Born Torquay, 2 November 1940; Trumpet, voice.
This sample is taken from Grey suit 7
a brief solo performance recorded in a Cardiff pedestrian underpass.
- Cenotaph lasts 4.5 minutes and
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When he was 15, Phil Minton started trumpet lessons in his home town and
1959 and 1961 played with the Brian Waldron Quintet, the resident group at
Hall supporting such acts as the Ted Heath Orchestra and B Bumble and the
On moving to London he played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook
Orchestra but in 1964
/65 undertook a residency in Los Palmas, Canary Islands, singing and
playing trumpet with
the English group Jonston Macphilbry. From 1966 he lived in Sweden for five
returning to London in 1971, Phil Minton re-joined Mike Westbrook and was
in many of his projects up to 1990, touring extensively in Europe and
playing at major festivals
including Adelaide, Edinburgh, New York, Strasbourg and Berlin.
In 1974 Phil Minton began working with experimental theatre groups such as
and IOU, formed the vocal group Voice with Maggie Nicols and Julie Tippetts
in 1975, and from
1976 through the early 1980s he worked solo and in a number of improvising
duos with Fred Frith,
Roger Turner, Peter Brötzmann and with
Christmann's Vario project, touring extensively in Europe and to Russia,
the USA and
Australia. The improvising duos continued throughout the '80s with a
variety of partners and
this was mixed with more 'multi-media' work such as Konran Boermer's opera
cum figuris', Lindsay Cooper's 'Oh Moscow', Mike Figgis' theatre
productions and Sally
Potter's film 'Gold', as well as frequent guest appearances with European
orchestras. In 1988 Phil Minton was voted best Male Singer in Europe by
Veryan Weston and Phil Minton began their
collaboration in 1987 and were commissioned by
the Le Mans Festival in 1989 to write
and perform Songs from a prison diary, a composition based on the
prison writings of
Ho Chi Minh for 22 voices. The work was premiered in 1990 and performed at
Musica '91 in
Strasbourg and awarded the Cornelius Cardew Composition Prize. Further work
with Veryan Weston
has included Naming the animals with Adrian Mitchell [recorded on
Ways past]and, in 1992,
Mahkno, a piece for
eight voices commissioned by the Taklos Festival, Switzerland. The two
musicians regularly play
as a duo, including a performance at the Victoriaville Festival in Canada
in 1995, and they received
a commission from the Angelica Festival in Bologna, Italy which resulted in
Minton continues to work in a wide variety of situations and over the past
few years these
have included guest appearances with the Georg
GrubenKlangOrchester, Trio Raphiphi with
Radu Malfatti and Phil
a trio with John Butcher and Erhard Hirt,
Axon, a trio with Marcio
Martin Blume, Derek
and Tony Oxley's Celebration Orchestra (including
the performance to
celebrate Oxley's 60th birthday in 1998. In 1993 he received an
Arts Council Bursary for river run, a composition for voice, piano,
reed instruments inspired by the works of James Joyce. This group, the Phil
or, alternatively, 'river run', has turned into a (moderately) regularly
with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John
Butcher. The Quartet toured Europe in
1996, appeared at the Victoriaville Festival in 1997, touring Germany the
same year, undertook an Arts Council-
supported tour of the UK in 1998 and appeared at the Vand'Oeurve Festival,
and in 1999 played concerts in the US.
In 1994, Phil Minton began the 'Feral Choir' project in Stockholm and
Berlin and the 'Giving Voice' Festival in
Cardiff, a series of workshops and rehearsals of compositions specially
written for participating performers.
In the same year he also toured the US with Bob Ostertag's electronic
piece, Say no more. This started
life as separate improvisations recorded independently and with no external
guidance by Minton, Mark Dresser and
Gerry Hemingway (with Joey Barron also in at the beginning, subsequently
dropping out). Bob Ostertag then used an
Ensoniq EPS16+ sampler and a Digidesign Protools Recording system to
explode these solos into fragments and create a
band piece from the splinters. This was recorded as Say no more. Ostertag
then created a score of the compositions he had created on computer and
gave this together with the computer-generated
recording back to the musicians asking them to learn their parts for live
performance. These parts were rehearsed and
toured and formed the second CD, Say no more in person. The
stage - released as Verbatim - consists of the live
exploded and reformed by Ostertag in his computer; the final version
consisted of live interpretations of these
secondary splinters and was premiered at the Taktlos Festival in
Switzerland in March 1996, and appeared as
Verbatim, flesh and
blood. Phil Minton and Bob Ostertag also
performed in duo in London in September 1996, a fragment of which has been
released on a compilation Resonance CD. They
also toured Verbatim the same year and undertook European and
Japanese tours in 1998.
In 1995 Minton appeared at the
'Voices of the world' festival in Copenhagen with Roger Turner and went on
a European tour with Tom
Cora. The association with Cora evolved through 1996 with a tour and
recording of the quartet Roof (Minton, Cora, Luc Ex, Michael
Vatcher), into 1997 and 1998 through further quartet tours, ending with
Cora's untimely death. Since then, Veryan Weston has
made up the quartet, now called 4 Walls and they toured in Europe in 1999.
Radio broadcasts continue apace, particularly in contintental Europe; for
example, in 1996 a portrait of Minton's work
was created by Grace Yoon for SWF and SFB in Germany. He also continues to
appear in less freely-improvised musical surroundings
such as taking lead vocal in Carla Bley's revival of Escalator over the
hill at the Köln Festival in 1997 then
taking this on a European tour the following year, appearing in Franz
Koglmann's composition O moon my pin-up in 1997,
and the revival of Blake's Bright as fire with Mike Westbrook in
1996 and 1997.
The mid-1990s onward have seen him as a moderately frequent visitor to
Russian and Eastern European countries: a 1994
appearance at the Urals New Jazz Festival, a tour of Lapland with Roger
Turner and Arne Forsen in 1995 plus an
appearance at the Vocal Jazz Festival Novosibirsk in Siberia, and in 1999 a
short solo tour of Russia taking in Leningrad,
Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. He also tours Japan, including a 1998 tour with
Sabu Toyozumi and other Japanese musicians and vocal
workshops in Tokyo.
Dutton, Paul (1996), Phil Minton: the sound of colour. Coda
magazine, no. 269,
(September/October), pp. 8-11.
- 1969, Up
Umeå, Blue Tower BTCD 07. Phil Minton Quartet.
- 1972, Solid gold Cadillac, RCA SF 8311/BGOCD471.
- 1973, Brain damage, RCA SF 8365/BGOCD471. Solid Gold Cadillac.
- 1975, Mike Westbrook plays for the record,
Transatlantic TRA 312.
- 1975, Welfare State/Lol Coxhill, Virgin/Caroline C1514.
- 1975/1980, A doughnut in both hands, Rift3/Emanem 4025.
- 1976, Voice, Ogun OG110. With Julie Tippetts, Maggie
Nichols, Brian Eley.
- 1977/1978, Goose sauce, Original Records ORA 001. Mike
- 1978, Of queues and cures, Spalax SPA 14830. National
- 1979, Mama Chicago, RCA PL 25252. Mike Westbrook.
- 1979, Rags/The goldiggers, ReR LCD. Lindsay Cooper.
- 1980, Bright as fire, Original Records ORA 003. Mike
- 1981, Voice of America, Rift 4. Bob Ostertag/Fred Frith/Phil Minton.
- 1981, The Paris album, Polydor 2655008. Mike Westbrook.
- 1981/1982, A doughnut in both hands, Emanem 4025.
- 1982, The cortege, Original Records ORA 309/Enja
7087-22. Mike Westbrook.
- 1983, Couscous,
nato 157. Lol Coxhill.
- 1983/1985, Vario,
Moers Music 02048. Three pieces on Vario LP.
- 1983/85/86, Sirens and silences/Work resumed on the tower/Letters home, ReR NfB. News from Babel.
- 1984, Ammo, Leo
LR 116. Duo with Roger Turner.
- 1984, Ammo, Golden Years of New Jazz GY 22. Duo with Roger Turner.
- 1984, On Duke's birthday, Hat Art 2012/6021; HatOLOGY 635. Mike
- 1984/1985/1986, The Berlin
Station, FMP SAJ 57.
- 1986, Ruff, Leo
LR 138. The Ferrals with Roger Turner, Hugh Davies and Alan Tomlinson.
- 1986/1987, Plan Eden, Creative Works CW 1008. With Alfred
Harth, Günter Müller, Hans Anliker, Andreas Bosshart.
- 1988, IRMA,
Matchless MR16. AMM plus soloists.
- 1988/89, Songs and
variations, Hat Art CD 6028. Recordings of the GrubenKlangOrchester.
- 1989, Off Abbey Road, Tip Toe 888805. Mike Westbrook.
- 1989, Oh Moscow,
Victo cd015. Lindsay Cooper.
- 1989, Monads, Reel Estate RECD9002. Pat Thomas.
- 1990, Trio Raphiphi,
- 1991, Concert
works, Random Acoustics RA 003.
- 1991, Songs from a prison diary, Leo CD LR 196.
- 1991, State of Volgograd, FMP CD 57.
- 1991, AngelicA
91, CAICAI 001. Three pieces by 'Ways' + one trio.
- 1991/1992, Cactuscrackling, FOR 4 EARS
- 1991/1995, GoTo,
Sans Soleil. With Ulrike Haage and FM Einheit.
- 1992, Spirits
rejoice, Ogun OGCD101. The Dedication Orchestra.
- 1992, Flavours,
fragments, ITM Classics 950014. Georg Graewe's
- 1992, Ways, ITM
1420. Duo with Veryan Weston.
- 1992, Ways past, ITM
1468. Duo with Veryan Weston.
- 1992, Brain weather,
ReR BJRCD2. Jon Rose's story of the Rosenbergs.
- 1992, Sahara dust,
Intakt CD 029. Lindsay Cooper.
- 1993, Perceptions,
Random Acoustics RA 008.
- 1993, Radio Inferno, Rough Trade Records 197. 1598.2/Reihe EGO 203.
- 1993/1994, Half a
lifetime, Unit Records UTR 4068. Two tracks on double CD with
Fredy Studer and Christy Doran.
- 1993, Dada da, Leo
CD LR 192. Duo with Roger Turner.
- 1993, muntmunt,
Blue Tower CD04. Duo with Christian Munthe.
- 1993, Play the music of Jimi Hendrix, Intuition INT 2134. With Christy Doran/Fredy Studer/Django Bates/Amin Ali.
- 1993, Say no
more, RecDec 59. Bob Ostertag's manipulations.
- 1993, Apollo and Marsyas, Apollo Records ACD 090217/8. Trio track of Butcher/Minton/Hirt on compilation CD.
- 1994, Nightmare, Impetus IMP CD
29831. Single track on Lindsay Cooper disc.
- 1994, Say no more in
person, Transit 444444. Bob Ostertag's virtual group playing live.
- 1994, AngelicA
1994, CAICAI 006. Short duos with John Zorn and John Oswald, plus
a longer ensemble piece.
- 1994, The enchanted
messenger, Soul Note 121284. The Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra.
- 1995, AngelicA 1995,
A1 007. Four pieces by Ways Past + one large group.
- 1995, Two concerts,
FMP OWN 90006. Minton Butcher Hirt.
- 1995, Techno mit
störungen, Plag Dich nicht 002. Jon Rose.
- 1995, Bad Minton, Long Arms Records CDLA 98020. Track on Russian compilation CD.
- 1996, Mouthful of
ecstasy, Victo cd041. Phil Minton Quartet.
- 1996, The untraceable
cigar, Red Note 04. Roof, with Tom Cora, Luc Ex and Michael
- 1996, Verbatim,
Rastascan BRD 029. The second version of Bob Ostertag's virtual group.
- 1996, Perks, ReR JR3.
Jon Rose's interactive badminton game.
- 1996, Improvisation, Resonance 51. Duo with Bob
Ostertag, recorded live in London.
- 1996, A doughnut in one
hand, FMP CD 91. Solo.
- 1997, My Chelsea,
Rectangle REC-MCA. Lol Coxhill/Phil Minton/Noël Akchoté.
- 1997, Xmas songs,
Rectangle REC-N. Lol Coxhill/Phil Minton/Noël Akchoté.
- 1997, Time
stories, Intakt CD 054. David Moss.
- 1997, Vocal village project, Intakt CD 068. David Moss.
- 1997, Trace,
Red Note 7. Roof. One track issued on Hallelujah, anyway: remembering Tom Cora, on Tzadik TZ 7602.
- 1997, O moon my pin-up,
HatOLOGY 566. Franz Koglmann.
- 1998, Verbatim, flesh
and blood, SeeLand 512/Rastascan BRD 035. The final version of Bob
Ostertag's virtual group.
- 1998?, As it happened,
WIMprovijf CD 310399. With André Goudbeek Quartet.
- 1999, Slamfest, SLAMCD 405. Duo with Jim Dvorak on compilation 2-disc set.
- 1999, Nature morte, Leo Records CD LR 310. Simon Nabatov Quartet.
- 1999, Apples of Gomorrah, GROB 429. Butcher/Minton duo.
- 1999/2002, Ways out east, ways out west, Intakt CD 097. Minton/Weston.
- 2000, Relay eight, 2:13 Music CD011.
- 2000/01, And the world aint square, Red Note 9. 4 Walls.
- 2001, Freedom of the city 2001: small groups, Emanem 4205.
- 2001, ”(for) friends and neighbo(u)rs“, Concepts of doing 008/Edition Explico 12. Minton/Christmann.
- 2001, .....past, IDA 018. Minton/Weston.
- 2002, Pasta variations, SOFA 509. No spaghetti edition.
- 2002, London duos and trios, Intakt CD 081. Hans Koch.
- 2002, Mopomoso solos 2002, Emanem 4100. Chris Burn/Lol Coxhill/John Edwards/Phil Minton/John Russell.
- 2002, q, For 4 Ears CD 1551. Poire_z + Phil Minton.
- 1998-2003, Drainage, Emanem 4211. Minton/Turner duo.
- 2003, One, SOFA 518. Toot.
- 2003, Five men singing, Victo cd092. Jaap Blonk/Koichi Makigami/Paul Dutton/Phil Minton/David Moss
- 2003, Which side are you on, Red Note 11. 4Walls.
- 2003, Activity Center/Phil Minton, absinthRecords 006.
- 2003, The concert: live at Total Music Meeting 2003, a/l/l 008. King Übü Örchestrü.
- 2004, Freedom of the city 2004: small groups, Emanem 4214.
- 2004, Constant comments, FMR CD156-i1204. Axon.
- 2004, A few incidences, Leo Records CD LR 446. Simon Nabatov Octet.
- 2004, Nippara·Tokyo, Austin Record ARR-0017. Phil Minton/Yagihashi Tsukasa/Sato Yukie/Higo Hiroshi.
- 2005, Spin networks, psi 07.05. fORCH.
- 2005, Equals, psi 08.02. FURT plus.
- 2005, Alive at sonorités, émouvance 1027. Daunik Lazro/Phil Minton.
- 2005, The enigma carols, Recorded 019.
- 2005, Palatially palpable, Recorded 020. Scott Moore.
- 2005, Live at Hull Art Lab, Poot #42. Minton/Turner.
- 2005/06, Fat fish, DATA:061. Sean Bergin's Song Mob.
- 2005/08, Two, Another timbre at14. Toot.
- 2006, 2006 Duos, Emanem 4137. Terry Day.
- 2006, Slur, Emanem 4140. Phil Minton Quartet.
- 2006, Tasting, Another timbre at02. Sophie Agnel/Phil Minton.
- 2007, No doughnuts in hand, Emanem 4148. Solo.
- 2008, Backchats, Creative Sources CS149. Speak Easy.
- 2008, Speak Easy, Panrec DVD. A film by Pavel Borodin.
- 2009, Midhopestones, Another timbre at19. Rhodri Davies/Michel Doneda/Louisa Martin/Phil Minton/Lee Patterson.
- 2009, Unlimited 23, Panrec PANDVD04P. A film by Pavel Borodin; includes performance by Speak Easy and a duo of Phil Minton with dieb13.
- 2009, Anicca, Dancing Wayang Records DWR006. Duo with Okkyung Lee.
- 2010, By the stream, Subrosa SR310. Duo with Audrey Chen.
- 2011, Phil Minton/Dylan Nyoukis, Ptomata Kato Ap'To Krevati/Phase! PHR-95/MAFIA-01.
- 2011, Just not cricket! Three days of British improvised music in Berlin, NI-VU-NI-CONNU nvnc-lp001/004. Tom Arthurs/Steve Beresford/Tony Bevan/Matthew Bourne/Gail Brand/Lol Coxhill/Rhodri Davies/John Edwards/Shabaka Hutchings/Dominic Lash/Phil Minton/Eddie Prévost/Orphy Robinson/Mark Sanders/Alex Ward/Trevor Watts.