Hwyl Nofio - a marriage of
dilemmas being resolved in another space
Hwyl Nofio is a group that defies simple
classification. Variously described as experimental,
avant-garde, ambient, contemporary classical, free
improvisation, the enigmatic collective specialises in
music that blurs the boundaries that usually define
genres. hwyl nofio (the name translates from welsh roughly
as ‘emotional swimmers’ came about in 1997, it is an
evolving ensemble based around its originator Steve Parry,
who had previously worked with Matt Johnson of 'The The'
and Colin Potter of Nurse With Wound. “Steve Parry
explores and exploits an ongoing collision between harmony
and disharmony. Largely built around Parry’s abstract
guitar patterns the music shifts between drone, embryonic
melody and crackling elemental noise, replacing rock's
normal linear dynamic with a series of fractured dialogues
in which disfigured musical elements collide and merge
with abstract blocks of sound.
Parry (fender guitar/prepared guitars/fender
acoustic/bowed guitar/banjo/viola/Church organ/prepared
Soegaard (guitar, midi fractal image converter) as
‘The Soegaard Ensemble’ ‘Multiverse’, ‘Chronox’’ -
Parry/Soegaard released the CD 'Off The Map'.
Sandor Szabo (ambimorph guitar processing) - numerous projects as experimental trio Szamaba, plus solo recordings for Leo Records.
Beazley (bass/treatments/effects/mastering) various
projects as “rothko” + solo works.
Stainsby (sound processing) had previously worked with
Bowie/Iggy Pop guitarist Ricky Gardiner as Kumara
(percussion) – various projects for East European record
labels including Szamaba with Sandor
Mark Powell (sax)