Epistrophy Arts presents
John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Gino Robair Trio
Friday, Jun 1. 2012 9PM
110 E. 52nd St. Austin, Texas map
$13 advance tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
$16 at the door
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"In the hands of London improvisor John Butcher, the saxophone can sound like anything, from a peice of hollowed out brass baubled with pads and valves to a hermetically sealed feedback system, a minature sound enviroment teeming with ever-evolving note forms, or a huge echo chamber inflicting dub scale damage on every breath." - Wire
"Robair is an enormously talented percussionist, with a thorough-going musicality and an instinct for the unexpected." - The Penguin Guide to Jazz
"Thomas L**n’s ancient analogue synthesizer is an honestly electronic sound source, but he plays it with pianistic animation, a responsive improviser in an ever-shifting, fluid and powerful music." Stuart Broomer, Coda Magazine
Winner of the 2011 Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for his work as a composer, John Butcher has arguably achieved more than any other contemporary saxophonist in redefining the limitations of the instrument and extending the contexts in which it can find relevance. Through free improvisation, open composition, multi-tracked studio experiments, use of feedback and site specific performances that exploit the acoustic idiosyncrasies of unique environments he has broadened the range of the instrument into previously unheard territories of timbre, polyphony and resonance. Over the last thirty years he has played with AMM, Derek Bailey, Polwechsel, Fred Frith, John Stevens, The Ex, Christian Marclay and hundred more;http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/
Gino Robair (Bay Area, CA)
Improviser, percussionist and composer Gino Robair has performed and recorded with many of the most consistently adventurous musicians working today, including Tom Waits, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith and Terry Riley. His opera, I, Norton, has been performed throughout North American and Europe; he has composed for the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, gamelan, MTV, Comedy Central and the CBS animated series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat; and he is one of the ‘twenty five innovative percussionists’ included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001).
Thomas Lehn (Koln, Germany)
He studied recording engineering and piano at the Music Academy of Detmold, classical piano at the Music Academy of Cologne, and jazz piano with Frank Wunsch and Francis Coppieters. In the 1980s he took part on courses of Studio for pianistic interpretation held by Prof. Jürgen Uhde. Since that time he has been active as a performer of both contemporary music and classical piano repertoire.
For the past twenty years, his major and widely known work has been performing and producing live-electronic music. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields and based on his background as a pianist, he has developed an individual ‘language’ of electronic music.
The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers from the late 1960s, particularly the EMS Synthi A. The specific character of this modular instrument allows him to spontaneously act and react in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process. Lehn has recorded with Marcus Schmickler, Keith Rowe, Phil Minton, Phil Durrant, Radu Malfatti, Axel Dörner, Cor Fuhler,Gerry Hemingway, Andy Moor of The Ex, and is a member of the electronic orchestra M.I.M.E.O.
Epistrophy Arts is funded in part by individual contributions and the City of Austin under the auspices of the Arts Commission.