Chris Burn began playing trumpet at the age of 6 and continues to do so today. (His first professional concert was as a member of the off stage brass in a Guildford Philharmonic performance of Belshazzar’s Feast.) In many of the earlier groups that he played in, such as the Chris Burn Group, he did so as both pianist and trumpeter. Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s he continued to perform on trumpet on an occasional basis: He played trumpet on a single track on both Fonetiks and Navigations and his playing was heard on part of ‘Ensemble’s’ concert in Victoriaville, 1998.
From the mid ’90s a regular duo with Matt Hutchinson on electronics and synthesiser, encouraged him to perform on trumpet on a more regular basis. His brass playing was often heard at the Red Rose Theatre and other London venues. He participated in early rehearsals of the London Improvisers Orchestra and took part in the recording of their first CD ‘Proceedings’. Matt Hutchinson and Burn played in their synthesiser and trumpet duo at the 2002 Freedom of the City Festival, Conway Hall London. Their performance formed part of the EMANEM CD of small groups from the festival; EMANEM 4210.
In 2008, 2010 and 2011, 2012 and 2013, Burn played trumpet in John Russell’s Quaqua festivals at the Vortex, London. June 2012 saw the release of a CDr on BEAD by Matt Hutchinson and Chris Burn of material they recorded in 2003 and 2005. 'Untuning the Sky' , BEAD SPECIAL 09 can be purchased from this site - go to the 'get in touch' banner, - or from the BEAD web site.
A revised version of 'loe music', recorded in April 2012 by Chris Burn can be heard on Sound Cloud. The piece for trumpet solo is intended to be a companion piece to some works by the Cornish artist, Peter Lanyon. He performed the piece during the 'Soaring Flight' exhibition at the Courtauld gallery, autumn 2015. A major work is planned for 2016.
Two exerpts from 'Untuning the Sky'. Matt Hutchinson -Synthesiser and Electronics, Chris Burn - Trumpet.
photo credit; Jenny Gallego
Alison Blunt - Violin. Chris Burn - Trumpet. Fete Quaqua 2013.
photo credit Kostos Chondros
Matt Hutchinson - Synthesiser and Electronics,
Chris Burn - Trumpet. Freedom of the City Festival 2002. Part of Emanem FOTC small groups 2002.
"One unexpected highlight of the festival was Chris Burn's turn on the trumpet in duet with synth-player Matt Hutchinson; it provides the most sheerly entertaining music on this set, a crumbling comic dialogue that gets ever more fragmentary and distracted as it goes along. Working with a mute, Burn evokes everything from a truculent child to chimpanzee cries. Hutchinson counters with broken-calliope toots and vocalised R2D2 burbles." - Nate Dorward - Cadence
"Chris Burn and Matt Hutchinson represent the most introspective area here, their obscure exchange molded with electronics and gasping blows: very intelligent music, striving to remain floating while a muddy river is trying to drag it down.
Massimo Ricci - Touching Extremes."
Chris Burn and Matt Hutchire exchange molded with electronics and gasping bChris Burn and Matt Hutchinson represent the most introspective area here, their obscure exchange molded with electronics and gasping blows: very intelligent music, striving to remain floating while a muddy river is trying to drag it down.