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Louis Minus XVI : Kindergarten (BeCoq)

Joining noise rock and free jazz, the Louis Minus XVI quartet is fronted by two saxophonists--Adrien Douliez on alto and Jean Baptiste Rubin on tenor--with Maxime Petit on bass and Frederic L'homme on drums, in a balanced album of powerful and introspective compositions.

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Label: BeCoq
Catalog ID: BeCoq04
Squidco Product Code: 21745

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the studio noize maker Billy Montigny from April 15-18, 2013 by Raphaelle Duquesnoy.

Except track one, recorded September 22, 2013 at mrmunchkin studio winterswijk Marlon Wolterink.


Adrien Douliez-alto saxophone

Jean Baptiste Rubin-tenor saxophone

Maxime Petit-bass

Frederic L'Homme-drums

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Artist Biographies:

Adrien Douliez is a French saxophonist, known for the band Louis Minus XVI.

-Squidco 5/25/2022

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"Jean-Baptiste Rubin, saxophones. Jean-Baptiste Rubin plays in: Feldspar , The Octopus , Bi-Ki? , The Great Muzzix Orchestra. Initiated to the joys of music at the age of 12, JB Rubin abandons the saxophone for the benefit of the drums at the age where we like to play hard, to resume a few years later while exiled to Lille in 2001

He then meets improvised music and jazz thanks to Olivier Benoit in particular and begins a curriculum at the conservatories of Tourcoing and Lille. He is passionate about noise music, free improvisation, but also for more written forms, notably with rock. He currently plays in several formations: Bi-Ki?, Unik Ubik, Cheikh de Stael, Octopus, Woodish, Louis Minus XVI, Ventilo, etc.

He has also collaborated on projects that mix music with theater or dance."

-Muzzix (Translated by Google) (

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"Obnoxious bassist since 1984.

Somehow got a degree in philosophy and studied with musicians such as Olivier Benoit, Jean-Luc Guionnet...

Likes to think he's a pop musician, always ends up doing weird stuff.

Has been playing in various free/punk/noise bands, touring french freaks scene extensively.

Also performed at venues/events such as Stadtgarten (Köln), Les Ateliers Claus (Brussels), Incubate (Tilburg), Kill The Silence (Hong Kong), Jack (New York), Cave 12 (Genève), Météo (Mulhouse)........

Has been lucky enough to play with : Will Guthrie, Ava Mendoza, Pascal Comelade, Julien Desprez, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Lahcen Akil, Daniel Carter, Shane Parish, Jasper Stadhouders, Anaïs Maviel, Bertrand Denzler, Brandon Lopez, Barbara Dang, Brandon Seabrook, Renya Ketoglo, Ron Anderson, Enzo Zbiegiel, Fapy Lafertin, Ryan Oslance, Carlo Costa, Jean-Baptiste Rubin, Adrien Douliez, Frédéric L'homme, Marco Moercant, Pierre Toys, Quentin Conrate, Pierre Denjean, René Aquarius, Otto Kokke...

Artist-in-Residence at La Malterie (Lille)"

-Maxime Petit Website (

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Frederic L'Homme is a drummer who lives in Lille, France. He studied at Jazz at Conservatoire de Tourcoing. He is associated with SaSo, Drummer at Monsieur Thibault and Drummer at FLUO Sauvage, JFC Big Band, Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai and IUT A Lille 1.

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track listing:

1. La Marche 5:04

2. More Friends 8:28

3. Sugar Od 4:11

4. Columbine's Twin 7:03

5. Bain Atlas 10:10
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"It's unusual for a jazz quartet to feature a double-saxophone front-line; even more rare is the fact that Louis Minus XVI's Kindergarten isn't a straight-up, kick-out-the-jams collection of improv-driven blowouts. Instead, the four musicians involved work through complex arrangements that many times overturn convention.

Originating from Lille, France, Louis Minus XVI is described as a fusion quartet, fusion in this case referring to a melding of noise rock and free jazz. But while elements of both are present on the group's sophomore effort (its debut Birds And Bats appeared in 2011) and while one could be forgiven for thinking of Mat Gustafsson or Peter Brotzmann during the noisier episodes, saxophonists Adrien Douliez (alto), Jean-Baptiste Rubin (tenor), electric bassist Maxime Petit, and drummer Frederic L'homme offer more than five riffs on a singular theme."

"[...] Louis Minus XVI is a band from Lille, France. Instruments used are drums, bass, alt sax and tenor sax. 'Kindergarten' is their second album, after 'Birds and Bats' in 2011. On this album, they present a number of compositions, five to be exact, and each one is as strange and unsettling as the previous one. Blending free jazz and noise rock, these guys have come up with something that might just be a massive blast live.

Opener 'La Marche' brings back memories of bands like Zu and Dead Neanderthals. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this song would be a blast when played live at a festival like Incubate. The constant repetitive pounding and harsh sounds of the whole even brought the phrase 'The Godflesh of jazz' to mind. That should give you some indication. 'More Friends' takes on a bit more of a jazz approach and is somewhat calmer that its predecessor. [...]"-Serge, Merchants of Air

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