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Review

Dolf Mulder, Vital, 28 mars 2002

Debut by Ipso Facto on the small Monsieur Fauteux label, a label related to Ambiances Magnétiques. Ipso Facto is a quartet: David Bussières (guitars), Chantal Bergeron (violin), Simon Dolan (Bass) and Francis Roberge (percussion). Their music is best characterised as modern chamber music. It is not rock, it is not jazz, but a bit of both. Influences of world music are nearby: klezmer, latin rythms, etc. Melody is important here. The music is very accesible and ‘classic’. The idiom of Ipso Facto is well-known. No revolution takes place here. But all compositions (by guitarist David Bussières) have an original touch and there is a great variety. For the historical perspective, their music picks up where Conventum (early 80s) stopped. Although the compositions here are more ‘simple’ in nature then was the case with Convemtum (Lussier, Duchesne, a.o.). The enthusiastic and inspired playing of Chantal Bergeron (violin) and the other musicians make this is one a very enjoyable one.

… all compositions have an original touch and there is a great variety.