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Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, March 18, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016 Press

This is a solo project featuring Philippe Lauzier on bass clarinets, alto sax with feedback, soprano sax and bells. Mr. Lauzier is a part of the ever-evolving Montréal experimental scene. Mr. Lauzier plays mainly bass clarinet & soprano sax and has worked with Klaxon Gueule, Jean Derome, Kim Myhr (from [Norway]) and Jim Denley (from Australia). Although this is a solo effort, Mr. Lauzier often manipulates or multi tracks his bass clarinet, soprano or alto sax. The sounds he comes up with are most often fascinating yet occasionally hard to figure out exactly how they are being done. Closely mic’d bass clarinet sounds, carefully stretched out, the sound of the pads on the clarinet or sax, equally important as a sonic ingredient. The sound of Mr. Lauzier’s three reeds sound different on each piece as he alters them or places them in a different stereophonic context. One of the things I like most about this is that the pieces are relatively short, Lauzier never pushed to envelope too far out so that we are disoriented by the results. The inner vibe is rather calm and well constructed, never too weird. This gives it a certain charm that feels rather organic.

The inner vibe is rather calm and well constructed, never too weird. This gives it a certain charm that feels rather organic.

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