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John Butcher

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TARAB CUTS
2 years ago I produced a 15 minute piece for saxophone and sound files, commissioned (by Performa/Tarek Atoui) as a modern day response to the classical Arabic music in the private collection of Kamal Kassar. I performed it in New York, Sharjah and London.

Out of the Machine have asked me to extend this to a full length concert work, utilising additional recordings and sources. I've asked drummer Mark Sanders to join me, and it's almost in place.
The first performance will be in Bristol.
BRISTOL - 21 February
GLASGOW - 5 April
AMSTERDAM (Holland Festival) - 26 June
BARCELONA - late October
with more to come.


ROUGHTING LINN
The year got off to an invigorating start (3 Jan) with an early morning visit to Roughting Linn in Northumberland.
Rhodri Davies and I had the pleasure of being recorded by Chris Watson to prepare material for our performance at next March's AV Festival in Newcastle.

Photo: by Maggie Watson.



JAPAN in AUGUST
I greatly enjoyed a hot and humid tour of Japan last year, expertly arranged and managed by Hisashi Terauchi.

Alongside solo concerts it was a pleasure to also play with Akio Suzuki, Takuji Kawai, Daysuke Takaoka, Otomo Yoshihide, Ko Ishikawa, Tetuzi Akiyama and Pearl Alexander.

Photo: Kid Ailack Art Hall, by Yoshiyuki Kitazato.


CHRIST CHURCH - ST. JAMES
This 16mm film, by the Canadian Stephen Broomer, can be watched online or hired for projection. It uses the music "A short time to sing" from my CD The Geometry of Sentiment.

In the spring of 1998, Christ Church - Saint James, an historic black church in Toronto's Little Italy, was destroyed by arson. All that remained were walls and a pit, and over subsequent years, the site was overtaken with graffiti.

This film has taken on the layered form of the site itself: the space and its surfaces becoming tangled and multiple, the grid of a stone-filled window giving geometric form to simultaneously occurring images of concrete, nature, waste, paint, and sky.


THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL
Freedom and Sound - This time it's personal.

This essay, first published in the book book "Aspekte der Freien Improvisation in der Musik", is now available in French translation.
Either online or as a booklet along with a 12 page A-Z on various aspects of my work (written by Guillaume Belhomme and Guillaume Tarche) of le son du grisli.

The original English version is at Point of Departure.



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On Air

BBC studio recording: Pinewood, 2012.

THE APOPHONICS

Gino Robair
: energised surfaces and synth
John Butcher: saxophones
John Edwards: bass

all about jazz | london jazz


Live in Morden Tower

Live recording: Newcastle, 2013.

COMMON OBJECTS

Rhodri Davies: electric harp
Lee Patterson: amplified devices and processes
John Butcher: saxophones and amplifier

just outside | Free Jazz | improv sphere


exta
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Exta

Studio recording: London, 2012.

John Tilbury: piano
Thomas Lehn: synthesisers
John Butcher: saxophones

Dalston Sound | Wire | sound of music | free jazz | apex


Nachtigall

Live and Studio recordings: Antwerp, 2013.

Joachim Badenhorst: c;arinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
John Butcher: saxophones
Paul Lytton: percussion


Plume

Two trios, recorded in concert - London 2007 & 2011.

Tony Buck: drums and percussion
John Butcher: saxophones
Magda Mayas: piano
Burkhard Stangl: guitar

Dusted | sound of music | probably, not probably | KFJC | Improv Sphere
Heavy Mental | The Liminal


Laycock duos

4 duos and a trio with Christian Asplund (viola, piano)
+ John Butcher - 20:25
+ Bill Smith & Steve Ricks - 5:19
+ Malcolm Goldstein - 10:25
+ Stuart Dempster - 11:41
+ LaDonna Smith - 11:46

Recorded in Utah.


 Concerts 2014  << news | << new recordings

The Phil Minton Quartet perform Mouthful of Ecstasy
:: 18 JANUARY - AMSTERDAM.
Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam, Holland.
:: 19 JANUARY - PARIS.
Instant Chavires, 7, rue Richard-Lenoir, Montreuil, France.
:: 22 JANUARY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.
:: 26 JANUARY - NOVARA.
Novara Jazz, Auditorium del Conservatorio Cantelli, Via Collegio Gallarini, Novara, Italy.

with Daniel Studer and Peter Frey
:: 11 FEBRUARY - GENEVA.
+ Jaques Demierre, cave 12, Geneva.
:: 12 FEBRUARY - LUZERN.
mulbau, Luzern.
:: 13 FEBRUARY - BASEL.
atelierkonzerte, Basel.
:: 14 FEBRUARY - ZURICH.
kunstraum walcheturm, Zurich.

with Matthew Shipp and Thomas Lehn
:: 19 FEBRUARY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Tarab Cuts with Mark Sanders
:: 21 FEBRUARY - BRISTOL.
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol.

Roughting Linn with Rhodri Davies
:: 14 MARCH - GATESHEAD.
AV Festival, Sage, Gateshead.

Cup and Ring with Common Objects
:: 15 MARCH - NEWCASTLE.
AV Festival, Mining Institute, Newcastle.

Tarab Cuts with Mark Sanders
:: 05 APRIL - GLASGOW.
COUNTERFLOWS, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow .

Solo
:: 08 APRIL - OSLO.
Blow Out, Oslo, Norway.

with RED TRIO
:: 10 APRIL - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

with Burkhard Beins and Mark Wastell
:: 13 APRIL - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.


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