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Bi-Ki?

Quelque Chose Au Milieu

Bi-Ki?: Quelque Chose Au Milieu (BeCoq)

The alto sax duet of Jean-Baptiste Rubin and Sakina Abdou sculpt sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the space within which they play, captured here in various locations in Northern France by the keen ear of saxophonist/conceptualist Jean-Luc Guionnet.
 

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Jean Baptiste Rubin-alto saxophone

Sakina Abdou-alto saxophone


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UPC: 190394225711

Label: BeCoq
Catalog ID: BeCoq25
Squidco Product Code: 22210

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Lomme, France, in April 14th to 19th, 2014 by Jean-Luc Guionnet.

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"Initiated in 2012, the saxophone duet Bi-Ki ? shows and questions the meeting of two sound identities and two personal paths around the same instrument. In concert situation, usually in the middle of the audience, the duet sculpts a sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the place they play in. Two voices mix, follow and avoid each other, exploring all the possibilities of the instrument, the density of the timbre as its fragility, and playing with the sound space, real or fantasized. Careful writing, wide open to intuition, takes the listener to unsettling auditory senses, sometimes driving the eardrums crazy.

The first release of Bi-Ki ? Quelque chose au milieu (Something In The Middle) is the result of a work on space and sound environment with saxophone player and multifaceted artist Jean-Luc Guionnet. The purpose of this CD is to give to earing a multiplicity of "listening stations" from the duet's music - Jean-Luc Guionnet being here the active recorder.

The recording took place in various locations marked for their sound qualities, in the town of Lomme (North of France) with the partnership of the maison Folie Beaulieu. Throughout the recording, they freely recompose a course that gives to listen either the instrumental play, the sound environment, the architecture of the different places, the subjectivity of the recording and the biases of the mix."-Be Coq


Artist Biographies

"Jean-Baptiste Rubin, saxophones. Jean-Baptiste Rubin plays in: Feldspar , The Octopus , Bi-Ki? , The Great Muzzix Orchestra. Initiated to the joys of music at the age of 12, JB Rubin abandons the saxophone for the benefit of the drums at the age where we like to play hard, to resume a few years later while exiled to Lille in 2001

He then meets improvised music and jazz thanks to Olivier Benoit in particular and begins a curriculum at the conservatories of Tourcoing and Lille. He is passionate about noise music, free improvisation, but also for more written forms, notably with rock. He currently plays in several formations: Bi-Ki?, Unik Ubik, Cheikh de Stael, Octopus, Woodish, Louis Minus XVI, Ventilo, etc.

He has also collaborated on projects that mix music with theater or dance."

-Muzzix (Translated by Google) (http://muzzix.info/spip.php?page=article&id_article=31&lang=fr)
6/10/2024

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"Sakina Abdou: Saxophones, recorder

Born in 1984 in Lille, where she currently lives, Sakina Abdou is a saxophonist, flautist and plastic artist. She studied the flute (early and contemporary music) and the saxophone (classical/contemporary/jazz) at the Music Academy of Lille and Roubaix. She graduated from the Fine Arts School of Tourcoing and Valenciennes (DNAP,DNSEP) and also has a State Diploma of Music Teacher.

Since 1998, she has been a member of various music bands in Lille's area. In parallel to her studies, she has explored free improvisation, experimental and contemporary music within various entities :

"La Pieuvre" orchestra, led by Olivier Benoit, part of the collective of musicians " Muzzix " ("Feldspath", Circum-disc, 2013), the band "Vazytouille", part of the collective of musicians " Zoone Libre " ("Vazytouille", Circum-disc, 2011), "Le Miroir et le marteau" led by rock drummer Guigou Chenevier ("Le Miroir et le Marteau, Inouï Productions, 2012), the FreeRock quintet "Eliogabal" ("Mo", Becoq, 2014) or the Toc Compulsive Brass band ("Air Bump", Circum-Disc, 2016).

Since 2014, she has collaborated with the Dedalus ensemble to reinterpret the work of american minimalist composers like Philip Glass or Moondog ("Round The World of Sound", New World Records, 2016) and has also played with "Organik Orkeztra" led by the pianist Jeremy Ternoy from Lille and the Basque singer Kristof Hiriart ("Beraz", LagunArte Productions, 2018).

In 2012, she co-founded "Bi-Ki?", a duet with fellow saxophonist Jean-Baptiste Rubin. With a wish to explore acoustic as well as amplified sounds, they teamed up with Jean Luc Guionnet to record their first album ("Quelque chose au milieu", LX/Becoq, 2016). They also collaborate with Simon Henocq during residencies where their work culminates in restitutions that are part live concert, part sound installation, part art performance.

Crossing over many styles, she is currently a member of the improvisation trio "Abdou Dang Orins" and Julien Tortora's sextet "Phuisis" ( whose creations revolve around French philosopher Charles Fourrier's work). She also took part in film screenings with live music, with Jean-Baptiste Rubin ("Le Bonheur") and Ivan Cruz ("Ciné-concert de papier"). She is also involved in other orchestral projects such as "le Grand Orchestre de Muzzix", "Ritual" with Organik Orkeztra, the "Red Desert Orchestra" led by Eve Risser, and "Hoquetus" (Dedalus/ Muzzix). Her musical activity has led her to collaborate with many artists including Satoko Fujii, Raymond Boni, Michael Pisaro, Anthony Pateras, Tom Johnson,..."

-Muzzix (http://muzzix.info/Abdou?lang=en)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Si B (Eglise) 8:33

2. Zoom (Marche) 1:45

3. DiabeTiques S'Abstenir (Marche) 5:09

4. Tenues (Autoroute) 3:08

5. Minuscule (Eglise / HoTel De Ville) 11:16

6. Si B (Hotel De Ville) 1:05

7. C3 / C5 / (Eglise) 4:30

8. Attaques InverseEs (Autoroute) 1:38

9. Si B (Marche) 10:28

10. Abto 3am (Autoroute) 2:40

11. Grand Bassin // Attaques Inversees (Piscine) 12:32

12. C3 / C5 / (Marche) 5:47

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players

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