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John Butcher

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TARAB CUTS
In 2011 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. It visited New York, Sharjah and London.
Out of the Machine recently asked me to extend this to a full length concert work, Tarab Cuts, utilising additional recordings and sources.

With drummer Mark Sanders joining me, we have performed at Bristol New Music, Glasgow Counterflows and The Holland Festival.

Still to come:
BARCELONA - 24 October
LONDON (EFG London Jazz Festival), Purcell Room - 14 November

WIRE review | Counterflows interview


ROUGHTING LINN
2014 got off to a bracing 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 on March's AV Festival in Newcastle.

The concert will be released later in the year on the Japanese Ftarri label - who released our last duo Carliol.

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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Quintet / Sextet / Duos

Live at Cafe Oto, London 2009.

Otomo Yoshihide: guitar / Sachiko M: sampler
Evan Parker: saxophones / John Edwards: bass / Tony Marsh: Drums
John Butcher: saxophones

tiny mix tapes | free jazz


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


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
order CD from FATAKA.
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


Shortening Distance

John Butcher - saxophones
Leonel Kaplan - trumpet
Christof Kurzmann - ppooll

Recorded in Ulrichsberg, Austria.

improv sphere | just outside


Ftarri Collection 1

John Butcher / Toshimau Nakamura / Tetuzi Akiyama - one track (22:27)
Sugimoto / Iiada / Unami / Nakamura - one track (23:02)
Otomo Yoshihide / Nakamura / Ryu Hankil - one track (27:43)

Recorded in Super Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan.

improv sphere


 Concerts 2014  << news | << new recordings

Trio with Chris Burn and Guillaume Viltard
:: 20 JULY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Duo with Seymour Wright + Kevin Drumm / Russell Haswell
:: 23 JULY - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Solo
:: 02 AUGUST - Island of SEJERO.
Sejero Festival, Sejero Island, Denmark.

Solo
:: 03 AUGUST - MALMO.
Inter Arts Center, Bergsgatan 29, Malmo, Sweden.

Trio with Okkyung Lee and Chris Corsano
:: 21 AUGUST - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

Trio with Sophie Agnel & Albert Markos
:: 05 SEPTEMBER - BUDAPEST.
Ujbuda Jazz Festival, Budapest, Hungary.

Christian Marclay's Everyday - photos
:: 11 SEPTEMBER - BERN.
Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland.

Solo
:: 13 SEPTEMBER - NEWHAVEN.
Fort Process, Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9DS.

Trio with Wilbert de Joode & Martin Blume
:: 01 OCTOBER - MUNICH.
:: 02 OCTOBER - BOCHUM.




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