Known mostly as a masterful improviser, this 2015 live performance of her 2009 work for a tenet crosses compositional and improvisation boundaries, reflecting on her 40 year career while bringing out new subtleties from its original release, here with a superb set of performers.
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Label: Ayler Records
Catalog ID: aylCD-146
Squidco Product Code: 22359
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded live at the Arsenal, in Metz, France on January, 29th, 2015, by Celine Grangey.
Guillaume Aknine-electric guitar
Florian Satche-drums, percussion
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"French double bass master Joëlle Léandre is known as a unique and innovative free-improviser who keeps expanding the sonic palette of the double bass, but has rarely focused on the field of orchestral composing. Her major composition so far is "Can You Hear Me?", dedicated to Léandre parents, written for a tentet and premiered in the 2009 (and released as Live at the "Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon", Leo Records, 2011).
This is a reflexive work-in-progress that addresses Léandre's, or any other creative artist's, existential question, a cry for an echo from another presence. Why do we keep creating this kind of art? Do we reach audience's minds and hearts? Do we change the audience's conceptions about art? Social conventions? Gender issues? What about politics? Obviously, Léandre's art is always very personal, as it radiates her restless, passionate and often funny character, yet she is also a very political person. Léandre is always looking for means to shake and change old and archaic conventions and institutions - in art, in society, and in politics. She demands a better, egalitarian, and more compassionate approach, and quite often tends to mock the pretentious ones who cling to some kind of a superior status.
This re-creation of Can You Hear Me? was also recorded live on January 29th, 2015, at L'Arsenal, Metz, France. The instrumentation of the tentet is the same as on the previous recording but the personnel is different. The former recording featured an almost all-Austrian ensemble comprised of musicians that have not played before with Léandre. The new tentet features an all-French ensemble with few close musical partners of Léandre as trumpet player Jean-Luc Cappozzo, violinist Théo Ceccaldi, and his brother, cellist Valentin Ceccaldi.
As on the previous recording this composition reflects on Léandre past collaborative work with iconoclast composers as John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi, but echoes her forty years career and integrates elements of free jazz, free improvisation and some that are more common with noise and even prog rock. But it is not a nostalgic work. Léandre structured it as a 9-untitled pieces suite that make full use of the rich and colorful language of the tentet, constantly generating and encouraging individual, imaginative interpretations from all the musicians. The tentet deepens the atmosphere of an organic, collective chaos, but at the same time Léandre navigates the myriad musical events into a cohesive narrative. Léandre takes the lead only towards the end of the composition, first with an expressive, lyrical double bass solo on the seventh piece, then singing in theatrical, operatic voice on the eight-piece, transformed into suggestive and hypnotic chanting of syllables on the last, ninth piece.
The debut recording of Can You Hear Me? sounded more ecstatic and urgent. This version emphasizes its subtle language and the clever metamorphoses between the different parts. Both highlight the absolute musicality of Léandre, one-of-a-kind individual and both are highly recommended."-Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective
"This hybrid piece, where for the first time the musician has agreed to play the problematic role and function of 'composer', can be read both as a form of achievement and as a founding act. Indeed, 'composing', as she makes it clear here, with the structure constantly generating and encouraging individual expression, is nothing else for her than a transposition to 'another stage' of the improviser's gesture and a transfusion into a band's plural entity of the complex spread of a thought both intimate and collective, made even more unique by its will to be shared. [...] Because she constantly feeds all her experience as an improviser into her writing, Leandre has clearly created, with "Can You Hear Me?", a major milestone in her already illustrious career."-Stephane Ollivier
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• Show Bio for Jean-Luc Cappozzo
"Jean-Luc Cappozzo was born in Belfort, France, in 1954. He started playing the trumpet in the local orchestra of his native town where he performed both jazz and classical music. Following a meeting with the diatonic accordionist Serge Desaunay, he started to perform traditional music as well.
His meeting with Dizzy Gillespie in 1984, who invited him to participate in his concert, was a turning point in Jean-Luc Cappozzo's career.
In 1988 he obtained the State Diploma of Professor of Jazz and subsequently taught trumpet improvisation at the Music School of Lyon (CNSM).
He has taken part in various groups of musicians of the ARFI.
He has been a member of he Louis Sclavis Quintet "L'Affrontement des Prétendants" and of Claude Tchamitchian's "Grand Lousadzak". In addition he has played in Sophia Domancich's Quintet "Pentacle", the Denis Fournier Quartet and with Joelle Léandre's Quintet "Fragments et suite lyrique". He has formed a quartet with Jean Aussanaire , Rémi Charmasson and Bernard Santacruz and created a musical work "Du Vent chez Johannes" with the Johannes String Quartet.
In 2005 he joined the European Mythical Orchestra: the Globe Unity Orchestra. He has played with the Apollo Trio and composed duo s with the cellists Joelle Léandre or Eric Brochard, the singer Géraldine Keller, the drummer Paul Lovens, the tuba player Michel Godard, the pianist Umberto Petrin and the trumpet players Axel Dorner or Herb Robertson. Actually, he is playing with: - "The Bridge" with Joëlle Léandre (cb), Bernard Santacruz (cb), Mickaël Zerang (dms) and Douglas Ewart (sax - flûte) - - " Can You Hear Me" of Joëlle Léandre (cb) - " 2 ème étage " with Christine Wodrascka (p) and Gerry Hemingway (dms) - Duo with Famoudou Don Moye (dms) - Duo with Cécile Cappozzo (p) - Quartet à l'Ouest with Jean Aussanaire (sax), Eric Brochard (cb) and Alfred Spirli (dms) - Duo with Géraldine Keller (voice) - Duo with Eric Brochard (cb) - Trio with Didier Lasserre (dms) and Paul Rogers (cb) For his strength, his creativity, his magnificent sonority, the clarity of his phrasing, Jean-Luc Cappozzo is today an indispensable trumpet player on the European musical scene and is in increasing demand. Jean-Luc Cappozzo, powerful and mellifluous trumpet player, is "a discreet man who would blush to be labeled one of the most relevant soloists and the most complete on the French jazz scene. He may blush".(S. Siclier, Le Monde 1/08/2002)"- Website (http://www.jlcappozzo.fr/biographie-jean-luc-cappozzo)
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• Show Bio for Jean-Brice Godet
"Jean-Brice Godet starts clarinet at 8 years old at Colombes conservatoire, where he was born, in Paris suburbs. He was 17 when he discovered at the same time Albert Ayler, Sonic Youth, Gyšrgy Ligeti, Duke Ellington and Buddy Guy, what convince him to use the way of free improvisation, on the advices of Bernard Lubat, Louis Sclavis and Jo‘lle LŽandre. In 2004, he gets a master in computer music research (ATIAM) at Pierre and Marie Curie university and at I.R.C.A.M, and completes is musical education with the highest distinction of Gennevilliers Conservatory of Music, under the aegis of Nicolas Baldeyrou (solo - clarinet of the "Philharmonique de Radio - France"). With the In Sit - U collective he meets Fred Frith and works two weeks with him on an original creation. Few times later he joins the quintet Fršhn and plays on prestigious stages like Le Petit Faucheux (Tours) or on the famous improv'music national french radio broadcast A LŐImproviste. He creates his first sil nt - movie/live - music in 2004 on Le Ra t by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri, silent movie in black and white realesed in 2000. The second one, create in 2011, on Berlin, die sinfonie der grosstatd (Walter Ruttmann, 1927) is a joint commission from SACEM and the the City of Gennevilliers prompted by Bernard Cavanna. He plays since 2009 with Pablo Cueco ( Erythropus Quartet, Le Bal De La Contemporraine...) and with Anthony Braxton and Walter Thompson in 2010 in Brooklyn for a week of soundpainting performances. He curates and played in Amok'Improv' nights a dedicated improvised music serie with Sylvain Cathala and Fred Maurin between 2010 and 2012. He creates the Muj™Q uartet in 2012 in Brooklyn with Micha‘l Attias, Pascal Niggenkemper and Carlo Costa, in which they play his compositions, working on impermanence and imperfection. They play in Paris and New - York. He is co - leading also two trios, Zaal33 with Brussels - based Richard Comte (guitar) and Jean - Philippe Feiss (cello), and Capsul with England - based Matthew Bourne (piano) and EglishFrench Tam De Villiers (guitar). He collaborates regularly with Jo‘lle LŽandre since 2012 in few projects : a s lient - movie/live - music concert MŽlies/Leandre, her new tentet Can You Hear Me ?, and a new co - leaded quartet Ground(s) w/ Mike Ladd (voice) and Benjamin San z (Drums)"-Jean-Brice Godet Website (http://jeanbricegodet.com/music/Bio_Contact_files/BiographyJBG2014.pdf)
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• Show Bio for Valentin Ceccaldi
"Valentin Ceccaldi was born on February 3, 1989. He had the opportunity to study with Raphaële Semezis, Florian Lauridon, Joëlle Léandre, Vincent Courtois, Elise Dabrowski, Pascal Contet, PRINT and Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer. He regularly performs with Marcel & Solange (Third Group Prize at La Défense 2011), Théo Ceccaldi Trio (winner of Orléans'Jazz 2011, finalist of the Jazz Springboard in Vienna 2011), Walabix (winner Orléans'Jazz 2009, , MÃ © dic Collignon Quartet + Strings (project around King Crimson), Eric Amrofel Trio, Toons (Marcel & Solange + Theo Ceccaldi Trio) and Durio Zibethinus (acoustic duet). He multiplied the collaborations in universes ranging from classical music (Orchestra of Orleans, Orchestra of the Opéra de Massy) to the song (Emel Mathlouthi, Stéphan Rizon, Céline Mastrorelli, Al) , The badly dressed birds). In 2010, he co-founded The Builders of Bridges, a collective of improvisers based on Orléans."-Fracama.Org (translated by Google) (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://fracama.org/annuaire/view/5411/valentin-ceccaldi&prev=search)
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