Since 1994 the duo of bassist Joelle Leandre and accordionist Pascal Contet have performed their "comprovised" chamber music together to critical acclaim, heard here in a live concert in Carre Bleu in Poitiers, 2012.
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Recorded at Carre Bleu, Poitiers, 12 April 2012.
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"French double bass player (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France), improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l'Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez's Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her - as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 composers.
As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Mark Naussef, Marilyn Crispell, India Cooke and so many others...
She has written extensively for dance and theater, and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances. She got the DAAD at Berlin, is welcomed as artist resident at Villa Kujiyama (Kyoto). In 2002, 2004 and 2006, she is Visiting Professor at Mills college, Oakland, CA, Chaire Darius Milhaud, for improvisation and composition. Her work as a composer and a performer, both in solo recitals and a part of ensembles, has put her under the lights of the most prestigious stages of Europe, the Americas and Asia.
From 1981 to 2009, Joëlle Léandre has about 150 recordings to her credit.-Joelle Leandre Website (https://www.joelle-leandre.com/biography/2/)
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1. Quatre 7:17
2. Soixante 13:19
3. Vingt-neuf 6:19
4. Trente-trois 5:54
5. Seize 5:44
6. Trente-cinq 4:23
7. Cinquante-trois 8:50
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"Created in 1994, the duo of Joëlle Léandre and Pascal Contet was instantly praised both by the critics and the public for the strength, inventiveness and creativity of the two musicians on their first album, published by Concord/7 Media. 11 years later, Léandre and Contet met again in the studio to record their second CD for Clean Feed, Freeway, built on a series of twelve scenes.
Recorded live at Carré Bleu in Poitiers in 2012, the 2014 release of 3 celebrates the duo's 20th anniversary, and again, their emancipated and "comprovised" chamber music (incorporating all boldness - microtonality , dissonance, polyphonies, ... - but never indulging in a mere exhibition of technique and virtuosity) surprises us by tracing its path in the depth, intimacy and resources of a musical friendship where listening remains inexhaustible."-Ayler Records
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