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Okkyung Lee & John Butcher - HCMF 2018

Yet more impressive was a 15-minute improvisation by cellist Okkyung Lee and saxophonist John Butcher.
It was one of two occasions during the concert when I didn't jot down any notes, compelled into inactivity by the irresistible force of the music. The two followed each other so closely that there were numerous times where their instruments melded into a single sonic entity. Likewise, textural and melodic impulses and ideas were similarly blended, and while I've often found such close-knit consensus in improvisation to be problematic, here it was literally mesmerising, so much so that its quarter-hour duration, though elating, also felt surprisingly exhausting.

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