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Bascaille: Quelque chose (Tour de Bras)

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.

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Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: TDB9041cd
Squidco Product Code: 29343

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Foldover in a clear vinyl sleeve
Recorded at the Rimouski Conservatory of Music, in quebec, Canada, in May 2019, by Antoine Letourneau-Berger.


Antoine Letourneau-Berger-percussion, objects

Olivier Tremblay-Noel-percussion, objects

Tom Jacques-percussion, objects

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"Having first studied piano with Carmen Parent was younger, Antoine Létoumeau-Berger discovered the drums at the age of 13 years to finally enroll in 2004 Rimouski Conservatory of Music in Gabriel Dionne percussion class . He is currently studying at the undergraduate level and prepares his final examination 3 "cycle (Superior I). He taught for 3 years alongside drums and percussion music Ecole du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Over the past years he was part of Rythmus percussion group. However, his interest in music is not limited only to classical percussion. Antoine also practices rnusicale sometimes acoustic improvisation, sometimes more electronic. it happened on various occasions through collective tower arm in Rimouski, Moncton, Montreal and Saguenay as the Grand freed regional improv group that drifts Music and Ze Big band. in summer 2009, he was resident musician with duo . traces of improvised music Also, he regularly indulges in sound recording and composition in 2009 iI dialed phone game, a solo piece for multiple percussion, vibraphone and rnarimba;. he co-wrote Fissure, a work for orchestra and composed music to I'occasion spontaneous meetings the inner ear, serni-improvised piece for clarinet, violin, double bass and drums. In March 2010, it launched under the name of The Eye and the Monocle his first record intifulé , ambient music that depicts disparate sound worlds."

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"Olivier Tremblay-Noël

Percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and adept of new music in all its forms, Olivier Tremblay-Noël is an active musician on the Quebecois music scene. His personality and his playing style are coloured by the myriad influences he has experienced throughout his training and career thus far, ranging from orchestral music, to contemporary, Hindustani, jazz and rock.

Olivier obtained a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatoire de Musique de Rimouski and a Masters of Music from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. In addition to SIXTRUM, Olivier is a member of percussion trio Bascaille - a multidisciplinary project linking the concept of artisanal instruments and music creation."

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"Tom Jacques: Multi-instrumentalist and sound artist

Tom Jacques is a multi-instrumentalist and sound artist. His work evolves between composition, improvisation, performance and sound device design, mainly in contemporary music, jazz, and percussion. For the last 5 years, he has been working with various artists and technicians in order to make his own musical instruments and sound installations. This approach allows him to explore unique musical universes that are unattainable with conventional instruments.

Tom Jacques stands out among Quebec's new breed of creative artists. Many of his personal projects and musical ensembles have been acknowledged and supported by the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec through its Bas-Saint-Laurent arts and literature program and its Bas-Saint-Laurent territorial partnership program . He is also supported by the Canada Council for the Arts , and is the recipient of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Best Newcomer Award.

Tom is the Artistic Director of the percussion trio Bascaille, a co-artistic director of the jazz quartet Manta, and a member of the GGRIL (Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation LIbre, which means "large regional free improvisation group". He regularly collaborates with artists of all stripes as a musician, composer, and consultant. In 2017, he exhibited a sound device entitled "Comment Où le Son" at a travelling exhibition of the organization Voir à l'Est, and a follow-up entitled "Trajet Pas Pareil" at the 2018 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV).

This young artist is strongly involved in the cultural community. Currently president of Arte Tracto and director of Culture du Bas-Saint-Laurent, he helped set up Garage à musique de la Haute-Gaspésie, a pilot project inspired by Montréal's GAM, which uses music to help young people lessen the negative impacts of their harsh living conditions. The GAM's services are free."

-Tom Jacques Website (

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track listing:

1. Un Trou Dans La Gondole 4:06

2. Chose Ne Peut S'envoler 2:48

3. Mouettes Et Cannes 4:11

4. Des Roches Dans La Souffleuse 1:41

5. Il Est Une Heure Et Tout Va Bien 2:47

6. Snare Broche 2:45

7. Rembolage 3:14

8. On Parle Dans Mon Dos 2:48

9. J'ai Monte Ben Trop Vite 2:41

10. Tllttillltillltiltitlilltit 2:58

11. Sortir De L'eglise En 10 Minutes 11:49

12. Nous Ne Savions Pas Que C'etait Si Complique A Cuire 1:46

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"Bascaille is a percussion ensemble that stands at the crossroads of music, sound art, arts and crafts, and visual arts. It consists of Tom Jacques, Antoine Létourneau-Berger and Olivier Tremblay-Noël, all hailing from the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec. Bascaille's music varies according to the instrumentation selected for each work; it moves between equal temperament, microtonality, noise music, improvisation, unison, and polyrhythms.

The group draws musical ideas from various traditional music styles of the world, contemporary music currents, and Quebecois "musique actuelle." The trio is constantly working on new sound-making devices to create music that is not limited by the conventional instruments and ideas of classical percussions. They are constantly questioning and rethinking accepted techniques.

The ensemble's mission is to present contemporary art and percussion in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, while presenting its music to the rest of Canada and the world. The ensemble is also keen on collaborations with artists and composers from all walks of life."-Bascaille

"Rods, skins, zithers, grains, rubs, music boxes, sandpaper, nylon, nips, wooden blocks, surface activators, plastic, daxophones, kalimbas, scrapes, bells metal plates, flutes, motors, strips, sticks, strings , wood. Gathered around a multitude of sound objects, musical instruments arranged on three distinct surfaces and amplified in various ways, Bascaille offers a concert where mainly improvised music develops, filled with an impressive variety of sound timbres."-from the Quelque Chose teaser video, translated by Google


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