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Rhodri Davies & John Butcher
davies and butcher
AV Festival, Newcastle 2014.

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.
Their latest release, the LP "Drunk on Dreams" was recorded for Radio France and draws on all these experiences in a multi ranging improvisation.

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

Radio France, Paris - 2016 - White Vinyl LP

John Butcher / Rhodri Davies

"I'm in some dream world, wandering inside an environment inhabited by magnificent iridescent butterflies and insects I've never seen before, creatures not of this earth. The next moment I could be intoxicated inside some scene from a William Burroughs novel."   Norman Records.

Norman Records | DOWNBEAT | Toneshift


Pitt Rivers, Oxford - 2016.

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

See the objects used in the score.

Jazz Wise | Dusted

Routing Lynn

routing lynn
CD / DL from bandcamp
Gateshead - 2014.

Rhodri Davies: harps
John Butcher: saxophones

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


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

Durham - 2013 & Newcastle - 2014.

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

all about jazz | just outside | dusted | radio free midwich | freejazzblog

Live in Morden Tower

Live recording: Newcastle, 2013.

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

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