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Experience the Magic

Borbetomagus: Experience the Magic (Agaric)

Saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller in a 1994 release, two long tracks of extreme and alarming improvisational noise as only Borbetogmagus can create.

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UPC: 786497136025

Label: Agaric
Catalog ID: Agaric 1992
Squidco Product Code: 15558

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1994
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on April 12th and December 23rd, 1993 ay CBGB, 112 Bowery St, NY, NY.


Jim Sauter-saxophones

Don Dietrich-saxophones

Donald Miller-guitar

Adam Nodelman-bass

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track listing:

1. Bathed In The Blood Of The Lamb 33:35

2. Grunion Run 25:16
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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"With their acerbic wit and blood-thirsty attack, Borbetomagus are virtually unlike any other band anywhere. They make Peter Brötzmann seem warm and fuzzy. There is no intellectual response to music like this; you either love it or it grates on you so badly you have to take it off the box, leave the room or die screaming to be let out of the torture chamber of an existence that would allow something like this to be conceived of, let alone created.

Saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich, along with guitarist Donald Miller, create the most extreme noise three instruments like this with amplification can make. There are only two "tunes" on this fine disc: "Bathed in the Blood of the Lamb" and "Grunion Run."" They are both very long tracks; the first is over half an hour, and the second over 25 minutes. They are different from one another in their approach to extreme tonalities and in dynamics, but, other than that, like what's going on musically, you have to hear for yourself.

This is scary music -- the kind that makes you have nightmares about serial killers. But it's also the kind of fun-house fare that makes you want to live free or die, to scream in ecstasy, and laugh with glee with the knowledge that the creative impulse is alive and terribly well and living in America, of all places. This is music beyond language because it is the roots of language itself: the impulse that attempts to express and organize that which is unspeakable. Highly recommended."-Thom Jurek, All Music

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Artist Biographies:

Multi-reedist Jim Sauter was born July 23, 1953 in Nyack, NY. He currently lives in Sparkill, NY. He is a primary member of Borbetomagus.

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"Don Dietrich is a saxophonist and founding member of New York City based improvisational group, Borbetomagus. Recently, he has become involved with the noise/free jazz "supergroup" The New Monuments (with C. Spencer Yeh and Ben Hall)."

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"Donald Miller was born on 7 May 1958 in Washington, DC, and raised in suburban Maryland. At age 13, he began formal guitar lessons. At 18, he moved to New York City, where he was educated at Columbia University's College and the School of Visual Arts, receiving a BFA from the latter in 1982. He remained in The City for a quarter century.

Miller entered the NYC New Music scene in 1978, already possessing a strong background in the avant-garde. His first regular band was the now cult-status group Sick Dick & the Volkswagens, which featured infamous critic/crooner Lester Bangs as an auxiliary member. In February 1979, Miller met and first played with saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich, giving immediate birth to Borbetomagus.

From 1984-99, Miller also worked closely with free jazz drummer William Hooker, in both duo and larger band formats. In this milieu, Miller met saxist Blaise Siwula, with whom he has worked in duo and trios with drummers Mike Evans, Jeff Arnal and Matt Hannafin, and the late synth guru Doug Walker.

In August 2001, Miller and his wife moved to New Orleans, four weeks ahead of the September 11 attack on NYC, and into a house 90+% unscathed by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There he formed The Death Posture with fellow guitarist Rob Cambre and Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze in early 2002. This ensemble performed over two dozen butoh actions, later including dancer Alex Haverfield, in the Gulf Coast area, mostly to a stunned New Orleans, until late 2004 when Skantze and Haverfield took themselves and the name (with Miller's blessing) to Seattle. Miller and Cambre have continued to perform in solo and ensemble lineups, and gave two notable reunion performances with Vanessa in 2006." (

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