actuellecd actuellecd fr-ca 2018-08-19T01:58:51+00:00 2018-08-19T01:58:51+00:00 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss petitbouteur/0.35.344/2018-08-10 (PHP/5.6.36-0+deb8u1) web@actuellecd.com web@actuellecd.com 5 Nouvel arrivage: Ride the Wind par Roscoe Mitchell https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5064/nouvel-arrivage-ride-the-wind-par-roscoe-mitchell https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5064/nouvel-arrivage-ride-the-wind-par-roscoe-mitchell web@actuellecd.com Nouveautés 2018-08-18T00:00:00+00:00

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Nouveaux arrivages https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5062/nouveaux-arrivages https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5062/nouveaux-arrivages web@actuellecd.com Nouveautés 2018-08-11T00:00:00+00:00

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Damian Nisenson, le polyglotte du jazz https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5063/damian-nisenson-le-polyglotte-du-jazz https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5063/damian-nisenson-le-polyglotte-du-jazz web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-08-11T00:00:00+00:00

S’il fallait prêter un visage actuel à l’opiniâtreté, voire au courage, alors Damian Nisenson conviendrait à merveille. Quel parcours que celui de ce saxophoniste et compositeur installé à Montréal depuis 2004! Quel destin que celui de cet homme qui propose aujourd’hui un album intitulé Sit sur l’étiquette Malasartes. Qu’on y songe: sa vie a été faite de la poésie juive des ghettos d’Ukraine et de Moldavie à la verdeur fiscale de la Suisse, en passant par le culte des kibboutz en Israël et surtout l’inclination pour l’horreur des généraux argentins. Détaillons. Du moins essayons.

À la fin du XIXe siècle pour certains ou au début du XXe pour les autres, ses grands-parents ont fui, jeunes, les pogroms qui rythmaient la vie des ghettos d’Ukraine et de Moldavie. Destination? L’Argentine. L’un des grands-pères était un poète qui parlait une langue aujourd’hui rare: le yiddish. Il récitait et chantait non seulement ses poèmes, mais aussi ceux écrits ici et là dans l’Empire austro-hongrois ou en Russie. Les autres? Ils aimaient la musique quand ils n’en jouaient pas. Du klezmer, il va sans dire.

De ces personnages dont les vies empruntent aux légendes se démarqua un grand-oncle. «En Argentine, il était un troubadour qui jouait du klezmer, mais aussi du tango et du jazz. Chez nous, la musique était toujours présente. Mes premiers souvenirs sonores, au début des années 1960, c’est Getz avec Gilberto et Mulligan avec Brookmeyer. À l’âge de sept ans, j’ai commencé à suivre des cours de flûte. Puis j’ai étudié pendant des années au conservatoire de Buenos Aires le violoncelle, la guitare classique.»

Au milieu des années 1970, les généraux argentins, si convenables aux yeux de Kissinger et de la cohorte des politiciens ivres de sang, imposent une manière de faire et bien des lois calquées sur le régime qui avait servi de modèle à Juan Perón. Inutile de préciser. Chacun aura deviné lequel. Alors Damian, âgé de 18 ans à ce moment-là, sachant que les étudiants étaient particulièrement visés, prit la route de l’exil à la vitesse grand V. Direction: la Suisse.

«Je me suis installé à Fribourg, où j’ai étudié le saxophone classique. J’ai commencé à jouer un peu partout ici et là, surtout à Genève. Lorsque la dictature des généraux a été renversée, je suis retourné en Argentine. Dans les années 1990, je jouais dans un groupe rock-pop qui avait pas mal de succès. Mais voilà, j’ai détesté ça. En 1997, j’avais quatre filles, j’ai décidé de quitter ce pays.»

«Peu après mon arrivée au Québec, j’ai fait la rencontre de Denis Leblanc, un excellent joueur de bandonéon, qui a écrit deux noms sur une feuille de papier. Celui de Joane Hétu [l’admirable fondatrice d’Ambiances magnétiques] et du batteur Pierre Tanguay. C’est Joane qui m’a conseillé de fonder un label. C’est comme ça qu’est né Malasartes.»

Aujourd’hui, notre saxophoniste propose donc Sit réalisé en compagnie de Jean-Félix Mailloux, qui est l’exemple parfait de ce que solidité à la contrebasse signifie, de Bernard Falaise, aussi tranchant et vif qu’un Marc Ribot, et du batteur Tanguay, qui a ceci de littéralement prodigieux, il n’y a pas d’autre mot, qu’il a fait l’alchimie entre Joey Baron, Shelly Manne et Billy Higgins.

Le résultat fait naturellement penser à John Zorn, celui de Masada, celui des associations avec divers cantors. En un mot, Nisenson a réussi quelque chose de très singulier: remonter le fil d’une vieille et lointaine culture avec un souci pour la finesse, la subtilité, qui fait de Sit un grand disque.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5061/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5061/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-07-23T00:00:00+00:00

Fittingly, Les porteuses d’Ô was released in January 2018, the year marking the twentieth anniversary of the formation of Montréal’s Ensemble SuperMusique (ESM). In the years of its existence, the ensemble has explored ways of integrating improvisation with composed music, commissioning over fifty compositions that combine the two. So, it is no surprise that this landmark album features three new graphically-scored compositions which aim to do just that. The line-up of ESM has evolved throughout its lifetime, with few ever-present members; of the twenty-six players credited on ESM’s debut album, Canevas (Ambiances Magnétiques, 2004), only four feature among the thirteen on Les porteuses d’Ô — alto saxophonist and flautist Jean Derome, alto saxophonist and vocalist Joane Hétu, alto Jean René and percussionist Danielle Palardy Roger. ESM co-founders Hétu and Palardy Roger supplied two of the album’s compositions, the third coming from Vancouver-based Lisa Cay Miller; yes, all three pieces do have female composers.

Recorded live in concert, in Montréal, in April 2017, together the pieces run for just over forty minutes, the three being of similar lengths. The album opens with Palardy Roger’s 2014-15 piece En arrivant par le nuage de Oort, the title referring to the theoretical Oort cloud of icy objects, the origin of long-period comets such as Hale-Bopp. Palardy Roger says that “the unfolding of the composition evokes the journey one might undertake between the Oort cloud and the Sun.” Of course, the danger of such a statement is that the composition in question is listened to as programme music, with the listener literally interpreting each sound. To combat that, it would be useful to see the graphic scores themselves, but this CD does not include any of them, only their composers’ notes on them. Suffice to say that the music feels true to its composer’s intention; its soundscape begins with lots of small percussive sounds surrounded by space, and gradually becomes fuller, louder and more intense as it builds steadily to a climax.

By comparison, the next piece, from 2015-17, Hétu’s Préoccupant, c’est préoccupant, is far more garrulous and dramatic. Fittingly, the fifteen-minute track opens with a theatrical drum roll which leads into a prolonged passage of discordant sounds from the nine musicians involved, heralding the arrival of the composer’s own voice. From there on, the piece is episodic with that voice dominating. As the composition focuses on four “concerns that can insidiously interfere in our lives”, starting with “To Fall from High”, there is plenty of scope for expressive outpourings of emotion and angst, including weeping and wailing. The calmer instrumental passages provide welcome periods of respite.

The album closes with Miller’s 2017 composition Water Carrier which (in translation) is practically the title piece. Inspired by the issue of drinking water rights of First Nation communities in Canada, it is wholly instrumental, successfully integrating composed and improvised music. It features some poignantly melodic passages played by the ensemble’s strings. These are interspersed with some strongly rhythmic sections and others with a clear jazz influence.

Together, these three very different compositions show radically contrasting facets of ESM and demonstrate that it is in excellent shape as it enters its third decade.

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Nouvel arrivage: Revue & corrigée #116 par Artistes divers https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5058/nouvel-arrivage-revue-corrigee-116-par-artistes-divers https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5058/nouvel-arrivage-revue-corrigee-116-par-artistes-divers web@actuellecd.com Nouveautés 2018-07-03T00:00:00+00:00

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5059/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5059/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-06-14T00:00:00+00:00

tse is a suite of five modern compositions that move between doomed simmering’s, angular sourness, and wavering dread. The release comes in the form of a CD on Sheffield’s Another Timbre, and as we’ve come to expect from the label this is another of shot well conceived & perfectly recorded experimental sound craft.

The five-piece work here is improvised, yet it revolves around a series of pre-agreed pitches. So, as a result, you get a suite that has continuity & recurring sour melodies, as well as feeling of foreboding loose-ness, and bitter surprise. The piece was recorded in November 2017, at the insub.studio in Geneva.

The three-piece collective is made up of Cyril Bondi — Indian Harmonium, pitch pipes, and objects. Pierre-Yves Martel — Viola Da Gamba, pitch pipes, & harmonica. And Christoph Schiller — Spinet. The blend of droning & sawing instrumentation give the trio a very much of a doomed & slurred sound, and they use this to good effect on tse.

The five-piece suite comes in at a total of forty-six minutes — with each part of the suite hitting between seven & ten-minute mark. The suite opens in a fairly coarse/nervy manner with a spaced-out mixture of brooding string simmers, sudden higher pitched string twangs, and slurred pipes. As we move through the suites runtime the pace is kept fairly considered & slowed — as angular droning meets with a blend of higher-to-sour string pluck, and bleak stretched out simmer. From time to time pulled-out & slurred melodies appear, but ultimately these seem secondary, and the main focus here is to create a doomed atmosphere & malevolent haze of sound

The work does very much feel like a suite, due to both the focused selection of pitches, and the occasion recurring patterns. And on the downside this does, at times, create a feeling of little progression/ movement — but if you’re interested slowed, slurred, off-kilter & decidedly soured modern composition I think you’ll get something out of tse. I took this release away with me on a recent Greek holiday, and it both nicely lulled me out and created an effective bleak contrast to all the sun & fun going on around me.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5060/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/5060/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-06-06T00:00:00+00:00

It’s probably fair to say that we all have our instrumental prejudices, silly as those undoubtably are. I know people who don’t like flutes or violins, baffling as those attitudes are to me. But I have to admit that it takes extra concentration on my part to get past the essential sound of a harpsichord. I do think that this is more an issue on recordings than live as just last year I attended a home concert by the very excellent local harpsichordist Andrew Appel and enjoyed it without reservation. Maybe it has something to do with childhood encounters with the keyboard in schmaltzy horror movies or as backdrop to any number of faux esthete contexts. But that jangly sound, the lack of sustain….something makes it tough for me.

The spinet is essentially a small harpsichord and Christoph Schiller, to the best of my knowledge, pretty much confines his playing to to it. Here, he’s joined by Cyril Bondi (Indian harmonium, pitch pipe, objects) and Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba, pitch pipes, harmonica) on five improvised tracks (I — V). On the first, the trio circumvents any foolish objections on my part as Bondi and Martel lay down long, smooth lines onto which Schiller sprinkles slivers of spinet, glinting amongst the hums. Those drones are beautifully constructed themselves, a lovely combination of timbres, and the spinet adds a wonderful texture. By the way, I’m guessing that Schiller applies some extended techniques now and then (perhaps bowing the spinet’s interior or otherwise directly manipulating the strings?), though I’m not at all sure. II is similar, though generally pitched higher and with somme separation between phrases. There’s a stretched feeling, a bit more astringency that’s piquant, a nice shift from the prior track. In fact, the variation is subtle on each of the five pieces. Given the drone0like nature of the harmoniums, harmonicas and pitch pipes and virtually the opposite aspect of the spinet, that’s not so surprising; only the viola da gamba might go “both ways”, though Martel seems to switch between arco and pizzicato now and then. Another predilection of mine is, with regard to anything more or less in a drone style, toward the low and grainy, so I found IV especially appealing, a really delicious, calm sequence of lines, rich and complex, with deep tones from (I think) the pitch pipe. V offers slightly more aggression from the spinet, at higher pitch levels and with somewhat sourer harmonies and, again, heard in the context of this “suite”, works perfectly well. In fact, listening to tse as a suite, and a very ably constructed one, seems to be the way to go, at least for me. Spinets be damned, it’s an engaging and discreetly demanding listen; good work.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/4602/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/4602/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-06-05T00:00:00+00:00

When it comes to naming names in the all-encompassing landscape of contemporary music, Jean Derome’s eminence remains relatively unquoted amidst the sacred cows of the last decades. A first-class reedist and composer, he’s indelibly associated with René Lussier — specifically, in the duo Les Granules — beyond significant proprietary works (random memory selection: 1988’s Confitures de Gagaku, on Victo). Derome has shown time and again that his idiosyncratic creativity, compositional skill and ability to put a theory into artistically fructiferous practice are second to none. In its clever mix of conceptual consistency and stimulating interplay, Résistances clearly explains why.

Though partially scored, the composition’s motility principally depends on the nineteen performers reacting to previously learned hand signals. After acknowledging the crucial elements of orchestration in conjunction with the intrinsic influence of electricity in all forms — including the overall tuning — it takes a moment to realize that the scope of this opus reaches far higher than a simple “conducted improvisation” (note the involuntary irony of the term “conductor” in this context).

Across a plethora of intermingling styles, the ensemble — comprising several among Derome’s regular partners in crime — connects with the basic vibe through surges of energy dressed as eruptions, conversations, screams or drones, the whole informed by a cracking musicianship. Notwithstanding the considerable emancipation allowed and the absence of jazz-related stereotypes, the lingering sensation is that of a finely regulated mechanism. Still, serendipitous mutations occasionally materialize. The bulk of Piétinements, for example, resembles Igor Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring played by Pink Floyd circa A Saucerful Of Secrets, lysergic slide guitars and all. In a pair of collective blasts we couldn’t help thinking — in principle — of Frank Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh. The absurdly jarring funk of Mélodie 2 flowing into a marvelous Danse finale may indeed prompt someone to start jumping around the house.

Please consider the above references as a mere reviewer’s divertissement. In reality, there’s so much shifting of acoustic identity and abundance of inventive playing here that coming to grips with this particular form of Derome’s imagination could trigger intellectual paralysis in the easily affected. The remedy lies in the very cause: treat the patient to a few additional hours with this remarkable album; then it’s get up, pick up your mat, and walk. Unless one’s dead for real.

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Nouvel arrivage: Tse par Cyril Bondi, Pierre-Yves Martel, Christoph Schiller https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1218/nouvel-arrivage-tse-par-cyril-bondi-pierre-yves-martel-christoph-schiller https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1218/nouvel-arrivage-tse-par-cyril-bondi-pierre-yves-martel-christoph-schiller web@actuellecd.com Nouveautés 2018-05-31T00:00:00+00:00

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1381/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1381/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-30T00:00:00+00:00

Erik Satie is an iconic avant-garde composer, ahead of his time, underestimated by teachers and rebuffed by critics. Posthumous revenge (if there is such a thing) has been sweet, as his music is some of the most often performed in a variety if contexts, including the stage, film and cabaret settings. This particular recording of Satie’s music takes an appropriately creative approach to rendering the quirky, mystical and ultimately uplifting music.

In the 18 tracks on the CD the Québec sextet Cordâme (a French pun on “strings-soul”/”body-soul”) perform many of the popular themes of this enigmatic, yet accessible composer. The musical pallet includes such pieces as the Gnossiennes, the Gymnopedies, as well as some less-often played compositions such Danses de travers, Rêverie de l’enfance de Pantagruel and Réflexions sur choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes).

The flow of rhythm that characterizes this set draws more from jazz, gypsy music or pop music than from the classical template, with a steady pulse emphasized by percussion and bass, underscored by the string duo of violin and cello, and punctuated by the percussive interplay between piano and harp. The result is graceful, beat-based expression of this diaphanous and at times surreal music, with the languorous harmonies and telescoping melodies being borne by the lilting rhythms.

The compositions, while respected in their forms and lyrical content, are laced with improvisations and structured in arrangements that color the pulses, while preserving the recognizable qualities that people love about Satie. This is not abstract avant-garde, nor romantic excess. It is restrained, yet expressive, with a resulting sweet tension that is mostly light and pleasant.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1382/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1382/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-29T00:00:00+00:00

The title of this three-part work by Hungarian-Canadian composer Gyula Csapó — French and Persian for “Already? Where to?” — seems an appropriate epigraph for someone whose itinerary brought him from Budapest to Saskatchewan, via Paris and Buffalo and points in between.

Csapó completed studies in composition and music theory at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the List Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest before going to Paris to study computer music and acoustics at IRCAM. In the 1980s, he came to the US to study with Morton Feldman, a composer whose work proved to be a significant influence. In the early 1990s, he moved to Canada and, after a period teaching composition at Princeton University, settled in Saskatoon, where he currently teaches composition and music theory.

In its scale and general profile, Déjà? Kojâ? takes some of Feldman’s approaches to arranging sounds and develops them in a way that is Csapó’s own. The work, composed between 2011 and 2016, is structured as a triptych of three roughly equal lengths. The sounds move slowly, as if there were carried along on tectonic plates approaching, receding, and grinding together in a sometimes overt, sometimes more submerged, dissonant fluctuation. Texture here is architecture, as Csapó layers sound masses into striated blocks whose fault lines divide the higher and lower registers. The differentiation of voices rather than classic counterpoint really does seem to be the structural key to this sometimes darkly opaque work; throughout it, the Quatuor Bozzini maintain a clarity of individual articulation, even in the densest passages.

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Nouvel arrivage: Soweto Stomp par Malcolm Goldstein https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1219/nouvel-arrivage-soweto-stomp-par-malcolm-goldstein https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1219/nouvel-arrivage-soweto-stomp-par-malcolm-goldstein web@actuellecd.com Nouveautés 2018-05-16T00:00:00+00:00

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1385/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1385/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-14T00:00:00+00:00

Ida Toninato & Jennifer Thiessen are new to me. Thiessen is a violinist playing viola d’amore and viola on this duo effort. She performs classical and contemporary chamber music, as well as improvised music (Michel F Côté, Antoine Berthiaume, a.o.). With dance ensemble La La La Human Steps, she performed works by Gavin Bryars and Bang on a Can composer David Lang. Toninato is a saxophonist, composer and improviser, also from the Montréal scene, participating in Ensemble SuperMusique and Joker. She plays baritone saxophone on this album. Their duo effort is a work of intimate music focusing on the timbres and sound qualities of their instruments. They create beautiful deep resonating, spatial textures. The music develops slowly in a calm way, giving duration to the created interplay of sounds and timbres. Improvisation plays a big role here, but one could call it contemporary new music as well. They don’t just create a musical effect. But their investigation on sound and timbre is hold together by a strong musical vision. Because of the deep sonorities the music brings you in a reflective and meditative state. A very inspired and moving meeting by these two musicians and their instruments.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1384/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1384/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-14T00:00:00+00:00

Bernard Falaise started in groups like Miriodor, Klaxon Gueule, Les Projectionnistes, a.o. He wrote for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM), and other ensembles. Also for exhibitions, television, theatre and dance. As an active improviser he worked with a great variety of musicians for almost 25 years now. He released several solo projects. And his newest release is a next step on his path as a solo player and improviser, exemplifying once again Falaise is a very unique crossing the border-type of musician. Lézardes et zébrures is a fine collection of nine instrumentals. Most pieces start from acoustic guitar played in open tunings in a fingerpicking style. By using a freezer pedal and adding other instruments Falaise creates an inventive musical world. Weird constructions, but accessible and enjoyable at the same time. Combining instruments and sounds of acoustic and electronics origin.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1383/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1383/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-14T00:00:00+00:00

The Bozzini Quartet started in 1999 and developed into a very profiled ensemble that concentrates on performing contemporary music. Music from the Montréal-scene on the one hand, but also from other parts of the world. Choosing works by well-known and lesser-known composers: Steve Reich, Howard Skempton, Malcolm Goldstein, John Cage, Claude Vivier, etc. Since 2004 they release most of their programs on their own Ambiances Magnetiques-associated Collection QB-label. This also counts for their latest work: Déjà? Kojâ?, a composition of Gyula Csapó. A release that illustrates that they are not afraid of making daring choice such as choosing for a composition by a less known composer. Listening to this work, it becomes evident they had a good reason for this. A profound and penetrating composition by Gyula Csapó. Csapó is a composer from Hungary where he studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the List Ferenc Academy of Music. Later he studied with Morton Feldman and John Cage. He lives and work in Canada since 1990. Déjà? Kojâ?, composed between 2011 and 2016 is a massive work in three parts. Together taking a bit more than one hour. Throughout Csapó creates dissonant layers of music in this serious and static work. In the second part the music becomes a bit lighter by the use of pizzicato and glissandi. Also he alludes here to a well-known classical composition, that I am unable to identify. Not an easy work, but a very rewarding and satisfying experience, revealing an intriguing beauty for the concentrated listener.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1387/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1387/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-11T00:00:00+00:00

Ensemble SuperMusique (ESM) is an ongoing (since 1998) large with a dozen discs on the great Quebec-based Ambiances Magnetiques label which began in 1984 and soon the celebrate their 35th anniversary. This version of ESM features 13 members from Quebec and Ontario including prominent names like Jean Derome (alto sax & flutes), Joane Hetu (alto sax & voice), Scott Thomson (trombone), Bernard Falaise (electric guitar), Isaiah Ceccarelli & Danielle Palardy Roger (percussion). Each disc by ESM features different musician/composers leading the ensemble. For this disc we have three long works led by Danielle Palardy Roger and Joane Hetu (both co-leaders of ESM) and guest composer/director Lisa Cay Miller. ESM has long worked with the idea of the balance between composed and freely improvised musics. In the liner notes, we get an explanation of the intention for each of the composers. Ms. Roger’s En arrivant par le nuage de Oort is based on a graphic score which represents a journey through space from the Oort Cloud (past Pluto) to the Sun. Our journey begins quietly and is filled with an eerie sense of mystery. The density slowly get thicker throughout, the sounds vibrating, the intensity escalating as we move through space. Ms. Hetu’s Préoccupant, c’est préoccupant deals with the ever-present interference which goes on in our lives. Ms. Hetu provides some minimal seasoning with some consistently weird/hilarious vocal sounds which fit perfectly with the way this piece unfolds, with unexpected bits of interference. Guest composer Lisa Cay Miller’s Water Carrier deals with drinking water quality in Canada, especially the dilemma of the First Nations bad water quality. The score itself involves a checkerboard which prompts the players to switch from notated to freely improvised sections. The music sounds like directed improv, focused and engaging, with selects bursts of activity between obviously written sections. What makes Ensemble SuperMusique special is that each of their dozen discs finds a way of harnessing the many different ways that composers and players utilize the balance between written and unwritten extremes.

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Review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1386/review https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1386/review web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-11T00:00:00+00:00

Featuring Jean Derome on alto sax, flutes, keyboards, melodica, percussion, objects and voice and Jaone Hetu on alto sax, melodica, objects & voice. Besides being a married couple, Ms. Hetu and Mr. Derome, have been long involved in running this, the Ambiances Magnetiques label. The couple also work on each others projects and are both members of Ensemble SuperMusique. Un Ideal is the fourth disc by the couple who record under the name, Nous perçons les oreilles, which means ‘We are the ears’. Right from the gitgo, we hear several drones, from saxes, voices and perhaps a sampler, with certain notes or phrases looped or just repeated. Both Joane and Jean play an assortment of small objects, whistles and percussive things, carefully creating a web of enchanting sounds. One of the things that this duo excel is their charming double vocals, singing and talking in twisted harmonies, embracing the joyous innocence of children’s rhyming games. I hear what sounds like a collection of wind-up toys, squeeze objects like dolls, kissy or breath-like sounds… silly and fun to listen to. Although both members of the couple play alto sax and have been involved in extended techniques, this music is more about creating short bits of odd sounds, going the music a delightful tongue-in-cheek quality. Excepté reminds me of a calliope found at a circus with a handful of kids singing along. This is music to make us smile and forget about the evil clowns in the daily news or blues. Some of this actually had me laughing out loud and that my friend is just what the good doctor ordered.

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Les sons qui cachent la forêt https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/4603/les-sons-qui-cachent-la-foret https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/4603/les-sons-qui-cachent-la-foret web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-01T00:00:00+00:00 Louis Dufort, photo: Diane Charland, Montréal (Québec), 8 février 2009

«Moi, de la mousse verte qui pousse sur une roche, je trouve ça franchement beau!» s’exclame Louis Dufort. La mousse sur le sol forestier est comme de la musique aux oreilles de ce musicien au printemps chargé, lui qui partage son temps entre ses fonctions de professeur, de directeur artistique auprès du festival Akousma — un mandat qui lui a valu un prix lors du dernier gala Opus, en février dernier — et de compositeur. L’excursion en forêt, faut-il en déduire, est son échappatoire. Et sa source d’inspiration, ainsi qu’on le découvrira le 9 mai prochain au Gesù.

 

La nature servirait d’analogie à sa musique, estime Dufort, figure de proue de la musique électronique et électroacoustique québécoise. Il lancera bientôt un nouvel album inspiré par ses excursions en forêt et présentera en grande première la semaine prochaine au Gesù une composition inédite lors d’un concert inscrit à la série VivierMix créatif, soirée mettant aussi en vedette la compositrice et clarinettiste Lori Freedman et le Quatuor Bozzini.

 

Cette nouvelle composition «terminera un cycle assez intense explorant le côté dynamique de la forêt, son mouvement», un contexte qu’il avait approfondi dans sa thèse de doctorat. Être en forêt, être attentif à l’environnement immédiat, à ses sons, «me plonge dans un état presque pastoral, et c’est ce que j’essaie de recréer dans ma musique», à l’aide de sons cueillis à même la forêt et de sons de synthèse «qui prennent vie dans de brefs instants, des sons petits et courts; ma musique devient très active, nerveuse, minérale, presque chimique».

 

«Et au-dessus de tout ça, enchaîne le compositeur, l’idée d’une grande structure, les branches comme les racines, qui organisent la vie en forêt. J’essaie de rendre ça poétique, mais ça demeure une musique très abstraite et dénuée d’affect, je ne cherche pas à susciter des émotions directes. Comme lorsqu’on va dans la forêt: elle n’est pas heureuse ou triste, elle est simplement là, et belle, parce que je sens que sa beauté est dans sa structure. Suffit simplement d’être sensible à ça.»

Le son sous toutes ses facettes

Depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années, Dufort explore le son sous toutes ses facettes, développant une expertise dans la musique électroacoustique, musique électronique d’avant-garde et musique acousmatique. Les amateurs de danse contemporaine connaissent aussi son travail auprès de la chorégraphe Marie Chouinard, dont il est le compositeur attitré. Ajoutons maintenant à son curriculum la musique de La chute de l’empire américain, coécrite avec son ami Mathieu Lussier, qui signe les thèmes plus «classiques».

 

«Denys [Arcand] voulait de la musique électroacoustique dans son film, mais c’est vaste, comme monde. On a dû s’entendre sur ce qu’il recherchait, exactement, raconte Dufort. Après qu’on se soit parlé, je me suis mis à regarder ses oeuvres pour l’ONF; dans l’une d’elles, Les Montréalistes [1965], on entend la musique de Pierre Henry et de Pierre Schaeffer, deux légendes de la musique électroacoustique. Ça m’a rassuré!»

 

C’est la somme de toutes les facettes de sa vie professionnelle qui lui permet de porter ce regard, large et inclusif, sur les musiques de composition électroacoustiques et synthétiques. Un regard, une vision, salués par ses pairs en février dernier lors du gala des prix Opus, où il remportait celui du Directeur artistique de l’année pour son travail au festival Akousma — Dufort a également concocté le programme, très éclectique, de la soirée Substrat de vendredi prochain: dans le grand dôme de la Société des arts technologiques, un orchestre de 157 haut-parleurs pour une soirée «entre spatialisation sonore, musique expérimentale, électroacoustique et acousmatique», annonce-t-on.

 

On y entendra le jeune compositeur Simon Chioini, qui, indique Dufort, «intègre les tendances actuelles, autant dans l’électroacoustique que dans la musique électronique expérimentale, faisant une belle synthèse de ce qui branche les jeunes aujourd’hui». Il sera suivi de la compositrice minimaliste France Jobin, entendue à Mutek l’an dernier, du plus abrasif Dominic Thibault et du pionnier Robert Normandeau, «un de nos plus grands représentants [de la musique acousmatique] sur la scène internationale».

 

Le genre d’affiche qui excite Louis Dufort: variée, audacieuse, décloisonnée. «Je ne veux pas intéresser seulement un public de mélomanes», insiste le directeur artistique, qui remarque un intérêt prononcé du public pour les musiques d’avant-garde depuis trois ou quatre ans. «Je cherche à attirer un public de curieux, ceux qui vont autant au Festival TransAmériques qu’à des spectacles de danse contemporaine, ceux qui sont intrigués par les nouvelles technologies et les arts numériques. Ce sont ces gens-là qui permettent au festival Akousma, et à la scène en général, de poursuivre son évolution.»

 

«Il faut en finir avec les tours d’ivoire, car ce n’est plus vrai que la musique électroacoustique est académique. Ça intéresse plein de gens, d’autant plus que cette musique bénéficie d’un coup de pouce des artistes issus de la musique underground moderne tels que Oneohtrix Point Never, ceux qui jouent avec les textures. J’adore construire des ponts entre ces musiques et le public.»

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Something in the Air: Rethinking the Large Ensemble https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1391/something-in-the-air-rethinking-the-large-ensemble https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1391/something-in-the-air-rethinking-the-large-ensemble web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-01T00:00:00+00:00

Larger than the former group and more obvious in its use of strings, percussion and electronics is Montréal’s Ensemble SuperMusique (Ambiances Magnétiques AM 239 CD actuellecd.com). The tracks on Les porteuses d’Ȏ are also less homogeneous than on other discs. Although these single compositions by ensemble founders, percussionist Danielle Palardy Roger and saxophonist Joane Hétu (plus one from Vancouver’s Lisa Cay Miller) utilize a mixture of notation and improvisation, the results are undeniably divergent. Ostensibly about Canadian drinking water rights, Miller’s Water Carrier is multisectional, with strident tutti interludes. Otherwise, the narrative depends on contrasts between upbeat concert band-like melodies from the horns and Guido Del Fabbro’s delicately formal violin elaboration, with the churning rural landscape characterized by Bernard Falaise’s clanking guitar effects, plus primitivist slashes from Alexandre St-Onge’s electric bass and electronics. Additional strength is given to the track’s political message by repeated scrapes on bare acoustic strings plus Ida Toninato’s gusty baritone saxophone. Describing a journey among the planets, Roger’s En arrivant par le nuage de Oort uses electronic crackles and pops to underscore the extraterrestrial journey. With echoing percussive swats from her kit and that of Isaiah Ceccarelli, rugged reed smears and sprung sul ponticello pressure from Del Fabbro, violist Jean René and cellist Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, plus some snarls and growls from trombonist Scott Thomson, the composition reflects the energy and turbulence of the heliocentric world. And like the predicted end of the universe, the tremolo piece doesn’t climax, it just ends. Based on mumbled vocalese, Hétu’s Préoccupant, c’est préoccupant is more problematic since her gargles, whoops and whines are often incomprehensible. Melodramatic and dissonant string section swipes, guitar flanges, buzzing wave forms and unfocused drum beats contribute to the verbal commotion, rather than framing or defining it.

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Jazz and Improvised https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1390/jazz-and-improvised https://actuellecd.com/fr/billet/1390/jazz-and-improvised web@actuellecd.com Presse 2018-05-01T00:00:00+00:00

Guitarist Bernard Falaise is a significant contributor to Montréal’s musique actuelle movement, a member of the expansive Ensemble SuperMusique as well as the trio Klaxon Gueule and Quartetski, a group that regularly reimagines high modernist composers like Bartók and Stravinsky. Lézardes et zébrures is a solo record, but one without solos, a series of pieces constructed from minimal materials. Each begins with short figures, intervals and arpeggios played on an acoustic guitar in open tunings to emphasize steel string resonance and ringing harmonics; these are then looped, with Falaise adding layers of other instruments, among them electric guitar, glockenspiel and melodica. The opening Au zoo sets both a pattern for the music and an intermittent theme, one that’s reflected in titles like Langue de girafe and Mémoire d’éléphant, and even in the CD title — literally “cracks and welts” but with the bilingual suggestion in this context of lizards and zebras. These notions of other species’ consciousness are matched with alternative substances and spaces — Marcher sur la glace or Stalactites et stalagmites — all of them implicit in sounds that repeat and reconfigure. All of Falaise’s works here are at once immediate, luminous and strangely dreamlike. The oscillating figure of Le compas dans l’œil suggests Steve Reich’s minimalism, while the clicks and suspensions of Distillations reference the turntablist’s art, but it’s all part of Falaise’s bright, immediate, sonic universe, developed at greatest length in the imagination of another materiality in Porcelaine 360°.

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