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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.

Butcher / Buck / Mayas / Stangl

Butcher / Buck / Mayas / Stangl: Plume (Unsounds)
Label: Unsounds    
Released in: The Netherlands    

"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: 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.

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Product Information:

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.


John Butcher-saxophones

Tony Buck-drums, percussion

Magda Mayas-piano

Burkhard Stangl-guitar

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Track Listing:

1. Fiamme 29:37

2. Vellum 39:27

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