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.
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.
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