Danielle Palardy Roger

… this is an album of enormous contrasts… Vital, Netherlands

The work’s special character is apparent from the beginning… The WholeNote, Canada

Both tender and brutal, Cannibale is a rich œuvre mixing music with highly contrasting styles and whose sarcasm appears at times as cruel as it is candid. Cannibale is a musical satire that shows cannibalism in various ways and argues that capitalism — a greedy and ruthless capitalism — is its most recent form. Through different mythical figures — from the Titan Kronos to Trump, from the Ogre to Hannibal — human greed has always destroyed its own humanity. The cannibal eater of human flesh has turned into an oxygen and planet swallower, a greedy and thriving glutton blithely cannibalizing us all. Cannibalism is both terrifying and captivating.

All composers on this record are also instrumentalists. All the instrumentalists are also singers. I was surrounded by a group of exceptional musicians who knew how to turn my words into flesh and bood. I thank them all for having invested so much in this project.

  • Canada Council for the Arts • SODEC

CD (AM 241)

  • Label: Ambiances Magnétiques
  • AM 241
  • 2018
  • UCC 771028124121
  • Total duration: 54:36
  • Sympathique case
  • 126 mm × 126 mm × 5 mm
  • 35 g

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Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 1176, March 25, 2019

Danielle Palardy Roger is a percussionist, composer and improviser. She is part of the Montréal scene since the early 80s, known for her work with Wonder Brass, Justine, Ensemble SuperMusique, etc. She has many records out on Ambiances Magnétiques. With her latest work Cannibale she created a musical satire, showing cannibalism in all its forms, proposing capitalism is one of the most recent forms. Cannibalism dwells in us as mankind and continues to surface in one-way or the other. Okay a satire, but a very serious topic. Performers are Isaiah Ceccarelli (drums, voice), Michel F Côté (electronics), André Duchesne (electric guitar), Joane Hétu (alto sax, narration), Elizabeth Lima (clarinet), Ida Toninato (baritone sax), Alexandre St-Onge (electric bass, electronics) and Danielle Palardy Roger herself percussion. All instrumentalists also contribute with vocals. The performers are well-known forces from the Ambiances Magnétiques scene and have a rare appearance of veteran André Duchesne. The music is very diverse, not strange as the material is composed of five of the instrumentalists composed and makes a theatrical ensemble of styles, with dramatic and intense vocal work by narrator Hétu. Some works like La victoire du guerrier are plain rock, whereas other tracks are far more experimental. Musically this is an album of enormous contrasts, illustrating the different faces of the phenomenon of cannibalism.

… this is an album of enormous contrasts…


Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:6, March 1, 2019
The work’s special character is apparent from the beginning…