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THUYA (Quebec-Berlin String Trio): Live @ The Club (Creative Sources)

"Among the creative production of the label Creative Sources, I pointed this album, Thuya (the title's graphic on the cover uses a Y whose case is unknown on my Mac), because the music is played by a violin trio - cello - absolutely rem...

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UPC: 5609063403787

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs378
Squidco Product Code: 23886

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at The CLUB, in Berlin-Neukolln, Germany, on May 21st, 2016 [1-7] and November 17th, 2015 [8-11], by Klaus Kurvers.


Gerhard Uebele-violin

Remy Belanger de Beauport-cello

Klaus Kurvers-double bass

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Artist Biographies:

"Studied Musicology and Philosophy in Berlin.

Studied Indian Music. Worked with Kai Fagaschinski, Ernesto Rodrigues, Akira Ando, Astrid Weins, Billy Bang, Phil Minton, Lauren Newton, Makiko Tominaga, and others."

-Creative Sources (

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"As a musician, Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is first and foremost a free-improv cellist. He plays piano for ballet classes, electric bass, guitar and drums for rock bands and vocals in different contexts. As a mathematician, he has taught college-level math. He also organizes events and gets himself involved in many causes.

Originally from Québec City, Rémy's artistic practice as an experimental musician dates back to his teenage years. Influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nirvana, he publishes a first recording in 2003, with noise trio soda pop for a Déluge/Alterflow compilation. The same year, he releases an album as duo KL6 39E, on guitar, before switching over to the cello, starting the Fenaison trio with a first album on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2007.

Since then, he has been active in many long and short term projects: as a singer in Ensemble Partiel, he performs Stimmung, by Karlheinz Stockhausen; as a free-improv cellist, he plays in Le Veau / The Veal on Cuchabata Records (Faire l'amour aux banques, 2015) and is regularly invited to play one-off concerts. As the cellist in GGRIL (an improvisers' orchestra based in Rimouski, Québec) he is heard on Combines (Tour de bras, 2015) and has performed in France and Italy as part of a European tour in 2016. While living in Belring in 2015-2016, he formed string trio THUYA with bass player Klaus Kürvers and violinist Gerhard Uebele (Live @ the CLUB, Creative Sources Recordings, 2016) and joined the Berlin Improvisers' Orchestra. He has recently released a flexidisc Angenehmer Duft on Kohlenstoff Records and a solo album D'éclisses on Ambiances Magnétiques.

Rémy often works with dancers and choreographers, like Valerie Sabbah with whom he performs as Roméo & Juliette. He plays piano for ballet classes in various institutions such as L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec, L'École de danse de Québec and the Royal Academy of Dance, Berlin. For the Réseau d'enseignement de la danse, he composed and recorded, with percussionist Steve Hamel, music targeted for the teaching of Simonson Jazz dance in 2015.

Rémy has participated in several festivals as a free-improv cellist, Festival international de musique actuelle in Victoriaville, Francofolies in Montréal, Festival international de la littérature in Montréal, Festival des musiques de créations in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Rencontres de musiques spontanées in Rimouski, Kunst und Kultur Forum in Berlin.

Rémy graduated in composition and music theory at McGill University, in mathematics at Université du Québec à Montréal and participates in improvisation masterclasses, perhaps more notably with Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger and Joëlle Léandre. He has earned scholarships and awards from McGill University in 2003, 2009 and 2010, the Coup de cœur SuperMusique in 2008 with Quintette de l'Halloween and the Prix culturel Rimouskois, pour la relève in 2013."

-Ambiances Magnetiques Website (

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"Klaus Kürvers, born 1950 in Essen (Germany), doublebass studies 1964-68 among others with Peter Trunk. During the late sixties member of the Essen Jazz groups ("Free Jazz" since 1967); 1969-71 in Cologne with the Jazz-Rock-Group "Eiliff" (w / Rainer Brüninghaus). Interupted 1971-2006 his public music activities for his studies and professional scientific career as an architect and cultural historian in Berlin. Since 2006 resumption of his musical activities as part of the Berlin improvisers' scene. Performing bassist again since 2009."

-Klaus Kurvers Website (translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. Mai [1] 2:12

2. Mai [2] 6:59

3. Mai [3] 5:28

4. Mai [4] 4:11

5. Mai [5] 7:05

6. Mai [6] 8:48

7. Mai [7] 7:46

8. November [1] 8:12

9. November [2] 4:43

10. November [3] 10:19

11. November [4] 8:05

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"Among the creative production of the label Creative Sources, I pointed this album, Thuya (the title's graphic on the cover uses a Y whose case is unknown on my Mac), because the music is played by a violin trio - cello - absolutely remarkable double bass and, as Dr Johannes Rosenberg so well said, it is by bringing together instrumentalists from the violin family together to the exclusion of other instruments that the deep-rooted nature of violins, violas, cellos and double basses are revealed On their best day. It is about creating a maximum of empathy. And to add, this is even more true in the context of free improvisation ... The Berlin violinist Gerhard Uebele, heard long ago in the company of Ernesto Rodrigues at the beginning of the Creative Sources label, the bassist Klaus Kurvers, also a Berliner, also heard with E. Rodrigues, but especially in an extraordinary quartet of double basses, Sequoia (Rotations / Evil Rabbit) and the Quebec cellist Remy Belanger de Beaufort. Two concerts in November 2015 (plays 8 to 11) and May 2016 (1 to 7) in Berlin. A magnificent listening, a search for sound and a sense of empathy concertante, but also disconcerting, decomplexed (the bases of their inspirations are multiple and draw as much in the contemporary experience, in the practice of the radical improvisation and the Expressiveness of popular music where the violin is a major instrument). There is a whole range of rubbings, cadences, dreams ... Complexity with several voices that are fired from all sides and explode or dark sequences that slowly moire and whose timbres and lines are interwoven in all gently. The trio has many facets, creates unpredictable paths, glissandi, frictions intertwine, music comes to life after a long moment of introspective communion, motives are added, evolved, transformed, creating the impression Enchantingto have crossed a living landscape and shared a moment of grace. The quality of the strings, the bow work, the majesty of the bass of Kurvers, the purity of the sound of Uebele, the spontaneous empathy of Belanger make this album a little wonder. Two beautiful concerts that we would have liked to attend."-Jean-Michel van Schouwburg, Orynx (translated with Google Translate)

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