Recorded April 6, 2010 at Namouche Studio Lisbon by Joaquim Monte. Mixed by John Butcher. Mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios. Design by Oskaras Anosovas. Produced by RED trio and John Butcher. Executive production by Danas Mikailionis and Valerij Anosov
Tracklist Side A: 1. SUSTAINED 2. PACHYDERM | Tracklist Side B: 1. EMPIRE
made a stunning debut in 2010. In this second album they play with British music veteran John Butcher pushing musical boundaries to the new realms of gripping and exciting kingdom of free improvisation.
work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a physicist, he left academia in 1982, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians – including Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Gerry Hemingway, The EX, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, John Tilbury, Christian Marclay, Paal Nilssen-Love, Phil Minton and Steve Beresford.
He is well known as a soloist, recently exploring unusual site-specific acoustics, and has released seven CDs of solo saxophone music. He has toured and broadcast in Europe, Japan, North America and Australia, and was featured, playing solo, in the BBC TV programme Date with an Artist. His compositions include pieces for Polwechsel, the Australian Elision Ensemble, the American Rova Saxophone Quartet, Futurist Intonarumori and “somethingtobesaid” for the John Butcher Group.
Recent projects include Thermal with EX guitarist Andy Moor & Thomas Lehn, and the wind trio The Contest of Pleasures with Axel Dörner and Xavier Charles. He values playing in occasional encounters – ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris’ London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with Otomo Yoshihide, Kevin Drumm, Fred Frith, Duck Baker, Matthew Shipp and Akio Suzuki. — Stuart Broomer in New York City Jazz Record
Empire (a limited-edition LP)
has Butcher appearing as a guest with a working band, the Lisbon- based RED Trio whose eponymous debut appeared in 2010. RED Trio works at developing long, continuous sounds. Its fundamental style is a dense weave of interactive ostinatos provided by pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro, the dark-toned, pulsing lines of bassist Hernani Faustino and the expansive polyrhythms of the brilliant young drummer Gabriel Ferrandini. It’s a potent energy field with strong links to New York free jazz and when the auditory smoke clears, the group is capable of sudden light, with Pinheiro especially luminous in the piano’s upper register. Butcher and the trio have toured together in Portugal and Spain and there’s a striking musical camaraderie here, bridging free jazz and free improvisation in an original way. The track “Pachyderm” opens into a striking soundscape, with bowed bass, scraped cymbals and piano innards intersecting with the air-click stream of Butcher’s soprano, an eerie dialogue that seems to expand the very space in which the music is made, stretching toward a new territory. The extended title track, the second side of the LP, continues the adventure, beginning in a very concentrated space of isolated taps and whirrs, then gradually assembling momentum and a sense of dread as Butcher’s tenor multiphonics and the trio’s fomenting energies come together. — Stuart Broomer in New York City Jazz Record
LP version (incl. shipment cost world-wide)