November 2, 1940 (age 83) Torquay, England (
Free improvisation, Avant-garde jazz
Voice of America, Midhopestones, Apples of Gomorrah
Emanem Records, FMP/Free Music Production
Mike Westbrook, Veryan Weston, Roger Turner
John Butcher, Lol Coxhill, Rhodri Davies, Fred Frith, David Moss
Phil Minton & John Russell Duo 18-05-14
Phil Minton (b. 2 November 1940, Torquay, United Kingdom) is a jazz/free-improvising vocalist and trumpeter.
- Phil Minton John Russell Duo 18 05 14
- The feral voice phil minton s feral choir in cologne
- Selected discography
Minton is a highly dramatic baritone who tends to specialize in literary texts: he has sung lyrics by William Blake with Mike Westbrook's group, Daniil Kharms and Joseph Brodsky with Simon Nabatov, and extracts from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake with his own ensemble. He even once participated in a Jimi Hendrix tribute project, belting out the lyrics in particular over-the-top fashion. Between 1987 and 1993 Minton toured Europe, North America and Russia with Lindsay Cooper's Oh Moscow ensemble.
He is perhaps best known, however, for his completely free-form work, which involves "extended techniques" that can be as unsettling as they can be mesmerising. His vocals often include the sounds of retching, burping, screaming, and gasping, as well as childlike muttering, whining, crying and humming; he also has an ability to distort his vocal cords to produce two notes at once. As the DJ/poet Kenneth Goldsmith has described it:
Minton's most frequent improvising companions are the pianist Veryan Weston and the drummer Roger Turner, but over the years he has worked with most of the improvising musicians in the European scene. Unlike some first-generation free improvisers, he has also become a frequent participant in the so-called electroacoustic improvisation (EAI) scene.
The feral voice phil minton s feral choir in cologne
Since 1965 Minton has performed on over a hundred different vinyl record and CD releases.