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Houle, Francois / Marilyn Crispell: Any Terrain Tumultuous (Red Toucan)

A beautiful and diverse set of duos from clarinetist Francois House and pianist Marilyn Crispell, with a two part title track based on a poem by Catriona Strang, and an instrumental song for Jeanne Lee.
 

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UPC: 777885930523

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9305-2
Squidco Product Code: 18045

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1995
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on September 23rd, 1995 at Nevessa Studio, Saugerties, NY..


Personnel:

Francois Houle-clarinet

Marilyn Crispell-piano

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Artist Biographies:

Francois Houle (born August 17, 1961, Lachine): "I am a Canadian clarinetist who embraces pretty much any music where the clarinet is present, or has a bit of profile or history. Although I am classically trained, I have not followed the traditional career path associated with the kind of classical training I came out of.

I studied at McGill University with Emilio Iacurto (the legendary, long-time principal clarinetist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra) and at Yale University with Keith Wilson (whose contribution to the clarinet world is unparalleled). I've had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with some of the world's finest clarinet players, including David Shifrin, Richard Stoltzman and Alan Hacker.

It was Alan Hacker who actually opened the door for me to explore new technical and musical possibilities on the clarinet. Having been part of Fires of London and a close collaborator with composers such as Peter Maxwell-Davies, Alan's insatiable curiosity and deep scholarship inspired me to look for my own personal approach. Following a brief visit to his home in the UK in the late 80's I spent some time in Paris practicing and researching clarinet new music repertoire. At that time I still didn't know what I was going to do with my life, except that I had a deep desire to "make it" in the music scene. It was during this period that I discovered the music of Steve Lacy.

Steve Lacy's career actually began as a dixieland clarinetist, eventually shifting to the soprano saxophone, an instrument very few jazz musicians had investigated since the great Sydney Bechet due to its range, smaller embouchure and faulty intonation. Steve dedicated his life to bringing this instrument at the forefront of creative music (legend has it that he turned John Coltrane on to the soprano's expressive qualities).

At the time I had one occasion of hearing him play live at the New Morning jazz club, and bought a newly released duo recording called "Paris Blues" (Owl Records, 1987) with the great Gil Evans on piano. Heading back to Canada, that was the only music I could listen to for quite a while, being transfixed by Lacy's and Evan's telepathic playing. It was the first time that I had found a jazz performance that rivalled with the finest chamber music making I was then more familiar with. It was a game changer as far as I was concerned. It opened the door for further exploration and discoveries; Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Jimmy Giuffre, all important figures in the development of creative music on the clarinet. It is interesting and deplorable to note that not once were these names ever mentioned in all my years of university clarinet seminars and lessons. It was only a few years later that he agreed to meet with me for one on one lessons at his Paris apartment. His main advice to me was to stick with the clarinet, and forge ahead with my musical thoughts and ideas, no matter how difficult the road ahead may be.

After a stint at the Banff Centre, where I worked on my technique and practiced improvisation (the centre has a great library with an extensive jazz and creative music collection), I relocated to Vancouver in the winter of 1989, where I began playing on the creative music scene and met many musicians who eventually became fantastic collaborators; Claude Ranger, Roger Baird, Tony Wilson, amongst many others. At the time, the New Orchestra Workshop Society was approaching its golden years, with the founding of the legendary Glass Slipper, the "go to" venue for creative music on the West Coast. The Vancouver Jazz Festival was well on its way to establishing itself as one of the most innovative international music happening, not only programming some of the biggest names in the business, such as Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, but also the most creative musicians on the planet; Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, and a whole sleuth of European 1st generation of improvisors such as Misha Mengelberg, Han Benning, ICP, AMM, and the Italian Instabile Orchestra. It was at the 1992 Jazz Festival that I had my first high profile gig, my first band "Et Cetera" sharing the bill with the Steve Lacy Sextet!

As I was making my first steps in the improvised community, I also became involved with the contemporary music scene, collaborating with composers such as John Oliver and Paul Dolden, as well as freelancing with established organizations; Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Pro Musica. In 1992 I became a founding member of the Standing Wave ensemble. My activities in both creative music and new music allowed me to forge a strong profile, eventually expanding to collaborations with international musicians, and getting international touring opportunities. Some long standing collaborations were forged during that fruitful period, with luminaries such as Benoît Delbecq and Joëlle Léandre among others.

I have since been constantly involved in the advancement of creative music, pursuing collaborative projects with composers and musicians of all persuasions. My work continues to test the boundaries, looking for new vistas and connections with listeners everywhere."

-Francois Houle Website (https://www.francoishoule.ca/about)
11/7/2018

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"Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joelle Leandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was co-director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz. In 2014 she led a three-week music residency at the Atlantic Center For the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and in 2016 led a one-week residency at the Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires.

Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players on the American and international jazz scene. She's also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Niehaus and Anthony Davis (including four performances of his opera "X" with the New York City Opera).

In addition to playing, she has taught improvisation workshops and given lecture/demonstrations at universities and art centers in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers and poets.

Crispell has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grants (1988-1989, 1994-1995 and 2006-2007), a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission (1988-1989), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005-2006). In 1996 she was given an Outstanding Alumni Award by the New England Conservatory, and in 2004, was cited as being one of their 100 most outstanding alumni of the past 100 years."

-Marilyn Crispell Website (http://marilyncrispell.com/bio.htm)
11/7/2018

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track listing:


1. Any Terrain Tumultuous Part 1 8:38

2. Nomad 6:58

3. A Patch Sets (5 miniatures) 2:45

4. Every Time 1:17

5. Any Terrain Tumultuous Part 2 10:00

6. Marsyas 7:46

7. Song For Jeanne Lee 3:23

8. Oblique 6:52

9. For Clayoquot 8:21

10. Provided I Could 1:03
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Definitely compositions. The title track goes from very austere beginnings to eventually live up to it's name, Houle blowing circles around Crispell's clusters and runs. These are the most engaging parts of the disc for me, and I wish they'd just BLOW more often.

I guess the idea behind composing ideas to improvise around is so that the listeners, as well as the players, are spared those moments of wandering or un-inspiration. Does this point out a lack of ability in the composers? Perhaps. But these are two veterans, and I've heard them both improvise brilliantly in other contexts, so why the Forethought? Something to prove? Trying to get something across?I cannot in good conscience judge these compositions. They all sound more classical than jazz (to use worn-out terms) and during the written parts I find myself wishing they'd get to the fire. (When Crispell plays a solo, things burn right up.) I like the spareness of the two instruments' sounds, and the recording is excellent. My girlfriend, who's been listening along with me, found this CD more interesting than anything else I've played tonight."-Jeph Jerman, The Improviser

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
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Houle, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt
You Have Options
(Songlines)
Braxton, Anthony
Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs]
(Hatology)
Crispell, Marilyn / Gerry Hemingway
Table of Changes (Live)
(Intakt)
Guy, Barry / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton
Deep Memory
(Intakt)
Braxton, Anthony / Quartet
(Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS]
(Hatology)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Houle, Francois Trio
Schizosphere
(Red Toucan)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Fields, Scott
Five Frozen Eggs
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Stone Quartet (Leandre / Campbell / Crispell / Maneri)
Live at Vision Festival
(Ayler)
Houle, Francois
Au Coeur du Litige [2 CDs]
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Leandre / Houle / Strid
Live at Sons D'Hiver
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Lee, Peggy Band
Sounds from the Big House
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Grdina's Box Cutter
New Rules for Noise
(Spool)
Box Cutter (Grdina / Houle / Silins / Leowen)
Unlearn
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Wilson, Tony Sextet
Lowest Note
(Spool)
Wilson, Tony Sextet
Lowest Note
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Moholo-Moholo, Louis / Marilyn Crispell
Sibanye (we Are One): Duets
(Intakt)
Geggie, John
Geggie Project
(Ambiances Jazz)
Houle, Francois
Aerials
(Drip Audio)
Quartet Noir
Lugano
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton, Anthony Quartet
(Victoriaville) 1992
(Les Disques Victo)
Leimgruber, Urs / Marilyn Crispell / Joelle Leandre / Fritz Hauser
Quartet Noir
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Plimley, Paul / John Oswald / Marilyn Crispell / Cecil Taylor
Complicite
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Recommended & Related Releases:
Braxton, Anthony
Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs]
(Hatology)
Crispell, Marilyn / Gerry Hemingway
Table of Changes (Live)
(Intakt)
Guy, Barry / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton
Deep Memory
(Intakt)
Braxton, Anthony / Quartet
(Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS]
(Hatology)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Houle, Francois
Au Coeur du Litige [2 CDs]
(Spool)
Grdina's Box Cutter
New Rules for Noise
(Spool)
Box Cutter (Grdina / Houle / Silins / Leowen)
Unlearn
(Spool)
Wilson, Tony Sextet
Lowest Note
(Spool)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis / Marilyn Crispell
Sibanye (we Are One): Duets
(Intakt)
Braxton, Anthony Quartet
(Victoriaville) 1992
(Les Disques Victo)
Plimley, Paul / John Oswald / Marilyn Crispell / Cecil Taylor
Complicite
(Les Disques Victo)
Other Recommended Releases:
Houle, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt
You Have Options
(Songlines)
Rose, Simon / Stefan Schultze
The Ten Thousand Things
(Red Toucan)
Schindler / Winter
Form & Material
(Creative Sources)
Houle, Francois Trio
Schizosphere
(Red Toucan)
Reason, Dana / Peter Valsamis
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Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Fields, Scott
Five Frozen Eggs
(Clean Feed)
Stone Quartet (Leandre / Campbell / Crispell / Maneri)
Live at Vision Festival
(Ayler)
Leandre / Houle / Strid
Live at Sons D'Hiver
(Ayler)
Lee, Peggy Band
Sounds from the Big House
(Spool)
Wilson, Tony Sextet
Lowest Note
(Spool)
Geggie, John
Geggie Project
(Ambiances Jazz)

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