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Sur une balançoire Joëlle Léandre, Gianni Lenoci

… désinvoltes, parfois acharnés, mais sans temps morts. La Scena Musicale, Québec

As of late, Montréal’s Ambiances Magnétiques label has been quite successful in the export market. Albums like Balançoire are the reason. The WholeNote, Canada

Recorded in Italy in 2003, this album celebrates the first meeting between French bassist Joëlle Léandre and Italian pianist Gianni Lenoci.

They offer a set of short improvised pieces, rich works freely developed, following an aesthetic residing somewhere between jazz and contemporary music. They move around in a highly-versatile musical space: the mood is given a highly-dynamic tone, at times soft, at times fiery, where exchanges are answered in harmony. The result of the daring combination of one of the great masters of improvisation and an artist showing a lot of potential, the intensity emanating from this duo knows no boundaries. As a matter of fact, Léandre admits that the duo is a format she feels very comfortable with. Always up to her own extraordinary standards, Léandre plays her instrument with great flexibility. She makes her bow vibrate and jump around and she puts a lot of passion in her playing, attacking the strings, delivering dizzying glissandi, occasionally using her voice as an extra instrument. Lenoci rummages through the scales of his piano, adds short tonal outbursts to contrasting minimal propositions, even occasionally resorting to silence. The first alliance between these two artists turns out to be quite fruitful. “Sur une balançoire will be, without any doubt, another pearl on the crown of Joëlle Léandre and the International breakthrough of Gianni Lenoci, because this disc is really fantastic”. —John Rottiers, Radio Central Antwerpen


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Sur une balançoire

Joëlle Léandre, Gianni Lenoci

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