Duo Butcher / Binder

Claudia Ulla Binder p
John Butcher sax

John and I met in 1984 when he was part of the trio Russell/Durrant/Butcher and I was playing my very first concerts with violinist Ma-Lou Bangerter. We travelled through England in November 1984 and fortunately I was still young and found it quite easy to sit on the floor to reach the strings of the (very bad) pianos.

In the nineties I founded the Kwatz-Sextet, with John, Doro Schürch (voc), Stevie Wishart (violin and hurdy-gurdy), Roger Turner (dr), Alfred Zimmerlin (vcl) and me.

In 2005 we got together again to play at the jazz club moods in Zürich. It was funny how Daniel Schneider from the club booked us because he said he loved our duo Cd which did not exist at that time. 2007 we played in Biel at the Ear We Are festival. The long due Duo-CD has finally been recorded at the Radio Studio in Zürich and appeared on nuscope records in March 2010.


In the second part of the evening, British tenor and soprano player John Butcher-by the way a doctor of atomic physics- showed to be a congenial duo-partner for the pianist. He is also interested in finding out new sounds and for wide parts of the evening he projected the most unsusal polyphonic sounds, birdlike chirps, soundless effects and Perpetua mobilia produced by circular breathing into the room.

Nick Liebmann (NZZ)

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