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And John

Maggie's life long love for John Stevens is no secret and she wears it on her sleeve very proudly. They first met in 1968 and through John's encouagement Maggie soon became a regular member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. She has championed his music and workshop pieces ever since.

On the occasion of the January concert presented here - our first meeting as a duo - I was fortunate to have been loaned a couple of John's cymbals by his son Ritchie. Additionally, in the audience that evening was John's daughter Loo together with her son. Naturally, this all added an extra atmosphere to what was a very special musical encounter. We all certainly felt John's presence in the small gallery performance space, some of which manifested itself quite naturally in the music we made together. (Mark Wastell)


released January 6, 2023

Maggie Nicols - voice, taps, hand percussion
Mark Wastell - percussion

Recorded by Graham MacKeachan at the Hundred Years Gallery, London, 28 January 2022 and 29 July 2022

Edited and mastered by Mark Wastell and Rupert Clervaux at Studio 3, London

Photography by Martin Dixon

Design by Matthew Brandi
Produced by Mark Wastell

"Taken from two 2022 live performances, And John offers immediate proof of what skilled and responsive collaborators Maggie Nicols and Mark Wastell are. Both tracks are long—the first is 18 minutes, the second nearly 40—and give the pair ample opportunity to develop conversations. But “develop” seems like the wrong word for what happens, as Nicols’s voice and Wastell’s percussion are engaged and busy from the start, such that even their quieter moments crackle with tension. There’s a point about 25 minutes into “Such a Beautiful Place” where Wastell recedes and Nicols moves to the center, yet somehow it doesn’t seem any less of a dialogue, since even Wastell’s smallest sounds are meaningful." (Marc Medwin, Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp: January 2023)


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