Kimmig / Studer / Zimmerlin
Zimmerlin and Butcher began playing together in the late 80s.
This long-standing string trio has worked with a number of guests, and in 2015 Butcher was invited to try to find his way in. As well as touring, they have played the Densités Festival, Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen and HCMF.
Yet more radically inventive music came courtesy of saxophonist John Butcher and Trio Kimmig / Studer / Zimmerlin. The skill and subtlety displayed in this concert was, frankly, amazing, with a recurring sense of "how did we get here?" due to the incredibly organic way they gently massaged and manoeuvred musical sounds and materials. Even when focussing more intently on moment-by-moment events, it was still hard to pinpoint exactly where things began to shift and evolve.
Anyone with doubts concerning the veracity of improvisation in comparison to pre-composed music would have had them instantly dispelled. It was a real privilege to see four musicians in such complete control of their instruments, displaying utmost technical and compositional maturity yet with an omnipresent sense of play.
HCMF - 5:4 - SimonCummings.