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Spontaneous extraordinary compositions/improvisations by bassist Joelle Leandre, clarinetist Francois Houle and percussionist Raymond Strid from the annual Sons d'Hiver festival near Paris.

Leandre / Houle / Strid
Live at Sons D'Hiver

Leandre / Houle / Strid: Live at Sons D'Hiver (Ayler)
Label: Ayler    
Released in: Sweden    

"Seven spontaneous compositions/improvisations recorded in January 2009 by French bassist Joëlle Léandre, Canadian clarinetist François Houle and Swedish percussionist Raymond Strid during the annual Sons d'Hiver festival near Paris. That night, the three were last seen - or heard - heading towards musical excellence, and attaining it with the cumulative power of bass string bounces, double-tongued portamento reed trills and ruffs, rebounds and paradiddles from the drum kit often on show and frequently moving in counterpoint with each other throughout the performance."-Ayler

"A concert counterpart to their split live/studio disc on Potlach from 2006, this Radio France-recorded document finds this trio of masters in fine fettle in front of French audience at the dawn of 2009. Bassist Joëlle Léandre has a personal command of her instrument rivaled by but a few and her arco artistry earns the admittedly over-applied signifier of virtuoso moreso than most. Taking Evan Parker as part of his blueprint, Canadian clarinetist François Houle has honed a circular breathing technique on the licorice stick that makes impeccable use of its liquid pitch properties. Swedish autodidact drummer Raymond Strid is at once the glue and corrosive behind his kit, tying the music together and tugging it apart at intentionally erratic intervals. Knee-jerk hyperbole aside, it truly is a satisfying meeting and one that presents the trio at the peak of their collectively improvisatory prowess. [...]"-Derek, Master of a Small House

"Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.

In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her.

She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser.

She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Kevin Norton, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier.

In 1983 she became a member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols."

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UPC: 7320470118559

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: AYLCD-096
Squidco Product Code: 12867

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded and mixed by Herve Dejardin and Benoit Gegout, Radio France for"A L'Improviste" / France Musique at Centre Culturel Andre Malraux, Le Kremlin-Bicetre, France on January 24, 2009.


Joelle Leandre-bass

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1. Last Seen Headed I 8:15

2. Last Seen Headed II 10:48

3. Last Seen Headed III 3:30

4. Last Seen Headed IV 6:41

5. Last Seen Headed V 8:40

6. Last Seen Headed VI 9:36

7. Last Seen Headed VII 2:46