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Review

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, 29 août 2008

Quebec-based guitarist, Antoine Berthiaume, excels in duo situations, having recorded with master guitarists Derek Bailey and Fred Frith as well as with another guitarist, Takumi Seino and MaryClare Brzytwa on flute and electronics. NY guitar hero, composer, producer and multi-bandleader, Elliott Sharp, also thrives in duo settings with guitar greats like Nels Cline and Scott Fields, as well as with Bobby Previte, Zeena Parkins and Franck Vigroux. Both of these guitarists have their own, distinctive and diverse approaches to playing their guitars, so some of their sounds are not always that guitar-like. Layers of strange electronic sounds, manipulated feedback, bent-note e-bow drones, shimmering static, difficult-to-describe noise, howling ghost-like voices, weird sonic mutations, warped string fluctuations and ancient sounding electro-acoustic music is how I would explain some of these fascinating sounds. It does sound as if Elliott is using his laptop and Antoine, his devices to alter many of these sounds beyond their recognizable string-induced sounds. Each of the eleven pieces evokes a different mood and sets up different scenery. I was consistently blown away by the diverse results and sonic textures that both of these magicians/musicians have given to us worthy and demanding listeners.

I was consistently blown away by the diverse results and sonic textures that both of these magicians/musicians have given to us worthy and demanding listeners.

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