Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, January 29, 2010

Philippe Lauzier (sax) and Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba) are two of the most active recrutes of late in Ambiances Magnétiques’ fold. This, their first duo CD (out on &records, Michel F. Côté’s imprint) is downright splendid. A series of careful pieces in which each sound is weighted yet flows naturally. A journey inside the instruments involved (those above mentioned, plus bass clarinet, tubes, melodica, small speakers, radios, and contact mics), but foremost inside a deep-running musical relationship between the two protagonists. You can clearly feel how these two have been and are still making discoveries together. A demanding listen but a beautiful album.

This, their first duo CD is downright splendid.