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Quelque Chose Au Milieu

Bi-Ki?: Quelque Chose Au Milieu (BeCoq)

The alto sax duet of Jean-Baptiste Rubin and Sakina Abdou sculpt sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the space within which they play, captured here in various locations in Northern France by the keen ear of saxophonist/conceptualist Jean-Luc Guionnet.

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UPC: 190394225711

Label: BeCoq
Catalog ID: BeCoq25
Squidco Product Code: 22210

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Lomme, France, in April 14th to 19th, 2014 by Jean-Luc Guionnet.


Jean Baptiste Rubin-alto saxophone

Sakina Abdou-alto saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Jean-Baptiste Rubin, saxophones. Jean-Baptiste Rubin plays in: Feldspar , The Octopus , Bi-Ki? , The Great Muzzix Orchestra. Initiated to the joys of music at the age of 12, JB Rubin abandons the saxophone for the benefit of the drums at the age where we like to play hard, to resume a few years later while exiled to Lille in 2001

He then meets improvised music and jazz thanks to Olivier Benoit in particular and begins a curriculum at the conservatories of Tourcoing and Lille. He is passionate about noise music, free improvisation, but also for more written forms, notably with rock. He currently plays in several formations: Bi-Ki?, Unik Ubik, Cheikh de Stael, Octopus, Woodish, Louis Minus XVI, Ventilo, etc.

He has also collaborated on projects that mix music with theater or dance."

-Muzzix (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. Si B (Eglise) 8:33

2. Zoom (Marche) 1:45

3. DiabeTiques S'Abstenir (Marche) 5:09

4. Tenues (Autoroute) 3:08

5. Minuscule (Eglise / HoTel De Ville) 11:16

6. Si B (Hotel De Ville) 1:05

7. C3 / C5 / (Eglise) 4:30

8. Attaques InverseEs (Autoroute) 1:38

9. Si B (Marche) 10:28

10. Abto 3am (Autoroute) 2:40

11. Grand Bassin // Attaques Inversees (Piscine) 12:32

12. C3 / C5 / (Marche) 5:47
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"Initiated in 2012, the saxophone duet Bi-Ki ? shows and questions the meeting of two sound identities and two personal paths around the same instrument. In concert situation, usually in the middle of the audience, the duet sculpts a sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the place they play in. Two voices mix, follow and avoid each other, exploring all the possibilities of the instrument, the density of the timbre as its fragility, and playing with the sound space, real or fantasized. Careful writing, wide open to intuition, takes the listener to unsettling auditory senses, sometimes driving the eardrums crazy.

The first release of Bi-Ki ? Quelque chose au milieu (Something In The Middle) is the result of a work on space and sound environment with saxophone player and multifaceted artist Jean-Luc Guionnet. The purpose of this CD is to give to earing a multiplicity of "listening stations" from the duet's music - Jean-Luc Guionnet being here the active recorder.

The recording took place in various locations marked for their sound qualities, in the town of Lomme (North of France) with the partnership of the maison Folie Beaulieu. Throughout the recording, they freely recompose a course that gives to listen either the instrumental play, the sound environment, the architecture of the different places, the subjectivity of the recording and the biases of the mix."-Be Coq

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players

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