About


John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden.

He mostly works with synthesizers and electronics to create unpredictable, highly dynamic music where passages of spare, alien beauty bridge held chords, saturated in harmonic distortion. In 2019 he started building a system for performance consisting of multiple battery powered synthesizer/speaker things that can be variably suspended, swung, spun and set in locations without depending on the typical concert/club infrastructure and classical modes of performer/audience interaction.

His most recent solo recording ‘Tomorrow is too late’ (October 2019, ROOM40) was originally commissioned by INA GRM for the 2018 Présences Électronique festival in Paris. In 2020 he released recordings of two ongoing collaborations: a duo with saxophonist Johannes Lund (Andersabo) and a trio with drummer Steve Noble and saxophonist Seymour Wright (Atlantis).

Originally from Australia he spent a decade in London before moving to Sweden in 2014 where he directs a small annual festival for ‘other music’ in Stockholm called Edition. The ‘Fifth Edition’ is provisionally scheduled for early August 2020 2021 February 2022.

Current Group Projects

John Chantler & Johannes Lunds

Duo with Johannes Lunds 

A duo for saxophone and synthesizer. Johns/John lock into a series of cycles and frequency systems that while loosely in the tradition of the patterned saxophony and accompanying string drone of La Monte Young and the Theatre of Eternal Dream Music’s B Flat Dorian Blues obliterates the instrumental hierarchy that Young espouses for an altogether more unknowable intensity of experience.

Photo: Lars Jönsson

Trio with Seymour Wright (alto sax) and Steve Noble (drums/percussion)

Trio formation with two of the most singular instrumentalists from the UK.

Photo: Heiko Purnhagen

email: John [at} edition-festival {dot] com

twitter: @johnchantler

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