One of the most fundamental trio of Québec’s new music, Les Poules are musicians and producers Joane Hétu, Danielle Palardy Roger and Diane Labrosse. More than 15 years after Les contes de l’amère loi they have a new full-lenght for us, the intriguing Prairie orange full of brand new tracks which paints a landscape of electronic and acoustic sounds, cracklings and rustles.
An intimate and disconcerting duo composed of Joane Hétu (saxophone, voice) and Jean Derome (saxophone, flutes, small instruments, voice), Nous perçons les oreilles presents, four years after their eponymus album, all-new abstract and melancholic songs on La vie, c’est simple. As Joane puts it very clearly: “The result is related to our relationship. This is a work relationship that gives me a lot of liberty and assumes a lot of complicity. Nous perçons les oreilles are very short, naïve and humoristic songs accompanied by radical bruitist music.”
“Lee Pui Ming moulds piano and vocal into a gleeful avant-garde concoction that is all her own.” (Eye, Canada) Toronto resident Lee Pui Ming’s new CD, Who’s Playing, is a series of strong and invigorating piano, saxophone and voice improvisations recorded with musician and producer Joane Hétu. The album was launched at Toronto’s Music Gallery on February 23, 2002 with a concert the two performers and drummer Danielle Palardy Roger.
“A rushing brutal liberation from language and cadence…” (The Wire, UK) In the 80’s, Joane Hétu, Diane Labrosse and Danielle Palardy Roger sprung out of the Quebec musical landscape and seduced the world with their vitality, ardour and originality. One of the first Ambiances Magnétiques productions, the lp Les contes de l’amère loi (Tales of a Bitter Law) was out of print for more than a decade. This CD reissue is a wonderful occasion to discover again the work of these three women who help built, as musicians and producers, new music in Québec.