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Skullmarks 36:47


John Butcher: soprano and tenor saxes
Angharad Davies: violin
Rhodri Davies: electric harp
Lina Lapelyte: violin
Lee Patterson: amplified devices and processes
Pat Thomas: electronics

"Scattered among the colonial and shamanic bric-a-brac of Oxford’s cavernous Pitt Rivers Museum, Rhodri Davies’ sextet tease out their alien and befittingly antediluvian semi-scores, engaging with and guided by four ritualistic objects (ceremonial animal masks, a bird-shaped vase and painted bear skull), all selected by John Butcher from the site’s ethnographic collection.

The psychogeography of the location has a vivid and curious bearing on what transpires, the ensemble hewing spooky noises from illusory ley-line fissures in the galleries, extracting nuggets of primeval force from the extended aura of Butcher’s gathered artefacts.

A skewbald tapestry of animalistic rumblings, scuffs and arco fidgets seem at least partially guided by some elemental uber-Ouija conducting the musicians’ collective muse. Leaving behind the stimuli of unremarkable items, Common Objects have kindled a gnostic drama as mysterious and obscure as a John Cowper Powys passion

Spencer Grady - Jazzwise


released April 7, 2019

Recorded at Pitt Rivers Museum, 22 March 2016 by Simon Reynell.
Mixed and Mastered by John Butcher.
Tour co-produced with Sound and Music with an Arts Council England grant. Sponsored by Resonance Extra.


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John Butcher London, UK

Improviser, Composer, Saxophonist.
Born in Brighton.
Lives in London.

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