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Virtual Company
FORMAT
CD

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CORE 012CD CORE 012CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/28/2020

An in concert, Virtual Company performance from IST (on this occasion the duo of Simon H. Fell and Mark Wastell due to the snow-bound absence of Rhodri Davies) together with pre-recorded fragments of Derek Bailey and Will Gaines. IST's Virtual Company calls on "the powers of improvisation" (D. Bailey) to interface with the two musicians of IST with dozens of musical fragments drawn from both Bailey and Gaines performing solo. These are combined with sections of silence of unforeseeable length, and then combined with each other and the live musicians, all by means of random algorithms which will ensure that each performance will be both unpredictable and unrepeatable. IST, Derek, and Will performed together regularly in the latter half of the 1990s and early 2000s -- Derek curated various Company events in London, Marseille and New York which sometime featured this group exclusively and, on occasions, other musicians. The quintet concerts from Marseille in 1999 (although performed under the short-lived group name cavanoconner) were eventually released as a double-CD on Incus, Company In Marseille (Incus 44/45, 2001). To add to this crucial document, Confront Recordings released Klinker (2018), another double-CD set, recorded on a hot and steamy night in August 2000 at The Klinker in London and which featured the quartet of Bailey, Gaines, Fell, and Wastell. Recorded at Cafe OTO, Dalston, London on March 2nd, 2018; Personnel - Simon H. Fell - double bass; Mark Wastell - violoncello, percussion; Derek Bailey - (virtual) guitar; Will Gaines - (virtual) tapdance.