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Wadham, Rachael / Philippe Lenglet / Bruno Duplant: everydayisagoodday (Confront)

Starting from John Cage's Zen quote--"Every day is a good day"--the trio of Rachael Wadham on piano, Philippe Lenglet on acoustic guitar and cithar (a type of harp), and contrabass, recorded these improvisations approaching their instruments not for melodies but as tools for experimentation, from which this trio finds a wealth of inventive sound.

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 74
Squidco Product Code: 23302

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve Sealed
Recorded, few years ago, in "La salle de jeux", Waziers, France.


Rachael Wadham-piano

Philippe Lenglet-acoustic guitar, cithar

Bruno Duplant-contrabass

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"Every day is a good day is a quote from John Cage, which I think is fitting, as the playing of this excellent trio takes it's place within the rich and ever-widening horizon of post-Cageian music. The instruments are not means for creating melodies, but are sites for experimentation, sources of potential sounds that are drawn out and then left to be themselves rather than becoming part of a melodic chain.

Cage's words perhaps suggest a state of pre-lapsarian contentment, but for me the music comes from somewhere quite different. Yes there are moments of relaxation and flashes of beauty, but the general spirit is one of quiet restlessness, a persistent process of enquiry and experimentation which belies any sense of complacency and self-satisfaction. This is serious music - fun and enjoyable too - but seriously good."-Simon Reynell

Artist Biographies

"Rachael Wadham. B.Mus (UVic), Dip. Jazz (Humber)

Rachael Wadham is a performer, composer and instructor based in Metchosin. Rachael was trained classically from a very young age and has always been a keen improviser. She studied Jazz Piano Performance for 3 years at Humber College in Toronto but was drawn back to classical music and eventually transferred to UVic where she completed a Bachelor of Music Composition and Theory.

As a teacher, Rachael teaches all ages, and has a focus in music education for young children. She likes to gather material from numerous sources to provide a well rounded introduction to piano performance. Rachael has been working as a composer, performer and instructor for over 20 years in BC and Toronto. She has attended numerous composers workshops in Canada and Internationally.

Rachael was a co-founder of the Fernwood Difficult Music Society, a new music concert series that ran from 2002 - 2005, and is currently an active member of triPOD, an improvisation based dance and music collaborative. She is currently working towards her diploma in piano pedagogy...and raising 2 active boys. When not immersing herself in musical projects, Rachael enjoys spending time in her garden."

-Victoria Conservatory of Music (

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"Philippe Lenglet: Guitars, objects. Philippe Lenglet plays in Feldspath, La Pieuvre, Gaw !, Philippe Lenglet , Le Grand Orchestre de Muzzix

Born in 1960, studied clarinette, then guitar (self taught) at 15. Member of the MMD (free-jazz band) since it was founded in 1987. Took part in the Rhys Chatham's 100-guitar concerts in 1989. Played in la Pieuvre, Electropus, Electric Cue, Soliloques en loque, Tricky Co (Brussels), Kind of Ply, l'Effaran and in other projects as well as solo work. Has played with Jean-Marc Montera, Edward Perraud, Tony Oxley, Roger Turner and Michel Doneda. Has developed a special way of playing prepared and modified electric and acoustic guitars.

He is also a photographer and works with pre-digital film techniques and in black and white, his favourite subject being concerts... for these he has developed a special technique of camera movement, following the music which he is photographing. The project " pictures to listen to " was presented at Gare St-Sauveur and in an interactive form at la Maison Folie in Lille-Moulins.

Philippe Lenglet has been part of the big band La Pieuvre since its creation. He has been part of numerous groups within to the Muzzix collective (Electric Cue, Electropus, etc.) Has been a member of MMD (a regional free-jazz band) since its foundation in 1987. He sometimes performs solo concerts for which he has developed a special way of playing prepared or modified guitars."

-Muzzix (

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"Bruno Duplant is a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentist (double bass, percussion, electronics, phonography...) living in the north of France. He has collaborated with lot of instrumentalists around the globe and has also made solo works for such labels as B-Boim, Engraved Glass, Peira, Ilse, Impulsive Habitat, Con-v, Unfathomless, Et le feu comme matière formatable technologiquement, Audiotong, Insubordinations and his own label curated with Pedro Chambel, Rhizome.s...

For him, composing, playing, improvising music is like imagining, creating and sometimes decomposing new spaces/realities, new entities. But it is also a reflection on 'memory', not the historic one, but a memory of all things, spaces & moments.

His new works, mostly based on phonographies & graphic scores, perfectly reflect that."

-Another Timbre (

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Track Listing:

1. everydayisagoodday 38:30

Related Categories of Interest:

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
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