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Based on Canadian physician & author Jacques Ferron's book "Gaspe Mattempa", bassist Eric Normad leads a quintet into a mythological audio world with Raphael Arsenault (violin), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet), Alexandre Robichaud (trumpet) & Antoine Letourneau-Berger (percussion).

Normand, Eric

Normand, Eric: Mattempa (Tour de Bras)

Label: Tour de Bras    
Released in: France    

Patterned after Canadian physician and author Jacques Ferron's book Gaspé Mattempa, where he postulated a character whose creation fantasy stems from a purely acoustic phenomenon. The rustling of the trees on the mountain, takes the form of a mythical creature: satan-mattempa or the squalling of the Madeleine, half voodoo character, half-Nordic, Barron's cousin Saturday, holed up in the cold mountains of the Gaspésie imaginary. In the book he wrote:

"Creature noise, always present and absent at the same time, his singing blurs the horizon, the boundary between land, water and air."

Eric Normand works with that material into these 8 musical works, imaginative and complex pieces for improvisation. Though purely acoustic, the works have the feel of bridging worlds into the electroacoustic improv realm, much like the literature they reflect bridges worlds into the mythological. Fascinating.

Biography for: Antoine Letourneau-Berger

"Having first studied piano with Carmen Parent was younger, Antoine Létoumeau-Berger discovered the drums at the age of 13 years to finally enroll in 2004 Rimouski Conservatory of Music in Gabriel Dionne percussion class . He is currently studying at the undergraduate level and prepares his final examination 3 "cycle (Superior I). He taught for 3 years alongside drums and percussion music Ecole du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Over the past years he was part of Rythmus percussion group. However, his interest in music is not limited only to classical percussion. Antoine also practices rnusicale sometimes acoustic improvisation, sometimes more electronic. it happened on various occasions through collective tower arm in Rimouski, Moncton, Montreal and Saguenay as the Grand freed regional improv group that drifts Music and Ze Big band. in summer 2009, he was resident musician with duo . traces of improvised music Also, he regularly indulges in sound recording and composition in 2009 iI dialed phone game, a solo piece for multiple percussion, vibraphone and rnarimba;. he co-wrote Fissure, a work for orchestra and composed music to I'occasion spontaneous meetings the inner ear, serni-improvised piece for clarinet, violin, double bass and drums. In March 2010, it launched under the name of The Eye and the Monocle his first record intifulé , ambient music that depicts disparate sound worlds."

-AACMR Website (translated by Google) (

Biography for: Philippe Lauzier

"Composer, improviser, instrumentalist (clarinet & saxophone) and sound artist, Philippe Lauzier participates in several projects that tour regularly in Canada and Europe, but also in USA, Latine America and Australia. In his solo and collective work, his ideas incorporate influences of contemporary musical languages as well as sounds from non-Western sources. Creative extended techniques, complex drones from which polyphonies emerge, and a certain compositional rigour are typical of his style. His interest for collaborative intermedia practices also leads him to create sound installation pieces, live performances for contemporary dance, theater music and many sound designs for visual art projects. Philippe lives in Montreal, Quebec."

-Philippe Lauzier Website (

Biography for: Eric Normand

"Musician, artist and author, Eric Normand has covered quite a bit of ground since his arrival to Nashville in 2002. The list of artists he has worked with includes; Toby Keith, Jamey Johnson, Vern Gosdin, Daryle Singletary, and Peach Picker members, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson. The whirlwind adventure into the Nashville music industry found this Berklee alumni and New England native authoring his first book in 2011, "The Nashville Musician's Survival Guide". Host of the bimonthly "Nashville Berklee Jam", a pay it forward event for aspiring music industry professionals, the guitarist/vocalist is currently working on an album of his own material and can be seen performing in and around Nashville with his band, Skinny Buddha."

-Eric Normand Website (

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Product Information:

Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: TD890118cd
Squidco Product Code: 22594

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold

Raphael Arsenault-violin

Antoine Letourneau-Berger-percussion

Philippe Lauzier-bass clarinet, soprano saxophone

Alexandre Robichaud-pocket trumpet

Eric Normand-electric bass, branches

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Track Listing:

1. Horizons 7:55

2. Baron Samedi 7:12

3. Les Kolkhozes Du Bon Dieu 6:26

4. Lignes 3:20

5. La Fete Au Village 6:33

6. Le Souffle 8:16

7. La Rosee 2:14

8. Morne 6:23

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