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Doneda, Michel / Erik M / Jean-Marc Montera: Not (Les Disques Victo)

Live recordings in France, 1999 from the trio of saxophonist Michel Doneda, turntablist Erik M, and guitarist/electronic/object player Jean-Marc Montera, a frenetic concert of sonic mayhem.

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UPC: 777405006820

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 068
Squidco Product Code: 733

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live on May 7th & 8th, 1999 in France.


Michel Doneda-soprano saxophone

Erik M-turn tables, MiniDisc, sampling

Jean-Marc Montera-guitar, guitar table, electronics, objects

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Artist Biographies:

"Michel Doneda (F) soprano saxophone, born in 1954, comes from the French South-West. He is a self-taught musician.

In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured quite a lot in France, playing mostly improvised music. At the same time he founded with musicians, dancers and actors a place called IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation).

In the following years, he participated in music projects with other artists and he became a regular guest of the Chantenay-Villedieu festival. Meeting other artists he developed a very personal approach with his music and his instrument in improvised music. During this period he played with Europeans musicians: Fred Van Hove, Phil Wachsmann, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford and Americans: John Zorn, Eliott Sharp, Elvin Jones

In 1985 he made his first record under his own name: TERRA (Nato record). At the same time he started playing regurlarly with Lê Quan Ninh, Daunik Lazro, Benat Achiary, Martine Altenburger, Barre Phillips, Paul Rogers, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazue Sawai. More recently he developed his work with Keith Rowe, Gunter Muller, Bhob Rainey, Giuseppe Ielasi and dancers as Masaki Iwana, Yukiko Nakamura, Valérie Métivier and poets, actors.

Since then, he has been very involved in the international improvised music scene, toured in Africa, Japan, Asia, USA, Canada, South America, Russia and with a lot of improvisers in Europe. In 1992 he founded in Toulouse with musicians, actors, poets, dancers the association: La Flibuste. As of today he recorded almost 50 records for European, Americans and Japanese labels."

-Timeart Ensemble Website (

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track listing:

1. Notwithstanding 10:26

2. Notion 5:06

3. Notation 6:34

4. Notch 12:16

5. Noteworthy 8:34

6. Notice 7:50

7. Nothingness 10:31
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"One would believe that, trapped between table guitar torturer Jean-Marc Montera and turntablist Erik M, the soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda could only disappear, drowned by the noise. What happens here is the exact opposite: the acoustic instrument draws the electronic ones on his playground, leading the way. Montera's metallic wails often become one with Doneda's sustained notes or frenetic tongue work. To add to the confusion, Erik M has found a niche in the expanding community of avant-garde turntablists by eschewing kitsch music references, preferring experimental music LPs as his primary sound source. As Doneda engages into an inspired solo, Montera will join in playing slide guitar and Erik M will vari-speed and sample an Anthony Braxton solo record. There you have it: three saxophones, only one of them is real: but which one? Apart from this entertaining game, the music found on Not offers a lot of other perplexing sonic collisions. Montera can also work out dark textures (like Keith Rowe) and Erik M also uses electro-acoustic LPs and various speech-related sources. Not fully engaging, this album is nonetheless a nice assemblage of cutting-edge improvisations. All track titles are words starting with the three letters N-O-T. Not was recorded live over two concerts in Paris in July 1999."-François Couture, All Music

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