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Rhodri Davies & John Butcher
davies and butcher
© miyoko haiashi - jazz spot candy, chiba, japan. oct 2004.

Duo: Drunk on Dreams | Routing Lynn | Carliol | Vortices & Angels
Common Objects: Skullmarks | whitewashed with lines | Morden Tower

"the sound sings multitudes, like the universal chord of Theosophy"   Jason Bivins / Dusted

Davies and Butcher first played together in 1997 with Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and Chris Burn's Ensemble. Since then they have collaborated on a wide range of projects, taking their music around Europe, Japan and North America.

Their first duo concert, released as Vortices and Angels, was completely acoustic. Ten years later Carliol, dissolved their instruments' boundaries - merging their physical, acoustic and electrical possibilities. In places, the harp is played by air, the saxophone by physical impact; the harp acts as a resonator for saxophone controlled feedback; the saxophone acts as a filter of the embedded electric harp speaker.

Routing Lynn, from 2014, is a live duo performance interacting with 4 channel open air recordings made in Northumberland with Chris Watson.

COMMON OBJECTS is a larger, flexible grouping - with three releases:
The latest is Skullmarks - by a sextet live at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

"What began with predictable beauty ends in menacing discordance and decentered confusion."   WIRE.


Drunk on Dreams

drunk on dreams
buy LP / DL from Cejero
Radio France, Paris - 2016.
White Vinyl LP

John Butcher / Rhodri Davies


Norman Records

Skullmarks

Pitt Rivers, Oxford - 2016.

COMMON OBJECTS:
John Butcher / Angharad Davies / Rhodri Davies / Lina Lapelyte
Lee Patterson/ Pat Thomas

See the objects used in the score.

Jazz Wise

Routing Lynn

routing lynn
DL from bandcamp
Gateshead - 2014.

Rhodri Davies: harps
John Butcher: saxophones

just outside | Wire | The Quietus
Point of Departure | freejazzblog | Jazz Tokyo (JP)

Carliol

Recorded: Newcastle, London, Crear.

Butcher - tenor or soprano saxophones - plus feedback, motors, embedded harp speaker
Davies - pedal harp, lever harp with embedded speaker and electric harp. Aeolian electric harp

Sunday Times | just outside | Cyclic Defrost | Dusted | killed in cars | aphidhair | freq


Vortices and Angels

vortices and angels
DL from bandcamp
Butcher / Davies, live at All Angels - Bailey / Butcher, live at the Vortex.

all about jazz | Jazz Times | Jazz Review | Cadence

Suddenly we're inside a church, hearing Butcher skittering out a difficult thread of fluttering noises so high-pitched that they're almost not there, while out of the other speaker come isolated sounds of springy, loosened-strings from what I thought was Derek Bailey's big acoustic guitar but noooooo!
It's the unprecedented harpist Rhodri Davies pulling off strange, isolated notes from his instrument. Sploingg.... buzzzzz.... Butcher then joins him in the lower registers, blowing moody, fluttery figures with an almost granulated rough edge.
Freely improvised duo playing rarely gets as tasty as this. Niiiiiice. Tony Mostrom / Epulse


whitewashed with lines

DOUBLE CD
Durham - 2013 & Newcastle - 2014.

COMMON OBJECTS
Rhodri Davies: electric and pedal harps
Angharad Davies: acoustic and amplified violin
Lee Patterson: amplified devices and processes
John Butcher: saxophones and amplifier

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Live in Morden Tower

Live recording: Newcastle, 2013.

COMMON OBJECTS
Rhodri Davies: electric harp
Lee Patterson: amplified devices and processes
John Butcher: saxophones and amplifier

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