Barrett, Butcher, Turner, improvised music, 7 September

One for your next week:



8pm, £6 / £4

Small But Perfectly Formed presents an evening of improvised music

John Butcher, saxophones

Richard Barrett, live electronics

Roger Turner, percussion

New trio plays for the first time in London.


Adam Linson, double bass

Solo, real time processing and sampling


129 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 7QG

Tube: Finsbury Park

Buses: 4, 29, 153, 259, 254…


John Butcher leads an almost scientific survey of the sonic possibilities of the saxophone being in his studio work or in live while performing improvisation or compositions. He has performed with countless international improvisers and is hard to avoid in festivals across the world. John’s also performed twice this year along the film Screen Play by Christian Marclay.


Richard Barrett‘s work encompasses both composition and improvisation, ranging from chamber music to innovative uses of live electronics and collaborations with visual artists.

Recent projects include NO, commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered in February 2005 at the Barbican Hall in London and Illuminer le Temps for ensemble, premiered by MusikFabrik in Cologne in March 2006.

Richard Barrett also continues his nineteen-year collaboration with Paul Obermayer in the electronic duo FURT and performs regularly with vocalist Ute Wassermann, saxophonist Evan Parker, bassist Adam Linson, cellist Arne Deforce and numerous ensembles from both compositional and improvisational areas.


Roger Turner has worked in ad hoc and group collaborations with Toshinori Kondo, Derek Bailey, Trio’z with Carlos Zingaro and Tom Cora, Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Otomo Yoshihide, Shelley Hirsch, Joëlle Léandre; Keith Rowe; Wolfgang Fuchs and many others.

Collaborations with film-makers and image projection include work with Martin Klapper & Chikako Oyama and music for dance includes work with Alexander Frangenheim’s concepts of doing (Stuttgart); Matthew Hawkins Company (London); Carlos Zingaro’s Encontros projects (Lisbon & Macau, China).



Double Bassist Adam Linson, originally from Los Angeles, lives since 1999 in Berlin where he designed and programmed his own interactive software for the real time integration of signal processing and sampling into live musical performance. His solo and duet electro-acoustic works have been presented at several concert series and festivals across Europe including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Linson has performed with Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, Philipp Wachsmann, Agustí Fernandez, Lawrence Casserley, Aleks Kolkowski, Axel Dörner, Jon Rose…


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