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Solo cello and prepared cello improvisations.

Nearly 10 years after his last release on the label, free-improv cellist Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is back on Ambiances Magnétiques, this time with a solo album done after one year spent researching and recording in Berlin. Greatly inspired by the fantastic instrument found in Julia Dimitroff’s Berlin workshop, he offers the unprocessed sound of the cello, without any overdubs except for the last track which features the simultaneous playing of two recordings in rocking stereophony, and three tracks on prepared cello. The musician’s body fuses with the instrument, producing unexpected sounds that are at times grating, at times lyrical, and always on the move.

Demanding, the album opens with Piolet-traction, a long mantra of repeated sounds that sets the stage for the musician’s research on sound and instrumental technique. For Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, the practice of improvisation is intense reflexive work that has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison to written music. Although quite abstract, the tracks were given titles that are just evocative enough for the listener while the album title D’éclisses (in English: Of/From Shards) refers literally to the instrument’s raw material and the breathing of the bow. This recording bears the strong and refined signature of a young québecois artist with an atypical path.

Total duration: 72m53s