An extraordinary solo double bass set recorded at Saint-Jacques church of Cales, Lot, France in 2021 as part of the Souillac en Jazz festival from Joëlle Léandre, reaching into the depths for an incomparable and intensely concentrated display of technical skill and passion on the deep strings; captivating, visceral and cathartic.
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Label: Ayler Records
Catalog ID: AYLCD-169
Squidco Product Code: 31320
Recorded live in the Saint-Jacques church of Cales, Lot, France, on July 18th, 2021, by Christian Pouget.
Joelle Leandre-double bass, voice
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"French double bass player (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France), improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l'Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez's Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her - as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 composers.
As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Mark Naussef, Marilyn Crispell, India Cooke and so many others...
She has written extensively for dance and theater, and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances. She got the DAAD at Berlin, is welcomed as artist resident at Villa Kujiyama (Kyoto). In 2002, 2004 and 2006, she is Visiting Professor at Mills college, Oakland, CA, Chaire Darius Milhaud, for improvisation and composition. Her work as a composer and a performer, both in solo recitals and a part of ensembles, has put her under the lights of the most prestigious stages of Europe, the Americas and Asia.
From 1981 to 2009, Joëlle Léandre has about 150 recordings to her credit.-Joelle Leandre Website (https://www.joelle-leandre.com/biography/2/)
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1. Cales I 8:36
2. Cales II 8:56
3. Cales III 7:59
4. Cales IV 10:26
5. Cales V 6:21
6. Cales VI 7:07
7. Cales VII 4:31
8. Cales VIII 5:14
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"This solo by Joelle Leandre concentrates an energy coming out of the depths of the earth, right from the first strokes of the bow. The huge sound, instantly gripping the body, is overwhelming far beyond the music, an experience so strong that tears flow when it comes to the sung parts.
From the depths of the ages, evocative of a Native American medicine woman, an Inuit shaman, voodoo priestess or even blues woman, extracting with bare hands her strings rooted in clay, transcending the sound of her double bass, she awakens a thousand-year-old buried 'collective unconscious' with her voice of trance, inviting ancestral spirits to a form of resistance to fight all the injustices of the world, piercing with sound and love the hearts of both aficionados dreaming of impossible musical utopias and of novices stunned by her visceral "duende"."-Christian Pouget, liner notes
"I often make the connection between a totally improvised musical performance and an abstract gestural painting. Whether she appears alone, in a duet with a long-time partner or in a quartet with people she meets for the first time, Joëlle Léandre puts herself in a position to occupy the space - here a church - and to fill with his tool - the double bass - throwing notes and sounds like Jackson Pollock covered a surface which he circled without stopping, throwing his colors using the technique of dripping. (When not alone, obviously sharing, but that doesn't change a thing). This new performance, performed last July as part of the Souillac en Jazz festival, includes six sequences called Calès (from the name of the village where this church is located), plus two additional Calès recorded after the concert. Working almost exclusively on the bow with the virtuosity that we know her, Joëlle leads her "recital" with two masterful hands, exploring the rumbling bass, the striking contrasts, the pitches of sound, the rhythmic breaks, the 'enriching with crackles, shrill stridences, strikes, convolutions, vocal interventions, in an apparent disorder. However, his performance is perfectly "composed", staged, with a beginning and an end; a spontaneous organization, one might say, the richness of which we can appreciate after the last note, and above all identify all the nuances and subtleties thanks to the record (which is why Joëlle Léandre publishes a lot of them). This seems to me particularly successful and representative of his work, I highly recommend it to all those for whom "disorder" is also a desire to fight against the conformism of many current musical productions."-Jean Buzelin, CultureJazz (translated by Google)
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