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John Butcher

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Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing
Enjoyed working with the London Sinfonietta for the Christian Marclay show at the WHITE CUBE on 1 Feb.

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.


60 CAME FAST
Turning 60 in 2014 was helped by a very enjoyable two nights celebrating at Cafe Oto.
Thanks to everyone involved.

London Jazz News

28 NOVEMBER.
 JB solo
 Ute Kangeiser + Magda Mayas
 JB + dieb13 + Gino Robair
29 NOVEMBER.
 JB +Dominic Lash / Guillaume Viltard
 Gino Robair + Adam Bohman
 Vellum - JB + Magda Mayas + Tony Buck


TARAB CUTS
In 2011 I produced a 15 minute solo piece, commissioned (by Performa/Tarek Atoui) as a modern day response to the classical Arabic music in the private collection of Kamal Kassar. It visited New York, Sharjah and London.
Out of the Machine later asked me to extend this to a full length work, Tarab Cuts, utilising additional recordings and sources.

With drummer Mark Sanders joining, we have performed at Bristol New Music, Counterflows, Holland Festival, l'Auditori, EFG London Jazz Festival and Novas Frequencias.

Tarab Cut was shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer Awards.

WIRE review | Counterflows interview



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conceits
order CD from Emanem
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.

"an almost unique testimony of a real renewal of radical improvisation at a time when it was perceived by the defeatists of all kinds as being moribund and sterile." ORYNX



Nigemizu

Recorded Japan, 2013.

John Butcher: saxophones

Wire | The Quietus | soundofmusic (Swedish) | all about jazz

Experiments with a Leaf

Live in Berne - 2013.

Andy Moor: guitars
John Butcher: saxophones


bottle breaking heart leap
order LP from alt.vinyl
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


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


Routing Lynn

Recorded Gateshead, 2014.

Rhodri Davies: harps
John Butcher: saxophones

five by five (Japanese) | just outside | Wire | The Quietus


On Air

BBC studio recording: Pinewood, 2012.

THE APOPHONICS

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

all about jazz ( 1 ) ( 2 ) | london jazz | free jazz


 Concerts 2015  << news | << new recordings
Ute Kanngeisser Duo
:: 15 MAY - LONDON.
l'Klektic London SE1, UK.

With Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio
:: 20 MAY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

With Fred Frith & Therisa Wong
:: 29 MAY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

With Martin Blume & Wilbert de Joode
:: 30 MAY - SCHORNDORF.
Club Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany.
:: 31 MAY - MUENSTER.
CUBA, Muenster, Germany.

Terry Day Duo
:: 05 JUNE - LONDON.
l'Klektic London SE1, UK.

Rhodri Davies duo
:: 08 JUNE - PARIS.
Live recording for Radio France - free public addmission.
Meet at 18h30 at the Porte B of Radio-France, 116 Avenue Président Kennedy, Paris.

Vellum (with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas)
:: 20 JUNE - BERLIN.
House concert - please email for details.
:: 21 JUNE - WROKLAW.
Centrum Kultury Agora, Wroclaw, Poland.

Solo
Afternoon talk and evening concert (+ Moor/Kyriakides duo).
:: 30 JUNE - AMSTERDAM.
Cafe de Ruimte, Amsterdam, Holland.

Andy Moor duo
As part of The EX night
:: 02 JULY - AMSTERDAM.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Holland.

With Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin
:: 16-19 (tbd) JULY - NICKELSDORF.
konfrontationen, Nickelsdorf, Austria.

Solo
:: 1 AUGUST - CEJERO.
Cejero, Denmark.

With RED Trio
:: 5 AUGUST - LISBON.
Jazz em Agusto, Lisbon, Portugal.

The Contest of Pleasures
:: 20 AUGUST - SAINT-SILVAIN-SOUS-TOULX.
La Bruit de la Musique, Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, France.

Frank Gratkowski Duo
:: 22 AUGUST - BERLIN.
Concepts of Doing, Berlin, Germany.

The Contest of Pleasures
:: 23 AUGUST - BERLIN.
Concepts of Doing, Berlin, Germany.





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