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Gargaud, Guillaume / Eero Savela: Syyspimee (Ramble Records)

A truly lovely and intimate duo album between French guitarist, composer and improviser Guillaume Gargaud and Finnish trumpet player Eero Savela, their second album after their 2020 release Helsinki, expanding their conversation in relaxed and filtered jazz that balances abstraction and lyricism with a natural pace and sophistication.

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Label: Ramble Records
Catalog ID: 159 CD
Squidco Product Code: 34881

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Helsinki, Finland, on October 29th, 2022.

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"French guitarist, composer and improviser Guillaume Gargaud and Finnish trumpet player Eero Savela join forces again for Syyspimee

Syyspimee (the darkness of autumn in Finnish) follows the 2020 release 'Helsinki' and sees them continue to explore texture, timbre, and tone through improvised compositions with wonderful moments of light and shade.

Guillaume's minimal guitar sonics draw from both the Jim Hall school of melody and the dissonant avant-abstractions of Derek Bailey as he stabs, plucks and pull at his acoustic strings with a delicate precision, while Eero Savela's haunting, mellifluous horn lines float gracefully in space.

Guillaume Gargaud has played on some twenty-nine albums, and has composed a substantial body of music for contemporary dance and cinema. He has collaborated with Stephen Grew (UK); Conserveries Mémorielles (Quebec); Burton Greene, Marc Edwards, Ben Bennett, Henry Kaiser, Jack Wright (US); Korvat Auki Ensemble (Finland); and many more.

Eero Savela is a Finnish trumpet player who is interested in exploring rhythm and freedom. He works in interaction with other performing arts; dance, circus, theatre, sound & media art as a performer, musician and composer. He has lately worked with Atmosfärg, Paradox Box, Secretones and Astro Can Caravan."-Ramble Records

"The world may not be infinite but its contents are greater than any one individual can experience in a single lifetime. Thus it is possible that someone can make music of a particular variety, say for sake of this example, improvised jazz, for many years, while another person can regard themselves as a seasoned listener of the same variety of music, without the two ever crossing paths. Rather than accusing the listener of having limited or provincial tastes or suggesting that the musician is of strictly local interest, we can instead celebrate the inexhaustible supply of human creativity that allows even old ears to discover the delights of voices, perhaps of similar vintage, but new to their ears.

Such is the case for the staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House and the music of Guillaume Gargaud & Eero Savela. The album, Syyspimee, served as our introduction to both musicians. The album contains eight duets of guitar and trumpet. No other guitar/trumpet duets instantly spring to mind, so the choice of instrumentation itself proved ear-opening. The esthetic of the musicians found precisely the right balance between improvisational meandering and incidental melody that is so pleasing but somewhat rare in the realm of improvised jazz. From the first notes, we were instantly drawn to the music.

The title Syyspimee translates from Finnish into English as "the darkness of autumn". Usually, we allow the titles of abstract instrumental music to guide our listening in the direction intended by the artists. However, in this case, we have to admit that we did not hear a darkness, or even the approach of darkness, in the music. Instead, to our ears, the music was borne on a lightness that pervaded the entire album. There is a natural bouyancy that evokes a brightness rather than an exploration of unlit depths.

The playing of neither Guillaume Gargaud on guitar nor Eero Savela on trumpet is easily pigeon-holed. In these reviews by the PPPH staff, we often find ourselves describing an album in relation to the music of another album by a different artist. The playing of the instruments doesn't fall within any single genre and the musical memories triggered by listening were many and unrelated. For example, the trumpet of Savela recalled at times the wind-through-brass-instrument sounds that are characteristic of far-out, provocative experiments captured on various releases of Relative Pitch Records (such as Aphelia by Lina Allemano & Axel Dörner) and at other times it seemed in the same vein as melodic trumpet works, intended purely to indulge the listener (such as Dreams by Ramon Moro & Emanuele Maniscalco). Yes, we understand that the trumpet playing on these two examples are as different as night and day and that is the point and, moreover, the ears need both.

No less did the playing of Gargaud span the range from free improvisation to classical guitar and many undefined territories between the two. While comparisons to Derek Bailey are used too often, in this case, we hear in the intentional resonance of the strings, a similar exploration. At the same time, as we noted above, the musicians on Syyspimee make no attempt to eschew a simple beauty that charms ears looking for calm harbors (such as The Boy Next Door by Sandro Gibellini, Giulio Corini & Emanuele Maniscalco).

The combination of guitar and trumpet was gorgeous. To find such immense pleasure in an introduction to musicians on an album is at once unanticipated, because not every release can be expected to be exceptional. At the same time, these surprises are welcome because this is the recurring appeal of listening to improvised music-there is now and then a new delight waiting to ambush you the moment you press "play"."-Poison Pie

Artist Biographies

"Guillaume Gargaud (Born in France in 1979) is a composer and improvisational guitarist. He's already released about ten albums and composed many musics for contemporary dance. He lives in Le Havre in France where he also teaches music.

He started playing guitar when he was 15, after he was injured in a road accident and forced to stay home for a year. In 1997, in addition to his cabinetmaking studies where he practiced sculpture, marquetry, restoration of antique furniture and art drawing, he worked on his instrument on his own and performed in different bands. In 1999, after passing his exams he decided to dedicate himself to music and he entered the professional course of IIMA lead by Laurent Rousseau. He then studied composition, musical analysis, jazz, contemporary and improvised music. During his studies he experimented with multiple forms of music (free jazz, bebop...).

In 2003 , he became a permanent member of the artist collective Zwann eï . He composes for performances, installations, sound poetry and movies. He realises visual creations and integrates laptop ( Ableton, Max msp) in his sound research system which was until then made of pedals, analog effects and objects. His implication in the collective will give him the opportunity to discover a new vision of writing and of the interactive relationships connected to picture, body and to literature.

In 2007 he decided to stop his tours to devote himself to his solo music and to get more involved into teaching by creating some improvised music workshops. Many trips, projects, live performances and recording will follow. Work with Loïs Laplace (Cycling 74), Federico Barabino (Buenos aires), Yumi Fujitani (danse butô, Paris), Les Conserveries mémorielles (Québec), Marc Roques (Zooloop, Paris), Sequana Deux (Contemporary Art from Le Havre to Paris "ABRUIT"), Jannick Schou (Denmark), Raphaël Maze and Francois Lebègue ("Light Cone " experimental cinema Paris), Nozal cube (Le Havre), The Future Ethnic Comparative Research Lab. (Paris), La cité de la musique (Paris), Jean Luc Petit,(FR) Sandrine Lascaux (Lecturer, Le Havre University), JP.Gomez, JP Buisson (Le Havre) M.Thouseau and V.Sauve (Paris), Blaise Merino (London), Mangane (Senegal), P.Sigmoon (Cambodia), Jack Wright (US), Raymond Alan Kaczynski, Mike Majkowski,(Berlin), Zachary Darrup (US) .

In 2008, he released his first solo album "Le Lieu" produced by Dirty Demos (UK), then in 2009 two CDs "She" with Utech Records (USA) and "Here" with Kvist Records (USA). And in 2011" Lost Chords" with Dead pilot Records UK."

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Eero Savela is a Finnish trumpeter based in Helsinki, Finland. He has been a member of groups Baabelin Torvet, Calypso King & The Soul Investigators, Didier's Sound Spectrum, Frankosun And The Family, High Society Brothers, Les Anges De La Nuit, Mr. QBICO ORCHESTRA, Ostari Njengi, Paukkumaissi, Soul Captain Band, Soultors, The Bad Ass Brass Band, and The Soul Investigators.

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Track Listing:

1. Part One 05:40

2. Part Two 05:48

3. Part Three 04:13

4. Part Four 03:54

5. Part Five 06:36

6. Part Six 03:46

7. Part Seven 05:54

8. Part Eight 04:57

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