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John Butcher

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Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing
01 February 2015

Pleased with how this piece worked out with the London Sinfonietta - commissioned for the Christian Marclay show at the WHITE CUBE.

The London Sinfonietta will be collaborating here with a fascinating range of composers every Sunday through till early April.

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



 New recordings << news | concerts >>

Nigemizu

Recorded Japan, 2013.

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


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


Routing Lynn

Recorded Gateshead, 2014.

Rhodri Davies: harps
John Butcher: saxophones

five by five (Japanese) | just outside


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
With Dominic Lash & Sam Bailey
:: 15 JANUARY - CANTERBURY.
free range, Canterbury, UK.

Mark Sanders Duo
:: 17 JANUARY - LUXEMBOURG.
Plus screening of "Taking the Dog for a Walk"
opderschmelz, Luxembourg.

With Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin - details
:: 22 JANUARY - ZURICH.
kunstraum walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland.
:: 23 JANUARY - FREIBURG.
gallery schnieder, Wilhelmstrasse 17A, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
:: 24 JANUARY - TAUBENBACH.
zoglau 3, Taubenbach / Reut, Germany.
:: 25 JANUARY - MUNICH.
Offene Ohren, Munich, Germany.

"Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing" commisioned for Christian Marclay's Pub Crawl with members of London Sinfonietta.
:: 01 FEBRUARY - LONDON. 3:00 pm
White Cube Bermondsey, Bermondsey, London, UK

Duo with Andy Moor opening for Konono No. 1
:: 01 FEBRUARY - LONDON. 8:00 pm
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

With Mark Sanders & Hannah Marshall
:: 05 FEBRUARY - LONDON.
Vortex, London, UK.

Solo
:: 15 FEBRUARY - FORLI.
area sismia, Forli, Italy.

Solo - with Orkest! installation
:: 28 FEBRUARY - AALST.
Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium.

Rhodri Davies Duo - performing "Routing Lynn"
:: 7 MARCH - ATHENS.
Athens, Greece.

With Terry Day & David Toop & many others
Fundraiser for "Unexpected" - a film about Terry Day.
:: 19 MARCH - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Solo
:: 23 APRIL - Belfast.
SONORITIES, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Tony Buck / Burkhard Stangl Trio
:: 26 APRIL - KREMS.
Donaufestival, Krems, Austria.

Claudia Binder Duo
:: 2 MAY - ULRICHSBERG.
Kaleidophon, Ulrichsberg, Austria.





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