Chris Burn’s ENSEMBLE

Gateway Studios - by Ivan Dias - 1990.

"Navigations" is all the more convincing for being somewhat understated, not forcing itself on your attention, but beckoning you over to take a look down its aural microscope: before long, its myriad evanescent life-forms prove as captivating as anything you'll come across in contemporary music.
Richard Barrett.

Chris Burn’s ENSEMBLE

A curiosity about the chamber possibilities of large group improvisation led to the formation of the eight piece Chris Burn’s ENSEMBLE in 1985. The group performed structured improvisations  devised by Burn (and, later-on, others) as well as “free” playing.

JimDenley / Phil Durrant / Matt Hutchinson / John Butcher / Stevie Wishart / Marcio Mattos / John Russell / Chris Burn

After a dozen years the octet added Rhodri Davies, Mark Wastell and Axel Dörner for the CD “Navigation" - and thereafter ENSEMBLE became a more flexible line-up, always working with strategies to inspire new forms and improvisation.

Chris Burn’s Ensemble is the epitome of a musical self-sufficiency. The group used its novel instrumentation to create music of constantly shifting voices, filed with dense detail and fresh textures. The intense focus on sounds led to blurrrings between the electronics and acoustic instruments, with Jim Denley’s flutes suggesting oscillators and screams. The music seemed to grow more intense as it grew quieter.
CODA - Stuart Broomer at Victo 1998.

"Navigations" is all the more convincing for being somewhat understated, not forcing itself on your attention, but beckoning you over to take a look down its aural microscope: before long, its myriad evanescent life-forms prove as captivating as anything you'll come across in contemporary music.
Richard Barrett.

Cultural Baggage
cultural baggageDL

Jazzthetik

The Place
the place

Signal to Noise

Navigations
navigations

Coda
Sleeve Notes (Richard Barrett)

Horizontals White
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Coda / Signal to Noise

At Musica Genera
at musica genera

All About Jazz

Densities 2008
densities

Some Ensembles

1. London 1997
Butcher / Russell / Davies / Mattos / Durrant / Burn / Wastell / Wishart / Denley / Dörner / Hutchinson
2. Vienna 2005
Burn / Bösze / Charles / Hautzinger / Hinteregger / Kurtzmann / Stangl / Butcher / Reiter / Dafeldecker / Lovens
3. Berlin 2006
Burn  / Fagashinski / Chamy / Kurtzmann / Stangl / Edwards / Beins / Butcher / Baltschun

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