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GGRIL + Jean-Luc Guionnet: Tatouages Miroir (Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc)

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.
 

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Label: Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc
Catalog ID: TDB9046cd / microcidi018
Squidco Product Code: 29987

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Coop Paradis, in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, between March 31st, and April 2nd, 2019, by Antoine Letourneau-Berger.


Personnel:

Robert Bastien-electric guitar

Isabelle Clermont-harp

Alexandre Robichaud-trumpet

Eric Normand-electric bass

Olivier D'Amours-electric guitar

Catherine S. Massicotte-violin

Remy Belanger de Beauport-cello

Gabriel Rochette-trombone

Robin Servant-diatonic accordion

Sebastien Corriveau-bass clarinet

Mathieu Gosselin-baritone saxophone

Jean-Luc Guionnet-composer

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Robert Bastien is a Canadian guitarist, known for his work with GGRIL ( Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée).

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2263380)
7/28/2021

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"Isabelle Clermont is a Canadian harpist and sound artist, known for her solo work and the ensemble GGRIL."

-Squidco 7/28/2021

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Alexandre Robichaud is a Canadian trumpeter, known for the bands Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée, Equse, GGRIL, Incipit, and work with Éric Normand.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/3548610)
7/28/2021

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"Eric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture. With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Sébastien Cirotteau (trumpet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.

He also play in bands involved in a more specific musical genre as danced poetry with BABABA, instrumental theatre with Le Veau/ The Veal, songs with Les Pitounes and Éric Normand Chante and folk music with The Surruralits and RRRRoyal Canadian Free Form Folk Experience. Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer. His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations."

-Eric Normand 7/28/2021

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"Olivier D'Amours is a guitarist, audio artist and sound performer living in Rimouski. His musical influences range from rock to jazz through noise and modern music. He specializes in tailor-made effects chains for each project, in alternative tunings as well as in sound synthesis in video. He is part of the Large Regional Group of Improvised Music (Vivaces, Combines, Gestes), of the duo Les Monocytes (Spirospatial, Deer Island) and is a founding member of the Montreal noise collective La Forêt Rouge (Cassette, Hors de tout doubt reasonable, Hors of any unreasonable doubt, and if there is any doubt)."

-Supermusiqu (https://www.supermusique.qc.ca/en/artistes/damours_ol)
7/28/2021

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"After several years of studies in classical violin and literature, Catherine S Massicotte turned her musical practice upside down, switching from performer to improviser and sound artist. Cutting codes open, she favours the communicational aspect, the meeting, and the exchange. She aims for a less rational understanding of the instrument and its functions. She is involved in several projects and ensembles, including Tutu Combo, Minus 3, P.O.W.E.R., and Grand groupe régional d'improvisation libérée (GGRIL)."

-ElectroCD (https://electrocd.com/en/artiste/massicotte_ca/Catherine_S_Massicotte)
7/28/2021

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"As a musician, Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is first and foremost a free-improv cellist. He plays piano for ballet classes, electric bass, guitar and drums for rock bands and vocals in different contexts. As a mathematician, he has taught college-level math. He also organizes events and gets himself involved in many causes.

Originally from Québec City, Rémy's artistic practice as an experimental musician dates back to his teenage years. Influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nirvana, he publishes a first recording in 2003, with noise trio soda pop for a Déluge/Alterflow compilation. The same year, he releases an album as duo KL6 39E, on guitar, before switching over to the cello, starting the Fenaison trio with a first album on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2007.

Since then, he has been active in many long and short term projects: as a singer in Ensemble Partiel, he performs Stimmung, by Karlheinz Stockhausen; as a free-improv cellist, he plays in Le Veau / The Veal on Cuchabata Records (Faire l'amour aux banques, 2015) and is regularly invited to play one-off concerts. As the cellist in GGRIL (an improvisers' orchestra based in Rimouski, Québec) he is heard on Combines (Tour de bras, 2015) and has performed in France and Italy as part of a European tour in 2016. While living in Belring in 2015-2016, he formed string trio THUYA with bass player Klaus Kürvers and violinist Gerhard Uebele (Live @ the CLUB, Creative Sources Recordings, 2016) and joined the Berlin Improvisers' Orchestra. He has recently released a flexidisc Angenehmer Duft on Kohlenstoff Records and a solo album D'éclisses on Ambiances Magnétiques.

Rémy often works with dancers and choreographers, like Valerie Sabbah with whom he performs as Roméo & Juliette. He plays piano for ballet classes in various institutions such as L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec, L'École de danse de Québec and the Royal Academy of Dance, Berlin. For the Réseau d'enseignement de la danse, he composed and recorded, with percussionist Steve Hamel, music targeted for the teaching of Simonson Jazz dance in 2015.

Rémy has participated in several festivals as a free-improv cellist, Festival international de musique actuelle in Victoriaville, Francofolies in Montréal, Festival international de la littérature in Montréal, Festival des musiques de créations in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Rencontres de musiques spontanées in Rimouski, Kunst und Kultur Forum in Berlin.

Rémy graduated in composition and music theory at McGill University, in mathematics at Université du Québec à Montréal and participates in improvisation masterclasses, perhaps more notably with Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger and Joëlle Léandre. He has earned scholarships and awards from McGill University in 2003, 2009 and 2010, the Coup de cœur SuperMusique in 2008 with Quintette de l'Halloween and the Prix culturel Rimouskois, pour la relève in 2013."

-Ambiances Magnetiques Website (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/belangerdebeauport_re/)
7/28/2021

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"Gabriel Rochette (aka Gabriel Rochette Berirau is a Canadian trombonist, a member of Ensemble Supermusique and GGRIL."

-Squidco 7/28/2021

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"Robin Servant [Rimouski, Canada] is a musician with a passion for traditional musics, improvisation, and composition. He has worked in many traditional ensembles (Trio Salicorne, Tord-Vis, la Baratte à Beurre, la Marée montante) and also in improvised music groups (GGRIL, duo Escarbilles, Brugir). He tries to make connections between popular traditions and contemporary musics. His work is organized around 2 axes: sharing the experience and experiencing the moment. With Du souffle et de l'espace, he explores the acoustics of the places he visits by making them vibrate with his accordion and electronics."

-International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (http://improvisationinstitute.ca/workshops-conferences/camp/faculty-bios/)
7/28/2021

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Sébastien Corriveau is a Canadian clarinetist, known for the ensemble GGRIL.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/7052825-S%C3%A9bastien-Corriveau)
7/28/2021

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Mathieu Gosselin is a Canadian saxophone player, known for the groups Extasick, and The Kustom Krowd Vokal Ensemble.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1657717-Mathieu-Gosselin)
7/28/2021

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"Jean-Luc Guionnet is an elusive figure. A Parisian artist active in many fields (music, visual arts, cinema), he has mostly worked in electro-acoustics but also has a career in free improvisation, playing alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, church organ, and piano. He has collaborated with Éric La Casa, Éric Cordier, and André Almuro on tape music. His main free improv and jazz projects include Hubbub, Schams, Return of the New Thing, and the Joe Rosenberg quintet.

Guionnet made scientific studies before shifting to fine arts. He studied musique concrete under Iannis Xenakis and Michel Zbar, but also pursued studies in philosophy (esthetics) with Geneviève Clancy. His first works date from the late '80s and are mostly collaborations with filmmaker André Almuro (some have been issued by Ground Fault). Then came a lasting partnership with electro-acousticians Éric Cordier and Éric La Casa. Together they wrote the series "Afflux." Guionnet also produces the Ateliers de Création Radiophoniques ("creative radio workshops") for France Culture. His eclecticism has kept him at bay of recognition -- because to the eye of the press it strips him from some credibility and because running careers in philosophy (he was co-director for the review Terre des Signes from 1993 to 1996), painting (he exhibited from 1992 to 1997), and music simultaneously tends to be time-consuming.

The release of an eponymous CD by Dan Warburton's free jazz quartet Return of the New Thing in 1999 on the respected label Leo Records introduced Guionnet to a wider audience. Since then his activities as an improviser have constantly stretched toward the fringes of experimentalism. His participation in the French-Swiss group Hubbub and his duo with guitarist Olivier Benoit (&Un, 2002) follow the school of Berlin reductionism."

-All Music, François Couture (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jean-luc-guionnet-mn0000231714)
7/28/2021

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1. Tatouages Miroir 46:47
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"While my approach to writing is entirely charged with the experience of the stage, with the tension inherent in improvisation, I am not trying to reproduce any musical result to which these practices have brought me. On the contrary, my attention is entirely focused on the powers of writing. In other words, I don't use the sheet music to ask others to play music that I already play myself in other settings. I also don't use it to make up an improvisation. I use it to push the stop of form as far as possible through writing in all its forms including verbal. As a result, orchestras made up of musicians with atypical backgrounds, [like the GGRIL], are for me privileged partners in research and experimentation. "-Jean-Luc Guionnet (via Google translater)



"After Evan Parker, Xavier Charles, John Butcher and Ingrid Laubrock, the bassist Éric Normand - great manitou of the Rimouski label Tour de bras, among other things - has recruited the Lyon saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet, known in particular for his participation in the free-improvisation quintet Hubbub, to lead his Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée, a formation of variable numbers and geometry set up by Normand, through one of his compositions. Of course, this group gives pride of place to improvisation. By his own admission, Guionnet has found in the GGRIL an orchestra made up of musicians with atypical backgrounds, privileged partners for research and experimentation. In their company, he pushes his explorations of form as far as possible, and the result is quite fascinating, with just the right amount of tension and suspension points to bring out the various instruments. The start is slow, there are many silences. The music, scattered, almost whispered at times, unfolds without any rush. Mysterious atmospheres, parsimonious dissonances, with sometimes sound bursts where the volume and energy level rise a little. Among the 11 musicians in the studio is the unfortunate Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, one of the five victims of the sinister perpetrator of the sword attacks in Quebec City on October 31, and who almost lost an index finger in the incident. A recording that deserves to be tamed into revealing its secrets."-Michel Rondeau, Pan360


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