Gino Robair & John Butcher
drawing by Alice Spawls.
27.11.13 (cafe Oto download)
Bottle Breaking Heart Leap (vinyl)
On Air | Scrutables | Apophenia |
New Oakland Burr
Guerrilla Mosaics |
Liverpool (Bluecoat) Concert |
Californian percussionist Gino Robair first played with Butcher at a 1997 recording session in Oakland.
Music from that day was released on the CDs -
Music on Seven Occasions &
Robair | Butcher | Sperry
© brad winter - vancouver jazz fesival, 2001
The next year they formed a trio with bassist Matthew Sperry (whom Butcher first met at
in Vancouver) - playing in the USA and Canada and releasing the CD 12 Milagritos.
It was a great shock when Matthew was killed by a car whilst cycling in June 2003. A site is dedicated to his memory.
Continuing as a duo, Robair and Butcher have toured extensively releasing four recordings.
Alongside, numerous trio have flourished - with koto player Miya Masaoka, guitarist John Shiurba, trumpeter Liz Albee, guitarist Derek Bailey, synthist Thomas Lehn, turntablist dieb13, audio-visual artist Bill Hsu and The Apophonics with bassist John Edwards.
Gino is also a vital part of the 7-piece John Butcher Group.
Recorded Cafe Oto, London, November 2013.
Bottle Breaking Heart Leap
Recorded Leeds, 2013.
Limited edition of 250 on 180gm black vinyl
all about jazz | Louder Than War | freejazz
Recorded for BBC Jazz on 3, Pinewood: 2012.
all about jazz ( 1 ) ( 2 ) | london jazz | free jazz
Recorded at Moat Studios, London, 2000.
New York City Jazz Review | The Watchful Ear | The Squid's Ear | Jazz Word
all about jazz | Sunday Times | Point of Departure | Paris Transatlantic | freq
Radio recording, KFJC, Los Altos Hills, California, 2009.
John Butcher: saxophones (with motors on 1 and 4).
Gino Robair: energised surfaces.
Watchful Ear | all about jazz | Sound Projector
Imagine slow-motion cement monkeys pushing in vain against the bars of their cages, steel bars that ring and vibrate in an endless corridor.
New Oakland Burr
Studio recording, Oakland, California. 2001.
John Butcher: soprano and tenor saxophones, amplified/feedback or acoustic.
Gino Robair: ebow snare, cymbals, faux dax, motor, toy reed, styrofoam.
One Final Note | Dusted | allmusic
Studio recording from Oakland, California: 2002
Robair/Butcher with Miya Masaoka - koto
Paris Transatlantic |
allmusic | jazz word
Live at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool: 2000
Butcher / Robair duo
Studio recording from Oakland, California: 1998
Robair/Butcher with Matthew Sperry - double bass
twelve statements of exuberance given momentum by a subtle delicacy
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