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Eric Normand's Quebec based 12-piece GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation) in an album of 5 improvisations and a piece by percussionist Danielle P. Roger; wonderfully creative music with eclectic instrumentation that's simultaneously challenging and fun.

GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee)

GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee): Geste (Tour de Bras)

Label: Tour de Bras    
Released in: France    

"GGRIL is an acronym for the Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée, a 12-member ensemble led by bassist Eric Normand that's devoted to collective improvisation and conduction, or conducted improvisation. Based in the unlikely hamlet of Rimouski, Quebec, the group has nonetheless managed to collaborate with international soloists and recently completed a European tour. Gestes marks their continuing development, a program of five improvisations and a piece by percussionist Danielle P. Roger.

Perhaps it's the relative isolation from musicians of similarly radical orientation, but GGRIL has developed a very high level of sustained interaction, evident here in continuously controlled work in which both individual and group invention are in sharp focus. The group's odd mix of instruments - brass, reeds, accordion and a collection of guitars, strings and percussion - creates striking contrasts, while the musicians' heterodox backgrounds have them drawing simultaneously on elements of classical, jazz, folk, and industrial music. Les gestes permettent... moves through distinct texture and moods, first featuring the warmly plaintive trombone of Gabriel Rochette, then shifting to a passage of Webern-esque spikiness from violinist Raphaël Arsenault that's set against the sustained tones of low-pitched reeds. That passing invocation of high modernism gives way to random snare rattles and feedback guitars.

Other dimensions of the group's resources are evident in the verbi-vocal explosions of De nombreux humain..., the dissonant brass blasts of Les signes... and the sustained machine rhythms of Mais au delà de montrer... as GGRIL continues to find ways to challenge themselves and audiences alike to take that next step."-Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note

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Product Information:

Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: 90015
Squidco Product Code: 22024

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: France
Packaging: Plastic Sleeve
Recorded November 14th through December 13th, 2015 by Sebastien Corriveau.


Olivier D'Amours-electric guitar

Robert Bastien-electric guitar

Tom Jacques-percussions

Eric Normand-electric bass

Alexandre Robichaud-trumpet

Catherine Savard Massicotte-violon, voice

Robin Servant-accordion

Raphael Arsenault-violin

Marc-Antoine Mcakin-Guy-baritone guitar

Sebastien Corriveau-bass clarinet

Mathieu Gosselin-baritone saxophone

Gabriel Rochette-trombone

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Track Listing:

1. Si Les Atomes De Gaz 4:08

2. Les Gestes Permettent 10:13

3. De Nombreux Grands 3:04

4. Buanderie Rimouskoise 4:19

5. Les Signes Ont 12:56

6. Mais Au-Dela De Montrer 16:50

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