The 2nd album from En Corps, the improvising trio of Eve Risser on piano, Benjamin Duboc on double bass, and Edward Perraud on drums, was recorded live at Artacts 16 festival in St Johann, Austria in 2016, performing two building works--"Des Corps" and "Des Ames" (The Bodies, The Souls)--which evolve from intricate quiet interplay into rich harmonic interaction.
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Label: Dark Tree Records
Catalog ID: DT 07
Squidco Product Code: 23988
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at ArtactsÕ16, Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol, Austria on March 13th, 2016, by Karl Wienand with Markus Massinger.
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2. Des Ames 16:53
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"The 2012 Free Jazz Collective Happy New Ears! competition was one of the most boring so far. The debut album of the French trio En Corps - pianist Eve Risser, double bass player Benjamin Duboc and drummer Edward Perraud - won the prestigious trophy immediately. It took this unique trio five years to release its sophomore album, recorded at Artacts 16 festival in St Johann, Austria on March 2016, and not because these prolific musicians like to be fashionably late.
Risser, Duboc and Perraud are in-demand musicians who are busy with many solo and side projects.. Risser has worked her White Desert Orchestra (that released its debut album, Les Deux Versants Se Regardent, Clean Feed, 2016), played solo (her debut solo album, Des pas sur la neige, was released on Clean Feed, 2015) and with the duos Donkey Monkey, with drummer Yuko Oshima, and Duo Désordre, with reeds player Antonin-tri Hoang. Duboc kept busy with many small outfits, including trios with guitarist Julien Desprez (from Fire! Orchestra) and percussionist Julien Loutelier (Tournesol, Dark Tree, 2016), sax player Daunik Lazro and drummer Didier Lasserre (Sens Radiants, Dark Tree, 2014), and played in Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (Moments of Fatherhood, Rogue Art, 2016). Perraud kept working with the trio Das Kapital, his quartet Synaesthetic Trip, duo with vocalist Élise Caron and his solo project Préhistoires.
Generation follows Sun Ra concept of freedom in its special way. Ra, who was skeptical of the common rhetoric about freedom in music, preferred the terms discipline and precision, emphasizing that even the wildest-seeming music requires the implementation of both terms. Generation by no means attempts to be wild-sounding but it certainly offers a bold musical vision, where discipline and precision are essential elements.
Generation expands and deepens En Corps aesthetics from the debut album and offers a similar structure of one long free-improvisation and a shorter one, completely different in spirit. The first piece, the 38-minutes "Des Corps" (Bodies), is a minimalist improvisation that is developed organically through persistent repetitions and delicate alterations of almost transparent clusters of sounds, with a profound meditative impact. The trio moves as a strong, focused unit, never attaches itself to any conventional pulse, and still dances ahead with commanding, powerful conviction. The trio's intense and balanced interplay patiently opens, with brief solo parts, and gains more power, depth and colors. The second piece, "Des Âmes" (Souls) suggests a haunting soundscape. Risser, Duboc, and Perraud employ a wide array of extended techniques - attaching objects to the piano strings, inventive bowing techniques, including on the cymbals - and sketch a vivid, mysterious narrative that cleverly builds its tension with sudden rhythmic games.
Another masterpiece from En Corps as well from the boutique label Dark Tree. I guess that we already have a strong contender on the this year Happy New Ears! competition."-Eyal Hareuveni,
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"Eve Risser has her musical roots in chamber music as a flutist and pianist. While residing in Alsace, France, she merged in to the contemporary and jazz/improvised music world. In June 2008, she got the 1st Piano Price in Jazz & Improvised Music at National Conservatory in Paris, a soloist price at the International Competition of La Défense. From 2009 to 2013 she took part of National Jazz Orchestra of Fance (ONJ) directed by Danie Yvinec. Eve's multifaceted musical creativity has been heard in various settings, festivals and groups throughout the world.
She performs solo with piano or electric harpsichord and a her own improvisations or compositions. She leads and co-leads, plays, and composes in the Donkey Monkey with Yuko Oshima ; in the quartet The New Songs with the swedish singer and composer Sofia Jernberg, Kim Myhr and David Stackenäs ; in the trio EN-CORPS (Risser/Duboc/Perraud) ans many others.
Currently Eve's musical life is based out of Paris where she is involved in organizing creative music live performances and the label UMLAUT. Eve has had the possibility to play and collaborate with great musicians such as John Hollenbeck, Billy Hart, Benoît Delbecq, Jon Irabagon, Mickael Formanek, Médéric Collignon, Marc Ducret, Emile Parisien, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Mickael Zerang, Andreas Werliin, joel grip, eivind lohning, Wolfgang Mitterer, Quatuor Bela, MAGMA, Le Sacre du Tympan, Magnetic Ensemble, The Bridge #5, les solistes de l'Ensemble Intercontemporain Nicolas Crosse & Pascal Gallois, Pascal Niggenkemper Vision 7 and many others.Je suis un paragraphe. Cliquez ici pour ajouter votre propre texte et modifiez-moi. Je suis l'endroit parfait pour raconter une histoire, et pour vous présenter à vos utilisateurs."-Eve Risser website (http://www.everisser.com/biography)
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"Benjamin Duboc is a very strong voice on double bass, born 1969, studied with JF Jenny-Clark & Bernard Cazauran, and has played with many great musicians (as Ernest Dawkins, Bertrand Denzler, Roy Campbell, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sabir Mateen, Byard Lancaster, Daniel Erdmann, Abdelahaï Bennani, Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, Sunny Murray, John Betsch...). And also with Henry Grimes for a great duet in Paris. He leads the "Nuts" quintet with Itaru Oki & Rasul Siddik on trumpets, & Makoto Sato & Didier Lasserre on drums. He plays in "The fish" with Jean-Luc Guionnet on alto sax & Edward Perraud on drums (double cd on Ayler Records) and Rocks in the Sea with Mario Rechtern, Eric Zinman and Didier Lasserre. Benjamin has a beautiful and big sound, you really feel the ground while hearing him... it's somethin' ! He also is recorded on Amor Fati, Futura Marge, Creative sources, le petit label, sansbruit."-Benjamin Duboc Website (http://benjamin.duboc.free.fr/biography.htm)
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"Edward Perraud born in Nantes in 1971
Percussionist, Drummer, composer, improviser and researcher.
He began playing guitar at the age of eight, then learned the trombone and classical percussion at the CNR of Rennes. After a master's degree in musicology at the University of Rennes, he joined the IRCAM doctoral program in 1996 with Hugues Dufour where he obtained a DEA (EHESS / ENS / IRCAM). He entered the CNSM of Paris in the class of Michael Levinas the same year where he obtains in 1998 a 1st prize of musical analysis.
Classical music, contemporary music, jazz (Daniel Humair for 3 years at the CNSM in Paris), Indian (he studied with Patrick Moutal and Ramon Lopez at the CNSM and then Calcutta with Biplab Battacharia at the tablas) Gilles Léothaud in ethnomusicology at the CNSM) and free improvisation, profoundly mark his percussionist play.
He is also a member of the improvised "Hubbub" ensemble with Frederic Blondy, Jean Sébastien Mariage, Bertrand Denzler and Jean-luc Guionnet since 1999. He also founds the duo BIG with his alter ego Frederick Galiay (electric bass) The duo bass / drums under multiple facets: Big drum & bass, Big world, Big Pop.
There are now fifty records on numerous labels worldwide (Germany, USA, Portugal, England, Switzerland, etc ...). He created his own label in 2005 (Quark-records) which today has more than twenty references. In 2008, he founded a duet with the singer Elise Caron: "Bitter Sweets" which explores all forms of improvisation possible in the most varied styles. In 2011, he formed his group: "Synaesthetic Trip" with Benoit Delbecq, Bart Maris and Arnault Cuisinier, his first group as a leader who will be unanimously acclaimed by critics. A second album of his quartet will be released in 2015.
For more than 20 years he has played with many European and American musicians such as Tony Malaby, Bruno Chevillon, Olivier Benoit, Sylvain Kassap, Yves Robert, Thomas de Pourquery (Supersonic), Beniat Achiary, Fred Frith, Paul Rogers, Donnet, Joelle Leandre, John Edwards, Johannes Bauer, Louis Sclavis, Claude Tchamitchian, Bernard Lubat, Michel Portal, Vincent Courtois, Daunik Lazro, Marc Helias, Joe Rosenberg, Project The Bridge by Alexandre Pierrepont which promotes the exchange between American and French musicians.
Das Kapital (Daniel Erdmann, Hasse Poulsen, Edward Perraud) founded in 2001 (Concerts in Russia, Mexico, Honduras, Salavador, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany ...), which won the prize for the best Jazz record of 2011 in Germany (Preiss der deutsche Kritik) with his homage to composer Hanns Eisler.
He obtains with Thomas de Pourquery Supersonic as drummer and for his label Quarkrecords the price of the disc of jazz of the year 2014 to the victories of the music.
In autumn 2014 he was called by the actor Philippe Torreton with whom they duet the show "Mec" in tribute to Allain Leprest.
Supporting self-giving, he claims a journey away from the chapels where everything must be possible. He has been a photographer and has been exhibiting for several years (Caen, Tours, Nantes ...)"-Edward Perraud Website (translated by Google) (https://www.edwardperraud.com/Bio.html)
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