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Chenard, Sylvie / Alexandre Dubuc / Cathy Heyden / Remi Leclerc: Allochtone (Tour de Bras)

Montreal/Actuelle players Sylvie Chenard on guitar and voice, Alexander Dubuc on bass, Cathy Heyden on sax, and Miriodor's Remi Leclerc on drums, with all providing electronics, in an encompassing ea-improv journey that balances acoustics with sonic environments and wonderfully controlled chaos.

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Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: TDB9010cd
Squidco Product Code: 19722

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard foldover
Recorded in Montreal, Canada on February 28th, 2012 by Remi Leclerc.


Sylvie Chenard-guitare, erhu, voix, electronics

Alexandre Dubuc-contrebasse , electronics

Cathy Heyden-saxophone , objets, electronics

Remi Leclerc-drums, percussions, electronics

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Trippy and granular improvisations in search of a balance between delicate noise-making and collective drive from this mix of Montreal Actuelle improvisers, including Remi LeClerc of Miriodor. The tracks are short and focused, and the sequencing of the performances add depth and a sense of journey to the album as a whole. Starting with a dark and complex sonic tapestry, the pieces build to a wonderfully controlled chaos, all the while presenting superb solo opportunities for each player. A great example of building cathartic improvisation using modern electronic instrumentation.

Artist Biographies

"Cathy Heyden is a French self-taught saxophonist, free improviser, and music educator. Before joining European avant-garde scene, Heyden had been professionally involved in theatrical and dance performance, carrying academic studies on these topics. Currently based in Paris, Cathy Heyden teaches at CFMI d'Orsay and has a forthcoming solo debut album, Badlands, co-released by Universinternational / 213 Records in 2017. In 1998, she joined Pagaille improvisation orchestra in Nancy, created by Louis-Michel Marion and René Le Borgne, and played with Jean-Marc Montera, Sophie Agnel, Laurent Dailleau, Dominique Clément (3) and Françoise Toullec in this ensemble. Cathy Heyden worked with improvisers, dancers, visual artists and actors in Nancy and Toulouse (Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, Martine Altenburger, Fabrice Charles, Ly Thanh Tiên, David Chiesa), and explored Parisian scene in collaboration with Hervé Zénouda, Dante Feijoo, Jean-Luc Degioanni, Sébastien Branche, Ensemble Intercontemporain and other notable performers. Cathy's network of connections soon expanded across Europe, through collective work with Italian musicians Jacopo Andreini and Fabio Bello, as well as Liba Villavecchia and Artur Vidal from Spain, and reaching all the way to Japan (Kumi Iwase, Trami Nguyen). She joined Urban Sax on one of the world tours. Throughout her career, Heyden organized numerous ensembles, including duos A Rose is a Rose with Didier Lasserre and Musique pour pupitres & ustensiles with Olivier Bartissol, GHK Trio with Béatrice Godeau (cello) and Judith Kan (voice), and spoken word/music trio As I Die (Erell Latimier - voice, texts; Olivier Brisson - drums). She also worked extensively with a drummer Rogier Smal, and performed with Maelstrom - Jean-Philippe Gross' project with Arnaud Paquotte on electric bass and Michel Oury on drums. In 2006, Cathy Heyden joined electroacoustic improviser Jean-Marc Foussat and saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau in Quod - an expanded formation of their duo Aliquid. Together with Jean-Luc Cappozzo on trumpet, Quod debuted with a live concert at Olympic Café. Heyden continued working with Foussat in Mezza Vocce quartet, which combined her and Jean-Marc's music with video/text projections by Adeline Hocdet and Fanny Richert. Mezza Vocce produced BonPiet Beauneuille children's show, inspired by works of Jean Dubuffet. Some of her recent appearances include a concert at La Générale En Manufacture, Sèvres with Yves Botz's freeform noise duo Mesa Of The Lost Women and trumpeter Jac Berrocal in May 2009. The same year, at Avantgarde Festival in Schiphorst, guitarist and videographer Uwe Bastiansen invited Cathy to join him on stage with The Flexible Orchestra (2), which featured Werner Diermaier (drums), Geoff Leigh (flute), Diego Vinciarelli (drums) and Fritz Müller (keyboards). She also worked with Bastiansen under his Stadtfisch alias, and participated in Stadtfischflex recording sessions."

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"Self-taught musician, percussionist, composer and cofounder of the groups of new music Miriodor and Papa Boa, Rémi Leclerc is often invited to occupy the drummer seat for his creative sensitivity. He is at present active within the formations Jeszcze Raz, l'Orkestre des Pas Perdus, Les Projectionnistes and the band of Thomas Hellman. He also collaborated with many artists, the most known being: Robert Charlebois, Michel Faubert and Marie-Jo Thériault. He also played for the theater company Carbon 14, la P' tite Fanfare, the many projects of André Duchesne (Diésel, Locomotive, L' or 'L and The 4 guitars of the Apocalypso-bar) and Trafic d'Influence."

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Track Listing:

1. Indiscretion 0:47

2. Terres 4:29

3. Les Insomnies Réconfortantes 5:07

4. Vortex Polaire 5:08

5. Supraconduction 2:28

6. Brulure D'horizon 3:46

7. Fumee D'eau Foree 2:30

8. Corps Translucide 7:28

9. Devenir 4:08

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Musique Actuelle
Electro-Acoustic Improv
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