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Lepage, Robert Marcel: La machine à explorer le tempo (Ambiances Magnetiques)

"The Tempo Machine" is a work written by Robert Marcel Lepage for the ensemble La Nef which explores three music-time paradoxes: passing time, running time, and slipping time.

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Robert Marcel Lepage-conductor, composition

Stephane Allard-violin, baritone violin

Ganesh Anandan-percussion

Nicolas Boucher-sampling, live sound treatment

Nicolas Caloia-doublebass

Yanik Cloutier-guitar, banjo, saz

Claire Gignac-flutes, ritual flutes, tenor saxophone

Patrick Graham-percussion

Betsy MacMillan-viola da gamba

Alain Trudel-trombone, sackbut

Samuel Vero-trumpet, piccolo trumpet

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UPC: 771028111626

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_116
Squidco Product Code: 2556

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover

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"Recorded live at the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques 2002, La Machine à explorer le tempo, Robert Marcel Lepage's latest release, is a work written for the early music ensemble La Nef. Lepage and his 10 musicians are lively, derisive and delinquent: they manage to squeeze viola da gamba, banjo, sackbut and slide guitar into a ripping sound orgy that moves from tango to country and a dilapidated form of waltz!"-Ambiance Magnetiques

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"Robert Marcel Lepage (born 5 July 1951) is a Canadian musician and film score composer.

Born in Montreal, Lepage trained in music at the age of 20, and learned to play the clarinet and saxophone. He performed with René Lussier and Pierre Hébert during the 1980s and 1990s.

He went on to write the scores for 150 films. He was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Score and the Jutra Award for Best Music for the 2008 film The Necessities of Life. Marc-André Lussier of La Presse positively reviewed Lepage's score for Iqaluit (2016) as "lyrical".

In his personal life, he has three children, Félix; Étienne Lepage (fr), a playwright; and Florence, an artist."

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"Nicolas Caloia. Born Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1968. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Performer (double bass).

Since 1990 Nicolas Caloia has worked at creating a contemporary music generated by using accurately composed textures to channel collective improvisation. The goal is a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart. He has worked as a performer, composer, and organizer in Montréal and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts with the most important members of Montréal's creative music community as well as with internationally renowned musicians like the ICP orchestra, Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, William Parker, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser finds a voice in: The Ratchet Orchestra - a 30-piece big band; Tilting - the Nicolas Caloia Quartet, Ring - a sextet, Spell - a 10-piece marching band, Trephining - a quintet, Mercury - a duet Lori Freedman as well in solo performances."

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Track Listing:

1 Le Temps passe... et les horloges aboient 3:01

2 Confitures de sable 5:04

3 Le Tamponneur de triolet 5:46

4 La Nef en bateau 4:52

5 La Valse d'un rien de temps 3:35

6 Chronotopie du Cancer 3:49

7 Le Temps file... à l'indienne 1:56

8 Le Bivouac 2:28

9 Le Pied-tendre 3:54

10 Le Coup d'archet est toujours plus vert dans la cour du voisin 1:58

11 On tue bien les chevaux... que faire des banjos? 3:40

12 La Ballade des patates sucrées 2:28

13 Le Temps fuit... il faut le colmater 1:03 14 Hygiène des rebuts 1:26 15 Le Chat dans le tordeur 3:04 16 La Villa des loups 2:48 17 Présentation des musiciens 2:19 18 Oups! J'ai échappé ma boîte d'accords majeurs! 7:23

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