Phil Minton

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Phil Minton

Phil Minton (born November 2, 1940 in Torquay , Devon , Great Britain ) is a singer of avant-garde jazz and free improvisational music who began as a jazz trumpeter . As a vocalist, he is considered to be a fixture in the scene of free improvisers with "almost unbelievable and eerie sounds for which there is nothing comparable far and wide" ( Bert Noglik ).

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Minton, whose parents were singers and who sang in the church choir, received his first trumpet lessons at the age of fifteen. Between 1959 and 1961 he played in the Brian Weldon Quintet in Devon . In 1962 he moved to London, where he worked with Mike Westbrook , whose band he played after interludes as a dance musician in Las Palmas (1964/65) and Sweden (1966 to 1971) for many programs from 1971 to 1990 (e.g. On Duke's Birthday ) and international tours. Through Westbrook he got into singing and came into contact with the avant-garde and free jazz scene in London .

In 1975 he founded the vocal quartet Voice with Julie Tippetts , Maggie Nicols and Brian Ely . From the same year he worked out a solo program. Since the 1980s he has made guest appearances in various constellations at relevant festivals around the world, initially working with Fred Frith , Roger Turner , Günter Christmann , Peter Brötzmann and Willi Kellers , later with Radu Malfatti and Phil Wachsmann ( Raphiphi ) John Zorn ( Angelica 94 ) or Tom Cora ( Roof ). At the same time he worked on film scores and recordings by Lindsay Cooper , theater productions by Mike Figgis , performances by Georg Gräwes GrubenKlangOrchester , Tony Oxley's Celebration Orchestra and multidisciplinary works by the composer Konrad Boehmer . Since 1987, the collaboration with the pianist Veryan Weston has resulted in several CDs, of which the oratorio for choir Songs from a Prison Diary , which is based on texts by Ho Chi Minh , should be mentioned in particular .

Minton was instrumental in the 1997 European premiere of Carla Bey's Escalator over the Hill as a vocal soloist. He also worked with numerous improvisation artists such as Thomas Lehn and Axel Dörner (who together form the TOOT trio ), Derek Bailey , Erhard Hirt , John Butcher and Bob Ostertag . In 1998 he sang imaginary shanties in the Berlin band Frigg . He also worked on projects by Alfred Harth ( Vladimir Estragon ), Franz Koglmann ( O Moon My Pin-Up , 1998), Klaus König , David Moss , Simon Nabatov , Paul Hubweber , Uli Böttcher ( Schnack ) and Oliver Schwerdt ( EUPHORIUM_freakestra Free Electric Supergroup , 2007) and can be heard in audio pieces by Grace Yoon , Andreas Ammer , FM Einheit and Ulrike Haage .

Performance by a Feral Choir at Club W71 , April 2011

As a choir director under the name The Feral Choir , he teaches the (often very numerous) participants in his type of improvisational singing in workshops .

His singing style is full of ecstatic moments and imaginative noise enrichment with "ludicrous and artful Röchel vocalises" (Ulrich Ohlshausen). He also performs soulful ballads . In 1988 he was recognized by Jazz Forum magazine as the best male singer in Europe. He is involved in numerous recordings.

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  1. a b quot. n. Kunzler, Jazz-Lexikon
  2. First documented on the CD A Donut In Both Hands , which was followed by A Donut in One Hand .