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John Butcher/Rhodri Davies


Out on March 14, 2010
Purchase price in Japan: 2,000 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. Pandon Bank (9:17)
  2. Losh (5:01)
  3. Gallow Gate (3:16)
  4. Scrogg (1:58)
  5. Ouse Poppy (9:17)
  6. Garth Heads (5:44)
  7. Distant Leazes (9:33)

    mp3 excerpt 1: track 2
    mp3 excerpt 2: track 4
    mp3 excerpt 3: track 7

John Butcher: tenor or soprano saxophones - plus feedback (1), motors (1, 3, 4), embedded harp speaker (5)
Rhodri Davies: pedal harp, lever harp with embedded speaker and electric harp. Aeolian electric harp (7)

Tracks 1-6 recorded by Andrew Mills at Elipse Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, May 2, 2008
Track 7 recorded by Angharad Davies and Rhodri Davies at Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK, August 21, 2007 (aeolian electric harp); and by John Butcher in London, April 8, 2009 (soprano saxophone)
Edited, mixed, and mastered by John Butcher
Design by Hirozumi Takeda
Photographs used by kind permission of Newcastle Libraries and Information Service
Packaged in a cardboard jacket

John Butcher is one of the leading sax players on the free improvisation scene. Rhodri Davies transcends conventional ideas about the harp--an instrument rarely associated with improvised music--in his wide-ranging projects. The two British musicians have worked together in a variety of contexts since 1997 and gave their first duo concert in 2000. As a duo they toured the UK and the U.S. in 2002, and Japan in 2004. In their performances they draw upon extended and unique playing methods mastered over the course of their careers, leaving far behind the imagined limits of their respective instruments. Carliol contains 7 tracks studio-recorded between August 2007 and April 2009. With its multi-hued timbres and textures, sonic beauty, conceptual freedom, experimental spirit and sophisticated structure, this CD dazzles on many levels. While the 2001 album Vortices & Angels (on the UK label Emanem) includes duo tracks by these two artists as well by Butcher and Derek Bailey, Carliol is the first all Butcher/Davies duo album to be released since the start of their duo collaboration a decade ago.

Last updated: March 8, 2010

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