The Squid's Ear Magazine
Musique Actuelle (Quebec, Montreal, Victo, &c)


 
Ceccarelli, Isaiah: Breviaire d'Epuisements <i>[Used Item]</i>
Ceccarelli, Isaiah:
Breviaire d'Epuisements [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Percussionist Isaiah Ceccarelli's work for percussion, two voices, two bass clarinets and viola da gamba, woven from the delicate fabric of the tension between darkness and light.

Derome, Jean: La Chaleur De La Pensee <i>[Used Item]</i>
Derome, Jean:
La Chaleur De La Pensee [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Concepts of community, dialog, sharing and transmission, or "recontre", are the linking ideas between these four works commissioned of Montreal composer and wind player Jean Derome, developed for four Quebec ensembles, these pieces combine contemporary and improvisational forms, the scores shaped by constraints from the combinatorial mathematics of Marin Mersenne.

Reich, Maria: Interdependenzen
Reich, Maria:
Interdependenzen

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Nine investigations on the violin and two on the viola from Berlin composer and improviser Maria I.J. Reich, developed during research into solo improvisation, yielding a unique set of timbres, textures and impetus between the musician and the body & bow of the instrument, influenced by the different locations recorded at and presented as captured; a truly fascinating exploration.

Hood, Susanna Trio: unPacked <i>[Used Item]</i>
Hood, Susanna Trio:
unPacked [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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In the footsteps of the band for which she's the vocalist — Scott Thomason's The Rent paying homage to the music of Steve Lacy — Montreal vocalist and movement performer Susan Hood steps out on her own to merge the words of German poet Judith Malina, who influenced Lacy and Irene Aebi's "Cycle of Jazz Art Songs", with Steve Lacy's exuberant music, for a captivating and sincere pairing.

Hood, Susanna Trio: unPacked
Hood, Susanna Trio:
unPacked

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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In the footsteps of the band for which she's the vocalist — Scott Thomason's The Rent paying homage to the music of Steve Lacy — Montreal vocalist and movement performer Susan Hood steps out on her own to merge the words of German poet Judith Malina, who influenced Lacy and Irene Aebi's "Cycle of Jazz Art Songs", with Steve Lacy's exuberant music, for a captivating and sincere pairing.

Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson: Live / Studio <i>[Used Item]</i>
Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson:
Live / Studio [Used Item]

(Bead -- UK )


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The improvising string duo of stalwart London improvisers, Daniel Thompson on acoustic guitar and Phil Durrant on the octave mandola, are heard in two settings of texturally rich, intricate interactions, first at Cafe OTO in 2022 for an extended improvisation, then at Cable Street Studios two months later for six succint, impressively diverse dialogs.

Ensemble SuperMusique: Le fil d'Ariane
Ensemble SuperMusique:
Le fil d'Ariane

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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Featuring works premiered at the ESM concert "Zigzague and Colore" in November 2022 in Montreal at Escape Orange - Edifice Wilder - Espace Danse, this exceptional concert of Montreal's premiere improvising Ensemble SuperMusique presents the works of three female composers--Elizabeth Millar, Laura Kavanaugh, and Danielle Palardy Roger--through a variety of graphic scores.

Chorale Joker / Ensemble SuperMusique: Demantibule&bull;es
Chorale Joker / Ensemble SuperMusique:
Demantibule•es

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Merging members of Ensemble SuperMusique with a subset of the ensemble Chorale Joker, Joane Hétu presents four premieres that explore our experiences during the pandemic, SuperMusique focused on electronics and synthetic instruments and offset by a wind quintet, the music and vocal interactions often explosive, reflecting on our mental states during an overwhelming cultural malady.

Lokkegaard, Niels Lyhne / Quatuor Bozzini: Colliding Bubbles
Lokkegaard, Niels Lyhne / Quatuor Bozzini:
Colliding Bubbles

(Important Records -- USA )


Price: $12.00    




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Copenhagen composer Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard's long form work refers to units of compositional structure in systems of instruments, each a "bubble" that interacts and collides creating fluctuations, ruptures and tension release in an hypnotic sonic tapestry, performed by Montreal's Quatuor Bozzini on violins, viola, cellos and harmonica; mesmerizing.

Migone, Christof / Alexandre St-Onge: undoundone
Migone, Christof / Alexandre St-Onge:
undoundone

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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Since 1997 the duo of Montreal sonic experimenters Christof Migone and Alexandre St-Onge, both members of Klaxon Gueule, have performed under the name "Undo", here declaring themselves "undone", presenting nine tracks of of live & studio recordings from 1997-2013 of often bizarre yet ever innovative cracked electronics, acoustics, voice, and inexplicable sound; weird and wonderful!

Duchesne, Andre: Ch'val
Duchesne, Andre:
Ch'val

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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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.

Hetu, Joane / Ensemble SuperMusique: Monnomest
Hetu, Joane / Ensemble SuperMusique:
Monnomest

(Ambiances Jazz -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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A fascinating work dedicated to improvising cellist Remy Belanger de Beauport written by Montreal composer Joane Hétu and performed by the large Ensemble SuperMusique with Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Scott Thomson, Diane Labrosse, Danielle Palardy Roger, Pierre Tanguay, &c., commissioned and performed for the Ensemble's 40th anniversary and expanded for this studio edition.

Ensemble SuperMusique : Musiques Emeraude
Ensemble SuperMusique :
Musiques Emeraude

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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An overview of Montreal's Ensemble Supermusique celebrating their 40th anniversary, drawing on works from founders Joane Hétu, Diane Labrosse, and Danielle Palardy Roger and their projects including Wondeur Brass, Les Poules, Justine, &c., realized by 40 instrumentalists in 8 groups of 3 to 8 players; masterful sophistication with a sense of humor and wonder — exceptionnelle!

Derome, Jean: La Chaleur De La Pensee
Derome, Jean:
La Chaleur De La Pensee

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $9.60    




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Concepts of community, dialog, sharing and transmission, or "recontre", are the linking ideas between these four works commissioned of Montreal composer and wind player Jean Derome, developed for four Quebec ensembles, these pieces combine contemporary and improvisational forms, the scores shaped by constraints from the combinatorial mathematics of Marin Mersenne.

Beche ta motte (Falasie / Cote / Gaudet-Asselin): Sont des Racines
Beche ta motte (Falasie / Cote / Gaudet-Asselin):
Sont des Racines

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


Price: $15.95    




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The title referring to roots alongside the subtitled comment "agricultural improvisations" in this 2022 free improv recording from the Bêche ta motte (dig your mound) trio of Quebec luminaries Bernard Falaise on guitar, Michel F Cote on percussion & synths and Thomas Gaudet-Asselin on double & electric bass, in twelve succinct experimental improvisations of unusual rhythmic and sonic natures.

Mercury (Caloia / Freedman): Skin
Mercury (Caloia / Freedman):
Skin

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


Price: $15.95    




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From the fertile Montreal improv scene, the long-collaborating Mercury duo of double bassist Nicolas Caloia and clarinetist Lori Freedman on b-flat and bass clarinets are heard in eight rugged dialogs captured live as they seemingly flay the body through visceral dialog with titles including "Eyeball-Eyelid"; "Teeth-Tongue-Throat-Lip"; or "Ass-Brain".

Tanguay, Pierre / Tom Walsh: Midi tapant <i>[Used Item]</i>
Tanguay, Pierre / Tom Walsh:
Midi tapant [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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The duo of Pierre Tanguay on drums and percussion and Tom Walsh on trombone in a release of minimalist construction that blends composition and improvisation.

Vertical Squirrels (Daniel Fischlin / Ajay Heble / Lewis Melville / Ted Warren / Dong-Won Kim / Gary
Vertical Squirrels (Daniel Fischlin / Ajay Heble / Lewis Melville / Ted Warren / Dong-Won Kim / Gary Diggins):
Le gouffre / The Chasm: Live from Silence, Guelph (Ontario) [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $9.00    




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An exceptional album of widely-embracing collective improvisation recorded during Vertical Squirrel's 2019-20 residency at Silence as part of the You Are I Am series, the core quartet of Daniel Fischlin on guitars, monotron, flute & percussion, Ajay Heble on piano, Lewis Melville on bass & percussion and Ted Warren on drums & percussion are joined by cornetist and world instrumentalist Gary Diggins and vocalist & percussionist Dong-Won Kim.

d'Orion, Erick / Martin Tetreault: Vigiles
d'Orion, Erick / Martin Tetreault:
Vigiles

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


Price: $16.95    




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Part of a 2022 creative residency at the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-Labre, in Beauce at the invitation of the organization EXEcentrer, this duo recording captures the September concert of two magnificent Montreal sound artists: Érick d'Orion performing on electronics & synthesizers, and Martin Tétreault on turntables, vinyl records & synthesizer.

Allochtone: Plait-il?
Allochtone:
Plait-il?

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


Price: $16.95    




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Organized by Miriodor drummer & composer Remi Leclerc, this experimental group features Canadian & European improvisers in a creative session with a sense of novelty and humor, from Pianist Andre Pelletier (Saint-Pascal), accordionist Robin Servant and guitarist Olivier D'Amours (Rimouski), bassist Alexandre Dubuc (Montreal) and saxophonist Cathy Heyden (Paris).

Ensemble Discoveries (Lin / Vural / Muller / Kurvers / Mengersen): Offshore Adventures
Ensemble Discoveries (Lin / Vural / Muller / Kurvers / Mengersen):
Offshore Adventures

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


Price: $15.95    




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Eight aquatic themed works from the Berlin-based quintet of Hui-Chun Lin and Uygur Vural on cello, Matthias Müller on trombone, Klaus Kurvers and Ulf Mengersen on bass; also known as Ensemble Discoveries, this album collects work from 2020-22, described as "improvised music and Echtzeit Compositions and the ideas of deep sea, their special living conditions: big pressure, eternity darkness".

Lerner, Marilyn / Nicole Rampersaud: Brass Knuckle Sandwich
Lerner, Marilyn / Nicole Rampersaud:
Brass Knuckle Sandwich

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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An assertive duo of piano and trumpet from Canadian improvisers Marilyn Lerner playing inside and out of the piano, and trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud performing with powerful and unusually expressive technique, this the first meeting between the two in a set of seven studio recordings, creative interactions of wide-ranging and cohesive approaches to their dialogs.

Thomson, Scott (w/ Yves Charuest / Karen Ng / Jean Derome / John Oswald): Pal o'Alto
Thomson, Scott (w/ Yves Charuest / Karen Ng / Jean Derome / John Oswald):
Pal o'Alto

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $9.00    




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In a nod to alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson brings together four exceptional Canadian alto saxophonists with whom he has worked and who motivate his improvisational drive, heard here in four duos: two with Toronto alto saxophonists John Oswald and Karen Ng, and two with Montreal alto saxophonists Jean Derome and Yves Charuest.

Vertical Squirrels (Daniel Fischlin / Ajay Heble / Lewis Melville / Ted Warren / Dong-Won Kim / Gary
Vertical Squirrels (Daniel Fischlin / Ajay Heble / Lewis Melville / Ted Warren / Dong-Won Kim / Gary Diggins):
Le gouffre / The Chasm: Live from Silence, Guelph (Ontario)

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $9.00    




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An exceptional album of widely-embracing collective improvisation recorded during Vertical Squirrel's 2019-20 residency at Silence as part of the You Are I Am series, the core quartet of Daniel Fischlin on guitars, monotron, flute & percussion, Ajay Heble on piano, Lewis Melville on bass & percussion and Ted Warren on drums & percussion are joined by cornetist and world instrumentalist Gary Diggins and vocalist & percussionist Dong-Won Kim.

Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay: Si tu partais
Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay:
Si tu partais

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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The long-standing Montreal trio of saxophonist Jean Derome, here on alto & baritone sax, flute and voice, bassist Norman Guilbeault and drummer Pierre Tanguay, frequent collaborators through a vast set of creative improv/Actuelle projects, continue their research into the history of jazz with compositions including those from Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington, Eric Dolphy, &c.

Freedman, Lori / Scott Thomson: Amber
Freedman, Lori / Scott Thomson:
Amber

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


Price: $15.95    




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Collaborators in Montreal projects including Ensemble Supermusique and Ratchet Orchestra, bass clarinetist Lori Freedman (Queen Mab Trio) and trombonist Scott Thomson (Monicker) have also worked as a duo for more than 15 years, starting with the Barnyard Record album Plumb, their long history allowing flexibility in unusual dialog and utterance that captivates naturally.

Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck): Tardif [VINYL]
Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck):
Tardif [VINYL]

(Tour de Bras / Ramble -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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The Quebec project Brulez Les Meubles (Burn the Furniture) was conceived by long-time friends and contemporary jazz fans, bassist Eric Normand and guitarist Louis Beaudoin-de la Sablonniere, each collaboration inviting other musicians to join their warm & relaxed approach to modern jazz, here with Jean Derome on saxophone & flute and John Hollenbeck on drums.

Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck): L'appel du vide
Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck):
L'appel du vide

(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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With a common passion for the jazz guitar, from Jim Hall to Bill Frisell, from Rene Thomas to Brandon Ross, the core duo of Canadian improvisers, guitarist Louis Beaudoin-de la Sablonniere and bassist Éric Normand, are joined by drummer Tom Jacques for a set of original compositions plus a Paul Bley piece, one by Gilles Vigneault, and two collective improvisations.

Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck): Tardif
Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck):
Tardif

(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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The Quebec project Brulez Les Meubles (Burn the Furniture) was conceived by long-time friends and contemporary jazz fans, bassist Eric Normand and guitarist Louis Beaudoin-de la Sablonniere, each collaboration inviting other musicians to join their warm & relaxed approach to modern jazz, here with Jean Derome on saxophone & flute and John Hollenbeck on drums.

Derome, Jean (Derome / Hetu / Robichaud / Servant / Jacques / Bastien / Normand / Side): Rose Drummo
Derome, Jean (Derome / Hetu / Robichaud / Servant / Jacques / Bastien / Normand / Side):
Rose Drummond

(Ambiances Magnetiques / Tour de Bras -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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A tribute to controversial and outrageous Quebec sculptor and installation artist Rose Drummond, through a collection of unusual, diverse, absurdist and absolutely remarkable instrumental & vocal songs drawn from saxophonist and composer Jean Derome's musical career, performed with Musique Actuelle luminaries including Michel F Coté, Joane Hétu, and Éric Normand.

Hautzinger, Franz / Eric Normand : Unbelievably Late
Hautzinger, Franz / Eric Normand :
Unbelievably Late

(Tour de Bras / Inexhaustible Editions -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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Having originally met in 2016 when Viennese trumpeter Franz Hautzinger and Quebec electric bassist Éric Normand formed Torche! with Michel F Cote, Philippe Lauzier and Xavier Charles, the two improvisers developed this collage during the pandemic from asynchronous recordings, creating six dramatic and explorative compositions of incredible and unusual technique.

Snekkestad, Torben / Soren Kjaergaard: Another Way Of The Heart
Snekkestad, Torben / Soren Kjaergaard:
Another Way Of The Heart

(Trost Records -- Austria )


Price: $17.95    




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Mysterious and beautiful, the compositions of Norwegian improvisers, saxophonist, trumpeter and clarinetist Torben Snekkestad and pianist Søren Kjærgaard, are influenced by the peaceful western coast of Norway where they recorded these 12 pieces, with titles adapted from the texts by Torben Ulrich in the work Meridiana: Lines Toward A Nonlocal Alchemy.

Clark, Katelyn / Isaiah Ceccarelli: Landmarks
Clark, Katelyn / Isaiah Ceccarelli:
Landmarks

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $11.50    




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Eight powerful and often cinematic pieces for organ and percussion, jointly composed and performed by long-time collaborators, Montreal composers and improvisers Katelyn Clark and Isaiah Ceccarelli, these 8 compositions developed around improvisations on the historic instruments continuo & portative organs, with percussion including a 40" bass drum, bell plates, and almglocken.

Quatuor Bozzini: Tom Johnson: Combinations
Quatuor Bozzini:
Tom Johnson: Combinations

(Collection QB -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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The Montreal string quartet Quatuor Bozzini (Alissa Cheung-violin, Clemens Merkel-violin, Stephanie Bozzini-viola, Isabelle Bozzini-cello) continue their investigation of avant composers, focusing on American composer Tom Johnson through three works or minimalist precision: "Combinations for String Quartet"; "Tilework" and "Four-Note Chords in Four Voices".

Marteau Rouge / Keiji Haino: Concert 2009
Marteau Rouge / Keiji Haino:
Concert 2009

(Fou Records -- France )


Price: $14.95    




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An extraordinary and powerful concert at the 2009 Jazz in Luz Festival recorded at Marquee of Luz-Saint-Sauveur when Japanese improvising guitarist and vocalist Keiji Haino joined the electroacoustic improvising trio Marteau Rouge of Jean-Francois Pauvros on electric guitar, Makoto Sato on drums and Jean-Marc Foussat on analog synthesizer & voice.

L'Ocell / Ferran Fages: El Declivi [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
L'Ocell / Ferran Fages:
El Declivi [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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The third release from the Barcelona-based experimental improvising duo L'Ocell of Chilean acoustic guitarist Fernando Carraso and Spanish double bassist Àlex Reviriego-double bass, here joined by guitarist Ferran Fages (a member of Phicus and Radium with Reviriego), for a set of mysteriously dark improvisations recorded live at Sant Roma de Mianigues church.

Hetu, Joane : Tags
Hetu, Joane :
Tags

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Four compositions written between 2000-2019 from Joane Hétu: a duo between bassist Nicolas Caloia & bass clarinetist/vocalist Lori Freedman; a work with Hétu & Jean Derome plus the Quaturo Bozzini string and Quasar saxophone quartets; a composition for 20 electric guitars; and one movement from "Préoccupant, c'est Préoccupant performed by Ensemble Supermusique.

Ensemble SuperMusique: Commutation
Ensemble SuperMusique:
Commutation

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Ensemble Supermusique, Montreal's premiere open-minded improvising ensemble, here led by saxophonist & vocalist Joane Hetu and conducted by percussionist Danielle Palardy Roger, present a live concert of graphic scores dating back to 1920, with works from Fred Frith (Stone, Brick, Glass, Wood, Wire), Luigi Russolo, Maxime Daigneault, Emilie Girard-Charest & Anestis Logothetis.

Ceccarelli, Isaiah: Toute Clarte m'est Obscure
Ceccarelli, Isaiah:
Toute Clarte m'est Obscure

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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A profound contemporary work integrating improvisation into composed forms from Montreal composer and percussionist Isaiah Ceccarelli and performed by an ensemble of 16 Musique Actuelle improvisers and performers, beautifully balanced between diverse instrumental passages and texts inspired by different poetical and musical forms of the past; sublime.

Quartetski (Ceccarelli / Falaise / Lauzier / Martel): Cage
Quartetski (Ceccarelli / Falaise / Lauzier / Martel):
Cage

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Quartetski--the Montereal quartet of Isaiah Ceccarelli on percussion & synthesizer, Bernard Falaise on electric guitar, Philippe Lauzier on bass clarinet & synthesizer and Pierre on Yves Martel on electric bass, perform John Cage's 1992 Numbers work "Four6" and "One7", a variation on "Four6", an incredible and insightful interpretation of this fascinating work.

Ensemble SuperMusique: Sonne l'image
Ensemble SuperMusique:
Sonne l'image

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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The collective ensemble Supermusique featuring key performers from Montréal's musique actuelle scene, including Jean Derome, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Joane Hetu, Danielle Palardy, &c. perform "Sounding the Image", three animated scores composed through the creation of moving images and rendered live in a remarkable concert at Amphiteatre de Gesu, in Montreal in 2019.

Bailey, Derek / Andrea Centazzo: Drops [VINYL]
Bailey, Derek / Andrea Centazzo:
Drops [VINYL]

(Ictus -- Italy )


Price: $29.95    




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Originally released in 1977 during an extremely creative period for both UK free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey and Italian percussionist Andrea Centazzo, this 3rd album on the Ictus label finds both players defining each of these extraordinary improvisations through instrumental timbres, dynamics and metronome speeds chosen to suit each piece.

Johansson / Fite / Grip: Swinging at Topsi's [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Johansson / Fite / Grip:
Swinging at Topsi's [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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An evening of free improvisation recorded in Berlin at au Topsi Pohl in 2020 from the Swedish trio of Euro Free Jazz legend Sven-Ake Johansson on drums, Niklas Fite on acoustic guitar and Joel Grip on double bass, performing two extended and dynamic improvisations, and then settling into jazz standard form for "Isn't It Romantic" and "Out of Nowhere" sung by by Johansson.

L.U.M.E. (Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble): Las Californias
L.U.M.E. (Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble):
Las Californias

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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L.U.M.E., aka the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble directed by pianist Marco Barroso, is a big band with a chamber ensemble feeling, Barroso's upbeat and melodically sophisticated compositions driving the band by borrowing from a variety of jazz, funk and even cartoon-like styles to create a richly complex and compelling set of tunes that twist, turn and surprise.

Le Trio Expansible: L'Atelier de musique experimentale [CD w/ BOOK]
Le Trio Expansible:
L'Atelier de musique experimentale [CD w/ BOOK]

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


Price: $23.95    




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Exploring the history of improvisation in Montreal, Tour de Bras issues this unreleased 1973 recording from Le Trio Expansible of Yves Bouliane (Ensemble Supermusique) on double bass, Bernard Gagnon on guitar and Robert Marcel Lepage (Ambiances Magnetiques) on clarinet, including archival documents from the Experimental Music Workshop with texts by co-founder Raymond Gervais.

Le GGRIL: Sommes [3 CDs]
Le GGRIL:
Sommes [3 CDs]

(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc -- Canada )


Price: $24.95    




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A magnificent triple-CD set from the Quebec creative ensemble GGRIL performing the works of Frederic Blondy, Robert Marcel Lepage, Lisa Cay Miller, Malcolm Goldstein, Caroline Kraabel, Allison Cameron, Martin Arnold, Lori Freedman, Michel F. Cote, Jean Derome and Gus Garside, a significant and beautifully packaged release from one of Canada's most important new music groups.

Garcia, Violeta / Emilie Girard-Charest: Impermanence
Garcia, Violeta / Emilie Girard-Charest:
Impermanence

(Inexhaustible Editions/Tour De Bras -- Slovenia )


Price: $15.95    




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Slippery confluence to taut string friction in the duo of Argentinian cellist & improviser Violeta Garcia and Quebec cellist Emilie Girard-Charest, both bringing impressive improvisational resumes and classical grounding to their uniquely informed dialogs, heard in a five part album exploring a remarkable range of technical skill and expression.

Charuest, Yves / Benedict Taylor: Knotted Threads
Charuest, Yves / Benedict Taylor:
Knotted Threads

(Inexhaustible Editions/Tour De Bras -- Slovenia )


Price: $15.95    




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Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest and London-based violist Benedict Taylor found common ground in their first meetings in London in 2017, improvising together and performing at Mopomoso, Charuest then inviting Taylor to Montreal in the winter of 2019 for duo performances, leading to this excellent album of confidently fragile interaction and agile attention.

Lussier / D'Orion / Kuster / Tetreault : Printemps 2021
Lussier / D'Orion / Kuster / Tetreault :
Printemps 2021

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )


Price: $15.95    




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This mercurial and impressive 2021 Victoriaville Festival concert brought together improvisers from three duos as a quartet: guitarist Rene Lussier, who has a long running duo with turntablist Martin Tetreault; Erick d'Orion on computer and electronics, who also has a experimental sound duo with Tetrault; and frequently collaborator with Lussier, drummer Robbie Kuster.

Welcome To Silkeborg (Varela / Trinite): Alba <i>[Used Item]</i>
Welcome To Silkeborg (Varela / Trinite):
Alba [Used Item]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


Price: $12.00    




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A live recording without an audience and the start of the Welcome To Silkeborg project between Lisbon improvisers Tiago Varela (Equinox Quartet, Isotope Ensemble) on melodicas & voice, and Monsieur Trinité (Equinox Quartet, IKB, Potlatch, Variable Geometry Orchestra) on percussive objects, their first encounter finding the two in a relaxed dialog of creative conversation.

Funambulists, The (Tibor Takacs Faki / Laslo Lenkes / Goran Grubisic): The Funambulists
Funambulists, The (Tibor Takacs Faki / Laslo Lenkes / Goran Grubisic):
The Funambulists

(FMR -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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An energetic trio of Serbian free improvisers from Tibor Takacs Faki on reeds, Laslo Lenkes on guitar and Goran Grubisic on drums, Tibor Takacs Faki and Goran Grubisic both part of the rock band Wooden Ambulance, that energy translating into their indefatigable approach to collective improvisation, just keeping a lid on their rambunctious interaction.

Leonardi, Stefano / Antonio Bertoni: Viandes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Leonardi, Stefano / Antonio Bertoni:
Viandes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Using unusual techniques and a collection of instruments that include the standard Western instruments of cello and flute, along with guembri, sulittu, dilli kaval, bass xun, launeddas (mancosedda, tumbu), plus the application of objects against strings, the Italian duo of Antonio Bertoni & Stefano Leonardi engage in seven remarkable and assertive improvised duos.

Taylor, Mike: Trio, Quartet & Composer, Revisited
Taylor, Mike:
Trio, Quartet & Composer, Revisited

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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Found dead in the Thames River in 1969, pianist & composer Mike Taylor left a legacy of two solid & lyrical jazz albums, of which the complete Trio album and one track from Pendulum are remastered; but he was also a songwriter for the Eric Clapton/Ginger Baker/Jack Bruce band Cream, of which three Taylor compositions with lyrics and vocals by Baker are included.

Derome, Jean: Solo Souffles
Derome, Jean:
Solo Souffles

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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The remarkably creative flutist & saxophonist Jean Derome often incorporates unusual instruments into his improvisations and compositions, including bird calls, harps, kalimbas, sirens, flower plastic wrappings, bells, &c &c.... on this album Derome focuses on those unique instruments and noise makers through 23 surprising pieces illustrating his incredible collection.

Hetu, Joane: Chorale JOKER: Les Lucioles
Hetu, Joane:
Chorale JOKER: Les Lucioles

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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The Montreal-based Chorale Joker ensemble directed and conducted by Joane Hétu, Danielle Palardy, and Jean Derome, who are also participants, is one of the most unusual and fascinating improvising vocal ensembles active, heard here in a concert coordinated with Productions SuperMusique at Le Vivier, Amphiteatre du Gesu, Montreal in early 2020; indescribably fascinating!

Klaxon Gueule: Entierement Unamies
Klaxon Gueule:
Entierement Unamies

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Perhaps one of the quirkiest releases from the Klaxon Gueule trio of Michel F Côté, Bernard Falaise and Alexandre St-Onge, performing respectively on drums, guitar and bass, and all on synthesizers and computer, recalling early electronic albums while adding a whimsical and alluring edge to their often darker and more experimental prior releases.

Quatuor Bozzini: Alvin Lucier: Navigations
Quatuor Bozzini:
Alvin Lucier: Navigations

(Collection QB -- Canada )


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Performing four of avant composer Alvin Lucier's works composed between 1991 and 2004, the Montreal-based Quatuor Bozzini (Clemens Merkel on violin, Alissa Cheung on violin, Stephanie Bozzini on viola, and Isabelle Bozzini on cello) focus on Lucier's works of sonic exploration, including the intensely harmonic interactions of the album's title work.

Frisque Concordance (Georg Graewe / John Butcher /  Wilbert De Joode / Mark Sanders): Distinct Machi
Frisque Concordance (Georg Graewe / John Butcher / Wilbert De Joode / Mark Sanders):
Distinct Machinery [2 CDs]

(Random Acoustics -- Germany )


Price: $21.95    




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The second incarnation of Frisque Concordance, formed in 1992 by Georg Graewe & John Butcher and currently the quartet of Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones, Graewe on piano, Wilbert de Joode on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums, in a 2-CD set, the first a superb studio set recorded in Vienna in 2017, the second a live concert at the 2018 Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf.

Locals, The (Thomas, Ward / Thomas / Lash / Hasson-Davis): The Locals Play The Music Of Anthony Brax
Locals, The (Thomas, Ward / Thomas / Lash / Hasson-Davis):
The Locals Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton

(Discus -- UK )


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An upbeat and energetic performance at the Konfrontation Festival, Ulrichsberg in 2006, featuring six early compositions by Anthony Braxton, arranged by pianist Pat Thomas and performed by the quintet of superb improvisers and interpreters Alex Ward on clarinet, Evan Thomas on electric guitar, Dominic Lash on electric bass, and Darren Hasson-Davis on drums.

GGRIL + Jean-Luc Guionnet: Tatouages Miroir
GGRIL + Jean-Luc Guionnet:
Tatouages Miroir

(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc -- Canada )


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Jean-Luc Guionnet composes for the Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée (GGRIL) directed by bassist Éric Normand, with an 11-piece ensemble recording in the studio for a work of tension and release through fitful sections that explores contrast and unison, space and contraction, guided by a wonderful sense of mystery and surprise.

Monicker (Scott Thomson / Arthur Bull / Roger Turner): Libr'aerie
Monicker (Scott Thomson / Arthur Bull / Roger Turner):
Libr'aerie

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )


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The second release from the trio of legendary London improvising drummer Roger Turner, Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson and guitarist Arthur Bull, aka Moniker, after their 2018 Ambiances Magnetiques album "Spine", in three improvisations about "Books", quick witted active improvisation with a carefree and bright approach to exceptionally detailed interaction.

Seen, The: For Sake Of Joy Of Study Of Oneself Together
Seen, The:
For Sake Of Joy Of Study Of Oneself Together

(Confront -- UK )


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Inspired by a work by John Stevens from 1991, Mark Wastell developed this work merging narration and improvisation by transcribing the text from Steven's performance, preseanted here by an electroacoustic ensemble including Phil Durrant, Dominic Lash, Bertrand Denzler, Jennifer Allum &c, yielding an enveloping and fascinatingly mysterious piece presented in two versions.

Miller / Mettler / Foisy: Grind Halts [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Miller / Mettler / Foisy:
Grind Halts [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Despite using traditional instrumentation, the Montreal trio of pianist Lisa Cay Miller, guitarist Vicky Mettler, and bassist Raphael Foisy-Couture avoid sounding anything but traditional, through preparations and a mischievous attitude transforming their instruments and applying them to a highly interactive and darkly optimistic set of very unique dialogs.

Lauzier, Philippe / Eric Normand : Not the music : Les temps fluos [PRINT  w/ DOWNLOAD]
Lauzier, Philippe / Eric Normand :
Not the music : Les temps fluos [PRINT w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tour de Bras -- France )


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An album of quiet improvisation focused on timbre, rhythm and pensive pacing from the duo of bass clarinetist Philippe Lauzier and bassist Éric Normand, also using objects to create mysterious tones and acoustic sonics, released as a limited 300g paper card hand-printed by Normad with an accompanying download code, 1 of 2 art cards initiating an 8-card series.

Servant, Robin: Du Souffle Et De L'Espace
Servant, Robin:
Du Souffle Et De L'Espace

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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Using a diatonic accordion and electronics, Robin Servant from Rimouski, Canada explores the acoustics of the places he visits by making them vibrate with his accordion and electronics, presenting 3 recordings from concerts in PiedNu in Le Havre, France, the Old Theater of St-Fabien, in Quebec, Canada, and at the Beaulieu Culturel du Temiscouata, in Quebec.

Normand, Eric: Demission Definitive Du Patron
Normand, Eric:
Demission Definitive Du Patron

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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Two large compositions by Montreal bassist Éric Normand, the first in a quintet with Camille Brisson, Antoine Simard, Marc-Antoine Mackin and Sébastien Maltais, using electronics, objects and motors; the second an acoustic work performed by the Quasar saxophone quartet of Marie-Chantale Leclerc, Mathieu Leclerc, André Leroux & Jean-Marc Bouchard.

Bascaille: Quelque chose
Bascaille:
Quelque chose

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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Insanely inventive and obsessive, the Bascaille trio of Antoine Letourneau-Berger, Olivier Tremblay-Noel and Tom Jacques use a mix of traditional and world percussive devices, homemade instruments, objects and amplification to create works of contemporary art and percussion, using equal temperament, microtonality, noise music, improvisation, unison, and polyrhythms.

Roger, Danielle Palardy : Cannibale <i>[Used Item]</i>
Roger, Danielle Palardy :
Cannibale [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Composer/percussionist Danielle Palardy Roger's musical satire about capitalism, performed with some of Montreal's finest improvisers using conventional & unconventional instruments and voice, captured live at the Gesu Amphitheater, in Montreal in 2018: Michel F Cote, Andre Duchesne, Joane Hetu, Elizabeth Lima, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Alexander St-Onge, and Ida Toniato.

Roger, Danielle Palardy: Le Caillou 1998-2013 <i>[Used Item]</i>
Roger, Danielle Palardy:
Le Caillou 1998-2013 [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Written in 1998, Danielle Palardy Roger's game piece composition was performed at the first Ensemble SuperMusique concert, here in 7 versions recorded at various locations in bands including Joelle Leandre, Joane Hetu, Guido Del Fabbro, Jean Derome, &c. &c.

Nous Percons Les Oreilles (Derome / Hetu): Un ideal <i>[Used Item]</i>
Nous Percons Les Oreilles (Derome / Hetu):
Un ideal [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Joane Hetu and Jean Derome formed Nous percons les oreilles 20 years ago, merging their expansive musical interests in idiosyncratic improvisation and orchestration using saxophones & wind instruments, objects, voice, melodica, and piano, here in their 4th astonishing album.

Joker (Joane Hetu): Ou Est-il Donc Ce Reve? <i>[Used Item]</i>
Joker (Joane Hetu):
Ou Est-il Donc Ce Reve? [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Joker brings together 12 vocalists, many core members of the Ambiances Magnetiques/Musique Actuelle collective including Joane Hetu, Jean Derome, Diane Labrosse, Michel F Cote, Lori Freedman, &c, performing unusual works of voice and narration composed by Joane Hetu.

Hetu, Joane: La Femme Territoire ou 21 Fragments D'humus <i>[Used Item]</i>
Hetu, Joane:
La Femme Territoire ou 21 Fragments D'humus [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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An amazing journey in sound and voice from saxophonist/vocalist Joane Hetu with five singers/narrators/musicians/noise-makers and layered field recordings, a remarkable and sophisticated work about sex, loss, death, art, & politics.

Hetu, Joane: Filature <i>[Used Item]</i>
Hetu, Joane:
Filature [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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A musical theatre in 3 acts using texts, songs, free improvisation and compositional textures, "an evocation of the fusion between opposite forces-tight and flexible, male and female".

Funf (Babin, Cornell, Crispo, Jacques...): La Regle <i>[Used Item]</i>
Funf (Babin, Cornell, Crispo, Jacques...):
La Regle [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $12.00    




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Sporadic sonic exchanges exploring guidelines, graphic scores, or completely improvised, with an expansive instrumentorium from the sextet of Magali Babin, Andrea-Jane Cornell, Martine H Crispo, Anne-Francoise Jacques, Emilie Mouchous, and Erin Sexton.

Disguises, The (Thomson / Caloia / Charuest / Hood / Tanguay): Songs 7 Dances from The Muted Note <i
Disguises, The (Thomson / Caloia / Charuest / Hood / Tanguay):
Songs 7 Dances from The Muted Note [Used Item]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Eleven songs by Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page (1916-2010), one of Canada's distinguished literary figures, in a band with Pierre Tanguay on drums, Yves Charuest on sax, Nicolas Caloia on double bass, and Susanna Hood on vocals.

Denley, Jim / Eric Normand: Plant 3 [VINYL]
Denley, Jim / Eric Normand:
Plant 3 [VINYL]

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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The collaboration of Quebec bassist Eric Normand and Australian saxophonist Jim Denley, both dedicated experimenters, in their third duo album under the Plant name, here recording live at the 2019 Syndey, Australia NowNow Festival, with Denley also playing bass flute, fruits and objects, and Normand using objects and playing the bass amp itself.

Bec, Mathieu / Robin Servant: Escarbilles
Bec, Mathieu / Robin Servant:
Escarbilles

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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The Canadian free improvising duo of accordionist Robin Servant (GGRIL, P.O.W.E.R., Danielle Palardy Roger) and drummer Mathieu Bec (Dubovnik, Michel Doneda) are heard in this 2019 performance at la Maison de la Culture du Pic Champlain, in a gripping set of dialogs using preparations and extended techniques to create unusual sonic approaches to both instruments.

GGRIL: Plays Laubrock
GGRIL:
Plays Laubrock

(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc -- Canada )


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The GGRIL (Grand groupe régional d'improvisation libérée) improviser ensemble based in Quebec invited German saxophonist living in NYC, Ingrid Laubrock, to compose three works, taking the band on adventerous journeys of texture, abstraction and melody, harnessing the power of the band's unique orchestration of electric guitars, percussion, and strings.

Testa, Carl : Sway Prototypes - Volume 3
Testa, Carl :
Sway Prototypes - Volume 3

(Sway -- USA )


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The third volume of NY bassist, composer, and electronic/computer musician Carl Testa's amazing Sway project, giving an interactive electronic processor its own voice interfacing with any size ensemble, here with two new works--one for quintet among a set of Chicago improvisers, the other in Portland, Maine with a sextet--each uniquely voiced and excitingly unpredictable.

Thomson, Scott: Murray - Trombone Solos
Thomson, Scott:
Murray - Trombone Solos

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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Trombonist Scott Murray (Monicker, AIMToronto) performed this installment of his "Trombone Solos at Odd Hours" series by paying homage after the passing of his friend, painter and drummer John Heward, recording this concert at Heward's studio in his home on Murray Street in Montreal, in a far-ranging and emotional solo performance of fascinating technique and expression.

Ratchet Orchestra: Coco Swirl
Ratchet Orchestra:
Coco Swirl

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Active since the early 90's, the superb Montreal super-group Ratchet Orchestra under the direction of Nicolas Caloia with 19 performers presents 10 works including the title track, with soloists including Jean Rene, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ellwood Epps, Sam Shalabi, Craig Petersen, Yves Charuest, Joshua Zubot, Scott Thomson, Isaiah Ceccarelli, &c.

Derome, Jean: Somebody Special
Derome, Jean:
Somebody Special

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Drawing on the work of Steve Lacy's quintet, Montreal saxophonist Jean Derome pays homage to the late saxophonist through a selection of 9 Lacy pieces with lyrics from Brion Gysin, Lao Tseu, Herman Melville, &c, in a quintet with Derome on alto sax, bass flute & voice, Karen Young providing vocals, Alexandre Grogg on piano, Normand Guilbeault on bass, & Pierre Tanguay on drums.

Ensemble SuperMusique / Symon Henry: voir dans le vent qui hurle les etoiles rire et rire
Ensemble SuperMusique / Symon Henry:
voir dans le vent qui hurle les etoiles rire et rire

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Montreal's true supergroup since 1998 with many of the city's essential Musique Actuelle performers and composers, directed by Danielle Palardy Roger and including Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Scott Thomson, Lori Freedman, Alexander St. Onge, &c. &c., as they take on a piece by Quebec composer Symon Henry, performed in an exceptional concert in the Chapel in Bon-Pasteur.

Dharmoo, Gabriel : Quelques fictions
Dharmoo, Gabriel :
Quelques fictions

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Stunningly unusual vocal music from composer, music researcher and vocalist based in Montreal, Gabriel Dharmoo, collecting works from 2012 to 2019, performed with small and large ensembles using almost completely wordless voice, utterance, guttural sound, swoops and, melodic flights, augmented with physical percussion like stamping and clamping; brilliant and enthralling.

Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Quebec : Musique-Politique Anthologie 1971/1974 [4 CDS]
Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Quebec :
Musique-Politique Anthologie 1971/1974 [4 CDS]

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


Price: $64.95    




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Le Quatuor de Jazz Libre Du Quebec was a collective of jazz musicians in the 1960s & 70s, bringing together free jazz musicians in Quebec who rejected commercialism while exploring modern improvisation, performers including Tristan Honsinger, Jean Martineau, Yves Charbonneau, Jean Prefontaine, &c, documented here in a 4-CD set with a 24 page book of images & text in French.

 

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