CD available: Mathilde 253

‘Mathilde 253’ (SLAMCD 528) CD cover
‘Mathilde 253’ (SLAMCD 528) CD cover

Released as part of SLAM Productions’s January 2011 CD catalog: Mathilde 253’s eponymous debut CD (SLAMCD 528).

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teaser (photomontage by Jenny Gallego)


Charles Hayward (drums, percussion and melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar), Ian Smith (trumpet and flugelhorn), Lol Coxhill (saxophone) tracks 6 and 7. Mathilde 253 is the real-time musical meeting between legendary avant-rock drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, Massacre), “careful and crafty” guitarist Han-earl Park (Paul Dunmall, Kato Hideki), and mainstay of the London improvised music scene Ian Smith (Derek Bailey, London Improvisers’ Orchestra). Mathilde 253 was born out of an opportunity to explore the spontaneous mashup of avant-rock, African-American creative musics, European free improvisation and noise. Joined by the veteran iconoclastic saxophonist Lol Coxhill, this recording documents the weaving of physical virtuosity and humorous sound poetics, a patchwork of restraint, subtlety and recklessness.

Recorded live at Cafe OTO, London on April 18 2010. Recorded and mixed by Chris Trent. Mastered by Han-earl Park.

Design and artwork by Han-earl Park. Photographs by Seán Kelly.

Thanks to Hamish Dunbar and Keiko Yamamoto at Cafe OTO, Chris Trent, Alex Fiennes, Kato Hideki, Han-ter Park, Melanie L Marshall and Jeffrey Weeter.

All music by Charles Hayward, Han-earl Park and Ian Smith, except tracks 6–7 by Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, Han-earl Park and Ian Smith.

© 2010 Han-earl Park. ℗ 2010 SLAM Productions.


Mathilde 253: Charles Hayward (drums, percussion, melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Ian Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn), plus Lol Coxhill (saxophone; tracks 6 and 7).

track listing

Kalimantan (18:29), Similkameen (8:22), Ishikari (10:09), Jixi (8:09), Matanuska (6:52), Aachen (11:42), Oaxaca (10:52). Total duration: 74:37.

thanks: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Market Harborough and London

Stills Gallery (Edinbugh) 04-15-10: “Experimental Music, Thursday 15 April - 7pm, £4 donation: Join us for an acoustic improvisation and free jazz from French saxophonist Heddy Boubaker, Irish guitarist Han-earl Park and Percussionist Fritz Welch.”

Special thanks to Ian Smith for the scheming and pre-performance guidance, and to Charles Hayward, Lol Coxhill and Ian who reminded me how much I’ve got to learn—I was performing in the presence of giants. Thanks to Fritz Welch, Lin Zhang of Grind Sight Open Eye, and Jamie Smith of Owlhouse Recordings for organizing the events (and feeding this itinerant musician), and to Stills Gallery, and Hamish Dunbar and Keiko Yamamoto at Cafe OTO for hosting the performances.

Kudos to all the musicians who were involved, in particular Neil Davidson and Sean Williams for two memorable duos; EdImpro for their generosity and sense of fun; Shiori Usui and Lin for the Asian noise; Jamie, Lee Allatson and Oliver Betts for the high-volume rock-out; and Heddy Boubaker for sharing the first leg of the trip.

Last but not least, thanks to all who came to listen/watch—it was a pleasure to share the journey.