Mark Wastell has been active in contemporary music since 1995, making his initial concerts with the trio IST (with Simon H. Fell and Rhodri Davies) and Chris Burn's Ensemble. He is currently a member of a number of leading ensembles including The Sealed Knot (with Rhodri Davies and Burkhard Beins), +minus (with Graham Halliwell and Bernhard Günter). Sakada (with Mattin and Eddie Prévost), The Scotch of St. James (with Tim Barnes), Open (with Phil Durrant and Matt Davis) and Broken Consort (with Rhodri Davies). He has collaborated with numerous musicians including Otomo Yoshihide, John Tilbury, Lasse Marhaug, Toshimaru Nakamura, John Zorn, Sachiko M, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Evan Parker, Annette Krebs, Taku Sugimoto, David Toop and Derek Bailey. Mark has performed at many international festivals and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, Scandinavia, America and the Far East. His recording output to date exceeds forty-five published releases on a variety of labels which include Confront (UK), Erstwhile (USA), Trente Oiseaux (Germany), Incus (UK), Meniscus (USA), Hibari (Japan), Absinth (Germany), Rossbin (Italy), w.m.o/r (Spain) and Absurd (Greece).
"Over the last 40 odd years, free improvisation in Britain has shown itself capable of renewal and innovation on several occasions. Mark Wastell has made an important contribution to this renewal over the last ten years as a performer, through his record shop sound 323, and his publishing activity. His work has generated sufficient interest and influence for it to attract new movement and genre labels from writers and critics, and it has sent ripples through both UK and international improvised music. However, no sooner has one label been applied, than Mark has moved on to new territory."
Stuart Riddle - safehouse
EVENTS in 2007
with Mark Wastell