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Bourdreuil, Leila / Michael Foster: The Caustic Ballads (Relative Pitch)

Two bright stars of DIY Brooklyn improvisers with unusual approaches to their instruments through extended techniques, processing and odd acoustic effects from saxophonist Michael Foster and cellist Leila Bourdreuil, together since 2009 creating racous & beautiful sound.

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UPC: 616892365341

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1034
Squidco Product Code: 21621

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Atticus Pomerantz.


Leila Bourdreuil-cello

Michael Foster-saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Michael Foster is a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist working in the fields of free improvisation, noise, free jazz, graphic & video notation, performance art, and other forms of weird music.

Foster utilizes extensive preparations of his saxophone, augmenting it with amplification, objects, balloons, drum heads, vibrators, tapes, and samples as a method of subverting and queering the instrumentÕs history and traditional roles.

His current ensembles include duos with cellist Leila Bordreuil, percussionist Ben Bennett, poet/vocalist Lydia Lunch, vocalist Anais Maviel, Richard Kamerman, The Ghost (with Henry Fraser & Connor Baker), Barker Trio (with Tim Dahl, James Ilgenfritz, & Andrew Barker), While We Still Have Bodies (with Sean Ali, Ben Gerstein, & Flin van Hemmen), Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, and BDM (with Ben Bennett and David Grollman).

Selected notable venues he's performed at include Bowling Green State University (Ohio), The Stone (NYC), BimHuis (NL), Jazzfestival Groningen (NL), Fabrica Bra¨o de Prata (PT), Death By Audio (NYC), Studio Loos (NL), Betalevel (Los Angeles), Webster Hall (NYC), XI20 (LT), Jazzclub Erfurt (DE), and many more."

-Michael Foster Website 3/22/2023

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track listing:

1. Born Of Its Own Asphyxiation 1:27

2. Pleasure And Cruelty 2:54

3. Intimate Shrinkage Of My Body And The Castration Of My Life 4:06

4. Caustic Ballads 8:42

5. Criminal Caresses I 0:34

6. Into The Peristyle Of Love's Temple 7:07

7. Wherever The Organism Discharges Its Internal Rottenness 11:38

8. Your Strokes, My Shivers 2:19

9. Criminal Caresses II 1:33

10. Gimp 2:40

11. Throb 1:56

12. SpitPig 3:17

13. The Whip And The Body 3:39
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"Bourdreuil & Foster are two young (mid-twenties) active improvisers living in Brooklyn. Bourdreuil recently released a duo with Lea Bertucci and has played with Ingrid Laubrock, Nate Wooley, Peter Evans, Guillermo Gregorio, Jaimie Branch and Susan Alcorn. The two met while they were students at Bard, they have been playing together 7 years. Foster is very active in the DIY Brooklyn scene. He leads a terrific trio called the Ghost, and is in the Andrew Barker Trio, a trio with Steve Swell, While We Still Have Bodies, a duo with Ben Bennett, etc."-Relative Pitch

"Michael Foster is a Brooklyn based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist working within the fields of free improvisation, composition (both graphic and notated), free jazz, noise, punk, and industrial music, and video. After studying Experimental & Electronic Arts at Bard College with Marina Rosenfeld, Richard Teitelbaum, and Thurman Barker, Michael moved to Brooklyn in 2012 studying with Charles Gayle, Ellery Eskelin, and Travis LaPlante. Since moving to New York, Michael has maintained an active gig and touring schedule, playing with Weasel Walter, Steve Swell, Pascal Niggenkemper, Psychic TV, Chris Corsano, Spiritualized, Airway, Kid Millions, Nate Wooley, Sean Ali, Han Bennink, Marina Rosenfeld, and many others. Selected notable venues he's performed at include Bowling Green State University (Ohio), The Stone (NYC), BimHuis (NL), Jazzfestival Groningen (NL), Fabrica Braço de Prata (PT), Death By Audio (NYC), Studio Loos (NL), Betalevel (Los Angeles), Webster Hall (NYC), XI20 (LT), Jazzclub Erfurt (DE), and many more. Current ensembles include: Foster-Michael Evans-Pascal Niggenkemper Trio, Andrew Barker Trio, While We Still Have Bodies, and BDM, GALM Quartet, Duos with Leila Bordreuil, Ben Bennett, Ted Byrnes."-Michael Foster website

"Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist, composer and sound artist from Aix-en-Provence, France. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2012, Leila has maintained an active concert schedule performing with Marina Rosenfeld, Anthony Coleman, Tamio Shiraishi, Chris Corsano, Eli Keszler, Tom Chiu (Flux Quartet), Richard Teitlebaum (Musica Elettronica Viva), Peter Evans, Richard Garet, Weasel Walter, Chris Pitsiokos, Lea Bertucci, and Michael Foster among many others. Notable venues where she has performed include the Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Roulette, The Stone, Moma Ps1, the Performa Biennale, Pioneer Works and the Knockdown Center."-Leila Bordreuil website

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Duo Recordings

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