Bailey: With Apologies To G. Brecht

by Simon H. Fell / Alex Ward / Mark Wastell



For Simon H. Fell (13 January 1959 - 28 June 2020)

Marking the first anniversary of Simon's passing, all proceeds raised from sales of this recording will be sent to Jo Fell to share among her chosen charities.

Derek Bailey - With Apologies To G. Brecht [first performance]

This cryptic text score has an explicit relation to the work of George Brecht; during the late 1960s Bailey had played Brecht pieces with Gavin Bryars, John Tilbury, Evan Parker and others in the ‘Instelimp’ group, which preceded the Music Improvisation Company. (Bailey may also have had personal contact with Brecht, who lived in London from 1968 to 1971.) Whether Bailey’s piece is influenced by Fluxus or represents a reaction against the movement is a matter of debate; like many Fluxus scores the text is non-specific, and requires considerable input from the realising musician(s) – although it is also possible that the score that survives is actually incomplete. For this first performance Simon Fell has prepared a version which reflects the growing exclusiveness of Bailey’s commitment to improvisation at the end of the 60s.

Performers are required to turn-over instructional cards, complete a household chore then improvise.


released June 28, 2021

Simon H. Fell : double bass, chores
Alex Ward : clarinet, chores
Mark Wastell : percussion, chores

Recorded at Cafe OTO, Dalston, London; 2nd March 2018
Recorded by Shaun Crook
Mixed and mastered by Simon H. Fell
Produced by Mark Wastell

Cover photograph of by Fabio Lugaro, taken at Cafe OTO.


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