Live at ErstQuake 2

by The Scotch of St. James




I've had the great pleasure of knowing and performing with Tim Barnes (as the Scotch of St. James) for almost twenty years. Not only a forward thinking musician, Tim has tirelessly promoted the work of others through his label Quakebasket and countless concert platforms. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, all funds raised from the sales of this release will be sent to Tim's fundraiser for medical expenses. (Mark Wastell)

Leaving aside the amplified surfaces that characterized their superb duo outing, The Scotch of St. James, Tim Barnes and Mark Wastell turned their attention to a pair of opposed tam-tams and a small battery of tuned percussion for an intensely focused, almost ritualistic, exploration of isolated strikes and extended washes of liquescent, shimmering overtones. Barnes took an instigator’s stance throughout, raking his gongs with metal scraps or escalating into ferocious and sustained crescendos, while Wastell tended toward more nuanced counterpoint and interjections of pointed, suspenseful silence. The merging of their approaches yielded several stunning moments of contrast, as when Barnes sustained assault on his primary gong stretched to nearly inhuman lengths, only to be answered by the faintest tinkle of jingle bells by Wastell. Fashioning intriguingly lopsided forms, the duo managed to contract bundles of tension into nearly every metallic stroke and pregnant pause. (Joe Panzer - stylus magazine)


released March 26, 2021

Tim Barnes: tam tam, gongs
Mark Wastell: tam tam, gongs, bells

Recorded live at ErstQuake 2 at Collective: Unconciousness, New York City, 23 September 2005 by Barry Weisblat

Mastered by Rupert Clervaux

ErstQuake 2 curated by Jon Abbey and Tim Barnes
Cover photograph by Yuko Zama


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