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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)
Deuxieme Volet

Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband): Deuxieme Volet (Umlaut Records)

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

Biography for: Eve Risser

"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 (

Biography for: Joris Ruhl

"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 (

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Product Information:

UPC: 3341348159270

Label: Umlaut Records
Catalog ID: umfr-cd20
Squidco Product Code: 22592

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack
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.


Eve Risser-piano

Joris Ruhl-clarinet

Amaryllis Billet-violin

Toma Gouband-percussion

Karl Naegelen-composer

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Track Listing:

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