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Tabassian /  Martel / Tabassian: Masafat (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Geographic improvisations from this trio of string and percussion players, with each track named by location and distance between Montreal and Chelsea, Ontario.

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product information:

UPC: 771028119523

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 195
Squidco Product Code: 12580

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded from May 31st-June 2nd, 2009 at Happyrock International, Chelsea, CA by Ross Murray.


Kiya Tabassian-sitar, shuranguiz, violin

Pierre-Yves Martel-bass viola, preparations

Ziya Tabassian-percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Pierre-Yves Martel. Born Vanier, Ontario, Canada, 1979. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (viola da gamba, double bass, objects)

Following a unique artistic path, Pierre-Yves Martel is constantly renewing his musical identity and practice. Though a instrumentalist, he identifies himself first and foremost as a sound artist whose work oscillates between perpetual research and experimentation. It is in this spirit that he has revisited the viola da gamba, utilizing this traditional instrument in new contexts and thus reengaging it with the contemporary world. Having created an authentic musical language through non-conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, he also works outside of instrumental music altogether, using a variety of objects rife with new sonic possibilities, from contact-mics and speakers to motors, wheels, surfaces and textures."

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track listing:

1. Montréal 2:05

2. Kirkland, 29km 5:09

3. Hudson, 60km 4:47

4. Rigaud, 68km 3:24

5. Alexadria, 121km 2:31

6. Dunvegan, 126km 3:01

7. Casselman, 146km 3:13

8. Limoges, 160km 8:16

9. Vanier, 197km 5:13

10. Ottawa, 199km 3:16

11. Gatineau, 206km 1:40

12. Chelsea 1:45
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Geographic improvisations from this trio of string and percussion players, with each track named by location and distance between Montreal and Chelsea, Ontario.

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Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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