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Butcher, John / Andy Moor: Experiments With A Leaf (Unsounds)

Since working together in Thermal, saxophonist John Butcher and The Ex guitarist Andy Moor have collaborated in live performance, here recording in a cathedral in Berne, Switzerland in 2013, using its natural reverb to augment their impeccably paced and inspired dialog.

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UPC: 889211339723

Label: Unsounds
Catalog ID: 48U
Squidco Product Code: 20638

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at ╚zoom ină festival, Mčnster, Berne, Switzerland, on October 26th, 2013 by Fabio Oehrli.


John Butcher-saxophones

Andy Moor-guitars

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1. Five Eyes 3:44

2. Fantasy Downsize 7:26

3. Joy Is the Headlight 3:06

4. The Tongue Is a Flame 11:38

5. The Toughest Four Ounces of Life 4:27

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"John Butcher and Andy Moor have been collaborating on and off for almost 15 years now. Their first musical outing was in the critically acclaimed trio Thermal with Thomas Lehn, released on Unsounds at the very beginning of the label's history. Since then Butcher and Moor have occasionally shared the stage, and even though they hail from very different corners of improvised music, their sound has fused and their horizons have meshed into the duo that it is now.

Experiments with a Leaf is a live recording from October 2013 in Berne, Switzerland. The duo was playing in a cathedral with a large natural echo that somehow glued the two musicians together without the music resorting to a wash of reverberated noise. On the contrary, the sound quality on the recordings brings to light the playing and listening skills of both improvisers.

The music is varied, taking unusual corners and moving along. There is no agenda or pre-planned aesthetic. Both musicians simply work with their wide and contrasting knowledge of sound and music, and their fine responsiveness to each other. They make music that surprises themselves as much as the audience who were present, never leaving one or the other behind."-Unsounds

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 (

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