Rhodri Davies & John Butcher
© miyoko haiashi - jazz spot candy, chiba, japan. oct 2004.
Carliol | Vortices & Angels
"the sound sings multitudes, like the universal chord of Theosophy"
Jason Bivins / Dusted
Rhodri Davies and John Butcher first collaborated in 1997, in Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and Chris Burn's Ensemble. Since then they have met in a wide range of projects, but have continually returned to duo explorations.
2002 saw a tour of the UK; 2004 six concerts in Japan and in 2011 concerts with the electric harp in Europe and the UK.
Ten years after their first duo concert of acoustic harp and saxophone, released as Vortices and Angels on Emanem, they produced their second CD, Carliol, a collection of pieces that now dissolve the instruments' boundaries and merge their physical, acoustic and electrical possibilities.
In places, the harp is played by air, the saxophone by physical impact; the harp acts as a resonator for saxophone controlled feedback; the saxophone acts as a filter of the embedded electric harp speaker.
Recorded: Newcastle, London, Crear.
Butcher - tenor or soprano saxophones - plus feedback, motors, embedded harp speaker
Davies - pedal harp, lever harp with embedded speaker and electric harp. Aeolian electric harp
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Vortices and Angels
Butcher/Davies - in concert at All Angels.
Bailey/Butcher - in concert at the Vortex.
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| Jazz Times
Suddenly we're inside a church, hearing Butcher skittering out a difficult thread of fluttering noises so high-pitched that they're almost not there, while out of the other speaker come isolated sounds of springy, loosened-strings from what I thought was Derek Bailey's big acoustic guitar but noooooo! It's the unprecedented improvising harpist Rhodri Davies pulling off strange, isolated notes from his instrument. Sploingg.... buzzzzz.... Butcher then joins him in the lower registers (why, in church, yet!), blowing moody, fluttery figures with an almost granulated rough edge. Freely improvised duo playing rarely gets as tasty as this. Niiiiiice.
Tony Mostrom / Epulse