Ens Ekt

Adam Pultz Melbye – double bass
Simon Rose – baritone saxophone
Paul Stapleton – bonsai sound sculpture (BoSS)

Ens Ekt features the experimental musical inventions of Paul Stapleton (Californian born, Belfast-based) placed in dialogue with the circular breathed multiphonics and harmonic textures of Simon Rose (English born, Berlin-based) and the resonant gestural and spectrally focused playing of Adam Pultz Melbye (Danish born, Berlin-based). The group explores emergent timbral, dynamic and social musical structures through improvisation. The trio configuration offers an opportunity to explore new modes of interactions in part facilitated by purpose built technologies that intertwine metallic, wooden and electronic resonances in real time.

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Tony Bevan / Paul Obermayer / Dominic Lash / Phillip Marks

Tony Bevan : Soprano, Tenor and Bass Saxophones, flute
Dominic Lash : Double Bass
Phillip Marks : Drums
Paul Obermayer : Electronics

A meeting of the ecstatic jazz of Sunny Murray saxophonist Tony Bevan and the industrial rumble of Furt/Barks Phillip Marks and Paul Obermayer, with Steve Reid bassist Dominic Lash holding the groove in the middle.  “Like a Sonny Rollins Trio in a tumble-dryer, or Maceo Parker with Kononos No. 1.”

Tony Bevan started playing soprano saxophone in the early 1970s, inspired by Captain Beefheart and Terry Riley. Lol Coxhill gave him his first lesson and a sense of the instrument’s potential. Subsequently Bevan has also taken up tenor and bass saxophones. In 1988 he played with Derek Bailey’s Company and issued his first CD on Incus. Bevan now runs his own Foghorn label, which has issued recordings of his work with John Edwards in Sunny Murray’s European trio and performances by Bruise, the quintet Bevan has run with Edwards, Mark Sanders, Orphy Robinson and Ashley Wales.

Dominic Lash is an Bristol based double bassist. Important long-term musical collaborators include Angharad Davies, Bruno Guastalla, Alexander Hawkins, Tim Hill, Steve Noble, Samantha Rebello, Pat Thomas, Philipp Wachsmann and Alex Ward. He has also performed with saxophonists John Butcher and Evan Parker and violinist Tony Conrad.

Phillip Marks and Paul Obermayer have collaborated for nearly twenty years in the electro-acoustic groove band bark!