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Lepage, Robert M. / Rene Lussier: Chants et danses du monde inanime (Ambiances Magnetiques)

A mixture of composition and improvisation ranging from earnest to farcical in this early recording from Robert M Lepage (clarinet, sax) and Rene Lussier (guitar).

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UPC: 771028100125

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM001CD
Squidco Product Code: 500

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1996
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in 1984 and 1996 in Canada.


Robert Marcel Lepage-clarinet, alto saxophone

Rene Lussier-guitar, podocussions

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"Robert Marcel Lepage (born 5 July 1951) is a Canadian musician and film score composer.

Born in Montreal, Lepage trained in music at the age of 20, and learned to play the clarinet and saxophone. He performed with René Lussier and Pierre Hébert during the 1980s and 1990s.

He went on to write the scores for 150 films. He was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Score and the Jutra Award for Best Music for the 2008 film The Necessities of Life. Marc-André Lussier of La Presse positively reviewed Lepage's score for Iqaluit (2016) as "lyrical".

In his personal life, he has three children, Félix; Étienne Lepage (fr), a playwright; and Florence, an artist."

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"René Lussier (born April 15, 1957) is a musician based in Quebec, Canada. He is a composer, guitarist, bass guitarist, percussionist, bass clarinetist, and singer. Lussier has collaborated with such figures as Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Jean Derome and Robert M. Lepage. His work, which combines elements from all major genres, is often referred to within the discourse of New Music, or Musiques Actuelles, in French.

Born in Montreal, Lussier began his musical career in 1973 in Chambly as part of the progressive rock group Arpège. From 1976 to 1980, he was a member of the Montreal folk-progressive group Conventum, led by André Duchesne. Lussier was also a member of the groups Quatour de l'Emmieux and les Reins, Nébu and La G.U.M in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1986 he joined Duchesne's Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar.

He began doing soundtrack work in 1979, via a collaboration with Duchesne on the music for a short film called Tanobe. Lussier has written or co-written the scores to more than 35 films, including Chronique d'un génocide annoncé, a documentary by Danièle Lacourse and Yvan Patry about the Rwandan genocide.

Lussier played guitar for the popular singer Pauline Julien between 1982 and 1984, though he also worked on esoteric music that blurred distinctions between progressive rock, jazz, improvisation, modern composition, and circus music. His first solo album, Fin du travail (version I), was released in 1983 and consolidated his reputation as a quirky, humorous and talented guitarist-composer. He has collaborated extensively with Derome and Lepage and has recorded as a member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet. Lussier is featured prominently in Step Across the Border (1990), a documentary feature film by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel about the work and travels of Frith. Lussier was also a member of Frith's band Keep the Dog (1989-1991).

In 1983, Lussier co-founded the Ambiances Magnétiques record label and recording collective with Derome, Lepage and Duchesne, and produced an extensive body of work in this environment. His best known work, Le trésor de la langue (1989), was created during this period. The album interspersed music with taped recordings of Quebec residents discussing the importance of the French language. It won the Grand Prix Paul-Gilson award in 1989.

In the late 1990s, Lussier recorded two albums for solo guitar and a pair of collaborations with Martin Tétreault which reflected an interest in the history of musique concrète and electroacoustic music composition and theory."

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track listing:

1 Traitement de texte 4:40

2 C'est pourquoi votre fille est muette 5:26

3 Personnage contemplant 7:07

4 Saisie de données 3:42

5 Chiens de garde culturels 4:27

6 États asservis 4:20

7 Le vinyle historique 2:05

8 En marchant sur des oeufs 3:04

9 Musique néo-tacite 4:38

10 L'art de remplir des boîtes 3:25

11 Tutti frottis 4:58

12 L'ablation des sinusoïdales 2:33

13 La grenouille et le gliss fou 1:34

14 Préoccupations psycho-acoustiques 3:38

15 Le vendeur d'aspirateurs 3:55

16 Berceuse pour un petit bidon 1:49
descriptions, reviews, &c.

An early collaboration between Rene Lussier and Robert Marcel Lepage, this was first released 1984 featuring René Lussier, Renee Allen, Lou Babin, Pierre Cartier, Jean Derome, Mathieu Leger, André Pelchat, Eduardo Pipman, Bernard Poirier, Pierre St-Jak, Rémi Tremblay, and Claude Vendette. The cd also includes thirty minutes of additional music recorded in 1996. A mixture of compositional and improvisational music from serious to comic the music presents a wide variety of approaches, textures and concepts. Also interesting to note that this is the first CD that Ambiances Magnetiquest released, the start of a great label...

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Musique Actuelle
Guitarists, &c.
Improvised Music
Ambiances Magnetiques
Lussier, Rene
Duo Recordings
Before April-2006
Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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