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Duchesne, Andre: Ch'val (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Montreal composer, guitarist and arranger Andre Duchesne developed the pieces on this solo album as a tribute to his sister Carole, "the one who dreamed of horses," who passed in 2010, his pieces incorporating elements of rock, improvisation and compositional forms, a sincere tribute developed by recording daily over a month as a virtual rock band of guitar, bass and drum programming.
 

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UPC: 771028 127122

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_271
Squidco Product Code: 34444

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded February 9th, 2020, to March 31st, 2020.

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"In September 2018, I was walking ten kilometres every morning and I would often play the guitar when I got home. The Ch'val project was born while thinking about my sister Carole, who passed away in 2010. In February 2020, I started recording every day. I kept working as we all went into COVID mode on March 13.

Every morning I advanced, piece by piece, block by block, drums, bass, guitars... The pieces were constructed spontaneously. Nearly finished at the end of March and then put aside, I listened to this music for a long time before deciding to publish Ch'val, 13 pieces for virtual rock band, dedicated to "the one who dreamed of horses."-Andre Duchesne


Artist Biographies

"André Duchesne (born 1949) is a Canadian experimental music guitarist and composer. He was a co-founder of Ambiances Magnétiques, a Canadian musical collective and record label, and formed several experimental music bands, including Conventum, Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar and Locomotive. Duchesne has also released five solo albums.Biography

André Duchesne was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1949. As a teenager he learnt acoustic guitar, but was not satisfied with the popular rock music being played at the time. In the mid-1970s he formed an avant-garde folk-rock group called Conventum with René Lussier, Jean Derome, Jean-Pierre Bouchard, Jacques Laurin, Bernard Cormier and poet Alain-Arthur Painchaud. Conventum was described by AllMusic as a mixture of "Quebec's folk roots with absurd poetry and progressive arrangements". They released two albums, À l'Affût d'un Complot in 1977 and Le Bureau Central des Utopies in 1979.

In 1983 Duchesne, Lussier, Derome and Robert M. Lepage formed Ambiances Magnétiques, a musical collective and artist-run record label specialising in avant-garde music. Duchesne released his first solo album, Le Temps des Bombes on the new label in 1984. Then he began writing contrapuntal compositions for a guitar quartet, and formed Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar (The 4 Guitarists of the Apocalypso-Bar) with Lussier, Bouchard and Roger Boudreault to perform the pieces. Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar was a concept band that Duchesne said was from post-apocalypse Canada "inspired by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix". They premiered at the 4th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) at Victoriaville, Quebec in October 1986, and continued until 1989, touring Canada, the United States and Europe. They also released two albums in 1987 and 1989.

After the success of Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar, Duchesne returned to FIMAV in 1989 to premier "his most ambitious work ever", L' Ou 'L, a composition that explored different styles of chamber music. In 1991, he formed Locomotive with Claude Fradette and Rémi Leclerc, which also performed at FIMAV in 1991. Locomotive recorded an album of the same name in 1992, which AllMusic called "the pinnacle of André Duchesne's discography".

During the mid- to late-1990s, Duchesne formed several rock bands, but they never recorded. In 1999 he released Réflexions, an album of classical guitar solos, and in 2001, Polaroïde, a free improvisation session for guitar, viola and percussion. Duchesne returned to FIMAV for its 21st edition in 2004 to premier Cordes à danser, a new project of his featuring a string quartet and a "power trio" of guitar, bass and drums."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Duchesne_(musician))
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Ch'fal Ch'fal 5:31

2. À Celle Qui Revait De Chevaux 4:02

3. Balade Au Parc Jarry 2:18

4. Cheval De Bois 2:31

5. Cheval Electrique 1:38

6. Chevaux Dans Le Ciel 3:08

7. Chevaux Dans Le Ciel (Suite) 2:52

8. Hey! Chevaux 2:06

9. Jeux De Chevaux 4:25

10. Chevaux Sauvages 6:15

11. Le Sommeil Des Chevaux 3:58

12. Reves De Chevaux 6:24

13. Dedicace 1:05

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