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Brady, Tim / Bradyworks, Quatuor Molinari: My 20th Century (CD + DVD) [DVD] (Ambiances Jazz)

Tim Brady with Bradyworks and Quatuor Molinari in a CD/DVD release of four synchronized musical, video & theater works, ambitious and fascinating compositional pieces.

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DVD: NTSC; aspect ratio 4:3 (720x480); Dolby audio; all regions

UPC: 771028118922

Label: Ambiances Jazz
Catalog ID: AM 189
Squidco Product Code: 12164

Format: CD & DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels


Tim Brady-composition, guitar


Tim Brady-electric guitar

Brigitte Poulin-piano

Andre Leroux-saxophones

Cather Meunier-percussions

David Cronkite-sampler

Quatuor Molinari:

Olga Ranzenhofer-violin

Johannes Jansonius-violin

Yukari Cousineau-alto

Julie Trudeau-cello


Tim Brady

Martin Messier

Oana Suteu

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Artist Biographies:

"André Leroux holds a bachelors degree in music (classical saxophone) from Université de Montréal. Well known in the jazz field, André Leroux works regularly with major jazz musicians in Canada such as Michel Cusson, Vic Vogel and James Gelfand.He has recorded many CD's with various jazz ensembles and has played at all major jazz festivals across Canada and abroad.

He is currently working intensively with jazz pianist François Bourassa, in both duet and quartet formation, and performs regularly with various new music ensembles such as BradyWorks. Leroux is a founding member of the Quasar saxophone quartet, with whom he has premiered numerous works, exploring different aspects of artistic creation from instrumental music to live electronics, from improvisation to instrumental theatre."

-Effendi Records (

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track listing:


1. Strumming (Hommage a John Lennon) 10:51

2. Traces (Hommage a Charlie Christian) 10:48

3. Hommage a Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio) 19:12

4. Double Quartet (Hommage a Dmitri Chostakovitch): Impossible Pizzicato Machine 7:54

5. Double Quartet (Hommage a Dmitri Chostakovitch): An Infinity of Four 9:39

6. Double Quartet (Hommage a Dmitri Chostakovitch): Hocket, Canon, Fugue 12:38


1. Strumming (Hommage à John Lennon) (Brady / Brady, Messier) (2005) 10:46

2. Traces (Hommage à Charlie Christian) (Brady / Messier) (2005) 10:47

3. Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio) (Brady / Brady, Suteu) (2003) 19:05

4. Double Quartet (Hommage à Dmitri Chostakovitch) (Brady / Messier) (2005) 30:08

  4. Impossible Pizzicato Machine 7:53

  5. An Infinity of Four 9:38

  6. Hocket, Canon, Fugue 12:37
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"My 20th Century CD and DVD is a multimedia extravaganza from composer/guitarist Tim Brady in collaboration with video artists Martin Messier and Oana Suteu. Linking the history and the music of the 20th century in a single music/video narrative, the four strikingly original compositions are paired with four spectacular videos to create a new and intensified musical experience in this new Ambiances Magnétiques release.

"Strumming" is for multiple guitars, and uses a single musical gesture (strumming) and a single video image (the hand of a person strumming a guitar) to slowly build up a trance-like series of chords, melodies and visual textures.

"Traces" is a strongly jazz-inflected work for guitar, piano, percussion, saxophone and sampler which pays hommage to jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, and which combines with Martin Messier's extraordinary video creation, based on the 2 million letters in the DNA source code.

"Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio)" is a slow, haunting work for string quartet and electronic soundscape, played beautifully by Montréal's Quatuor Molinari, and placed in counterpoint to Oana Suteu's evocative images of Île-aux-Coudres and the Casino du Lac-Leamy.

"Double Quartet" is the most ambitious piece on the CD, a 3-movement work reflecting on the life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and his home town of St. Petersburgh. Combined with archival footage, and impressive and unexpected images of present-day St. Petersburgh, this 30-minute work speaks not only of the tragic history of the city, but also of the strength and determination which it has shown in the past."-Tim Brady, July 2009

In concert the videos are projected in synchronization to the music, and played without interuuption. The 4 works are linked by a series of short texts and theater actions, performed by the musicians.

DVD: NTSC; aspect ratio 4:3 (720x480); Dolby audio; all regions
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