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Gestalder, Violaine : Furtive (Creative Sources)

With an impressive resume in improvised and contemporary forms, French saxophonist Violaíne Gestalder presents three major conceptual works for multiple players, using studio layering to perform all parts herself on soprano sax, voice & effects, a comprehensive, yearning, powerful and often mysteriously beautiful album that draws on her skills as a composer, improviser and experimenter.
 

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UPC: 5609063408164

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs816
Squidco Product Code: 34649

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Shadyn Studio de Nancy, in France, between December, 2023, and February, 2024, by Anthony Laguerre.

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Here,

Three ways of questioning the place of the performer, his relationship to the composer.

Three ways to connect with sound...

Here,

Breaths and voices joyfully hybridize,

There remains a trace, light, ephemeral,

Singular.



Kintsugi, Fabien Cali (2018)

Piece for solo soprano saxophone and improviser. ad. Libitum.

Kintsugi, this ancestral Japanese technique which consists of repairing a broken object by highlighting its cracks with gold. This is the poetic idea that drives this piece created in 2018 by Violaine Gestalder and Michel Doneda at the Festival Le Bruit de la Musique. The score - made up of autonomous fragments - finds itself reconstructed and magnified in a mixture of written and improvised gestures by what we, composers, have most preciously, our "gold": the performers who defend and bring our music to life.

Deep in the Air II, Carol Robinson (2023)

Le fond de l'air is the first piece in a cycle called The Weather Pieces. These pieces offer an almost psychological reflection on the meteorological phenomena that surround us. Whether it is fascination, terror, tranquility or even nostalgia, these phenomena affect us deep within our psyches. In this case, from an enigmatic expression was born a work for flute - or soprano saxophone - and electronics which evolves very gently. Poetic but questioning, it is music of suspended time, lush with fluctuating timbres and phantom melodies. Voices are revealed like the inner thoughts of the performer. The ambiguity between the real game and an electronic part which multiplies and spatializes the instrumental timbres, creates an expression as tender as it is ephemeral.

These voices that pass through me, Hélène Breschand (2023)

Composed for an improviser, that is to say a musician capable of capturing the present moment and constantly adapting the construction of the piece, as a living work, a living being with which to play. How our physical and imaginary journeys create a cartography, a territory that we constantly survey, using it, renewing it, eroding it... Proposal of passing and returning from an island to a path, to constantly come back to our not, and question the knowledge of one's own universe. This piece is composed like a palimpsest, with superpositions of playing processes, which allows room for transformation through time and experimentation. The piece is thus in perpetual re-creation

-from the liner notes, translated by Google


Artist Biographies

"After studying music in conservatories in Nancy and Lyon, Violaine Gestalder perfected with Vincent David at the conservatory of Versailles until 2008.

Saxophonist on the lookout for musical discoveries, Violaine is part of a polymorphic approach: revisiting the classical repertoires in chamber music thanks to the transcription, she also solicits the creation with the Résonance 6 ensemble and the Neva saxophone quartet.

She explores the field of free improvisation at the CNSMDP in the class of Alexandros Markeas and Vincent Lê Quang, (prize obtained in 2012), as well as in the groups Lezo and Echafaudages.

As a soloist, she is invited to perform with orchestras in formations such as OSLN and GAM.

After teaching her instrument for nearly 10 years in the Vosges then Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, she joined the teaching training department of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris and obtained in 2012 her certificate of Proficiency in teaching duties, a position she occupies this year at the CRR Nancy."

-Opera Music (Translated by Google) (https://www.operamusica.com/artist/violaine-gestalder/#biography)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Kintsugi 6:51

2. Le Fond De L'air / Ces Voix Qui Me Traversent 10:51

3. Chimeres 5:20

4. La Pythie 0:50

5. Calypso 3:58

6. Hades 3:42

7. Penelope 7:38

8. Circe 3:02

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