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Butcher, John / Dylan van der Schyff: Points, Snags and Windings (Meniscus)


 

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Label: Meniscus
Catalog ID: MNSCS 010
Squidco Product Code: 4041

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Blue Wave Studio, in Vancouver, Canada on July 2nd, 2000, by Shawn Pierce.


Personnel:



John Butcher-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Dylan van der Schyff-percussion


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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This is the tenth release from the small, independent, and provocative Meniscus Records label, which was founded by critic Jon Morgan to feature solo and duo recordings by outstanding avant-garde improvisational talent largely overlooked by the mainstream media. Saxophonist John Butcher and percussionist Dylan Van Der Schyff have recorded elsewhere extensively, both (but especially Butcher) attracting a devoted following. Based solely on the evidence of this delightfully stimulating recording, it is easy to see why. The saxophonist, whether on tenor or soprano, has developed new ways of playing his instruments, with split tones, ragged rhythms, overtones, multi-phonics, and assorted other extraordinary techniques. Butcher's sculptures are imbued with sounds of surprise, taking the listener down paths he (or she) may not have expected. Significantly, they are usually (but not always) accessible listening, sometimes requiring intense concentration. Van Der Schyff is a near-perfectpartner, as he has totally absorbed the free improvisational aesthetic, which, by the time of this release, had emerged, ironically, as an identifiable style. The percussionist listens very closely to the saxophonist's changes in directions, and alternatively leads, duels, or complements his constructs, resulting in a joint vision that transcends individual contributions. While at first, and particularly to the uncultured ear, these tracks may sound like grating noise, the patient and experienced listener should find much to savor."-Steve Loewy, Allmusic.com


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)
5/31/2023

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"Dylan van der Schyff was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1970. He now makes his home in Vancouver, Canada, where he lives with his wife, cellist Peggy Lee, and their two children. Van der Schyff attended the schools of music at the University of Victoria and, briefly, McGill University; and he studied military drumming while with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa. He received his MA from Simon Fraser University and is currently engaged in graduate research in music psychology at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

As a performer and producer, van der Schyff has appeared on close to 100 recordings spanning the genres of jazz, electro-acoustic, improvised, experimental and new music; he has performed in almost every major centre in Europe and North America including international festivals in Berlin, Lisbon, Stockholm, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Trento (Italy) and Molde (Norway); and he has collaborated in numerous interdisciplinary projects involving theatre, dance and film. A partial list of notable performance and recording collaborators includes: George Lewis, Joelle Léandre, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Peggy Lee, Eyvind Kang, Nicole Mitchell, Brad Turner, Tony Wilson, Wayne Horvitz, Marilyn Crispell, Torsten Muller, Robin Holcolmb, Michael Moore, Ellery Eskelin, Sylvie Courvoisier, Rob Mazurek, Talking Pictures, Ken Vandermark, Paul Rutherford, John Butcher, Tobias Delius, Louis Sclavis, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, and Gary Peacock. Van der Schyff has also performed as a sideman with Roswell Rudd, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Misha Mengelberg, Georg Graewe, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith and the Kenny Werner Sextet with Randy Brecker.

Van der Schyff has served on the music faculty at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada, since 2009. He also served on faculty at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music between 2002-2005, and at the Vancouver Institute for Creative Music in 2006. Additionally, he has given seminars and workshops at the University of Indiana and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Van der Schyff has appeared on Austrian television and Swedish radio as well as NPR, the CBC and Radio Canada. Articles about his work as an improviser have appeared in publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The Wire, Coda, and MUZIK."

-Capilano University (https://www.capilanou.ca/jazz-studies/bios/Dylan-van-der-Schyff/)
5/31/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Early Animation 8:55

2. Windings 8:30

3. Pool Lights 6:49

4. Recent Realism 5:42

5. Points 1:59

6. Snags 4:39

7. Under Glass 6:37

8. Incision 4:40

9. Attempted Delivery 7:38

10. Splits 4:34

11. Combat 3:31

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Woodwinds, Brass & Other Horns
Percussion & Drums
Free Improvisation
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Before April-2006
Vancouver and Western Canada

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