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John Butcher

The Very Fabric

CD (included a 4-panel thick paper sleeve)
Limited edition of 300
Out on July 16, 2023
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  1. Shimmers of Connect i (4:52)
  2. Shimmers of Connect ii (4:41)
  3. Shimmers of Connect iii (4:38)
  4. Sympathetic Magic (concrete) (6:37)
  5. Elusive Sidestep (6:06)
  6. Signs and Symptoms (3:46)
  7. Far Flung (3:33)
  8. Summer Incantation (1:42)
  9. Very Hush-Hush (4:02)
  10. Laval (2:39)
  11. On Springs (3:37)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 3
    mp3 excerpt: track 5
    mp3 excerpt: track 8
    mp3 excerpt: track 11

John Butcher: tenor and soprano saxophones (feedback on track 4)

Recorded in the Bronshoj Water Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 17, 2022
Engineer: Jesper Hviid
Inside photograph by Thomas Buhl-Wiggers
Design by John Butcher and Cathy Fishman; from the tower's 1928 architectural drawings
Thanks to Thomas Buhl-Wiggers, Emil Kragh-Schwarz, Julie Buhl-Wiggers, Rune Brink Hansen, and Jesper Hviid

The Brønshøj Vandtårn is a concrete water tower, built almost a hundred years ago in the suburbs of Copenhagen. It's 20m wide and 34m high - smaller than some similar shapes I've played in, but with a large, lingering reverberation. Some sounds seem to float away as if through liquid, others acquire a shifting haze, and some just prefer to sit around. Thomas Buhl-Wiggers, of the Cejero festival and label, kindly invited me to play there in the summer of 2022 and arranged for Jesper Hviid to spend the day inside, recording these pieces.

The very resonant spaces I've worked in before include a giant gazometer, a hollowed-out Japanese mountain, an underground reservoir, a Victorian mausoleum and a massive World War II oil tank. I'm still fascinated by how different these massive environments all sounded and felt. They each inspired different approaches in trying to find the music for the actual space, and this recent experience within the extraordinary Brønshøj water tower was no exception. (John Butcher)

British saxophone player John Butcher, a leading figure on the contemporary improvised music scene, has released several CDs on Ftarri labels in which he performs with other musicians, including Rhodri Davies, Akio Suzuki, Eddie Prevost and John Russell. But The Very Fabric is Butcher’s first solo album release on a Ftarri label (Hitorri).

Last updated: July 7, 2023

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