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New Trio
February's tour with Okkyung Lee and Mark Sanders went well.

A couple of the shows were recorded, so, with luck, a CD might eventually emerge.


Photo: Glad Cafe, Glasgow.

Hong Kong
2016 started with a first-time 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.

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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Recorded in Norway, September 2001.

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums
John Butcher: saxophones, feedback

Re-issue of the long out-of-print CD of our first concerts.

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

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 | improv.hu

"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)


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
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 | 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)

 Concerts 2016  << news | << new recordings

Georg Gräwe duo.
Xsposed Club, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Richard Sanderson duo.
Arts Cafe, Lewisham, London.

Frisque Concordance.
:: 16 MAY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Solo and with John Macedo.
:: 19 MAY - LONDON.
Prepating the Site / Sonic Surfaces, Whitechapel, London.

John Tilbury & Thomas Lehn trio.
:: 26 MAY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

With Eddie Prevost & Nathan Moore.
:: 28 MAY - LONDON.
i'klectic, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1.

3 groups: with Burkhard Stangl / Angélica Castelló & noid / Christof Kurzmann.
amann studios, Neustiftgasse 68/23b, Vienna, Austria.

Michel Francis Duch duo.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

With Alterations.
:: 18 JUNE - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Tarab Cuts with Mark Sanders
Philadelphia, USA.