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A rich work for clarinets, bass and drums orchestrated for six musicians including Actuelle core players Lori Freedman, Pierre Tanguay, and Lepage himself, through 14 works that may have something to do with a swamp.

Lepage, Robert Marcel
Canard Branchu

Lepage, Robert Marcel: Canard Branchu (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"There is a swamp and in this swamp there are all kinds of animals and insects and bugs and in this swamp everyone plays their little music the frog croaks and it's a terrible sound and the mosquito buzzes and it does sound as nothing at all and the grass-snake whistles but it does not even make a note and the leech sucks and the sound of the suction sickens everyone and everybody complains to everybody else but nobody wants to stop because everyone likes the sound they're making the frog finds itself quite bucolic and the mosquito thinks of itself as quite funky and the grass-snake believes itself to be avant-garde and the leech thinks it is sexy and then everybody accuses everybody else to be jealous and goes to see the heron which is believed to have a very musical ear to complain about each other and to show how they all make beautiful music but all these folks start to yell yet again at each other and the mosquito bites the leech and the frog swallows the mosquito and thegrass-snake swallows the frog and the leech clings to the grass-snake and sucks its blood but there is so much blood because of the mosquito's blood and the frog's and the grass-snake's that the leech explodes and it makes a big boom and upon hearing that the heron says: Well, E flat."-Robert Marcel Lepage

"Robert Lepage has made so many CDs, STRIPs, SCOREs, and HONKs, that you have to wonder if he has some secret power-breakfast. He gets up very early to compose music for TV series (Urgences, Belphégor) before stealing away to the pool to stretch out lengthways (he wouldn't do it anywhere else). By 9 o'clock he is back in the studio with other musicians to create music for the stage, for dance (Lucie Grégoire's Hatysa) and for documentaries (Werner Vokmer's Roussil, Manon Barbeau's Les Enfants du Refus global). In the afternoon, he watches full-length films for which he will record new music the next day (Bernard Émond's 20h17 rue Darling, Rodrigue Jean's Yellowknife). He sometimes gets together with colleagues later in the afternoon to improvise or to talk about the music they want to do or collaborate on. He even puts on the occasional show in which his compositions share the stage with his strange, original ideas. Don't miss him on these occasions or else you'll have to try the pool."-Ambiances Magnetiques

"Lori Freedman. Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1958. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (clarinet, bass clarinet)

Qualified as "a musical revolutionary in the front ranks of the avant-garde" by Alex Varty of the Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Lori Freedman (clarinets) is internationally recognized as one of the most creative and provocative performers. She is a member of a select group known as "renaissance musicians" as her artistic activities cover many fields: performer of written music (well over one hundred works have been written for or premiered by her), composer, improviser, teacher, and on occasion, writer. While managing a full performance schedule of more than 75 public appearances a year, Freedman has been receiving commissions to write music for ensembles such as Orkestra Futura, Arraymusic Ensemble, Ensemble Transmission, Continuum Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble SuperMusique, Ensemble Paramirabo, Upstream Orchestra, Queen Mab Trio, Crowbar Trio, Lott Dance, Oberlander Films, Foresite Theatre, Cooke Productions and Autumn Leaf Productions. Her current discography comprises over 59 recordings, the most recent of which include Greffes (Empreintes digitales), On No (Mode Records), Bridge (Collection QB), Plumb (Barnyard Records), 3 and À un moment donné (Ambiances Magnétiques), Huskless! (Artifact), See Saw and Thin Air (Wig). Highlight collaborations include work with Rohan de Saram, Barre Phillips, Helmut Lachenmann, Frances-Marie Uitti, Monique Jean, Joëlle Léandre, Axel Dörner, George Lewis, the Jack Quartet and Richard Barrett."

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Product Information:

UPC: 771028121625

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 216
Squidco Product Code: 18651

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at Studio 270 in Montreal, Quebec in October 2012 and October 2013 by Robert Langlois.


Robert Marcel Lepage-clarinet

Jean-Sebastian Leblanc-clarinet, bass clarinet

Pierre-Emmanuel Poizet-clarinet

Andre Moisan-basset

Guillaume Bourque-clarinet, bass clarinet

Lori Freedman-bass clarinet

Fraser Hollins-contrabass

Pierre Tanguay-drums

Nicolas Borycki-electric organ

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Track Listing:

1. La Catastrophe apprivoisée 2:01

2. Le Jongleur 2:42

3. Les Pipeurs de sable 3:05

4. Le Pelleteur de nuages 5:06

5. Rainettes à la brunante 4:04

6. La Grenouille coasse, la couleuvre siffle et le grand héron blow 3:04

7. Mi-figue, mi-bémol 2:24

8. Le Bal des éphémères 1:42

9. Fondation: d'où venons-nous? 2:00

10. Fondation: qui sommes-nous? 1:57

11. Le Grand Héron et la demoiselle 4:45

12. Un Choral appalachien 2:52

13. Fondation: où allons-nous? 1:48

14. Maringouins en escadron 2:42