Excerpts from five separate events that occurred in Montréal between April 1998 and February 2004, colour-coded on the sleeve, jumbled and programmed out of chronological sequence to form a lively profile of the city’s exploratory music scene.
There are familiar names - saxophonist Jean Derome, singer and saxophonist Joane Hétu, turntablist Martin Tétreault, guitarist Sam Shalabi - mingling with younger and less well known players in varied combinations. There are composed pieces - by Allison Cameron, Danielle Palardy Roger and Marie Pelletier - scored, conceptually structured, conducted and free improvistions. There’s formality, theatricality, song, noise and intricacy. The recurrence and overlap of players results in a unified feel nonetheless; there’s a coherence in the chemistry even as the centres of interest continually shift, and that makes for a document that repays repeated investigation.