The debut album of French clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet, recording with a New York quartet of Michael Attias on alto sax, Pascal Niggenkemper on doublebass, and Carlo Costa on drums for seven tracks of adventerous original compositions, using weaving lines in melodic heads that propel his sidemen to lyrically rich solos and asides.
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Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD16
Squidco Product Code: 23422
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Tracks 1,2,3,4,7 recorded at Parkwest Studio, in Brooklyn, New York, in May, 2014, by Jim Clouse.
Tracks 5 and 6 recorded at Acoustic Recordings, in Brooklyn, New York, on April 25th and 26th, 2013 by Michael Brorby.
Jean-Brice Godet-clarinet, bass clarinet
Michael Attias-alto saxophone
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1. Takanakuy (Dance, Danse, Tanz) 6:33
2. Werde Ich Dir Einmal Begegnen? 6:47
3. Mujo 6:58
4. Ballade Suspendue 8:07
5. Eloge De La Chute 4:47
6. La Voix Des Cendres 7:32
7. Iange Beim Regen Werd'ich Dein 4:39
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"Each track on this disc is thought of as the construction of a four-way musical stream, a constantly changing sound stream, where the form is established by itself, in and through interaction above all" "Explains Jean-Brice Godet. A remarkable group work where the leader blends into the collective to create a lively and captivating music, melodic and free. Another very beautiful realization of the label Fou Records."-Thierry Giard, culturejazz.fr
"Young French reedman Jean-Brice Godet enlists a seasoned cast for his debut leadership album, recruited during one of his frequent visits to NYC. Downtown stalwart Michael Attias completes the two horn front line, while bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and drummer Carlo Costa man the engine room. Godet works regularly with celebrated bassist Joelle Leandre, appearing on Can You Hear Me (Ayler, 2016) by her tentet, and has also performed in the past with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Fred Frith. From a program of seven original cuts recorded in 2013 and 2014, Godet creates a diverse and sometimes exploratory set.
Attias brings his keen musical intelligence on alto saxophone, incisive but betraying a melodic bent which isn't always so obvious on his own discs. In fact on this showing Godet on clarinet and bass clarinet comes across as the more abstract and timbrally audacious. Costa imparts a clanking momentum in which he simultaneously avoids repetition yet still maintains a pulse, ably abetted by Niggenkemper. With bow in hand, the bassist comes into his own, stepping forward to shade and supplement the reeds.
Godet's varied compositions typically involve the two reeds either in unison or braiding symbiosis. A songlike core resides at the heart of themes such as the opening "Takanankuy (Dance, Danse, Tanz)" anchored by a buoyant riff, first held down by Godet's bass clarinet while Attias propounds the melody and subsequent variations, before swapping roles. Although "Eloge de la chute" begins differently with more freeform interaction, it too settles around a lyrical center, this time evoking a soundtrack to a 1950s Parisian movie, though punctured by more pugnacious outbursts from the woodwinds and drums.
On pieces where Costa concentrates on pitch and coloration, a chamber feel predominates as the reeds interweave with Niggenkemper's arco, drifting and airy on "Werde ich Dir einmal begegen?" but more conversational and ultimately emphatic on the concluding "lange beim Regen werd'ich Dein." "La voix des cendres" constitutes the most extreme cut, built around a carefully marshaled sequence of long tones and silences, in which multiphonics vie with reverberating bass abrasions, and the occasional piercing shriek, and provides an indication that a broader range of expression lies well within this outfit's grasp."-John Sharpe, All About Jazz
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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, Gyrgy 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 Jolle Landre. 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 Frhn and plays on prestigious stages like Le Petit Faucheux (Tours) or on the famous improv'music national french radio broadcast A LÕImproviste. 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 MujQ uartet in 2012 in Brooklyn with Michal 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 Jolle Landre since 2012 in few projects : a s lient - movie/live - music concert Mlies/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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"Michaël Attias is a quietly fierce force on the international improvising scene. With a brisk and calming tone Attias is a thinker, traveler, questioner. Born in Israel, raised in Paris and the American Midwest, he has lived in NYC since 1994.
As a leader, Attias has released five critically-acclaimed albums since 2005: Credo, Renku, Renku in Coimbra, Twines of Colesion and, in 2012, Spun Tree. As a sideman, he has performed and recorded all over the world alongside some of today's most compelling musicians: Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Anthony Coleman, Masabumi Kikuchi, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Oliver Lake, Tom Rainey, John Hébert, Nasheet Waits, Sean Conly, Ken Filiano, Kris Davis, and many others.
His current projects include his long-standing trio Renku, with John Hébert and Satoshi Takeishi; Spun Tree, with Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell, Sean Conly, Tom Rainey; and the new Michaël Attias Quartet with Aruàn Ortiz, John Hébert and Nasheet Waits.
Michaël Attias has also established himself as creator of live musical scores and sound designs for theatre including, since 2008, five collaborations with legendary director Robert Woodruff: Chair, Notes From Underground, Battle of Black and Dogs, Autumn Sonata, and In a year With Thirteen Moons. These were produced at such prominent New York and regional theatres as Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Duke on 42nd Street.
Michaël Attias was named a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded a MacDowell Arts Colony fellowship in Fall 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he curated the critically acclaimed and highly successful new music series, Night of the Ravished Limbs, at Barbès in Brooklyn, welcoming a wide array of established names such as Barre Philips, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Jason Moran, as well as an impressive list of rising New York talent including Mary Halvorson, Eivind Opsvik, Gerald Cleaver, and many more.
The product of migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, Attias was born in Haïfa, Israel in 1968 and spent the first part of his childhood in Paris, where he attended the music conservatory and studied violin for a brief period. His family moved to Minneapolis in 1977. An early passion for the music of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman led him to start playing the alto saxophone at the age of 15 under the guidance of great Minneapolis saxophonist and composer Pat Moriarty, while attending the Children's Theatre School. Avid for adventure and experience, he graduated from high school as a junior and traveled for a year in Europe before enrolling at New York University as a Film and Music student. Somewhere in between, he had the great privilege of taking a couple of lessons with Lee Konitz. Judging that school was interfering with his education, he dropped out after the spring semester, went back to Paris for a year where he wrote a novel called Twines of Colesion (1000 pages thankfully destroyed), came back to the US for an eight-month cross-country trip that took him from New York City to San Francisco via Mexico, and returned to Paris in 1989 where he became bartender at the IACP, a music school founded by legendary bassist Alan Silva. There he met such heroes of the ex-pat scene as Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Frank Wright, Bobby Few and others. He recorded with a pianoless quartet dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk, Four in One (In Situ 1992), made his first album as leader and composer with a quintet of French musicians (released on Igal Foni's For Elevators/Jazzis, 1993). In January 1993, at the prompting of Anthony Braxton, he moved back to the US, sat in on his classes at Wesleyan University for one semester and finally moved to New York the following winter."-Michael Attias Website (http://www.michaelattias.com/html/about.php)
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"New York City-based German-French bassist, composer and improviser Pascal Niggenkemper is a performing and recording artist active on the creative music scene in the US and in Europe.
From 1999-2005 he was musicaly active in Cologne having studied jazz & classical double bass at the Hochschule für Musik. In 2005 he received the DAAD award and moved to New York.
From 2008 to 2010 Pascal led the PNTrio with Tyshawn Sorey and Robin Verheyen. (CD "pasàpas" Konnex 2008 & "urban creatures" JazzHausMusik 2010). The trio toured extensively in Europe performing at the Jazzcologne Festival, Jazzherbst Konstanz and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Recordings for the WDR and the BR Radio.
In cooperation with Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Pascal formed the septet vision7 that performed at Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vive le Jazz in Cologne, Jazz à la Cité in Paris and at the Pori Jazz in Finland. (CD 'Lucky Prime' clean feed records Sept 2013)
In September 2011 Pascal released with Simon Nabatov and Gerald Cleaver the CD/LP upcoming hurricane on NoBusiness Records which is listed among 'Albums of the year' 2011 in the 'The New York City Jazz Record'. The trio performed in Canada and the USA.
He recently recorded a new solo program called: 'look with thine ears' music for bass & preparations was premiered at the Jazzdor Festival in Strasbourg in November 2013. The CD was released in March 2015 on clean feed records. He performed for the France Musique radio broadcast by Anne Montaron called 'a l'improviste'.
In 2014 he presented the double trio 'le 7eme continent' with the program 'talking trash' at the Vive le Jazz festival in Cologne, Germany and the concert was broadcast by WDR3 radio. Their CD was released in May 2016 on clean feed records and the group performed in France, Belgium and Germany.
Pascal is co-leading the groups baloni with Frantz Loriot viola and Joachim Badenhorst clarinets (CD 'fremdenzimmer' 2011, 'Belleke' 2014 & 'Ripples' 2015 clean feed records) PascAli a duo for two prepared basses with Sean Ali (CD 'suspicious activity' creative sources 2012) and Miner's Pick with Thomas Heberer. (CD 'miner's pick' FMR records 2014)
With friends, he curates in NY the house concert series ze couch, where every month artists meet to present their work.
Festival presence includes: Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vision Festival New York, Umbrella Festival Chicago, Banlieues Bleues Paris, Strade del Cinema Aosta, météo Mulhouse, Jazzcologne, JIGG Lisbon, Taktlos Zurich, Jazz à la Cité in Paris, ESCUCHA Madrid, Washington DC Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Middelheim Antwerp, Grenzenlos Köln, undead Jazzfest NYC, D'Jazz Nevers, NewAdits Klagenfurt, Font New York, Music Unlimited Wels, Vive le Jazz Cologne, GONG Aarau, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Ljubljana Jazz Festival etc...
He received the following scholarships/grants: DAAD, Henry Mancini Institute, North Rhine-Westphalia composition stipend."-Pascal Niggenkemper Website (http://www.pascalniggenkemper.com/bio_english.html)
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"Percussionist and composer Carlo Costa was born in Rome, Italy. In 2001 he moved to Boston to study music. Since 2005 he has been living in New York City where he regularly performs as a leader and co-leader of various projects, as well as a sideman. Carlo is currently primarily involved with experimental and improvised music and is an active composer for his ensembles and ad hoc projects. He has performed throughout Europe and the US in a wide variety of contexts.
Carlo currently leads or co-leads Natura Morta (a trio with violist Frantz Loriot and bassist Sean Ali), the Carlo Costa Quartet (with trombonist Steve Swell, saxophonist Jonathan Moritz and bassist Sean Ali), Earth Tongues (with trumpeter Joe Moffett and tubist Dan Peck), the large ensemble Acustica, the trio Ancient Enemies (with alto saxophonist Nathaniel Morgan and violist Joanna Mattrey), and a solo percussion project. In November 2014 Carlo launched the record label Neither/Nor Records which is dedicated to experimental and improvised music."-Carlo Costa Website (http://www.carlocostamusic.com/carlocostamusic/biography.html)
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