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Sparse but detailed improvisational journeys from the long-running duo of saxophonist Philippe Lauzier and bassist/electronic artist Pierre-Yves Martel.

Lauzier / Martel
Sainct Laurens

Lauzier / Martel: Sainct Laurens (&Records)
Label: &Records    
Released in: Canada    

Sparse, soft feedback,
Undulating rhythms, rippling.
Continuous sounds, trusting one another
Into complex textures, developing slowly, minimally,

"[...] Philippe Lauzier on saxophones, bass clarinet, tubes and melodica together with Pierre-Yves Martel on prepared viola da gamba, two inch speakers, radios and contact mics. I assume, seeing this was recorded over a two day period, that this is a studio recording, which was later mixed by the two musicians, along with Dave Bignell. Improvised music of course, but quite an odd one. The nine pieces are relatively short and in a strange sort of way quite noisy. Strange because the bigger part the music is acoustically made, but with that bit of amplification that makes all the scraping sounds wandering off every now and then in the realms of feedback like sustained sounds, this is certainly not an easy work to access. Its however one, I think, that is quite beautiful. The sustaining sounds produced by what seem to be the main instruments (saxophone and viola) are already quite nasty, but in addition to whatever they are doing, this is a great work, totally demanding full concentration of the listener, but also totally rewarding. Excellent discs, both of them."-Frans de Waard in Vital

"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 (

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Musique Actuelle
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
Duo Recordings

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Label: &Records
Catalog ID: &06
Squidco Product Code: 12663

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2009
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Recorded by Ross Murray on October 18-19, 2008 at Happyrock International, Chelsea, Quebec, Canada.


Philippe Lauzier-saxophone, bass clarinet, tubes, melodica

Pierre Yves Martel-prepared viola da gamba, two-inch speakers, radios, contact mics

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Track Listing:

1. Sepik 1:58

2. Brazos 3:26

3. Vero 3:52

4. Oria 4:16

5. Adda 5:46

6. Pecos 4:12

7. Volta 3:30

8. Alz 3:22

9. Paix 4:27

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