John Butcher first played, in duos, with Gino Robair and John Edwards in 1997.
In 2011 they formed The Apophonics.
"Built around extrasensory sonic perception their strategy advanced amoeba-like,
continuously melding and breaking apart timbres in
Edwards' super-speedy wood and string smacking
was sometimes appropriately violent; Butcher's output
jumped from sonorous glissandi to staccato reed bites
and Robair's holistic approach sometimes seemed
child-like as he smacked his mallets on the stage floor,
rubbed a violin bow on drum rims and literally blew
on the drum skin.
The saxophonist's lines could be
sonorously wispy, or could consist of reed finger-tapping or using amplification to
pick up the feedback generated as he moved his tenor
in different arcs without blowing into it.
Ken Waxman, New York City Jazz Record at Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon
Cafe Oto, London, 2013.
Recorded for BBC Jazz on 3, Pinewood, 2012.
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