Review: The Apophonics at Cafe Oto

The Apophonics at Cafe Oto; John Butcher, John Edwards, Gino Robair
Drawing by Geoffrey Winston. © 2013. All Rights Reserved


The Apophonics at Cafe Oto
(27 November 2013. Review and drawings by Geoff Winston)


The Apophonics gave a captivating recital at Cafe Oto on 27 November. John Butcher (saxes), John Edwards (bass) and Gino Robair (percussion) dived into a liminal, marginal zone.

Butcher fluttered the keys, tapped the top of the tenor sax, found feedback, flicked in and out of jazz, blasted the soprano sax. Edwards revealed gems in the bits of the stand-up bass that don't always get played, used the bow to describe tension as well as facilitate it, left it stuck in the strings - made crunchy, searing sounds. Robair, with the prestidigitateur's sleight of hand, waved cloths over the cymbals, dropped them on to the toms, clinked the floor, blew on to the drum kit, manhandled and bowed a misshapen metal sheet, swapped fine sticks for hands.

The trio gave the impression of electrons bouncing off each other in controlled, near-random activity - each maintaining its shape and integrity, irrespective of the velocity or scale of impact of individual collisions.

Here are few sketches done at the time.


The Apophonics at Cafe Oto; John Butcher, John Edwards, Gino Robair
Drawing by Geoffrey Winston. © 2013. All Rights Reserved



The Apophonics at Cafe Oto; John Butcher, John Edwards, Gino Robair
Drawing by Geoffrey Winston. © 2013. All Rights Reserved



The Apophonics at Cafe Oto; John Butcher and John Edwards
Drawing by Geoffrey Winston. © 2013. All Rights Reserved


Their new album is reviewed by Andy Boeckstaens, HERE
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