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Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 474, May 11, 2005

The recordings on this CD were made at Radio Canada, under the guidance of Hélène Prevost who curates the Labo MTL program. Two of the three musicians may be well-known: turntablist Martin Tétreault and Kaffe Matthews (electronics) are both renowned players in the world of improvisation. Léon Lo is the unknown one. He plays violin and effects here. As you can imagine this is music from the department of ‘careful crackling’: the stylus of Tétreault hitting the surface, Matthews static sounds and gliding tones and the electronical treatments of Lo’s violin, it fits perfectly the traditions of new improvisation, where electronica and acoustica meet up. In that respect this is nothing new under the sun, but this trio of excellent, skilled improvisers perform their work with great care. The only objection I have, is that it’s all a bit too long for my taste. It requires some intense listening here and sometimes my concentration failed. A little bit shorter and a little more precise editing would have enhanced the CD even further.

… fits perfectly the traditions of new improvisation, where electronica and acoustica meet up.

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