To celebrate the launch of their new CD ‘Visionary Fantasies’ John Butcher and Eddie Prévost have invited cellist Rohan de Saram and Moog guitarists N.O. Moore to join them in a concert at IKLECTIK (where the CD was recorded).
Thursday 13 December 8pm doors – 8.30pm start | £8 adv / £10 door | BUY TICKETS (fee applies)
Photo by Fabio Lugaro
John Butcher’s music ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and unusual acoustics.
Since the early 80s he has collaborated with hundreds of musicians – including Derek Bailey, Rhodri Davies, Andy Moor, Steve Beresford, Eddie Prevost, Christian Marclay, John Stevens’ SME, Gino Robair, Polwechsel, Mark Sanders and Okkyung Lee.
Alongside long term projects he values occasional encounters; from large groups such as the EX Orkestra & Butch Morris’ “London Skyscraper”, to duos with Fred Frith, Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Sophie Agnel and Matthew Shipp.
Compositions include “Penny Wands” for Futurist Intonarumori and “Tarab Cuts” which was shortlisted for a British Composer’s Award.
Photo by David O’connor
Eddie Prévost plays with immense fire, grace and invention. Founder of the essential AMM, collaborator of the greatest improvisers internationally, since the 60’s he has kept a continuous contact with the scene and always manages to invent anew his contribution to “meta-music”.
“Prévost’s free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” – Melody Maker
“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star
Photo by Karel Suster
Rohan de Saram
Rohan has performed with the major orchestras of Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and the former Soviet Union with conductors such as John Barbirolli, Adrian Boult, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and William Steinberg, as well as with composers conducting their own works such as Luciano Berio. After the UK premiere of Il Ritorno degli Snovidenia for cello and orchestra Berio said of him: “Your performance of Ritorno is splendid, but besides Ritorno, your sound, your perfect intonation, your phrasing and bowing technique, make you a great performer of any music.” As a result Berio wrote for him his final Sequenza, no XIV, for solo cello which, as a tribute to Rohan, includes large sections based on the rhythms of the Kandyan drum of Sri Lanka, an instrument which Rohan himself has played since his childhood in Sri Lanka.
Rohan has worked with Kodaly, Shostakovich, Poulenc and Walton, as well as more recently with many leading contemporary composers such as Pousseur, Xenakis and Berio who have, amongst others, written works for him. His numerous recordings include Vivaldi’s Sonatas, Rubbra’s Soliloquyfor cello and orchestra, Britten’s Cello Suites Nos 1-3, John Mayer’s Ragamalas & Prabhanda, Xenakis’ Kottos and Carter’s Figment I and II. Feldman’s Trio (Mode Records) appeared in 2009. Rohan’s recordings of Berio’s Sequenza XIV were released by Mode in April 2006 and by Edition Zeitklang (also including works by Xenakis, Carter, B. A. Zimmermann, Ruzicka, Gelhaar, Pröve and Steinke) in 2010, while 2011 has witnessed release of Harmonic Labyrinth and the first of two volumes of de Saram in Concert
NO Moore’s guitar playing combines elements extracted from the short history of the electric guitar, from the Blues to Free Improvisation, and combines them with a love of early electronic experimentalism, synthesis, and musique concrète. The result is an often surprising sound world for electric guitar, encompassing both a loose respect for its traditions and an absolute commitment to the new and the consequences that follow.