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Agrégats Guido Del Fabbro

L’attenzione richiesta dall’ascolto dei mille cripto-movimenti è ben ripagata dall’intelligenza del procedere, possibile e plausibile dialogo tra mondi riconciliati. Blow Up, Italy

His compositions are mainly folk-influenced, with classical touches resulting in a romantic and melodramatic music with nice harmonies and melodies. Vital, Netherlands

Agrégats presents 13 pieces orchestrated for acoustic instruments, with a touch of electronics, performed by a shapeshifting ensemble directed by Guido Del Fabbro. A tentet at its largest, this group brings together individuals from various generations and musical backgrounds, all highly talented performers and improvisers. Flautist Jean Derome and Pierre Tanguay on percussion and objects are pillars of the local “musique actuelle” scene and renown jazzmen; accordionist Luzio Altobelli, clarinetist Pierre-Emmanuel Poizat (both from Manouche and Fanfare Pourpour), and clarinetist Guillaume Bourque (Manouche, Lara), are well versed in world and pop music; trombonist Nicolas Therrien plays jazz and Brazilian music; Philippe Brault on doublebass works in pop music; cellist Sheila Hannigan plays tango, classical music, and pop; drummer Stefan Schneider (Bell Orchestre, Iks, Jorane) does modern jazz and post-rock. The ensemble is rounded up by Guido Del Fabbro on violin and electronics.

The music, mirroring the group’s lineup, combines several musical currents, without ever forcing them into the melting pot. Guido Del Fabbro’s work as an arranger focuses on the possible combinations of tones highlighting the melodic aspect of the repertoire, which has a foot in traditional folk music and another in avant-rock territory. An intense work performed by an unmatched ensemble, whose conductor will definitely surprise you.

Agrégats

Guido Del Fabbro

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In the press

  • Gilles Boisclair, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique, no. 15:1, March 1, 2008
  • Félix-Antoine Hamel, La Scena Musicale, February 1, 2008
  • Stefano Isidoro Bianchi, Blow Up, no. 116, January 1, 2008
    L’attenzione richiesta dall’ascolto dei mille cripto-movimenti è ben ripagata dall’intelligenza del procedere, possibile e plausibile dialogo tra mondi riconciliati.
  • Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 607, December 27, 2007
    His compositions are mainly folk-influenced, with classical touches resulting in a romantic and melodramatic music with nice harmonies and melodies.
  • SP, Ici Montréal, December 6, 2007
    une œuvre orchestrale pour dix musiciens ayant des saveurs de contemporain, de fanfare et même de jazz.
  • Ariane Gruet-Pelchat, MU6, December 3, 2007
    Interprété par dix musiciens de grand talent…
  • Henryk Palczewski, Informator “Ars” 2, no. 47, December 1, 2007
  • Juan Rodriguez, The Gazette, October 4, 2007
    Not a genteel note is to be found, but panache galore informs this sonically superb in-your-face production.

Critique

Félix-Antoine Hamel, La Scena Musicale, February 1, 2008

Chaque nouvelle manne de disques en provenance de nos camarades de chez DAME offre sa dose de surprises. Examinons cinq nouveautés de la saison courante en provenance de cette entreprise vouée à la distribution de ces musiques inclassables. Preuve à l’appui, le second disque du violoniste-compositeur Guido Del Fabbro.

Agrégats (AM 167 CD, ***) est une collection éclectique de treize miniatures — une seule pièce dépasse les six minutes — puisant aux sources du folklore européen (Le Curare et la ciguë), du rock (Las stable es stable), de la musique improvisée, électronique (Interlude résiduel) et même des marches! Dix musiciens regroupés en formations à géométrie variable composent la distribution de ce cocktail réjouissant.

Si Bach et Debussy ont souvent fait l’objet de relectures par des musiciens de jazz, on ne pourrait en dire autant de Prokofiev, dont le contre-bassiste Pierre-Yves Martel a réarrangé 18 des 20 Visions fugitives, Op. 22. Projet ambitieux, Quartetski does Prokofiev (AM 171 CD, ****) est cependant mené à bien par quatre des meilleurs jeunes musiciens de chez nous, lesquels sont, outre le bassiste, Gordon Allen à la trompette, Philippe Lauzier aux anches et Isaiah Ceccarelli à la batterie.

Le batteur Michel F Côté, avec (juste) Claudette (AM 168 CD, ***) présente un quartette à mi-chemin entre les délires bruitistes de Sun Ra et les grooves à la Medeski, Martin and Wood. Solide contrebasse d’Alexandre St-Onge, sons irréels d’orgue (gracieuseté de Jesse Levine) et envolées de guitare de Bernard Falaise sont les ingrédients essentiels de ce mélange détonnant.

De la musique du trio Fenaison (Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, violoncelle et électroniques, Charity Chan, piano «revisité» et Kris Covlin, saxophones), Fred Frith dit que c’est «une musique qui n’a pas de sens… elle vit!». Sur Plat (AM 169 CD, ***), les trois musiciens nous proposent une série de sept improvisations abstraites. À vous de trouver le sens… ou la vie!

Dernier disque, mais non le moindre, le plus récent enregistrement de Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, To Continue (AM 172 CD, ****), est une suite de six compositions assez élaborées du saxophoniste qui, par sa mise en musique d’un texte du sculpteur Richard Serra et de La Grenouille et le bœuf de La Fontaine, nous rappelle la démarche de l’un de ses maîtres, Steve Lacy.

Altrisuoni

Stefano Isidoro Bianchi, Blow Up, no. 116, January 1, 2008

I FenaisonRémy Bélanger de Beauport, Charity Chan e Kris Covlin — indagano il luogo in cui l’improv si sfliaccia fino al punto da diventare composizione contemporanea. Violoncello, flauto, pianoforte, sax, elettronica e oggetti amplificati, concorrono alla creazione di un flusso di suoni dai rimandi estremamente diversificati (cameristica, jazz, ombre di noise e persino di dixieland) eppure uniti nelle dinamiche usate — sospettose e dilatate, a tratti quasi silenti — e nei timbri degli strumenti, riottosi a incapsularsi in uno stile, a riprova della derivazione dei tre musicisti, provenienti da aree diverse e distanti. L’attenzione richiesta dall’ascolto dei mille cripto-movimenti è ben ripagata dall’intelligenza del procedere, possibile e plausibile dialogo tra mondi riconciliati. (7,5/10)

Limitrofa come disciplina ma del tutto diversa nei risultati i’impostazione data all’ensemble di dieci elementi a cui il violinista e violonista Del Fabbro affida la realizzazione dei tredici episodi di Agrégats. Molti strumenti acustici (fisarmonica, flauto, violoncello, clarinetti, trombone, contrabbasso, percussioni) e un tocco appena di elettronica per una musica che parte dal folk (si direbbe più mitteleuropeo che francofono o anglosassone) e si dipana in una dimensione orchestrale robusta e “importante” con svisate cha sanno di trascorsi avant-rock. (6,5/10)

L’attenzione richiesta dall’ascolto dei mille cripto-movimenti è ben ripagata dall’intelligenza del procedere, possibile e plausibile dialogo tra mondi riconciliati.

Review

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 607, December 27, 2007

A new cd by Guido Del Fabbro (1980, Montréal). He is a core member of Fanfare Pourpour, who did a fantastic program with Lars Hollmer recently. Also he takes part in Rouge Ciel and Concorde Crash. In 2003 he recorded his first solo album (Carré de sable) for Ambiances Magnétiques. With Agrégats his second solo effort sees the light. For this one Del Fabbro composed and arranged a new set of 13 compositions composed between 1999 and 2007. Although they do not make up an suite, the pieces make up very naturally an organic whole. The pieces are played by an ensemble of 10 musicians playing accordion, clarinets, violin, flutes, trombone, cello, drums, percussion and some electronics and bird calls. He recruited musicians from very diverse backgrounds for this project. Postmodern or deconstructionist strategies have no grip on Del Fabbro. His compositions are mainly folk-influenced, with classical touches resulting in a romantic and melodramatic music with nice harmonies and melodies. Being avant garde is not what Del Fabbro is aiming at. Points or reference maybe be early Conventum or a Belgian group like Julverne from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Moissine is the exception, being an collective improvised interlude that is very much NOW. I wish the album had more of these moments. But Del Fabbro succeeds in evoking the ‘old’ music he is dreaming of and knows how to revive it without sounding nostalgic and without using cliches. On the other hand I must say that I hope the Del Fabbro’s next cd will contain more daring compositions.

His compositions are mainly folk-influenced, with classical touches resulting in a romantic and melodramatic music with nice harmonies and melodies.

Sélection CD

SP, Ici Montréal, December 6, 2007

Pour ceux qui ne le sauraient pas, Guido Del Fabbro (Rouge Ciel, Fanfare Pourpour) est le violoniste qui accompagne Pierre Lapointe et se charge de ses arrangements avec l’aide de son complice Philippe Brault (Les Faux Monnayeurs). Différent de son premier effort, ce second est une œuvre orchestrale pour dix musiciens ayant des saveurs de contemporain, de fanfare et même de jazz. Il est solidement secondé de musiciens de calibre, rendant pleinement vie à ses compositions pas toujours faciles mais dont les orchestrations s’inspirent aussi bien des impressionnistes que de l’art-rock. Bien que différente de Lapointe, sa musique révèle l’étendue de sa polyvalence. (3,5/5)

une œuvre orchestrale pour dix musiciens ayant des saveurs de contemporain, de fanfare et même de jazz.

Critique

Ariane Gruet-Pelchat, MU6, December 3, 2007

Violoniste ayant collaboré avec Pierre Lapointe, Rouge Ciel, La Fanfare Pourpour, Concorde Crash, Jérôme Minière et Loco Locass, Guido Del Fabbro offre un second disque à l’opposé de son premier. Alors que Carré de sable était un amalgame bruitiste d’outils du quotidien, Agrégats est plutôt un travail d’orchestration. Les 13 pièces explorent les différentes possibilités de timbre offertes par les cordes, l’accordéon, les vents, les percussions et l’électronique, en mettant toujours l’aspect mélodique au premier plan. Interprété par dix musiciens de grand talent, Agrégats nous transporte chez les gitans, dans le monde hypnotisant de Philip Glass, dans l’environnement délicat de la musique de chambre, mais surtout, chez les grands du jazz actuel. (8/10)

Interprété par dix musiciens de grand talent…

New Music. Newly Released Compact Discs

Juan Rodriguez, The Gazette, October 4, 2007

Pop explodes the avant-garde, and vice versa: both terms are rendered useless by the end of this spectacular album from the deep murk. Violinist and electronic tweaker Del Fabbro, recruited from the musique actuelle scene by Pierre Lapointe for his bestselling Forêt des mal aimés, returns the favour by bringing pop friends (including Lapointe bandleader Philippe Brault on doublebass) to join a tentet including Jean Derome (flyé flutes), Luzio Altobelli (accordion), Sheila Hannigan (corrosive cello), Pierre Tanguay (percussion, tools) in this densely textured project. Agrégat’s tightly structured tunes ooze melodramatic film noir music wallowing in shadows, circus music escaping its cage, fright night at the children’s hour, and twisted fanfares. Not a genteel note is to be found, but panache galore informs this sonically superb in-your-face production. (5/5)

Not a genteel note is to be found, but panache galore informs this sonically superb in-your-face production.

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