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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 >>

Tangle
Live in London, February 2014.

John Butcher: saxophones, feedback
Thomas Lehn: analogue synthesiser
Matthew Shipp: piano

improv sphere (French) | AMN

So Beautiful, It Start To Rain
Live in London, August 2015.

Ståle Liavik Solberg: drums and percussion
John Butcher: tenor and soprano saxophones

Dalston Sound | Salt Peanuts (Norwegian) | Gapplegate | jazz i norge (Norwegian)

RAW
Live in Munich, January 2015.

Harald Kimmig: violin
Daniel Studer: double bass
Alfred Zimmerlin: violincello
John Butcher: tenor and soprano saxophones

music zoom

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

free jazz | Dalston Sound | Gapplegate | Dusted | Salt Peanuts (Norwegian)
multikulti (Polish)

27.11.13
Recorded Cafe Oto, London, November 2013.

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

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
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.
DOM, Moskow, Russia.

Duo with Ståle Liavik Solberg
:: 9 NOVEMBER - BERGEN.
Bergen, Norway.
:: 11 NOVEMBER - OSLO.
Sentralen, Oslo, Norway.

Andy Moor Duo
:: 13 NOVEMBER - UTRECHT.
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 Eddie Prévost & Guillaume Viltard
:: 23 NOVEMBER - LONDON.
Iklectik, London.

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

Christof Kurzmann Duo
:: 2 DECEMBER - COLOGNE.
Alte Feuerwache, Cologne, Germany.



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