Transcendental and exceptional improvisation in the 2nd release from the Fenetre Ovale project, with composer Karl Naegelen and improvisers Eve Risser (piano) and Joris Ruhl (clarinet), expanded with the arrival of percussionist Toma Gouband and violinist Amaryllis Billet.
Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband)
Label: Umlaut Records
Released in: Germany
"We are happy to present the second part of the Fenetre Ovale project. After a fist well-received record which brought together composer Karl Naegelen and improvisers Eve Risser and Joris Ruhl, the group expands with the arrival of percussionist Toma Gouband and violinist Amaryllis Billet. Thanks to these new sound possibilities, the musicians on this new volume extend and deepen their meticulous quest for an acoustic alchimy, changing a violin, clarinet, piano and percussion into a starling's flight, fluid mechanics, a troglodyte temple, gold, or lead. Mystical, trivial, finely carved, the music takes shape through the tension between the strict precision of writing and the exciting fragility of the musicians' playing, which Karl Naegelen carefully included in his partition. Among the twelve tracks featured on this project, five miniatures form a coherent subset, initiated by a request by France Musique' radio show Alla Breve."-Umlaut
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"Eve Risser has her musical roots in chamber music as a flutist and pianist. While residing in Alsace, France, she merged in to the contemporary and jazz/improvised music world. In June 2008, she got the 1st Piano Price in Jazz & Improvised Music at National Conservatory in Paris, a soloist price at the International Competition of La Défense. From 2009 to 2013 she took part of National Jazz Orchestra of Fance (ONJ) directed by Danie Yvinec. Eve's multifaceted musical creativity has been heard in various settings, festivals and groups throughout the world.
She performs solo with piano or electric harpsichord and a her own improvisations or compositions. She leads and co-leads, plays, and composes in the Donkey Monkey with Yuko Oshima ; in the quartet The New Songs with the swedish singer and composer Sofia Jernberg, Kim Myhr and David Stackenäs ; in the trio EN-CORPS (Risser/Duboc/Perraud) ans many others.
Currently Eve's musical life is based out of Paris where she is involved in organizing creative music live performances and the label UMLAUT. Eve has had the possibility to play and collaborate with great musicians such as John Hollenbeck, Billy Hart, Benoît Delbecq, Jon Irabagon, Mickael Formanek, Médéric Collignon, Marc Ducret, Emile Parisien, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Mickael Zerang, Andreas Werliin, joel grip, eivind lohning, Wolfgang Mitterer, Quatuor Bela, MAGMA, Le Sacre du Tympan, Magnetic Ensemble, The Bridge #5, les solistes de l'Ensemble Intercontemporain Nicolas Crosse & Pascal Gallois, Pascal Niggenkemper Vision 7 and many others.Je suis un paragraphe. Cliquez ici pour ajouter votre propre texte et modifiez-moi. Je suis l'endroit parfait pour raconter une histoire, et pour vous présenter à vos utilisateurs."-Eve Risser website (http://www.everisser.com/biography)
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"After having studied classical music with Jacques Di Donato, Joris Rühl oriented himself towards contemporary music, written, improvised and jazz, with a predilection for projects blurring the borders between these different labels. He plays with contemporary music ensembles like L'Instant Donné or Hiatus, with jazz ensembles like TØRN, Hübsch 8, Simon Rummel Ensemble and with the experimental music ensembles ONCEIM and Spat' Sonore. He also improvises with, among many others, Michel Doneda, Thierry Madiot, Isabelle Duthoît, Eve Risser, Antez. His discography includes discs released under the labels Neos Jazz, Satelita, OBS and Umlaut Records. Beside this activity of musician, he also works on films and experimental videos."-Umlaut (http://www.umlautrecords.com/people/joris-ruhl/)
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Toma Gouband plays percussions with singing stones, foliage, drums, pin apple, and develops rythms based on proportions, crossing speeds, colors.
"One doesn't even need to 'enter' into the music of Toma Gouband: our ears (and eyes, if we have the pleasure of seeing him at work) are invited, by the spectacular and extraordinary organisation of colors and timbres that make up his dreaming inventive universe. Pieces of flint, natural skins covering a horizontal bass drum, which has scattered upon it tiny bells or blocks of wood, branches and twigs... pebbles rolled on the ground, inverted cymbals collcting thus all sorts of natural resonators... The high-hat cymbals have been replaced by...they've also been replaced by stones! Animated by an interior pulsation made from the superimposition of mysterious cycles, like so many clocks telling life's time in polyrythms that collide and cross over each other, the music of Toma Gouband transcends the idea of an imaginary territory, for it invites us to approach it as we would a social rite or even a ceremony of love. A weaving of the tissues of sound, with wisdom, sio that we feel them as universal, as though they come or to become, for which the visual metaphor could be those traditionel Kuba cloths from Upper Zaire that made of fabrics sewn one on top of the other, to which are added motifs according to an organisation that is rigorous but seems to be governed by rules that have been transmitted only to the initiates who create them. Thus, this is a music initited by the history of the world, unique, free of the constrains imposed by convention and which responds only to its own interior strenght: a summit of the musical art."-Benoît Delbecq-Astropi Records (http://www.astropi.com/toma-gouband/)
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"Saxophonist and guitarist in his first hours, Karl Naegelen started composition at the Conservatoire National de Region and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. In 2006, his work is greeted by a diploma with honors and a Scholarship by Foundation Salabert. He continues his training at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg and participated in several masterclasses, including Berlin with George Aperghis. He writes for the Orchestra National de Lyon, Ensemble Résonance Contemporaine, Quartuor Pli, the Ensemble Linea and works regularly with the pianist Wilhem Latchoumia. His creations are played in many festivals in France and abroad: Musica in Strasbourg, Encuentros in Buenos aires, music-Action in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, the International Piano Festival of Girona and Orleans, Paris, Hamburg, Lyon, Berlin, Davos ... Body size, poetic and theatrical inherent in his compositions brought him also to create the soundtrack to various shows. He co-authored with Johanna Lemarchand "Alice in wonder", show for a dancer and two musicians, following a residency at GRAME. He is currently pursuing studies in Java (Indonesia) on the gamelan music. Fascinated by improvisation and music from outside Europe, Karl Naegelen seeks to preserve in writing the flexibility and spontaneity of the music features of oral tradition, through a constant search for quality sound and stamps."-Editions Francois Dhalmann (http://www.dhalmann.fr/efdps/en/54_naegelen-karl)
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Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 recorded at Studio 106 of Radio France for Anne MontaronŐs show Alla Breve.
Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 recorded at Conservatoire Departemental de Grand Couronne by Ananda Cherer.
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1. Con Moto 2:13
2. In Aquam Variation 2:42
3. Fluster(n) 1:21
4. Strettes 1:36
5. Choral (Prise 1) 2:13
6. Maillages 7:35
7. Marcolude 6:03
8. Toupie 0:44
9. Maree 6:59
10. Retour Du Rouet 0:55
11. Choral (Prise 2) 3:05