Not the Music

Not the Music / Philippe Lauzier, Éric Normand

Nous pouvons dire que ce disque est réussi. Revue & Corrigée, France

Normand et Lauzier font les fiers à (tour de) bras. Et leur «non-musique» a de quoi l’être aussi. Le son du grisli, France

The Canadian duo of reedist Philippe Lauzier and bassist Eric Normand freely improvise in sound environments that are both introspective and precarious, using subtle and aberrant approaches to playing that evoke unusual aspects of their instruments in oddly refined dialog.

With their gentle noise and cracked linearity, the duo of Philippe Lauzier and Eric Normand enact a sound environment that is contemplative yet stands on the edge of the precipice; an environment in which the monsters of rough texture are tamed. Calling forth hidden lyricism from their instruments, Messrs. Lauzier and Normand scrape their fingernails across the proverbial blackboard to exquisite effect.

CD (TDB 90013)

  • Label: Tour de bras
  • TDB 90013
  • 2014
  • Total duration: 38:07
  • 136 mm × 132 mm × 7 mm
  • 25 g
In the press


Pierre Cécile, Le son du grisli, September 9, 2015

Si c’est Not the Music, alors qu’est-ce que c’est? La parole (en concert) est au bassiste électrique Eric Normand et au saxophoniste (soprano) Philippe Lauzier. Tous les deux jouent aussi de la clarinette.

Le duo est en concert en mars 2014. Dans une usine désaffectée, à en croire la réverbération qui transforme le bourdon de basse, et au milieu d’un essaim de sculptures métalliques (j’ai cru entendre des percussions, alors?), à en croire le sax qui s’y accroche. On pourrait même penser que l’environnement est dangereux, avec ses grésillements électriques, ses renvois de feedbacks par les murs… Malgré tout, dans le Centre Aberdeen de Moncton, Canada, Normand et Lauzier font les fiers à (tour de) bras. Et leur «non-musique» a de quoi l’être aussi.

Normand et Lauzier font les fiers à (tour de) bras. Et leur «non-musique» a de quoi l’être aussi.


Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 968, February 2, 2015

Although the text here in front of me says there are three new releases on Tour de Bras, a label from Quebec, there are in fact on two in the mailer, of which one will be handled by someone else sometime soon. The other one is a duo disc of Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone) and Eric Normand (bass and ‘caisse claire’, of which I couldn’t find a proper translation). The three pieces here were recorded in concert in March 2014 and the label defines the music as ‘chamber noise’. Both of these players have a history in the world of improvised music, having played with Martin Tetreault and Jim Denley among others. The music here could be labeled as ‘heavy’; ‘heavy’ as in noise based. Lots of this revolves around the scraping of sounds, with some added reverb to make it all a bit heavier. It peeps and scratches, likes feedback; like fingers on a blackboard, like the very early Organum at times. Not something for the weak of hearth, but if you are accepting then an excellent sound world opens up. The sound of what seems a 1000 violins being scraped simultaneously, but this duo also knows how to pull back, slow down and space out, such as in the second part. Tour de Bras? Tour de force is more like it. Excellent stuff.

Excellent stuff.