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John Butcher

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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.

BrumNotes

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.


TARAB CUTS
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


 New recordings << news | concerts >>

Summer Skyshift
Live in Lisbon, August 2015.

Rodrigo Pinheiro: piano
Hernani Faustino: double bass
Gabriel Ferrandini: drums and percussion
John Butcher: tenor and soprano saxophones


27.11.13
Recorded Cafe Oto, London, November 2013.

THE APOPHONICS
John Edwards: bass
Gino Robair: energised surfaces, electronics
John Butcher: saxophones, feedback

Concentric
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

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) | 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)



Nigemizu

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 | his VOICE


 Concerts 2016  << news | << new recordings
Phil Minton Quartet
:: 27 AUGUST - GRONINGEN.
Zommer Jazz Fiets, Groningen, Holland.

A new piece commisioned by Tarek Atoui & Tate Modern.
:: 16 SEPTEMBER - LONDON.
Tate Modern, London.

Solo opposite Bill Orcutt & Okkyung Lee.
:: 24 SEPTEMBER - COPENHAGEN.
Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark.

With Eddie Prevost & Eve Risser
:: 29 SEPTEMBER - BERLIN.
Exploratorium, Berlin, Germany.

Fixations and the Open Road
A new piece commisioned by hcmf & Cepro Music.
:: 5 OCTOBER - MEXICO CITY.
Mexico City, Mexico.

Okkyung Lee Project.
:: 15 OCTOBER - DONAUESCHINGEN.
Donaueschinger Musiktage, Donaueschingen, Germany.

With Agusti Fernandez, Hugo Antunes & Roger Turner.
:: 20 OCTOBER - COIMBRA.
Coimbra, Portugal.

With Red Trio
:: 21 OCTOBER - BRAGANCA.
Braganca, Portugal.
:: 22 OCTOBER - LISBON.
Lisbon, Portugal.

The Contest of Pleasures
:: 27 OCTOBER - MUNICH.
Offene Ohren, Munich, Germany.

With Martin Blume & Wilbert de Joode
:: 28 OCTOBER - LJUBLJANA.
SPLOH, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

With Martin Blume & Wilbert de Joode
:: 6 NOVEMBER - MOSCOW.
Moskow, Russia.

Andy Moor Duo
:: 13 NOVEMBER - MUNICH.
Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, Holland.

The Contest of Pleasures
:: 19 NOVEMBER - VIENNA.
Comprovise, Vienna, Austria.

The Contest of Pleasures & Vellum
Part of a 30th Anniversary Necks-curated day of music.
:: 20 NOVEMBER - AMSTERDAM.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Holland.

With Alfred Zimmerlin, Daniel Studer & Harald Kimmig.
:: 21 NOVEMBER - HUDDERSFIELD.
HCMF, Huddersfield, England.

With Yannis Kyriakides, & IOU Vortex.
:: 25 & 26 NOVEMBER - BARNSLEY.
The Civic, Barnsley, England.



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