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.
releases May 3, 2019
Jon Rose – violin
Richard Scott – modular synthesizer
David Birchall – acoustic guitar
Phillip Marks – drums and percussion
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)