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Butcher / Buck / Mayas / Stangl: Plume (Unsounds)

Drummer/percussionist Tony Buck and saxophonist John Butcher are the common elements in these two trios, one with guitarist Burkhard Stangl, and one with pianist Magda Mayas, using imaginative and unusual approaches to improvisation.
 

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John Butcher-saxophones

Tony Buck-drums, percussion

Magda Mayas-piano

Burkhard Stangl-guitar


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UPC: 887516256172

Label: Unsounds
Catalog ID: 35U
Squidco Product Code: 17586

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
"Fiamme" recorded in December 2007 at the LMF Festival, Cochrane Theatre, London. "Vellum" recorded in April 2011 at Freedom of the City, Cecil Sharp House, London.

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"These two high profile trios are all inventiveness, and this is reflected in the way they were formed, as much as in the music itself. There is a tangled web of connections at play between the four improvisers, through a history of past collaborations, one to one or in larger formations, some occasional, some more structural; the trios on this CD were chosen for their potential, for the not-knowing as much as the knowing, and that's what we hear; accomplished and profoundly involved music in the making, pushed forward by an ever renewed and intense ability to connect.

Drummer and percussionist Tony Buck is best known around the world as a member of the trio The Necks, but Buck's involvement with the international improvisation and new music community ranges from projects such as Peril with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, to Spill with Magda Mayas and Cor Fuhler's big band, Corkestra.

Magda Mayas has performed and collaborated with many composers and leading figures in improvisation such as Peter Evans, Annette Krebs, Phill Niblock and Christine Abdelnour. Developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects, she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collage.

Burkhard Stangl (guitar, electronic devices) is a performer and composer in the field of non-idiomatic improvisation, electronica and contemporary classical music. Next to solo projects, his participations cover a vast range of groups and ensembles. He has composed for film music (Gustav Deutsch: film.ist 7-12) and can be heard on over 50 CDs.

John Butcher is a highly influential musician, operating at the cutting-edge of improvisatory practice since the 80s. His music ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. He has collaborated with hundreds of musicians, mostly involved with improvisation, including Derek Bailey, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Christian Marclay and Andy Moor."-UnSounds

"... The trio's music had vitality and a sense of purpose. It took improvisatory risks, displayed individual virtuosity and collective alertness. It was genuinely exciting and it sounded really good. Buck is a wonderfully oblique energiser, relentlessly attending to texture and percussive colour as he generates momentum. Stangl's clenched or splintered chords, pedal-swell and dramatic attack proved a great foil for Butcher's intensity, inventiveness and cliche-free expression.

Was this 'experimental'? Well, it had life, and in the arts that's often what that term has essentially meant, in opposition to reified forms, commodification or mindless repetition."-Review of Buck/Butcher/Stangl at London Musicians' Collective's 16th Annual Festival of Experimental Music - Julian Cowley, The Wire.


Artist Biographies

"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, Akio Suzuki, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Toshi Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, 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 multitracked 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 (Australia), the Rova (USA) & Quasar (Canada) Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori (USA), "Tarab Cuts" (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer's Award) and "Good Liquor .." for the London Sinfonietta. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.

Recent groupings include The Apophonics with Robair and Edwards, Anemone with Peter Evans, Plume with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas and a trio with Okkyung Lee & Mark Sanders.Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Claudia Binder, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Ute Kangeisser, Matthew Shipp and Yuji Takahashi."

-John Butcher Website (http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/Biog.html)
6/10/2024

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"Born in Sydney in 1962, Tony is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. He has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects. Apart from The Necks, he is probably best known as leader of hardcore/impro band PERIL.

Early in his musical life, after having graduated from the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, he became very involved in the jazz scene in Australia, often touring with visiting international artists such as Vincent Herring, Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts, as well as Australians Mark Simmonds, Paul Grabowsky, The catholics, Sandy Evans and Dale Barlow.

Following time spent in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe, and has involved himself in many projects there, including the development of new "virtual" MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam.

Tony has played, toured or recorded with, among others, Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero."

-The Necks Website (http://www.thenecks.com/bio)
6/10/2024

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"Magda Mayas, born 1979, is a pianist living in Berlin. Developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects, she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collage.

Alongside the piano, Mayas has recently been performing on a Clavinet/Pianet, an electric piano from the 60s with strings and metal chimes, where she engages with noise and more visceral sound material, equally extending the instrumental sound palette using extended techniques and devices.Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers.Current projects are "Spill", a duo with drummer Tony Buck, a duo with Christine Abdelnour (sax) and "Great Waitress", a trio with Monika Brooks (acc) and Laura Altman (cl).

She is currently undertaking Phd studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and investigating extended instrumental techniques, spectral music and psychoacoustics in an improvised music context.

Since 2013 she has also been producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and has released 20 CDS to date.

Magda Mayas has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and composers such as John Butcher, Andy Moor, Zeena Parkins, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Peter Evans, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner. She has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012,2015), Documenta (2012) or the Berlin Biennale ( 2014)."

-Magda Mayas Website (https://magdamayas.jimdo.com/bio-cv/)
6/10/2024

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"Guitarist and composer Burkhard Stangl works in the fields of improvisation, electronica and contemporary classical.

Among many others he played, recorded and collaborated with musicians / groups / composers /artists like Anestis Logothetis, Franz Koglmann, Radu Malfatti, Gunter Schneider, John Butcher, Franz Hautzinger, Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami, Olga Neuwirth, Polwechsel, Gene Coleman, Kevin Drumm, dieb13, Billy Roisz, Martin Siewert, Boris Hauf, Gustav Deutsch, Oswald Egger, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Katharina Klement, Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Anna Zaradny, Robert Piotrowicz, Patrick K.-H., Klangforum Wien, efzeg, Christian Fennesz, Barbara Romen, Steve Bates, Katharina Ernst, Juan José Rivas, Fernando Vigueras, Mario de Vega, Attila Faravelli, and, last but not least, with his partner in life and art Angélica Castelló."

-Klingt.Org (http://stangl.klingt.org/about)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Fiamme 29:37

2. Vellum 39:27

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