John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden working with synthesizers, electronics and sometimes pipe organs to explore his own personalised compositional and improvisational strategies — working with and against the specific systems inherent in his chosen tools.
His most recent LP — Which Way To Leave? (ROOM40) — charts an unpredictable, highly dynamic course through distorted washes of masses harmonics and passages of spare, alien beauty. This follows Still Light, Outside (1703 Skivbolaget) — an extended suite that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the pipe organ’s register with striking explosions of colour; massed chords shot through with heavy distortion and electronics that operate according to their own dream logic.
“Strikingly Beautiful” — The Guardian
Originally from Australia he spent a decade in London before moving to Sweden where he directs a small festival for ‘other music’ in Stockholm called Edition. The ‘Second Edition’ takes place in February 2017 at Fylkingen, Musikaliska, Tyska Kyrkan and Reaktorhallen.
Current Group Projects
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.
Trio with Seymour Wright (alto sax) and Steve Noble (drums/percussion)
Trio formation with two of the most singular instrumentalists from the UK.
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