed packaging.
recorded at Ausland, Berlin, 12 June 2015
mastered by Richard Scott
image by Philippa Jeffery (digital)
design by Clarke Robinson (digital)
image by David Birchall (physical)
design and print Nicholas Birchall (physical)
Violinist Jon Rose is the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every Art Gallery, Jazz and Rock club in the country – either solo or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band. In 1986, he moved to Berlin in order to more fully realise his on-going project of some 25 years: The Relative Violin. This is the development of a Total Art form based around the one instrument. Necessary to this concept has been innovation in the fields of new instrument design (over 20 deconstructed violin instruments including the legendary double piston triple neck wheeling violin, environmental performance (eg. playing fences in the Australian outback using the violin as a bow) and new instrumental techniques and contexts.
Jon Rose has appeared on over 100 records and CD’s; He has worked with many of the innovators and mavericks in contemporary music such as The Kronos String Quartet, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Barry Guy, Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Connie Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Chris Cutler, Otomo Yoshihide, KK Null, Alex Von Schlippenbach, Toshinori Kondo, Francis-Marie Uitti, Alvin Curran, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Shelley Hirsh, Mark Dresser, Ben Patterson, Emmett Williams, John Cage, Joel Ryan, Peter Kowald, Borah Borgmann, Tristan Honsinger, Mari Kimura, The Soldier String Quartet, Borah Bergman, Sainko, Tristan Honsinger, Tony Oxley, Cor Fuhler, Steve Beresford, Eugene Chadbourne, Bob Ostertag, Malcolm Goldstein, Jim Denley, David Moss, Miya Masaoka, Barre Phillips, Roger Turner, George Lewis, Gunter Christmann, Davy Williams, Misha Mengelberg, Elliott Sharpe, Elena Kats Chernin, Lauren Newton, Uli Gumpert, Christian Marclay, Richard Barrett, Pierre Henry, etc.).
Richard Scott is a electroacoustic composer and improvising musician specialising in modular synthesizers. He has been composing and performing for over 25 years, recently working with Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Shelley Hirsch, Audrey Chen, Axel Doerner, Ute Wasserman, Michael Vorfeld, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble. He studied free improvisation in the 1980s with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. He has released many albums, for example with Grutronic and Evan Parker (PSI records), The Magnificence of Stereo (sruti BOX), Debris in Lower Earth Orbit with Sidsel Endreson and Twinkle3 (CUSP Editions) in 2015 and forthcoming solo double modular synthesizer LP, Several Circles (CUSP Editions). He helped initiate the Sines and Squares Festival of Analogue and Modular Synthesizers, he co-curates two long-running concert series in Berlin, Basic Electricity and AUXXX, and curates his own label and concert series Sound Anatomy.
David Birchall is a guitarist and sound explorer lives in Manchester and one of the key figures in the city’s currently very rich and active free improvisation and noise scenes. He is a highly original guitarist whose highly visceral approach to the instrument combines remarkable musical sensitivity and appalling physical violence. He performs regularly with many Manchester based improvisors including Sam Andreae, Andrew Cheetham, Otto Willberg, Greta Buitkute, THF Drenching, London based Colin Webster and Amsterdam native Rogier Smal. One-offs and random stage/studio collaborations have also seen him working with such luminary figures as Marshall Allen, Rhys Chatham, Phil Minton and Mark Sanders.
He has performed in the UK, Europe, Russia and USA and has been commissioned to give workshops and projects for Madlab, Brighter Sounds, Bury and Manchester Libraries, Manchester NHS, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Tour de France and the National Media Museum.
Phillip Marks has been an energetic and inspiring force in improvised music in Manchester for over two decades. As a drummer and percussionist, with his group BARK! he has developed a uniquely animated approach to the instrument and to collective group improvisation. He performs with pianist Stephen Grew in Grew Trio/Quartet, in a Quartet with Tony Bevan, Dominic Lash and Paul Obermayer (Recording “A Big Hand” released in 2010) and in the Alan Tomlinson Trio.
Has also played with Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Butcher, Phil Wachsman, Marcio Mattos, Pat Thomas, John Edwards among many others as well as performing as a solo percussionist.