John Butcher John Butcher

John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a physicist, he left academia in '82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Gerry Hemingway, Akio Suzuki, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Fred Frith, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Keiji Haino, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Butch Morris, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Matthew Shipp, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor - to name a few.

He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands. His first solo album, Thirteen Friendly Numbers, includes compositions for multi- tracked saxophones, whilst later solo CDs focus on live performance, composition, amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback.

HCMF has twice commissioned him to compose for his own large ensembles. Other commissions include for Elision, the Rova & Quasar Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori, “Tarab Cuts” (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer's Award), “Good Liquor ..” for the London Sinfonietta and “Fixations and the Open Road” for CEPRO. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.

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Albums by John Butcher

Album Fictional Souvenirs by John Butcher

Fictional Souvenirs

Astral Spirits

Album Blasphemious Fragments by John Butcher

Blasphemious Fragments

Rastascan Records

Album Into Darkness by John Butcher

Into Darkness

Iluso Records

Album So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain by John Butcher

So Beautiful, It...

Clean Feed Records

Album Last Dream at the Morning by John Butcher

Last Dream at the...

Relative Pitch Records

Album Tangle by John Butcher




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