Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, October 23, 2013

I got some Québécois demanding music this morning. First up: the great relationship between Philippe Lauzier and the German label schraum continues to flourish, this time with a solo CD. Lauzier recorded this dozen of short solos in the course of three years. Instrumentation (bass clarinet, saxes) and approaches (amplification, feedback, multitracking) vary greatly. The results reveal a top-notch technician, and a musician with a keen sense of dosage — a must in this type of microsonic improvisation. For that is what this is about. I can hear some of John Butcher’s techniques in his repertoire, alongside things I have never heard before. Very impressive and captivating.

Very impressive and captivating.