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.
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Recorded November 14th through December 13th, 2015 by Sebastien Corriveau.
Olivier D'Amours-electric guitar
Robert Bastien-electric guitar
Eric Normand-electric bass
Catherine Savard Massicotte-violon, voice
Marc-Antoine Mcakin-Guy-baritone guitar
Sebastien Corriveau-bass clarinet
Mathieu Gosselin-baritone saxophone
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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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"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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"Eric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture. With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Sébastien Cirotteau (trumpet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.
He also play in bands involved in a more specific musical genre as danced poetry with BABABA, instrumental theatre with Le Veau/ The Veal, songs with Les Pitounes and Éric Normand Chante and folk music with The Surruralits and RRRRoyal Canadian Free Form Folk Experience. Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer. His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations."-Eric Normand 11/20/2017
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