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live at Curious Ear

by Gaudenz Badrutt+Phil Durrant

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Gaudenz Badrutt internal feedback, FX, livesampling (LiSa)
Phil Durrant semi-modular synths

Phil and Gaudenz started working together during Gaudenz Badrutt’s first London residency in 2021 and continued with his second residency in 2022. Together they curated and organised a number of concerts at the Hundred Years Gallery and Iklectik in London. The Iklectik concerts, Overtones and Undertones #1 and #2, featured musicians such as Steve Beresford, Hans Koch, Graham Dunning a.o.
In addition to these concerts Durrant and Badrutt rehearsed together regularly. This concert in Manchester was a culmination of their collaborative process; with thanks to the Landis+Gyr Foundation.

Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts. As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was a key proponent of the "group voice approach" style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.
Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts with Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, and Gaudenz Badrutt using either a semi-modular synthesizer system or a system utilising amplified objects & electronics.
As an acoustic or electric mandolinist, he has been performing duos with guitarists Martin Vishnick, and Daniel Thompson. He also performs in trios with Maggie Nicols and Emil Karlsen, Olie Brice and Andrew Lysle as well as Marjolaine Charbin and Jackie Walduck.
Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN as well as the international electronic ensemble MIMEO with Keith Rowe, Kaff Matthews, Thomas Lehn a.o. With Mark Wastell, Steve Beresford and David Toop, he is involved in a new audio/visual project celebrating the work of the celebrated Scottish artist, Alan Davie.

Gaudenz Badrutt began his musical life as a pianist specialising in contemporary classical music and for the past 20 years he has worked as an electronic musician in the field of improvised electroacoustic music.
He is currently best known as an improvising musician using computers (sampling) and various other electronic apparatus such as usual distortion devices, no-input-mixing or modular-synthesizer. Filigree, minimal noises, drones and dense structures are key characteristics of his music. Central to Badrutt’s activities are collaborations such as the duo with Jonas Kocher (accordion), the duo with Hans Koch (clarinet, soprano saxophone), and the trio with Koch and Kocher as well as the working-band duo strøm with Christian Müller (electronics). In the last few years, solo performances have become important too. He is further occupied in the fields of electronic composition, sound & video installation, and video.
Gaudenz Badrutt has collaborated with Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Ilia Belorukov, Phil Durrant, Tasos Stamou, Morishige Yasumune, Michael Thieke, Alexander Markvart, Strotter Inst., Michael Vorfeld, Bryan Eubanks, Stephan Thut, Toshimaru Nakamura, Diatribes et al. with concerts at home and abroad.
His current projects include a Trio with Jean-Luc Guionnet and Frantz Loriot; the Baldrian Quartet (with Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Jonas Kocher); Quintett (with Jacques Demierre, Urs Leimgruber, Daniel Studer, Alfred Zimmerlin); and Social Insects (a duo with Hand Koch).
Gaudenz Badrutt lives in Biel (Switzerland).


released April 9, 2023

recorded 09 December 2022 at Curious Ear, St Margaret's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester

with thanks to David Birchall and Richard Harrison
recorded and mixed by Gaudenz Badrutt
mastered by Ilia Belorukov

photograph by Phil Durrant


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