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Breschand, Helene  / Jean-Fran¨ois Pauvros: Sombre (Les Disques Victo)

"Sombre is an unlikely pairing yielding unexpected results. The classically trained harpist Helene Breschand meets the maverick avant rock guitarist Jean-Francois Pauvros. She plays an electro-acoustic harp, which -- unlike Zeena Parkin...

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Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 095
Squidco Product Code: 24072

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case


Jean-Francois Pauvros-guitar, voice

Helene Breschand-harp

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track listing:

1. Mouillage 3:18

2. Etrave 11:26

3. Ombres 3:34

4. Courant Chaud 2:49

5. Reve D'Algues 4:44

6. A L'Origine 3:22

7. Houle 5:18

8. L'Etoile Renversee 11:06
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May 2017
Improvised Music

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"Sombre is an unlikely pairing yielding unexpected results. The classically trained harpist Helene Breschand meets the maverick avant rock guitarist Jean-Francois Pauvros. She plays an electro-acoustic harp, which -- unlike Zeena Parkins' electric harp -- is a traditional harp retrofitted with pickups and is hooked to electronics. It produces a sound palette surprisingly compatible with Pauvros' electric guitar (also plugged into a number of pedals and electronic devices). Even though the attack of the harp often remains perceptible (which helps to distinguish between each player's contributions), the main sonic component here is noise -- beautifully shaped noise, interspersed with thoughtful silence and quiet single notes, plucked out of the ether. As for Pauvros' playing, it ranges from soft drones and fragile bowed notes to crushing walls of sound. Not the result of a one-time meeting, Sombre was recorded in the studio over a number of sessions and accompanied by liveperformances -- hence a deeper level of collaboration that can be heard from the first second to the last. Harp and electric guitar mesh, reinventing each other's language. When quiet, the music is downright beautiful -- with its bowed guitar and acoustic harp, "L'Etoile Renversee" is the album's most enrapturing piece. When loud, it moves you at a different level, painting vivid pictures in little time (six tracks out of eight are under five minutes long). These two improvisers are little known outside of France, which makes Sombre an album even regular listeners of Victo's releases may be tempted to pass on. That would be a shame, since it is the most unique CD the label has put out in years."- Francois Couture, All Music

Artist Biographies:

"Jean-François Pauvros is a French musician, electric guitarist and improviser born on 19 October 1947 1 in Hautmont in the North. He is the brother of Rémi Pauvros. He was a professor of French before living music, and began his career playing in balls.

He was influenced by guitarists like Jimmy Page , Sonny Sharrock or Derek Bailey , and perhaps by Lightnin 'Hopkins and Charlie Christian.

He participates in the Moebius group with Gaby Bizien and Philippe Deschepper. The French talent discoverer Jef Gilson recorded a first disc of Pauvros with Gaby Bizien in duet whose music is close to the British free music. He met Siegfried Kessler with whom he recorded Phoenix 14 in 1978.

In 1978, at the Théâtre Mouffetard, he played with the singer Aude Cornillac and met the trumpeter Jac Berrocal, with whom he formed the Catalog group (where the drummer Gilbert Artman succeeded Jean-Pierre Arnoux ). Hathut Records releases the band's first album, Penetration.

Jean-François Pauvros recorded in 1985 Le Grand Amour with guitarist Arto Lindsay (ex DNA ), vocalist Ted Milton from Blurt and drummer Terry Day ; In 1988 released Hamster Attack with drummer Julian Fenton , singer Mary Genis and saxophonists Evan Parker and Stan Sulzmann among others.

His musical nomadism led him to Japan (with the poet Gozo Yoshimasu), in the United States (with Jonathan Kane and Ernie Brooks), in Chile (Ultima Round) or in Ethiopia.

He played with David Holmes and Elliott Sharp , George Lewis , Jacques Thollot , Rhys Chatham and the 100 Guitars. With Mary Genis, he creates a group of Steel-drum which will also include the reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez.

He founds the Red Hammer groups with sound engineer Jean-Marc Foussat and drummer Makoto Sato , " the four daughters of industry " with Jean-François Binet, Jean-Marie Messa, Jean Nirouet, Ernie Brooks, Makoto Sato , Plays a duet with the harpist Hélène Breschand and in trio with Noël Akchoté and Jean-Marc Montera. He will participate in reading-performances with the poet Charles Pennequin and the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu. He also played and released records with Daunik Lazro , Roger Turner, Keiji Haino and Kawabata Makoto (founding member of the Acid Mothers Temple Group).

He is the author of, among others, the music of Charles Najman's Royal Bonbon and Pitchipoi films, Karim Dridi's Gray-Blanc and La Mechanique des femmes by Jérôme de Missolz. He works regularly with filmmaker Guy Girard."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google) (¨ois_Pauvros)

"Hélène Breschand is a French harpist, composer and improviser. Breschand leads a career both as a solo artist as well as in ensemble work, playing both a contemporary repertoire and premiering new works as much as she plays improvised music and musical theater.[1] She is a musician who plays on the verge of several genres ranging from contemporary music to jazz. She plays both written and improvised music."

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