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Foussat / Parrenin / Rollet: Haut-Coeur (Fou Records)

Emphasizing the electronic aspect of ea-improv, the trio of Jean-Marc Foussat on Synthi AKS, voice & toys, Emmanuelle Parrenin on hurdy-gurdy & voice and Quentin Rollet on alto and sopranino saxophones & small electronics, are heard in an immersive performance at Allumes du Jazz, in Le Mans, France in 2023, for a superb concert of unrestricted free improvisation.
 

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Jean-Marc Foussat-Synthi AKS, voices, toys

Emmanuelle Parrenin-hurdy gurdy, voice

Quentin Rollet-alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, small electronics


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UPC: 3491570060322

Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD 42
Squidco Product Code: 32594

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at La Boutique des Allumes du Jazz, in Le Mans, France, Music played on April 23rd, 2022, by Jean-Marc Foussat.

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"Another beautiful recording of utopian music, improvised of course, and where two stubborn instrumentalists, saxophonist Quentin Rollet and hurdy-gurdy player-singer Emmanuelle Parrenin infiltrate the waves and electronic layers of Jean's ancient AKS synth -Marc Foussat. JMF also intervenes with his voice, transforming the sound electronically, EP vocalizes majestically like a fairy from another time, earthy and ethereal at the same time.

QR who blows in his alto and his sopranino embellishes the whole of "small electronics" which creates textural correspondences with the flow of the synth and the cordial and sympathetic resonances of the hurdy-gurdy. As a reminder, it is the gyration of a wheel under the strings that sets them in sonic vibration with this characteristic nasal timbre. Emmanuelle concentrates on oscillating or whirling playing like a whisper in the leaves of the trees while delivering a few sonic surprises.

The range of registers of Jean-Marc's synth has been singularly expanded, and often offers unheard of effects whether they are deaf and stormy, quivering or diffuse, sometimes on the verge of murmurs simulating glissandi offering these comrades at the listening to create sounds in empathy that touches the magic sensitive. The saxophonist alternates rustling of the column of air and twisting note loops. A hovering atmosphere stuffed with rich sound aggregates, rustling scoria, imperceptible spinning.

Four improvisations named "a Fleur", "a Corps", "a Vif", "Amour" staged in durations of 8 to 16 minutes in a poetry of sharing, of collusion, of improbable coherences in a no man's land of forms which vanish or lead to the moments of chaos of Love. In the inner sleeve, the listener can read lines by the poet Robert Desnos, taken from his "La Poesie ou l'Amour". We could not find a text so close to the music that was played on April 23, 2022 at the Boutique des Allumes du Jazz.

This is not the first album bringing these three artists together with one or another inspired colleague (Foussat - Christian and Q. Rollet Entree des Puys de Grele and Bopp-Foussat-Parrenin Nature Still , both released by FOU Records), and the latter, Haut-Coeur, perhaps more convincing, brings its share of mysteries, the hidden face of an unknown but very present star. I cannot prevent myself from reproducing here the words of Desnos:

"...Let a tumultuous catastrophe ruin all screens and circumstances and there they are, grains of sand lost in a flat plain, united by the imaginary straight line which connects any being to any other being. Time or space, nothing stands in the way of these ideal relationships. Disrupted life, worldly constraints, earthly obligations, everything is collapsing. Humans are nonetheless subject to the same arbitrary dice. In the desert, lost, irretrievably lost, the white-helmeted explorer finally realizes the reality of mirages and unknown treasures, dream faunas, incredible floras constitute the sensual paradise where he will henceforth evolve, scarecrow without sparrows, tomb without epitaph, nameless man, while, formidable displacement, the pyramids reveal the dice hidden under their heavy mass and pose again the irritating problem of fatality in the past and destiny in the future."

A great project!!"-Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg


Artist Biographies

"Jean-Marc Foussat (born March 19, 1955 in Oran ) is a French composer and improvisational musician ( guitar, piano, live electronics ).

Since the mid-1970s, Foussat had belonged to groups such as Lézard Marçio, in which he contributed the sounds of concrete music with magnetic tapes. In 1981, he finished his first solo album, Abattage, which was released in 1983. In the ensemble Marteau Rouge (with the guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the drummer Makoto Sato), he also collaborated with Evan Parker. Together with the saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau, he formed the duo Aliquid, which also appeared with Joe McPhee ( Quod, 2014). In addition to soloprograms, he also starred with Noël Akchoté / Roger Turner, Samuel Blaser, Émilie Lesbros, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sophie Agnel, Daunik Lazro and numerous other musicians, as well as the Fortuna 21 Octet of Raymond Boni and the department of education psychique on."

-Wikipedia translated by Google (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Marc_Foussat&prev=search)
2/21/2024

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"Emmanuelle Parrenin is a French folk singer, harpist and hurdy-gurdy player who was first active in the late 1960s and 1970s as part of "le mouvement folk".

Parrenin was born into a family steeped in classical music: her mother played the harp and her father the violin, and studied ballet as child. She expanded her musical horizons during her teenage years, and was influenced by meeting Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds, during a visit to England while a teenager. At age 19, she met the hurdy-gurdy player Christian Leroy Gour'han, René Zosso [Wikidata], and Alan Stivell at Le Bourbon folk club. She and others travelled to remote regions of France and other Francophone countries including Canada to record folksongs. The recordings were donated to the Musée de l'Homme and the Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires. In 1974 Parrenin released an album with Phil Fromont called "La Maurmariée", developing a "reputation for stark and intelligent interpretations of traditional music."

With Fromont and Claude Lefebvre, Parrenin released a second, more progressive, album "Chateau Dans Les Nuages" in 1976, with included "Eastern elements and general strangeness".

Her only solo album, "Maison Rose" was released in 1977. The title refers to the house she grew up in, and the musical influences she imbibed there. The album took "the revived instruments of le mouvement folk out into new territory". The album was re-released in 2001 developed an international cult following.

After the album's release, Parrenin moved away from folk music. She later explained "It was a time when, firstly, it [folk music] was becoming very fashionable and there wasn't the same spirit as there had been at the beginning. There was a lot of what we call in France 'un esprit de chapelle'; it was very purist and I don't think I'm like that. I liked it when it felt alive, and when that went I was bored." She began writing music for contemporary dance, and returned to dancing. She also taught herself to play the harp.

In 1993, a fire damaged her hearing, and she was no longer able to perform. Told that she had lost her hearing permanently, she moved to the Alps, and as self-therapy she began playing and singing again. As her hearing improved she used the techniques she had learned with others including with people with autism and psychiatric disorders.

In March 2011 Parrenin released a new album, "Maison Cube". The title refers to the cube-shaped house where it was recorded."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuelle_Parrenin)
2/21/2024

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"Sax player (alto and sopranino), improviser, producer (Bisou Records, reQords, Rectangle Records). Plays with many bands. Among them are The Red Krayola, Nurse With Wound, Prohibition, Thierry Müller, Mendelson, Davis Grubbs, Rubin Steiner, Akosh S. Unit, Herman Dune, Cyann & Ben, Charlie O, Eugene Chadbourne, Jac Berrocal, Phoebe Killdeer..."

-Quentin Rollet Soundcloud Page (https://soundcloud.com/quentin-rollet)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. A Fleur 9:58

2. A Corps 16:09

3. A Vif 11:42

4. Amour 8:23

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