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Mark Sanders & John Butcher
butcher with mark sanders
© geert vandepoele - OORSTOFF, Antwerp, 2016.

"the fascinating dance of the very light of life itself"
Raul d'Gama Rose / all about jazz

Tarab Cuts | Daylight | Treader Duos | Last Dream of the Morning (trio)

Sanders' and Butcher's musical paths have been crossing for almost 25 years. In 1993 they performed in Steve Beresford's sextet, Fish of the Week - and in 2011 began working on Christian Marclay's Everyday.
In recent years their duo collaboration has produced two live CDs.
Concert reviews - streams of expression | jazzmann | Kwadratuur

In 2014 Out of the Machine commissioned Butcher to write Tarab Cuts for the duo - a work that re-imagines and interacts with recordings of early Arabic classical and Sufi music.

In early 2006 they toured (BrumNotes) with Okkyung Lee.

Their latest project is
Sanders / Butcher / Edwards.
"An astonishing sonic sound, as if the human sources of the music were born together: Edwards, Sanders, Butcher - heartbeat, bloodstream, nerves and breath, the same organism, one nucleus."
Chris Searle / The MORNING STAR.

Last Dream of the Morning

Studio recording 2016.

Mark Sanders - drums
John Butcher - saxophones
John Edwards - bass

Jazzwise | stereogum | WIRE | Downbeat | freejazzblog | Morning Star
squid's ear | all about jazz | SMT (PL)

Tarab Cuts

Vinyl LP (45 rpm)

A Between the Skies 13:56 -- BUTCHER: saxes, sound files.
B Under the Walls 14:08 -- SANDERS: drums, BUTCHER: feedback, sound files

These pieces were later expanded into a 50 min concert presentation also called Tarab Cuts.
LP purchase includes a free download code for a live performance of this.

"Not just a ghostly meditation on nostalgia and the emphemeral nature of culture, it's also a carefully constructed investigation into the Arab concept of tarab, the merging of music and emotional transformation"  WIRE - Daniel Spicer.


Two concert recordings 2010/11.

Mark Sanders - drums
John Butcher - saxophones

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WIRE | The Squid's Ear

Treader Duos

Recorded in concert in London, 2008.

1 John Butcher: saxophones - Mark Sanders: drums

2 Alex Ward: clarinet - Roger Turner: drums

3 John Tchicai: tenor saxophone or bass clarinet - Tony Marsh: drums

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