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Trio La Soustraction des Fleurs  (Vrod / Aurier / Lemetre): Airs de Moyenne Montagne [2 CDS] (Umlaut Records)

Combining folk and ethnic rhythms in traditional popular forms, the Trio La Soustraction of des Fleurs of Jean-Francois Vrod on violin & voice, Frederic Aurier on violin & voice, and Sylvain Lemetre on zarb & voice focuses on the music of the mountains of the Massif Central, melodic music with unique timbres, forms, pre-texts, and a richly complex set of musical objects.

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UPC: 3341348161808

Label: Umlaut Records
Catalog ID: UMFR-CD2425
Squidco Product Code: 26062

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardstock 4 page foldover
CD1 recorded in Fresnes, Paris, France, in 2006, by Jean-Francois Vrod.

CD2 recorded in Domaine De La Chaux, France, in 2017.


Jean-Francois Vrod-violin, voice

Frederic Aurier-violin, voice

Sylvain Lemetre-zarb, voice

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track listing:


1. Aleas de Notice 2:02

2. Dans 4 Temps a Table 2:42

3. En Forme De Gallinace 1:36

4. OA 0:36

5. AE 1:11

6. Les Pleureurs 2:43

7. Happy 14 Temps 2:55

8. 2 Guitares 2:44

9. Electrochoc 1:23

10. Obstine Mais Clair 0:32

11. Obstine Mais Indecis 0:48

12. Obstine Mais Matinal 0:44

13. Obstine Mais Sans Exces 0:37

14. Les Pleureurs 2 2:20

15. Chose d'Importance 2:07

16. Tango 2TX 3:49

17. Last Dance, Last Chance 2:28


1. La Mazurka du Bout du Quai 1:56

2. Ou Sommes Nous? 2:31

3. Echo de Ressort 1:53

4. Air de Moyenne Montagne en Automne 3:13

5.Total Rebonds 1:15

6. Post Milton 2:53

7. Nez Bouche (Une Seule Narine) 3:17

8. Reve de Mouche 3:45

9. Le Chasseur et le Rossignol 4:06

10. La Racleuse 3:53

11. Norsechretto 0:46

12. Tremeoc 4:14

13. Destins Paralleles 0:52

14. Pour Un Roi Pacifique 1:53

15. Scordature Trou D'Air 1:35

16. Colindada 1:42
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"Upstream downstream flows the music that will be heard here. Rolling her song to the rhythm of the slopes of the gentle mountain, she bumps into large volcanic rocks, enriches land and humus, and travels some flowers torn from the spring banks. This music that remembers (the oral traditions of the central massif were long frequented) also tastes the delights of writing and finally, in the moment and the joy of the waterfall, improvised.

"In the mountains, the throat is free" (Franz Kafka)

From downstream upstream or upstream downstream, the ear will surprise some fleeting musical correspondences allowing to reveal what one could call: "the intimate machinery" of the trio The Subtraction of the Flowers."-Umlaut (via Google translate)

"Popular traditions are our playground, but what do we have to say, 25 years after our first collections in the mountains of the Massif Central?

If the faithful reinterpretation of the melodic figure seemed to us an unavoidable and unfinished step today, we will attempt here, in a cubist manner, to show the various aspects of a musical object in a single plane, to express it. essence, the senses.For what the popular tradition suggests is not just a collection of pretty melodies, but everything else: timbres, forms, pre-texts, in short, a complex set of musical objects. of all kinds, where sound, although addressed to the community, is first and foremost the business of the person who plays it.

Frédéric Aurier is a violinist curious about all repertoires. Sylvain Lemêtre, percussionist, practices with the same interest the written and oral music. I play the music of the Massif Central, I improvise.

So, with what we are, as others tell a dream, we will seek to show our vision of tradition that speaks of our reality, the one that Picasso evokes when he says: " What is most abstract is perhaps the height of reality" "-Trio La Soustraction of des Fleurs website (via Google translate)

Artist Biographies:

"Jean-François Vrod, born in 1959 , is a French folk musician, a composer of contemporary music and a performer of traditional music. Strongly influenced by the art brut , he explores the popular violin and the acoustics in general in many ways.

He begins to play the violin during the 1970s folk wave.

He then frequents the folk club Le Bourdon , and befriends Joseph Perrier, fiddler Cantal he collected and whose repertoire and style are essential references in the field of traditional music.

Professional musician at the age of 20, he founds or participates in groups: Café-Charbons , The Chez Bousca Company , The Violin Trio (With Jean-Pierre Champeval and Olivier Durif).

In the 1990s , he began a long solo career that led him to perform in different contexts, from musical theater to solo performances.

He created the two shows De memory of violin and The idiom of the village , solo creations inspired by collections of former fiddlers Massif Central.

In 1997, he was invited by Patrice Fontanarosa to the concert The souls of the violin at the Musicora show to represent the traditional French music, the following year at the opening days of the concerts Radio France .

He also plays for the young audience, first with Cie Du Cerle (with storyteller Abbi Patrix), then solo with his show Blockheads , and finally with the storyteller Sophie Willem in The King of the Ravens .

In 2002, he created the show The Subtraction of Flowers , concert around the acoustic possibilities of violin and percussion between traditional music and contemporary music.

In 2003, he founded The Real Trio with Régis Reynaud and Bruno Le Tron . He also founded the Collectif des Professionnels des Musique et Danses Traditionnelles.

In 2005, he obtained a state commission via the Electroacoustic Music Group of Albi."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (¨ois_Vrod)

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"Frédéric Aurier - Violin, Composer

A graduate of the Conservatoire de Lyon under Roland Daugareil, Frédéric Aurier met other musicians in this privileged environment with whom he discovered his passion for chamber music. He then formed, with three others, the Quatuor Satie, and together they won several grand prizes in international competitions : the Trondheim in Norway, FNAPEC in France, Banff in Canada. An influential encounter at the age of twelve with violinist Jean-François Vrod opened the way for him toward the traditional music of the Massif Central region of France. His passion for the violin and his incisive curiosity led him to explore such diverse directions as improvisation, contemporary music, the baroque repertoire, and the music of dance and of theatre. Since 2009, Frédéric has been a teacher of the string quartet at the Conservatoire de Lyon. Frédéric is also composer."

-Quatuor Bela Website (

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"Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion

The itinerary of the eclectic percussionist Sylvain Lemêtre takes shape around his openness and his insatiable curiosity towards explorations and musical encounters. His favorite field is the confines of contemporary creation, jazz, improvisation and traditional music.

He trained at the conservatory at a young age, winning a first prize in percussion and chamber music at G.Sylvestre in Rueil-Malmaison and a first prize in traditional percussion at C.Nicolas in Argenteuil. In addition, he has always worked and played Zarb with F.Bedel, trained in soundpainting with V.Le Quang and practiced piano with C.Stephan. Nourished by the teachings of his masters, he likes to describe himself as "a self-taught conservatoire", defending a non-academic musical path, favoring listening, autonomy, analytical and critical sense, both towards the learned written music. and traditional and improvised oral music.

The question of theatricality in music and the presence of musicians on stage is very important to him when he approaches musical theater. Thus, today he is passionately involved in training courses with extremely varied aesthetics:

"The subtraction of flowers" by Jean-François Vrod, "The Cairn Ensemble" directed by Jérôme Combier, "Surnatural Orchestra", "Léger Sourire" musical theater duet, "Spring Roll" and "Printemps" by Sylvaine Hélary, " Saltarello "by Garth Knox," Farewell my beautiful "by Matthieu Donarier. "Boreal Sound" his solo around texts by Olivier Mellano, "The steam over rice" Alexandra Grimal.

He played in Antonin Leymarie's "Magnetic Ensemble", "Real thing # 3" and "Tower-Bridge" by Marc Ducret, "The Riddle of the Tympanum" by Fred Pallem for several years and now has a beautiful discography.

More recently, he began writing music and honored commissions, notably the state commission: "Borg and Théa" for the Béla quartet, the subtraction of flowers and the mastery of the Opéra de Lyon, but also "Entre cabbage and wolf "and" The angel of the weird "for Noémi Boutin and S.Hélary, or" The energy of the ceiling "for Surnatural Orchestra Albert Marcoeur and the Béla quartet.

In addition, throughout his career during the creation of live shows and concerts, he collaborated with the artists: T.Bonvalet, K.Davis, E.Caron, J.Pontier, D.Chouillet, C.Palotaï, P .Minton, Nosfell, Matthieu A, JP.Drouet, F.Sarhan, T.Blondeau, G.Pesson, R.Cendo, F.Marillier, N.Frize, A.Messager, R.Thierry, B.Coupey, C. Pavet, F.Cotinaud, P.Cueco, V.Bouchot. MH. Fournier, G.Siracusa, Y.Maresz, L.Naon, L.Fagin, A.Serre-Milan, E.Biston, A.Martinez. "

-Ensemble Cairn (

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