Ni Vu Ni Connu LP series

A 5-LP set - with silkscreened, gatefold sleeves, photos by Cristina Marx and sleeve-notes by Stuart Broomer - has finally arrived and is available at NI VU NI CONNU.

Four were recorded at my ausland weekend in 2019.
 Gino Robair & Thomas Lehn,
 Sophie Agnel,
 Magda Mayas & Tony Buck,
 Liz Allbee, Ignaz Schick & Marta Zapparoli.
The 5th is with Polwechsel colleagues
 Burkhard Beins & Werner Dafeldecker.

The collection was designed by Yaqin Si (in photo).

Fluid Fixations

Fluid Fixations was premiered at the HCMF on 21/11/2021.

John Butcher - composer / saxophones / saxophone recordings
Sophie Agnel- piano
Isabelle Duthois - voice / clarinet
Liz Allbee - trumpet | Matthias Müller - trombone
Aleksander Kolkowski - stroh viola / musical saw
Angharad Davies - violin | Hannah Marshall - cello
John Edwards - double bass
Pascal Niggenkemper - double bass
dieb13 - turntables | Pat Thomas - electronics
Ståle Liavik Solberg - drums
Mark Sanders - percussion

Read details and an interview.

David Sylvian

David Nibloe of the Vista blog has written an article examining the recording of Sylvian’s “When we return you won’t recognise us”.
He asked me and Ros Stephen for our recollections of the 2009 session

Resonant Spaces

Frantz Loriot asked me some questions for Recordedness about recording in unusual locations - such as the Oya mountain (pictured) in Japan and on the Resonant Spaces tour.

The Turn Things Take

During lockdown the arts-centre West in Den Haag has been invited musicians to contribute filmed pieces for an online project. I made The Turn Things Take for soprano saxophone.
In contrast to the expansiveness of Resonant Spaces it was a look “inside”.

Latest Releases

1 But everything now left before it arrived
John Russell, John Butcher, Dominic Lash
2 We met - and then
Barre Phillips, John Butcher, Ståle Liavik Solberg.
3 Sounds of Assembly
Jennifer Allum, John Butcher, Ute Kanngiesser, Eddie Prévost.
4 Until The Night Melts Away
David Toop, Sharon Gal, John Butcher.
5 Discernement
Dominic Lash, John Butcher, John Russell, Mark Sanders.

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Concerts 2022

12 JANUARY - 8:00 pm - London
with Phil Minton, Audrey Chen, Veryan Weston, Adrian Northover, John Edwards & Roger Turner
Café Oto, London E8 3DL

- 8:00 pm - London
with Pat Thomas & Ståle Liavik Solberg
Café Oto, London E8 3DL

Ear We Are Festival, Alte Juragarage, Biel, Switzerland

5 FEBRUARY - Zürich
The Institute, Zürich, Switzerland

15 FEBRUARY - 8:00 pm - London
with Lee Patterson, Christian Müller, Christian Kobi
Café Oto, London E8 3DL

18 FEBRUARY - Manchester
with Lee Patterson, Christian Müller, Christian Kobi
Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester

19 FEBRUARY - Huddersfield
with Lee Patterson, Christian Müller, Christian Kobi
ame, Huddersfield

20 FEBRUARY - Oslo
with Sophie Agnel, Pascal Niggenkemper & Ståle Liavik Solberg
tba, Oslo, Norway

21 FEBRUARY - Trondheim
with Sophie Agnel, Pascal Niggenkemper & Ståle Liavik Solberg
Fri Form, Dokkhuset, Trondheim, Norway

9 MARCH - 8:00 pm - London
Sophie Agnel Duo
Café Oto, London E8 3DL

31 MARCH - London
with John Edwards & Steve Beresford
Part of Horse Box II CD Launch
Iklectik, London

5 APRIL - London
Launch concert for new 5 LP set from ni vu ni connu
John Butcher / John Edwards duo &
John Butcher / Angharad Davies / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders
Iklectik, London

13 APRIL - London
with Angharad Davies / Matt Davis / Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga / Dominic Lash
Iklectik, London

24 APRIL - London
Ute Kanngiesser duo
Vortex, Mopomoso, London

30 APRIL - Brighton - 7:45
Short solo - opening for Spiritualized
Dome, Brighton

1 MAY - London
Trio with Dominic Lash / N.O. Moore
Hundred Years Gallery, London

2 MAY - Birmingham - 7:45
Short solo - opening for Spiritualized
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

8 MAY - London
With Luigi Marino / Mark Wastell - solo - duo -trio. 2 pm
St Margaret’s House, London

12 MAY - London
Duo with Christian Duka and the Amoenus 3D sound dome.
Plus Sharon Gal and Ute Kanngiesser
Iklectik, London

Tour with Chris Corsano & Florian Stoffner
14 MAY - Bau 4, Altbüron, Switzerland
15 MAY - Pilc, Strasbourg, France
16 MAY - Das Institute, Misterioso, Zürich, Switzerland
17 MAY - Das Institute, Misterioso, Zürich, Switzerland
20 MAY - AMR, Geneva, Switzerland
22 MAY - Le Singe, Biel, Switzerland

The Phil Minton Quartet
24 JUNE - ort, Wuppertal, Germany
25 JUNE - In Situ, Bonn, Germany

30 JUNE - Berlin
With Werner Dafeldecker & Burkhard Beins
Kühlspot Social Club, Berlin

8 JULY - Kongsberg
With Lene Grenager, Per Zanussi, Tony Buck, Ståle Liavik Solberg & Pat Thomas
Saeringfest, Kongsberg, Norway

16 JULY - London
With Eddie Prévost, Jennifer Allum, Marjolaine Charbin, Ute Kanngeisser
Part od Eddie Prévost’s 80th birthday celebrations.
Cafe Oto, London

23 JULY - Paris
Common Objects (Angharad Davies, Lina Lapalyte, Lee Patterson, John Butcher)
Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, France

31 JULY - London
Trio with Daniel Thompson & Mandhira de Saram
Hundred Years Gallery, London

21 AUGUST - Watford
Colourscape Fesival - with Stevie Wishart
Cassiobury Park, Watford, WD18 7HY

4 SEPTEMBER - Den Haag
Solo - 4:00 pm
Onze Ambassade Festival, West, Den Haag, Holland

17 SEPTEMBER - Sandvika
With Ståle Liavik Solberg, Isabelle Duthois & Vilde Sandve Alnæs
plus 6 dancers from Nagelhus Schia Productions.
Improv Dance, Studio NSP, Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway

23 SEPTEMBER - Fresnes-en-Woëvre
With Liz Allbee, Ignaz Schick, Marta Zapparoli
Festival Densités, Fresnes-en-Woëvre, France

27 SEPTEMBER - London
Trio with Max Eastley & Terry Day
Iklectik, London

9 OCTOBER - Berlin
With Spill (Tony Buck and Magda Mayas)
Industriesalon Schöneweide (hosted by JazzKeller69), Reinbeckstrasse 10, Berlin


1. Jennifer Allum, John Butcher, Ute Kanngiesser, Eddie Prévost - from Sounds of Assembly.
2. Matthew Shipp, Thomas Lehn, John Butcher - from The Clawed Stone.
3. John Butcher - from Invisible Ear.
4. John Butcher, Phil Durrant, Paul Lovens, Radu Malfatti, John Russell - from News from the Shed.
5. John Butcher - from Resonant Spaces.
6. Barre Phillips, John Butcher, Ståle Liavik Solberg - from We met - and then.

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