Modern Composition

Philip Clark, The Wire, no. 242, April 1, 2004

Don’t be misled by the “Pierres” and the “Boulez“ references here — this disc has nothing to do with the French avant garde. Langevin and Tanguay are French Canadians with a background in jazz and modern composition, and Tanguay describes this blend of traditional and invented instruments as aiming “at understanding the past to better our understanding of the future”. The music often sounds like “invented” folk, as Langevin’s spiky reed playing is underscored by the noise Tanguay generates from percussion, toy instruments and power tools. A kooky and very personal vision.

A kooky and very personal vision.