Music Program

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Resurrection Music

John Butcher / Rhodri Davies Duo


Presented at:

Hallwalls and Resurrection Music present:

Sunday, September 14th at 8:00 p.m.
John Butcher/Rhodri Davies Duo
Hallwalls' Black-n-Blue Theatre

John Butcher (soprano/tenor saxophones)
Rhodri Davies (harp)

John Butcher lives in London and began playing saxophone professionally in the early 80s. He initially worked in jazz, contemporary dance and music theatre. At this time he was completing his research in Physics with a doctorate on the
theoretical properties of charmed quarks.

"In the world of saxophone music, players using extended techniques to make unusual sounds with the horn are common, but few have established a voice
as original as John Butcher's. His saxophone acts as an extension of his own voice as he employs such techniques as growling and flutter tonguing to
make his saxophone talk, sing, cry, whisper and laugh. What is more impressive is how he has incorporated all of this into a musical language that is both
complicated and accessible. One of the central figures in Europe's avant-garde music scene."

Rhodri Davies is a freelance musician based in London.
A versatile harpist, his experience spans solo, concerto, orchestral, chamber, session, pop, background music and West End musicals. He is one of the few harpists working in the field of free improvisation and is widely acclaimed for developing a new and exciting voice for the harp. He frequently performs in festivals across Europe, America and Canada. He is accompanist to the young soprano Charlotte Church, with whom he has performed across the world. Rhodri has recorded numerous CDs to critical acclaim and made several appearances on television, radio and video.
Born in Aberystwyth, Wales in 1971, Rhodri has played the harp since the age of seven. He gained a BMus (Hons) from Sheffield University, a Masters from Huddersfield University and a Postgraduate Certificate from Trinity College of Music, London. He has studied harp with Frank Sternefeld, Charlotte Seale, Hugh Webb and Sioned Williams.
He teaches harp at The Latymer Music Centre and specialises in improvisation workshops for COMA, universities and music colleges.

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