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Review

Peter Margasak, The Wire, no 446, 1 avril 2021
mercredi 10 mars 2021 Presse

Few top tier string quartets have been as devoted to experimental music as the Montréal ensemble Quatuor Bozzini, who routinely bring a stunning rigour to everything they play, whether the radical work of Swiss composer Jürg Frey or key Canadian figures such as Linda Catlin Smith, Cassandra Miller and Martin Arnold. This new album focuses on the music of Alvin Lucier, one of the most enduring and consequential sonic explorers of the last half-century, and the group’s razor-sharp precision and empathy helps bring the gripping psychoacoustics of his research into dynamic relief.

The album is bookended by two conventional yet open-ended string quartets, starting with the 1994 composition Disappearances originally written for Lucier’s students at Wesleyan University, and closing with the 1991 piece Navigations for Strings, previously recorded by Arditti. They feel like companion pieces. The first is built from harmonically rich, unison long tones that seem to float towards eternity, but eventually one musician slowly, almost imperceptibly, raises or lowers their individual pitch, incrementally followed by the others to produce acoustic beating with ever-changing rhythmic patterns, all contained within an immersive sustain. It’s the kind of work that could go on for hours, but this version clocks in at nearly 17 minutes, generating an immersive sonic experience at the heart of Lucier’s ongoing fascination with the science of sound.

In between the group perform two iterations of the 2004 piece Group Tapper, an adaptation of a piece written for violinist Conrad Harris — and recently featured in an hour long workout by his String Noise duo on a Black Truffle album — in which the musicians thwack at the bodies of their instruments with the butt end of a bow. Each one taps out different rhythms, but the real pleasure is observing how the percussive sounds fill the space they’re played in, as the musicians slowly move in the room, perpetually altering the sonic profile. Unamuno was written as a vocal piece, with each singer intoning a single pitch in a four-tone cluster, but the Bozzini’s complement the voice with strings. Lucier is brilliant, but his music always works best when performed by the truly dedicated.

… the group’s razor-sharp precision and empathy helps bring the gripping psychoacoustics of his research into dynamic relief.

Critique

Sophie Chartier, Le Devoir, 19 février 2021
dimanche 21 février 2021 Presse

Le surréalisme, parlons-en. Êtes-vous plus du type Lynch ou Jodorowsky? Des générations entières n’ont-elles pas été partiellement traumatisées par la grosse chenille fumeuse d’opium dans le dessin animé d’Alice au pays des merveilles? Parlant de ce film, ce sont les paroles du bariolé chat du Cheshire (au fait, qu’est-ce que des «momerate»?) qui ouvrent la nouvelle collaboration de collages sonores et d’effets de pédales entre les artistes expérimentaux N Nao et Joni Void. D’accord, le ton est donné. Alice nous guidera à travers des trappes, des détours, des incantations, des atmosphères entre glauque et ivresse. Les univers de ces deux explorateurs de l’inconscient s’arriment si bien l’un à l’autre que l’on croirait entendre un groupe formé depuis longtemps. Leur collaboration ne remonte qu’à 2019 toutefois. L’oiseau chante avec ses doigts est le premier d’une série d’albums bricolés avec du matériel grappillé depuis leurs débuts ensemble. ★★★ 1/2

… ces deux explorateurs de l’inconscient s’arriment si bien l’un à l’autre que l’on croirait entendre un groupe formé depuis longtemps.

Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, no 1272, 16 février 2021
mardi 16 février 2021 Presse

While listening to this new performance of Navigations, I was thinking about the earlier performance I heard, but somehow I don’t seem to be able to find that CD by Wergo. The actual title is Navigations for Strings, and this work composed by Alvin Lucier in 1991 and the closing piece of a five-part CD, as performed by Quatuor Bozzini. Lucier also composed the other four pieces and even while I have a considerable hefty book on my shelves from him, these compositions are not mentioned, so I am not entirely sure how they ’work’. As with many of Lucier’s compositions, there is usually conceptual reasoning behind it, a plan that is executed. It is interesting to know this, but is it essential for enjoying the music? Perhaps not. The title piece is the longest here and the opening Disappearances follows that in length; it also follows it in musical direction. In both of these pieces, the string quartet plays long, sustaining tones, with Disappearances being more ’in your face’ and Navigations for Strings more like an easy flow. There are two versions of Group Tapper, which is the group version of Tapper, for solo violin, but I assume now performed by the players of Quatuor Bozzini. Much to my surprise, this is a rhythmic piece, and I assume by using the bow as a mallet upon the surfaces of the violins, alto violin and cello. The longer of the two seems to be spacing out the intervals between the various ’hits’, and over its eleven minutes gradually be dying out. In the middle is Unamuno, “for four equal voices (1994)“ and this is an eerie piece of music. With the strings singing like ghostly voices, this is like the soundtrack for a haunted mystery flick. There are three pieces here that are ’textbook’Lucier pieces, sustaining, sine wave-like but entirely along with the sounds of real instruments, closely knit together and beautiful, plus two pieces that were quite the surprise, but of course, there then I reminded Silver Streetcar For The Orchestra, played on an amplified triangle and it all made sense. I just need to brush up my knowledge on Lucier again, I thought. This excellent CD is a perfect reminder to do so!

I just need to brush up my knowledge on Lucier again, I thought. This excellent CD is a perfect reminder to do so!