February 21st, 2011 | Published in Blog
Time flies. It’s been a while since any of us associated with Bang the Bore have put this much forward planning into an event, and we think it’s going to be a night to remember. When Clive and I first started talking about putting on events in Southampton, John Butcher was one of the first names we mentioned as someone we wanted to invite. I’ve been voraciously buying his CDs since reading Biba Kopf’s assessment of his Resonant Spaces tour with Akio Suzuki and the outstanding profile feature on his work in Wire #289, so getting the chance to host a performance from him in my home town is very exciting indeed.
Living in Southampton there isn’t much of a chance to watch improvisers of Butcher’s calibre, while his site specific investigations of unusual acoustic environments are a rare prospect even for Londoners who are privileged to be able to see him play relatively frequently. And in fact this is a double treat, as he’ll be playing a free lunch time concert with Bang the Bore favourite Mark Sanders in the Turner Sims earlier the same day, at 1pm.
At the time of writing we’re hoping that Simon Reynell of the superb Another Timbre label will be joining us to record the evening. Because of this, and to respect that the performance relies on close listening to what may be minute sonic details, we’re going to be a little draconian and close the door during the performances themselves. There will be a short interval between Stuart Bannisters’ performance of I Am Sitting in a Room and John Butchers’ set during which doors will be reopened, but if you want to be sure of getting in to see both then we’d recommend arriving at 8.00pm sharp. The first performance will begin between 8.15 and 8.30 and we won’t allow admittance while the performances are in progress.
Normal rowdy and irreverent service will resume at our next event, and if you can help us find a venue for that then we’d really appreciate it (email bangthebore at gmail dot com if you have any ideas on that score).