Thrilled to present an extremely rare solo percussion set from Keiji Haino, followed by a mouthwatering duo with saxophonist John Butcher – the first time the pair have performed together in the UK.
Haino – the dark enigma of the Japanese avant-garde – has played a couple of incendiary, sold out shows at OTO in the past year and always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of harmonics, multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback.
“What shone through the entire, hour-long performance was the sheer beauty of Keiji Haino’s vision. It doesn’t matter if he’s mauling a guitar, hovering over an air synth or shredding his throat with that punishing vocal style, he’s always himself, always focused and always able to transport his audience.” – Joseph Burnett, London Ears, review of Haino’s 2012 OTO performance.