Seymour Wright

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Born1976 (age 46–47)
Derby, England
Known forKnown for total saxophone’ approach to his instrument

Seymour Wright (born Derby, 1976) is a saxophonist notable for his research in the language and learning of emergent creative practices[1] and the 'situated friction’ of ideas in relation to the Saxophone.[2]

Wright is notable for a ‘total saxophone’ approach to his instrument.[3] Described by Evan Parker and David Toop as ‘radical' saxophonist.[4][5]

Wright performs with guitarist Daniel Blumberg as GUO. Their first release, GUO1, was self-released in 2016, with a text from David Toop. In 2017, GUO2 was released by Cafe Oto's label Oto Roku and included text from American filmmaker Brady Corbet. GUO further collaborated with Corbet for audiovisual performance at Close Up Film Centre.[6] In 2019 GUO4 was released by Mute Records and comprised of a trio with Crystabel Riley on drums with text by Fran Edgerley [Assemble] and film by Peter Strickland which was shown at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.[7]

In 2019, as XT with Paul Abbott, Wright recorded Palina’tufa as part of a two week residency in Empty Gallery Hong Kong.[8] XT notably collaborate with with RP Boo.[9][10]

Wright is part of the band Ahmed, a quartet with Pat Thomas, Joel Grip and Antonin Gerbal that re-imagines the music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik[11]; their New Jazz Imagination was released by Umlaut in 2017 and was followed by Super Majnoon (East Meets West).

Wright co-founded, with Evie Ward the Experimental Library Series which housed ‘events’ and multi-disciplinary spaces in response to the work of specific radical creators such as Moki Cherry[12],Agnes Varda (with Daniel Blumberg and Stacy Martin)[13],Ornette Coleman and Octavia Butler.[14]

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  1. Toop, David (1 May 2020). Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom Before 1970 (1st ed.). London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 209, 214, 298–299. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  2. "Dr Seymour Wright". Queen Mary University of London. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. Clark, Phillip (April 2017). "Seymour Wright". The Wire. London.
  4. Toop, David (May 2019). Flutter Echo (1st ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. 124.
  5. Falb, Hans (2000). Tell No Lies Claim No Easy Victories. Vienna: Verein Impro. pp. 114–129.
  6. Tucker, Simon. "GUO Announce New Audiovisual Performance In Collaboration With Brady Corbet". Louder Than War. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  7. "GUO4". La Biennale di Venezia. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  8. "Hear the newest work from Seymour Wright and Paul Abbott". The Wire. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  9. "Counterflows". The Quietus. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  10. "XT and RP Boo – 31.12.18". Cafe Oto.
  11. Sharpe, John. "[Ahmed]: Super Majnoon (East Meets West)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  12. Lawson-Tancred, Jo. "The Experimental Library: Organic Music". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  13. "The Experimental Library: Agnès Varda – MATINEE".
  14. "The Experimental Library: Octavia E. Butler".

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