French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot's large ensemble drawn from 5 nations in an excellent set of compositions that employ a diverse set of approaches, slyly drawing the listener into unique and encompassing sound worlds of remarkable elements and superb improvisation.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 338
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Recorded live at Moods, Zurich, Switzerland on April 15, 2014 by Bjorn Muller.
Frantz Loriot-viola, composition
Manuel Perovic-arrangement, composition, conducting
Joachim Badenhorst-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Sandra Weiss-alto saxophone, bassoon
Matthias Spillmann-trumpet, flugelhorn
Dave Gisler-electric guitar
Deborah Walker-cello, voice
Silvan Jeger-doublebass, voice
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1. West 4th 10:19
2. Division 6:37
3. To HR 4:18
4. Blue Almonds 9:40
5. Waiting for Miss Weiss 6:17
6. Echo 9:48
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"French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot use to keep a little notebook with him, in which he writes all the musical ideas coming to his mind. One day, he noticed there was sufficient material to work with. He had a conversation with Swiss arranger and composer for big bands Manuel Perovic and the decision of founding an ensemble capable to play jazz with the pop song format and an experimental approach was made. And here it is the Notebook Large Ensemble, formed by musicians of five different countries with very distinct backgrounds.
Why the combination of multiple genres and styles, you may ask. Well, why not? Even Iannis Xenakis said that putting boundaries between music idioms "makes no sense". Himself with a long experience in orchestras (lead by David S. Ware, Anthony Braxton, Barre Phillips, Joelle Léandre, Joachim Badenhorst, Pascal Niggenkemper and others), Loriot wanted to explore two old, but also always new, challenges: how to improvise when there's a large number of musicians involved (10 in this case), and how to write and arrange music for improvisers? The answers are in "Urban Furrow" and they're much, much more than convincing..."-Clean Feed
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"Joachim Badenhorst (°1981 Antwerp) has been active in the experimental and improvised music scene in Europe and abroad for the past 15 years. Following his master degree in jazz studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, he has since divided his time between Belgium and cities in the US and Europe, collaborating and recording with jazz and experimental music ensembles and artists, such as Han Bennink, Tony Malaby and Noël Akchoté while incessantly exploring the visceral elements of sound. His output ranges from solo improvisation to leading large formations, such as his own Carate Urio Orchestra.
Badenhorst is artistically interested in integrating ideas from various different art medias into his musical compositions. He also takes deep interest in revealing the inherent relation between contemporary and traditional musics, having collaborated with traditional musicians from Turkey and Japan, and toured in China with reinterpreted traditional Chinese music.
In recent years, Badenhorst is contemplating the evanescent site specificity of sound as well as the relation between space and sound. In recent years, his work has taken a deeper focus on composition, namely that of computerbased composition and processing. Through continual research and experiment, he delves into a reimagination of the boundaries between improvisation and composition, of abstract sound explorations and harmonic passage, and continues to attempt at a personal aesthetic language that interact with spaces and engage with different audiences.
Badenhorst appears on over 50 cd's on over 10 record labels. In 2012, he launched his own label KLEIN, as a creative platform to initiate collaborations, experiment and play with unconventional design, and as an outlet for fringe musical projects.
Since 2010 Badenhorst has been developing his solo programme consisting of improvisations and compositions for solo acoustic and electroacoustic wind instruments."-Joachim Badenhorst Website (http://joachimbadenhorst.com/bio_photo.html)
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"Deborah Walker is a new music performer and improviser based in Paris. She was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1981 and studied cello in her hometown. After graduating she moved to Paris to continue her cello studies with Agnès Vesterman and Anssi Karttunen. Since 2007 she is a member of Dedalus, a variable ensemble which plays experimental and contemporary music, who has collaborations, among others, with Tom Johnson, Pascale Criton, Christian Wolff, Antoine Beuger and Jurg Frey.
Deborah Walker has collaborated with artists like Joëlle Leandre, Markus Stockhausen, Garrett List and Teri Weikel. She's currently working with composers Pascale Criton and Eliane Radigue in pieces for solo cello or small ensembles. She has played in many festivals such as I Suoni delle Dolomiti, Italia Wave, ZKN in Karlsruhe, Festival d'Avignon, Festival Nomad in M'Hamid (Morocco), Ze Couch (New York) and tours regularly around Europe. She also takes part in theater, dance and circus performances, both as composer and performer. Deborah is doing a Master in Sound and Music Composition at the University of Paris 8 (St. Denis). Her recordings include works by Tom Johnson played by the Dedalus Ensemble (New World), a live recording of the intuitive music quintet Flowers of Now(21st Records) as well as Frammenti di Scrittura Prematura (Imprint Records) and Imagine Book (ILDE)."-euromicrofest (https://euromicrofest.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/deborah-walker-cellist/)
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