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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
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)

"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)



Nigemizu

Recorded Japan, 2013.

John Butcher: saxophones

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

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


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 | radio free midwich


Routing Lynn

Recorded Gateshead, 2014.

Rhodri Davies: harps
John Butcher: saxophones

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


 Concerts 2015  << news | << new recordings
With Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin
:: 17 JULY - NICKELSDORF.
konfrontationen, Nickelsdorf, Austria.

Solo
:: 30 JULY - MALMO.
frim, Ping Pong Gallery, Malmo, Sweden.

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

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

Duo with Ståle Liavik Solberg
:: 11 AUGUST - LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.

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.

With Terry Day & Elaine Mitchener
:: 20 SEPTEMBER - LONDON.
100 Years Gallery, London.

Solo
:: 26 SEPTEMBER - PARIS.
Eglise Saint-Merry, Paris, France.

Solo & Paal Nilssen-Love duo.
:: 10 OCTOBER - Riga.
Skanu Mezs, Riga, Latvia.

With Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin
:: 23 OCTOBER - FRESNES-EN-WOËVRE
Densités, Fresnes-en-Woëvre, France.



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