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How Does This Happen? John Butcher, Philippe Lauzier, Éric Normand

… the kind of music that succeeds in inverse proportion to its potential to be described. Musicworks, Canada

… adventurous and passionate. […] Music is fresh, evocative and bright. Avant Scena

In April 2018, duo Not The Music composed of Éric Normand and Philippe Lauzier, invite for a Canadian tour, the English saxophonist John Butcher to join them. A concert in Montréal at Galerie B-312 and another in Ottawa at the General Assembly make the material for this new improv album. In a calm not so calm, as on a disused territory in cracking, through the disorder of the elements, the three protagonists evolve a sound environment which clashes and revives into variations of intensities. The concentration in balance and the contrast of individualities, make this meeting happy without understanding what happened…

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How Does This Happen?

John Butcher, Philippe Lauzier, Éric Normand

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In the press

  • Stuart Broomer, Musicworks, April 1, 2019
    … the kind of music that succeeds in inverse proportion to its potential to be described.
  • Avant Scena, December 29, 2018
    … adventurous and passionate. […] Music is fresh, evocative and bright.

Review

Stuart Broomer, Musicworks, April 1, 2019

In the week following, Normand and bass clarinetist Philippe Lauzier, partners in the duo Not the Music, toured with Butcher as a trio. How Does This Happen? documents concerts in Ottawa and Montréal, each the kind of music that succeeds in inverse proportion to its potential to be described. In each piece, we hear series of notes, sometimes multiphonic, sometimes singular, sometimes in repeated two- or three-tone micro-phrases; sometimes the sounds can be comfortably ascribed to individual instruments, sometimes less so, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Normand plays electric bass and objects, but he has succeeded so happily in transcending the electric bass’s typical sound that it’s more likely identifiable as “non-reed.” Even on a recording, one realizes that the sounds interacting in the room, the re-enactment and resonance of sounds within sounds, have become as important as any musician’s individual notes, and that the composition is as much the room’s; as much, ultimately, the auditor’s, as the initiating trio’s. How Does This Happen? It’s either a very long story or something felt immediately.

… the kind of music that succeeds in inverse proportion to its potential to be described.

Review

Avant Scena, December 29, 2018

How Does This Happen? is a new release of Ambiances Magnétiques label. Album was recorded by another one great trio — John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophones), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet) and Éric Normand (electric bass). The collaboration of two great French jazz improvisers and famous, talented and innovative saxophonist John Butcher is the key of bright, passionate and interesting sound. Musicians are individual and independent — their music is based on different traditions, ways of playing and formation of musical language. Each of them has a different point of view, unique improvising style, expressive and driving sound and innovative way of improvising. The traditions and innovations of European, French and American avant-garde jazz are connected in this album. Collective improvisations have vibrant, bright, tremendous and intense sound. It’s filled with surprises, pleasant and gorgeous themes, weird sounds, experimental musical decisions and spontaneous ideas or bursts of energy.

How Does This Happen? is adventurous and passionate. The compositions are based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. Musicians are experimenting in all fields of musical language. They pay especially huge attention to instrumentation’s and expressions section. The music is bright, evocative and filled with ambitious ideas, fresh ways of improvising and innovative playing techniques. Three outstanding avant-garde hazz nasters create individual and colorful compounds, who are strongly contrasting with each other. Rich musical language is based on polyphonic and multi-colorful musical pattern, abstract and multi-layed facture, colorful and solid melodic line, dynamic and intense rhythmic, bordering dynamics, unusual timbres, special effects and stylistic variety. These cases effect original, bright and evocative sound. Open form and free improvisation is the main element of all compositions. Musicians dive into emotional, sensible, suprising and touching free improvisations, intense and vibrant bursts of energy, expressive solos, passionate sparkls or subtle, silent and relaxing episodes. Saxophones by John Butcher are moving and expressive. The melodies are based on spontaneous musical decisions, improvising in the spot, bright and moving explosions of energy. The improvisations are moving and innovative, filled with passionate and expressive melodies, remarkable solos, dizzy and charming passages, enchanting timbres, special effects, shrieky, sharp, outrageous or weird sounds, modern harmony and furious repetitions of certain rhythmes or sounds. John Butcher is the master of suggestive and innovative improvising, He switches together uncompairable ways of playing, breaking and repetitive sessions, sharp sounds, crazy ideas and shocking decisions. His improvisations are based on creative and modern point of view, fresh ideas, curiousity and wild imagination. Furious and wild bass clarinet by Philippe Lauzier make an interesting combo with active and expressive saxophones. The music also is filled with intense and vibrant melodies, roaring blow outs, vivid and dizzy solos, moving and rising culminations, breaking sessions and blowing riffs. Philippe Lauzier is a creative and masterful improviser, who manages to fuse together all different compounds in one place. Gentle, vivid, expressive, furious, wild, whistling, blowing, turbulent, passionate, roaring, luminous or simply beautiful compounds are joined together in gentle and suggestive way. Special effects, weird timbres, innovative ways of playing, marvelous playing technique also make an effort to whole sound — it makes it much more active, moving and attractive. Electric bass keeps the solid bass line and rhythmic section. It’s leaded by Éric Normand, another one great improviser. Musician tries out extended and new ways of playing, fuse them with the traditions of 1960’s avant-garde jazz, as well as progressive, contemporary, modern and other jazz styles. Intense rhythmic, breaking and repetitive sessions, aggressive series, moving and passionate melodies who gently fit with furious bursts of energy, wild and expressive passages, sparkling solos, turbulent culminations or deep, tight and stable tunes of bass line. Musician joins together numerous of different sounds, timbres and rhythms. All three musicians are great and innovative jazz masters. They don’t hesitate to use shocking, crazy or scandalous ways of playing, innovative ideas of improvising, eclectic or weird combos and other innovations of avant-garde jazz. Music is fresh, evocative and bright.

… adventurous and passionate. […] Music is fresh, evocative and bright.

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