Dutton–Neuringer Duo

The duo of Paul Dutton and Keir Neuringer is a collaborative exploration of the outer boundaries of human oral expression and saxophone technique. The two complement each other’s artistry in a sustained flow of musical ideas and aesthetic constructs that reaches extremes of tension and restraint, and is by turns challenging, diverting, and exhilarating.

Soundsinger Paul Dutton contributes venturesome oral pyrotechnics developed over a decades-long career, drawing on every sound a mouth can make, from simple breath and phonic effects to sophisticated overtone and multiphonic singing, and adds some outré harmonica playing. Saxophonist Keir Neuringer meets Dutton with a personal, energetic technique that draws on diverse musicmaking traditions, often sounding “as if he’s eviscerating the metal and splintering his reed as he plays” (Ken Waxman, Jazzword).

Photo: Elizabeth Daly
Photo: Elizabeth Daly [click on photo for hi-res]
Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Paul Dutton is among the world’s leading exponents of oral sound art, a pioneering artist who helped redefine the musical potential of human utterance in recent decades. In a soundsinging career of over forty years, he has performed solo and ensemble in concert and on recordings, touring throughout North America and Europe, and into South America, appearing in festivals, clubs, concert halls, and galleries. He was a member of The Four Horsemen poetry performance group (1970–88) and has been in the free-improvisation quartet CCMC since 1989. His remains active in other collaborations of varying duration, including numerous ad hoc alliances.

Keir Neuringer composes and improvises acoustic and electronic music, writes sociopolitical performance texts and essays, and creates interdisciplinary artworks, all with the aim of bringing audiences into a state of emotional and intellectual curiosity that meets the conditions for meaningful dialogue with, and transformation of, the culture at large. He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to solo saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text. He travels widely to present his work, and has been an active participant in the experimental music scenes in Philadelphia, Krakow, The Hague, and Amsterdam.