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Leimgruber, Urs / Jean-Marc Foussat: Face to Face [2 CDS] (Fou Records)

The perfect foils for each other, German saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and French AKS sysnthesist Jean-Marc Foussat are heard in two complete concerts, one at the WIM in Zurich and one at the Kunsthalle in Lucerne, both exploring sound, timbre, momentum and atmosphere through extended techniques and extreme playing, and an amazing display of soundscape and sonic force.
 

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Jean-Marc Foussat-synthesizer, voice

Urs Leimgruber-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone


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UPC: 3491570055328

Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD32/33
Squidco Product Code: 27577

Format: 2CDS
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
CD 1 recorded live at WIM (Werkstatt fur Improvisierte Musik), in Zurich, Switzerland, on October 26th, 2018.

CD recorded live at Kuntshalle, in Lucerne, Switzerland, on October 19th, 2018.

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"A fascinating double album made of two concert recordings at the WIM in Zurich and the Kunsthalle in Lucerne.

Urs Leimgruber is a saxophonist (soprano and tenor), a researcher of sounds and timbres who flies into the atmosphere in a lucid, introverted, candid, suddenly expressionist, pure... One of the most inventive colleagues of Evan Parker, John Butcher and Michel Doneda who has nothing to envy anyone and especially that gives us to hear the surprise, beyond the facilities, propriety, virtuosity displayed. In the first place the requirement, the faith and this passion of musical moment nourished thousands of patient hours to explore the recesses of the jar, the pipe and the beak of the saxophone right, its interior space, its vibration, the pressure of the lips, the song of the reed in complete freedom. But whatever the intrinsic qualities and the potential of an improviser, they find their final result when in the company of a "compatible" or unpredictable partner, one goes in search of absolute. Where the music of the one enriches that of the other and the two melee us unveil unsuspected perspectives, an enrichment made of unlimited generosity, exposed unconscious, dilated time of which the captivated listener instantly forgets the duration. Where the sounds are metamorphosed to those of the partner.

Jean Marc Foussat has been handling the AKS synth for decades and has built a multiform, reptilian language, made of winds, bursts, heavy clouds, unpredictable currents, crazy loops. In recent years, he has rubbed shoulders with many partners looking for the right formula, the winning team that can contribute to the flourishing of his research. Just recently, I applauded a wonderful trio album with Matthias Muller and Nicolas Souchal. Today, I have the strong feeling to have in hand the nugget that will stay for a very long time in the shelving favorites of my cehtheque, those that we keep close at hand to taste the details and gauge the quintessence, their evidence at every moment when we listen to them.

Floating and twirling around and over the sound treatments of J-M.F., Urs plays the registers initimes, unknown, discovered in the moment of his saxophone, passing from the murmur of the breath caressing the column of air to the saturated and unheard of the most biting harmonic in the same jet. He projects the unspeakable, the despair that suddenly reveals itself to be a conviction, streaking the space of the cry of his upset guts or the worried tremors of the column of air. Organic stresses from which the melody is evacuated leaving room for wild sounds returned to the state of nature. An undomesticated music where the artist allows to speak and live the sounds made possible by the mechanical way of the keys, buffers, orifices, pipe, beak, reed, ligature and the action of the body and the soul. The blower lets himself be guided by what he hears himself play and is caught in the snapshot of his action like a celestial body in a black hole projecting pigments and welts on the screen of life. All our perception of this phenomenon is sublimated by the flows, eruptions, flows produced by the other, the one who manipulates his synth, by holding back, compressing the flow, stretching the halos, causing him delays and jolts.

This is undoubtedly a unique document that, high level of electronics, joins the best recorded moments of Thomas Lehn, Richard Scott, Furt, Lawrence Casserley... and evokes the best of the world the spirit of the legendary Saxophones Solos by Evan Parker in 1975 (a / k / a Aerobatics Incus 19). Comrades fascinated by the improvised adventures of saxophonists such as Evan Parker, John Butcher, Michel Doneda, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe McPhee, Stefan Keune, Mats Gustafsson etc... it is inconceivable that we can avoid listening to such an improviser. His solo albums (# 12, Chicagos Solos / Leo) are an excellent introduction and those with Barre Phillips and Jacques Demierre the best business card for his group work (LDP - Cologne / Psi, Albeit and Montreuil / Jazzwerkstatt). In this duet engraved for Jean Marc Foussat's label, Urs Leimgruber draws magical lines, incandescent glyphs, pure poetry, the language of the heart. The component of both worlds is sublime. To listen without a hitch!"-Fou Record (via Google Translator)



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"Jean-Marc Foussat (born March 19, 1955 in Oran ) is a French composer and improvisational musician ( guitar, piano, live electronics ).

Since the mid-1970s, Foussat had belonged to groups such as Lézard Marçio, in which he contributed the sounds of concrete music with magnetic tapes. In 1981, he finished his first solo album, Abattage, which was released in 1983. In the ensemble Marteau Rouge (with the guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the drummer Makoto Sato), he also collaborated with Evan Parker. Together with the saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau, he formed the duo Aliquid, which also appeared with Joe McPhee ( Quod, 2014). In addition to soloprograms, he also starred with Noël Akchoté / Roger Turner, Samuel Blaser, Émilie Lesbros, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sophie Agnel, Daunik Lazro and numerous other musicians, as well as the Fortuna 21 Octet of Raymond Boni and the department of education psychique on."

-Wikipedia translated by Google (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Marc_Foussat&prev=search)
7/10/2024

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"Born Lucerne, 1952; saxophones, composer.

Urs Leimgruber has been active for many years in the areas of contemporary improvisation, composition, jazz and new music. One of his earliest associations was as a member of the electric jazz/free music group 'Om' with Christy Doran, Fredy Studer and Bobby Burri, and he later formed the 'Reflexionen' quartet with Don Friedman and Bobby Burri in New York. More recently, his own projects have included 'Ensemble Bleu', 'Xylem', e_a.sonata 02 with the ARTE saxophone quartet, as well as a long association with Fritz Hauser: as a duo with the ongoing Music for saxophone and percussion; in the Leimgruber/Roidinger/Hauser trio; a trio with Joëlle Léandre; and a trio with Marilyn Crispell. He later formed the 'quartet noir' with Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre and Fritz Hauser, a trio with Jacques Demierre and Barre Phillips and the group SIX with Jacques Demierre, Isabelle Duthoit, Charlotte Hug, Dorothea Schürch and Thomas Lehn. Urs Leimgruber has also performed extensively as a solo artist and has been involved in mixed media presentations, providing music for dance, radio plays and film.

Urs Leimgruber has undertaken concert tours in Western and Eastern Europe, USA, Canada, South America and Japan, and appeared at concerts and on recordings with such musicians as Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Joe McPhee, Lauren Newton, Michel Doneda, Keith Rowe, Günter Christmann, Sunny Murray and Günter Müller among many others."

-European Free Improv (EFI) (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mleimgr.html)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Rive De Reves 41:24

CD2



1. Luxerna 44:28

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