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Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 722, March 15, 2010

Quasar is a saxophone quartet. Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, Andre Leroux and Jean-Marc Bouchard, are the players. They play works from six canadian composers of whom only Claude Vivier who died in 1983 is known to me. No wonder Pulau Dewata (1974) by Vivier is the oldest composition played by this quartet. The CD opens with Miroir des vents by Luc Marcel, thoroughly composed piece. Geyser Ghetto from Michel Frigon is an evocation of the powers of nature as met in the phenomenon of geysers. No wonder a very dynamic piece. One feels the pressures that geysers cause. Iskra by Wolf Edwards is a wild and anarchistic piece. Here the quartet comes most close to the phrasing, etc. that we know from improvisation and free jazz. Especially in the power play by one of players in the beginning of the piece. With Giuco Piano by Frangis Nurulla-Khoja we come in calmer realms. And Pulau Dewata by Vivier is the most friendly sounding piece. Often it is close to minimal music. No wonder as it is inspired on Balinese music. Concerning the closing piece by Jean-Franois Laporte, the title says it all: Le chant de l’inaudible. Through long extended notes, the music moves very slowly staying very close to silence. The richness of the work is revealed if you listen very carefully and discover the diversity in sounds and textures.

The richness of the work is revealed if you listen very carefully and discover the diversity in sounds and textures.

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