20 gennaio 2019


Mark Wastell prende un testo ideato nel 1991 da John Stevens (1940-1994) dal titolo For Sake Of Joy Of Study Of Oneself Together e lo ripropone oggi in suo omaggio in un concerto organizzato negli spazi del London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury assieme a Jennifer Allum, Steve Beresford e Stewart Lee.

"The origins of this piece date back to the 1st December 1991. I’d attended an all day concert at the Red Rose Theatre in Finsbury Park, London - a benefit gig for Terry Day - featuring dozens of musicians in various groupings throughout the afternoon and evening. One of those musicians was John Stevens. This was my first exposure to John and his music and the beginning of a fascination still very much part of my everyday. John performed three times that afternoon; with his Spontaneous Music Ensemble - comprising Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith later joined by Maggie Nicols and Phil Minton, in a trio with Larry Stabbins and Paul Rogers and in an unaccompanied role, reciting a text composed by himself. He gave no introduction or back story to the piece. It just existed as is. Gone in a few fleeting moments. A couple of years later I secured an audience recording of the concert made by Andy Isham. All of John’s activity that day was on the recording and through repeated listening over the following two decades, I became very attached to the spoken word piece. Earlier last year I finally got around to transcribing the text, hoping that one day I’d be able to include it in a project. Finally John’s inspirational words can be heard again and influence others the way they did me, as a young man, twenty seven years ago." (Mark Wastell)

https://trestlerec.bandcamp.com/album/one-day-band-session-12