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John Butcher

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Hong Kong
2016 started with in interesting visit to Hong Kong.

Two concerts at the Empty Gallery with Keiji Heino.
Duo and solos.

Photo: Archibold Wong.


Terry Day | John Butcher | David Toop
Very happy to play in this trio near the end of 2015 at the 100 Years Gallery.

Congratulations to Graham MacKeachan and Montse Gallego for the many exhibitions and concerts they've managed to curate here.

photos: Fabio Lugaro.


Good Liquor Caused my Heart
for to Sing

Commissioned by London Sinfonietta and Christian Marclay for part of his 2015 WHITE CUBE exhibition.

John Butcher and the London Sinfonietta performed "Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing", an elegiac piece full of fading, ragged vigour that combined snatches of melodies from drinking songs and music-hall ballads with splintered, abstract sounds, again created using pebbles and empty pint glasses.
Keening and melancholic - and channelling the spirit of an older, gruffer Britain that once stalked the squalid, post-war streets of Soho - it was haunting, dramatic, and shabbily magnificent. Telegraph

A live vinyl pressing, with a Marclay cover, is availble from The Vinyl Factory.


TARAB CUTS
In 2011 I made a short piece for a Performa/Tarek Atoui concert of modern day responses to the classical Arabic music collection of Kamal Kassar. Out of the Machine later asked me to extend this to a full length work, Tarab Cuts, using additional recordings and sources.

With drummer Mark Sanders joining, we have performed at Bristol New Music, Counterflows, Holland Festival, l'Auditori (Barcelona), London Jazz Festival and Novas Frequencias (Rio de Janeiro).

Tarab Cut was shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer Awards.

WIRE review | Counterflows interview


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Quintillions Green
Recorded Cafe Oto, London, May 2015.

Fred Frith: guitar, voice
Theresa Wong: cello, voice
John Butcher: saxophones, feedback


Cold Duck
Recorded SRF Studio, Zurich, Jan 2015.

Christian Kobi: soprano saxophone
Urs Leimgruber: soprano saxophone
Hans Koch: soprano saxophone
John Butcher: soprano saxophone

the Whole Note

Conceits
CD reissue of the 1987 LP + 15 extra mins from Stockholm '92.

John Russell: guitar
Phil Durrant: violin & trombone
John Butcher: saxophones

Mats Gustaffson's sleeve notes.
London Jazz News | WIRE | His Voice (Czeck) | Dalston Sound | we need no swords
touching extremes

"more than just a significant work in the canon of free improvising; it's a marvellous document of what humans are capable of when they work collectively." WIRE (2015)



Nigemizu

Recorded Japan, 2013.

John Butcher: saxophones

Wire | The Quietus | soundofmusic (Swedish) | all about jazz | Dusted | skug
free jazz | Hatena Blog (Japanese)

Experiments with a Leaf

Live in Berne - 2013.

Andy Moor: guitars
John Butcher: saxophones

Chattanooga Pulse | The New Noise (Italian) | Free Jazz | Sound Projector
le son du grisli | musique machine


bottle breaking heart leap
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Bottle Breaking Heart Leap

Recorded Leeds, 2013.
Limited edition of 250 on 180gm black vinyl

Gino Robair: energised surfaces, blipoo box
John Butcher: saxophones

all about jazz | Louder Than War | freejazz


The Natural Order

Recorded Oakland, CA - 2009.

Fred Frith: guitar
John Butcher: saxophones

Released by Northern Spy

tiny mix tapes | Blurt | louder than war | dusted | Downbeat
el intruso (Spanish) | soundofmusic (Swedish)


whitewashed with lines

DOUBLE CD:
Live in Newcastle (2014) & Durham (2013)

COMMON OBJECTS
John Butcher: saxophones
Angharad Davies: violin
Rhodri Davies: harps
Lee Patterson: devices

all about jazz | just outside | dusted | radio free midwich


 Concerts 2016  << news | << new recordings

DUO with Keiji Haino and Solo(s).
:: 09 JANUARY - HONG KONG.
The Empty Gallery, Hong Kong, China.

Solo piece with bagpipe related playback.
Part of Third Degree Burns.
:: 24 JANUARY - LONDON.
Blackheath Halls, London SE3.


With Mark Sanders & Okkyung Lee

:: 31 JANUARY - ANTWERP.
Sound in Motion, Antwerp, Belgium.
:: 02 FEBRUARY - PARIS.
Instants Chavires, Paris, France.
:: 03 FEBRUARY - BIRMINGHAM.
MAC, Birmingham, UK.
:: 04 FEBRUARY - SHEFFIELD.
House concert. Please emailfor details. Sheffield, UK.
:: 05 FEBRUARY - GLASGOW.
Counterflows at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK.



With Terry Day, Barbara Meyer and Chris Burn
:: 20 FEBRUARY - 4pm - LONDON.
i'klectic art-lab, London.


THERMAL (Andy Moor & Thomas Lehn) - FB

:: 09 MARCH - VIENNA.
Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria.
:: 10 MARCH - PRAGUE.
Vila Stvanice, Prague, Czech Republic.
:: 11 MARCH - PARDUBICE.
Divadlo 29, Pardubice, Czech Republic.
:: 12 MARCH - ST. JOHANN IN TIROL.
Artacts'16, St. Johann in Tirol, Austria.



S4 - soprano saxophone quartet

:: 15 MARCH - PALERMO.
Curvaminore, Palermo, Sicily.
:: 16 MARCH - ROME.
Dalverme, Rome, Italy.
:: 17 MARCH - MILAN.
Spazio O, Milan, Italy.
:: 18 MARCH - ZURICH.
Miller's Studio , Zurich, Switzerland.
:: 19 MARCH - BERN.
WIM, Bern, Switzerland.



Common Objects: Davies x 2 / Patterson / Thomas / Lapelyte
:: 22 MARCH - OXFORD.
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

Gerry Hemingway duo.
:: 26 MARCH - LE HAVRE.
Festival PiedNu, Le Havre, France.

Common Objects: Davies x 2 / Patterson / Thomas / Lapelyte
:: 31 MARCH - MANCHESTER.
Manchester Museum, Manchester.

Common Objects: Davies x 2 / Patterson / Thomas / Lapelyte
:: 12 APRIL - DURHAM.
Oriental Museum, Durham.

Andy Moor duo.
:: 17 APRIL - PRESTATYN.
All Tomorrow's Parties, Prestatyn, Wales.


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