WHM formed in January 2013. Walt, Hervé and Matt share a similar philosophy about their approach to improvisation. This led to the recording in the tunnel at Magna, now a Science and steel heritage centre, but once a very busy, active and huge steel plant. This location was chosen for 3 reasons, its history, the highly resonant acoustic and the fact that the three of us had been involved in 'Disaster Box' at Magna the previous year and so had a real empathy with the feel of the environment.
The band then went on to meet regularly for rehearsal sessions, once again often in post-industrial locations, leading to gigs.
Matt builds instruments and in addition to 'normal' saxophones, he plays a saxophone / trombone hybrid with a remarkable bell, a 'saxobone'. Also on the tunnel recording we all used a sound sculpture prototype built by Matt.
Hervé plays 'normal' saxophones, but certainly employs an extended range of extraordinary sounds.
Walt uses a range of percussion with WHM, sometimes with home-built instrumentation and often with contact mikes and low-tech electronics too.
High energy trio with a wide range of dynamics and styles, rapidly shifting from powerful free jazz to minimal improvisation. Their focus on minute sounds and close communication allows them to flow naturally and improvise rich textures, subtle microtonal passages, feasts of extended techniques and melodic lines with telepathic quality.
Their music is continually surprising as they stay clear of clichés, and keep exploring new sounds, new techniques: discovering ways and objects that will alter the structure of their instruments and their playing.
The engagement and energy the group puts into their performances make the live experience really unique, that no description or recording can capture.
Photograph by George Harris