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Labrosse, Diane

Petit traité de sagesse pratique

Labrosse, Diane: Petit traité de sagesse pratique (Ambiances Magnetiques)

A collection of miniature songs with mocking, satirical lyrics that reform out-of-date proverbs into modern pearls of wisdom, paired with improvisation and written composition.

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UPC: 771028107421

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_074
Squidco Product Code: 569

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in February 1999 at Studio 270 in Montreal, CA by Robert Langlois.


Diane Labrosse-composer

Michel F Ct

Jean Derome

Joane Htu

Louise Labrosse

Robert Langlois

Alexandre St-Onge-Onge

Pierre Tanguay

Martin Ttreault

Rainer Wiens

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Petit traité de sagesse pratique ("A Short Treatise on Practical Wisdom") is a series of miniature songs whose texts-some ironic or mocking, others of (intentionally) questionable value-are drawn from those great popular guides we call proverbs. These reflections on morality, often out-of-date, are re-examined, reworked, and 'de-moralized' by Diane Labrosse, who humorously offers them up as collected pearls of wisdom, restrung on a new thread.

Petit traité de sagesse pratique is also a collage of atmospheres, moods and textures fixed in space. The pairing of lyricism and noise, of improvisation and written composition, and of humor and poetry, is the driving force, and Diane Labrosse ties everything together by drawing inspiration from baroque and medieval music, from folk and contemporary music, from jazz, from jingles, from blues, and so on."-Ambiances Magnetiques

Artist Biographies

"Diane Labrosse. Born Montréal, Québec, 1950. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (sampler, accordion, voice).

Working mainly with electronic samplers, Diane Labrosse has a very personnal approach to sounds, exploring different textures and timbres and creating an abstract but evocative music. She is a regular on several different music scenes and has performed at internationally known festivals of musique actuelle, electronic, avant-garde and improvised music all over the world (Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, Australia).

Her most recent projects take different forms: Endangered Species, a sound and visual installation/performance based on obsolete objects such as rotary dial phones and ticking alarmclocks; Dactylotactiles, performance for 3 typewriters and live video (Sébastien Cliche); Petit Bestiaire, naïve songs for a quintet (texts by Guy Marchamps); Sagesse pratique, a series of miniature pieces based on proverbs and O.V.N.I., a sign language for an improvising orchestra of variable sizes.

As a composer, using conventionnal or graphic scores, she wrote for many different ensembles: Array Music and The Burdocks (Toronto), L'Ensemble SuperMusique and Espaces Sonores Illimités (Montréal), NOW Orchestra and 999 years of Music, (Vancouver). She also wrote for less conventionnal instruments, such as ship horns (Harbour Symphonies), train whistles, air bottles and toy pianos. She worked with director Robert Lepage and co-signed (with percussionist Michel F Côté) the music for two of his plays: La Géométrie des miracles and Zulu Time.

As sound designer, she created music for dance (Louise Bédard, Crystal Pite, Andrew Harwood, Marc Boivin, Deborah Dunn, Catherine Tardif, Harold Rhéaume, Richard Siegal), film (Montréal vu par..., Pendant que les arbres tombent, L'Entrevue, Plan de fuite) and radio (Le Navire Night, Les Décrocheurs d'étoiles) and theatre (Nuit d'orage, Je suis d'un would-be pays, Bliss, 38 Contes shakespiriens...).

She has created multimedia installations for Danish company Tura-ya-moya (in situ performances in an old chalk mine), and Scottish-based Theatre Cryptic (Wall of Secrets in situ installation for 20 speakers) as well as the Centre de Musique Canadienne (a sound garden playing ramdom sound tracks on surround speakers).

In 1980, she founded Productions SuperMémé/SuperMusique with Joane Hétu and Danielle P Roger. She remained Co-Artistic Director of this company presenting many concerts and events of innovative music from 1980 to 2008. With long-time colleagues Hétu and Roger she created the groups Wondeur Brass, Justine, and Les Poules. She collaborated with many musicians such as Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay, Michel F Côté, Martin Tétreault, Ikue Mori, Philippe Lauzier.

Her discography comprises more than 50 recordings mostly recorded on Montreal based label Ambiances Magnétiques. She has received several grants from Canada Arts Council as well as Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec."

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"Alexandre St-Onge. Born Montréal, Québec, 1976. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (double bass).

Alexandre St-Onge is an audio artist, a musician/improviser (acoustic bass, bass, voice and electronics) and a sound performer. He has studied literature and philosophy and he is currently doing his PhD in art. He is fascinated by creativity as a pragmatic approach of the ineffable and he has released seven solo CDs: Entités (Oral), Joseph Carey Merrick (Oral), Mon animal est possible (Alien8 Recordings), L'amitié ou les rumeurs insoutenables du désir (Squint Fucker Press), kasi naigo (Squint Fucker Press), Une mâchoire et deux trous (Namskéio Records), Image/négation (Alien8 Recordings). He also plays in quite a few bands, including Et Sans, K.A.N.T.N.A.G.A.N.O., Klaxon Gueule, Pink Saliva, Mineminemine, Shalabi Effect and Undo. As a composer he has worked for interactive/mixed-media company kondition pluriel, as well as composing for artists such as Marie Brassard, Karine Denault, Lynda Gaudreau, Line Nault, Jérémie Niel, Maryse Poulin and Mariko Tanabe."

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"Quebec City, Québec, 1956: Composer, Performer (drum set, percussion, voice)

A percussionist, composer and inveterate inventor, Pierre Tanguay is one of the most sought-after Montréal musicians on the Quebec scene. Since the beginning of the 80s, he has participated in an impressive number of ensembles, including Jean Derome and the dangereux zhoms, Évidence, Castor et compagnie, the Jean-François Groulx Trio, the ODD (a danse orchestra), Villemure Ô Carré, the Pierre Cartier Ensemble and Projet Riel. Among his collaborators are Jean Derome, Normand Guilbeault, Pierre Langevin, René Lussier, Karen Young, Fred Frith, Michel Donato, Daniel Mille, André Duchesne and Antoine Berthiaume. He is very active in the fileds of medieval and traditional music, jazz and musique actuelle. He is the co-founder of Strada, Midi Tapant, Derome/Tanguay.

He has composed works for dance (Lucie Grégoire, Andrew Harwood, Irène Stamou and Francine Gagné), as well as works for the theatre and film (Allan Booth, Imago and Roberto Ariganello). He regularly tours throughout Canada and Europe."


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Over the last fifteen years contemporary jazz musician Rainer Wiens has developed one of the most original guitar styles. He has composed music for dance, theater, television, and film. During the 80s Wiens appeared in performances across Canada and in Europe with his jazz group, Silk Stockings. Along with Tom Walsh, he was a founding member of the group N.O.M.A., and he also started Sound Image Theater. Rainer Wiens works closely with Malcolm Goldstein, John Heward, and Frank Lozano, and he has released a compact disc, Bonunca Dream Music.-Rainer Wiens Website (

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Track Listing:

1 Aux grand mots les grands proverbes
2 Tous les fous sont dans la nature
3 Le temps c’est de l’art brut
4 Qui ne dit mot conscient
5 Deuil pour deuil, an pour an
6 Petit à petit l’oiseau fait son cri
7 Rien de sert de mourir quand on a tout son temps
8 Tout vient à point à qui sait entendre, tout vient à point final
9 À chaque tour suffit sa reine
10 Plus on est mou, plus on s’excuse
11 Les mules ont des oreilles
12 Couloir, c’est tout noir
13 Qui ne rit de rien n’est rien
14 Une loi n’est pas coutume
15 Après l’ennui, le bon temps
16 Ira loin qui ira le premier
17 Loin des yeux et je meurs
18 Coeur qui soupire pense à son désir
19 La nuit porte qu’on ferme
20 Tourne ta langue sept fois dans ma bouche avant de partir
21 Qui aime bien n’haït rien
22 Qui aime trop souvent récolte l’herpès
23 Quand le chat n’est pas là les souris y pensent
24 Bière qui coule fait de la mousse
25 Tous les chewings mènent à gomme
26 Quel temps! Ferme la porte y a du vent
27 Qui mord dne
28 Ventre affamé n’a pas d’oseille
29 L’argent n’a pas d’honneur
30 Mains froides, coeur faux
31 A beau mentir, a ment très bien
32 C’est en forgeant qu’on devient faussaire
33 La nuit tous les rats sont pris
34 À tout seigneur, toute horreur
35 Les petits bigots font de grandes prières
36 Qui a bu boira, qui a d devra, qui a cru croira...
37 Nul qui profite de son pays

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Ambiances Magnetiques
Musique Actuelle
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March 2006
Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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