John Butcher

British saxophonist. Born 1954
John Butcher
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1954
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John Butcher

John Butcher Biography (Wikipedia)

John Butcher (born 1954 in Brighton, England) is an English tenor and soprano saxophone player who has lived in London since the late 1970s. He was originally a physicist. He began playing at the University of Surrey where he was studying physics. He received his PhD in theoretical physics with his thesis published as Spin effects in the production and weak decay of heavy Quarks. After that he left academia to focus on music. He began by playing conventional jazz (he has spoken of his initial skepticism concerning free improvisation), but quickly converted to a freer approach. He has taken the concern with the manipulation of multiphonics (split tones and false notes) bequeathed by earlier improvisers such as Evan Parker in new directions: though his earlier albums could be busy at times, he has come increasingly to focus on creating rich, slowly changing strata of sounds (layers of hums, buzzes and brittle metallic noises). He has also experimented with the use of amplified saxophone and overdubbing (most notably on the solo album Invisible Ear). That said, he is also capable of playing quite lyrically: on soprano, especially, he will sometimes leaven a passage of abstraction with bursts of pennywhistle-like melody.

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Skullmarks
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Skullmarks

Skullmarks

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Common Objects
Okkyung Lee
Improvisation for Duo
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Improvisation for Duo
Christopher Fox
Topophony
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Topophony
鈴木明男
Reservoir
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Reservoir
Polwechsel
UNX
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UNX
Polwechsel
Improvisation
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Improvisation
Werner Dafeldecker
Small Worlds
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Small Worlds
Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin & John Butcher
Croak of Frogs at Midnight Under The Milky Way
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Croak of Frogs at Midnight Under The Milky Way

Croak of Frogs at Midnight Under The Milky Way

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Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin
Fred Frith
That Unforgettable Line
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That Unforgettable Line
John Butcher
Tiefenschärfe
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Tiefenschärfe
John Butcher
Willow Shiver
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Willow Shiver
Fred Frith
Delirium Perhaps
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Delirium Perhaps
Steve Noble
Flashbacks
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Flashbacks
John Butcher
Tarab Cuts
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Tarab Cuts

Tarab Cuts

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Mark Sanders
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Loculus 4
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Loculus 4
John Butcher
Trägerfrequenz
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Trägerfrequenz
John Butcher
Mustard Bath
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Mustard Bath
John Butcher
Sprinkler
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Sprinkler
Chris Burn, Clare Cooper, JOHN EDWARDS, John Butcher & Thomas Lehn
Somethingtobesaid
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Somethingtobesaid

Somethingtobesaid

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Chris Burn
Clare Cooper
JOHN EDWARDS
Thomas Lehn
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2012: Prom 47: Cage Centenary Celebration
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Royal Albert Hall
2012-08-17T12:38:12
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2012
Proms 2012: Prom 47: Cage Centenary Celebration

Proms 2012: Prom 47: Cage Centenary Celebration

Royal Albert Hall

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