Recording Sessions #12

IKLECTIK presents,

Recording Sessions #12

Tuesday 27 September 2022 | 7:30pm – 11:30pm

Tickets: £12 Advance / £15 OTD

Recording Sessions #12 – John Butcher / Terry Day / Max Eastley

Recording Sessions is a concert series focusing on live recordings of free improvisation, free jazz, electro- acoustic improvisation and experimental composition projects. This series of events works with musicians and artists to develop a recording project.

Delighted to host three restlessly creative artists, John Butcher (saxes), Terry Day (percussion) and Max Eastley (electro-acoustic monochord).

Curated by Giovanni La Rovere

Max Eastley

Max Eastley is an internationally recognised artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. His sculptures exist on the border between the natural environment and human intervention and use the driving forces of electricity, wind, water and ice. He has exhibited both interior and exterior works internationally. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany and private collections. Max is an artist with the Cape Farewell Climate Change Project (
From 2010 to 2013 he was an Arts and Humanities Research Council Senior Researcher at Oxford Brookes University, investigating Aeolian phenomena through artistic practice and historical research. In 2014 he was City Sound Artist in Bonn, Germany and in 2017 he was a guest of the DAAD in Berlin, Germany. He is well known as an improvising musician and has played many solo concerts as well as in combinations with musicians such as David Toop, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Alex Kolkowski, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher, Ute Wasserman, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, Nicola Hein.

John Butcher

Born in Brighton and living in London, John Butcher is a saxophonist whose work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback, unusual acoustics and non-concert locations. He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with a sense of place. Resonant Spaces, for example, is a collection of performances recorded during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.
After publishing a PH.D (1982) in quantum chromodynamics, Butcher left academia and took off with music. He has since collaborated with hundreds of artists, some for many decades. To name a few: Derek Bailey, Akio Suzuki, John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Rhodri Davies, Last Dream of the Morning (with John Edwards & Mark Sanders), Steve Beresford, Matthew Shipp, Gerry Hemingway, Chris Burn, Magda Mayas, Gino Robair, Thermal (Andy Moor & Thomas Lehn), Christian Marclay, Eddie Prévost, Okkyung Lee, John Russell, Ståle Liavik Solberg and Phil Minton.
Compositions have been varied. Three for his own large ensembles at HCMF, two saxophone quartets, a piece for Futurist Intonarumori, Tarab Cuts (based on early Arabic recordings), and pieces for the London Sinfonietta and CEPRO (created for a XVI convent in Mexico City).
Butcher also values playing in occasional encounters – ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris’ London Skyscraper, Fred van Hove’s t’nonet, the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with Sophie Agnel, Joe McPhee, Keiji Haino, David Toop, Akira Sakata, Eli Keszler, John Tilbury, Fred Frith, Ute Kanngiesser, and Otomo Yoshihide.

Terry Day

Terry Day is a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s: an improviser, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet.
A self-taught musician in a family of musicians, he began improvising on the drums with his brother in 1955. In the early ‘60s he formed the Hardy Holman Day trio, focusing on free improvisation. Later he became part of the band Kilburn & the Highroads, with Ian Dury. Sharing their interest in visual art and painting they both studied at Walthamstow School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art, London. As an art student in the ‘60s he was also a pioneer of free improvisation, free jazz & experimental music.
He formed a duo with guitarist Derek Bailey in the late ´60s and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble,The People Band and, later on, Alterations with David Toop, Steve Beresford & Peter Cusack. Terry has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre. He now plays bamboo reed flutes, drums, recorders, balloons & improvises with his lyrics, prose and verse. Since 2000 he has been part of London Improvisers Orchestra. In recent years he has toured twice in both Japan and Brazil, and has performed with improvising orchestras in Malaga, Tokyo and Madrid.