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Clinamen Trio   (Marion / Di Donato / Berger): Decline (Creative Sources)

Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus named "Clinamen" the unpredictable (in time and space) swerve of atoms falling in the void, which aptly describes the unexpected directions taken in subtle free improvisation from this French trio, led by bassist Louis-Michel Marion, with Jacques Di Donato on clarinet, and Philippe Berger on viola.

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UPC: 5609063403046

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS304
Squidco Product Code: 21637

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Studio CCAM, Nancy, France, on May 7th, 2008, by Francois Dietz.


Louis-Michel Marion-contrabass

Jacques Di Donato-clarinet

Philippe Berger-viola

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"[...] We finally arrived at the pearl of this set of editions. The mentor of the Clinamen Trio is the bassist Louis-Michel Marion, who has as its principle and purpose exactly what diminishes the scope of "Kochuu": the construction of "invisible sculptures", that is, of ways of occupying space by drawing the Sound and making it "palpable". In "Decline" he gets it fully, with the precious support of the clarinetist Jacques Di Donato and the violist Philippe Berger, both worthy representatives of the French improv. Between jazz and contemporary music (there is something in these Messiaen themes of the "Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps"), what we discover takes us on a journey over constantly moving textural surfaces. Interestingly, it is the only one of these CDs that does not include a battery. You do not have to: the heart is there all the time, beating, even if it is unhinged."-Rui Eduardo Paes,

Artist Biographies

"Louis-Michel Marion"

"After starting as a rock / blues bassist and studying speech therapy and language sciences, he studied bass with Jean-François Jenny-Clark and Pierre Hellouin. He takes great musical lessons by playing alongside Jacques Di Donato, Vinko Globokar, Joe McPhee, Steve Potts, Paul Rogers, Annick Nozati, Keith Rowe, Malcolm Goldstein, Le Quan Ninh (non exhaustive list).

He approaches his instrument without a priori, simply as a sound generator. His work of improvisation feeds on listening to musicians such as Joëlle Léandre, G. Scelsi, Barre Phillips, Daunik Lazro, I. Xenakis, S. Sciarrino and Morton Feldman (non exhaustive list).

"As comfortable in the contemporary field as in the improvisation - still a similarity with Joëlle Léandre, finely combining the play with the bow and the pizzicato, Marion takes us to countries of a poetic quite joyous And repetitive at will. "Serge Perrot / Improjazz

"Marion affirms her desire to pull ropes out of her double bass all the life they contain, until the last breath. Arco, he becomes the receiver, then the transmitter of vibrations that occupy the space to draw a sonorous, moving and palpable material, so much his work on the resonances, the grain and the colors allows each one To feel it physically. Like a sculpture of the invisible. We do not listen to this music, we receive it in the hollow of the stomach, throbbing and dark, animated by a continuous movement, such as the choreography of a struggle between internal forces whose tension never weakens; She opened the doors of an unknown attracting and disturbing in equal proportions. "Denis Desassis / Citizen Jazz

For twenty years, he has devoted himself mainly to improvisation in ensembles of all sizes, from duet to 15tet (notably with Systme Friche / Jacques DiDonato) to a continuing relationship with choreographer Aurore Gruel (duet Hay Que Caminar) as well as the exploration of solo double bass parts (Scelsi, Scodanibbio, Donatoni, Bussotti, Goldstein ...). Fascinated by the music of Eliane Radigue, he met her in 2104 and created "Occam Océan XIX" for five-string bass, "Occam River V" for double bass and bass clarinet with Carol Robinson (Music Festival Démesurées in November 2014) "Occam Hexa III" (Cartier Foundation, July 2016).

Regularly invited by the Ensemble Ultim'Asonata - specializing in contemporary music, he is also a member of the group Azéotropes (contemporary jazz, improvisation) around the pianist composer Loris Binot.In 2009, he founded the Nocturnal Archipelago, a string and percussion ensemble dedicated to music on the margins of improvisation and open writing, for which he composed.

Sensitive to architecture, the spatial and acoustic environment, he particularly likes to plan and organize musical projects in unconventional places.Always leaving for interdisciplinary meetings, he participated in numerous choreographic, theatrical or other creations ... and has been closely interested in the viola da gamba for a few years.

LM Marion is regularly asked to conduct improvisation workshops by conservatories, music schools or in connection with festivals (Nancy, Metz, Lille, Montreuil, Malzéville, Troyes, Reims, Saint Dié, CNFPT of Nancy, CEFEDEM Of Lorraine, CCAM-National Scene of Vandoeuvre les Nancy, University of Reims-Champagne Ardenne, Conservatory of Saint-Die of the Vosges, CRR of Nancy ...).

His research has led him to take part in numerous theatrical, choreographic, cinematographic and radio creations (France Musique: "Les contes du jour et du nuit", "Une unevisvis", "Alla Breve"),

Collaborations with Cie Ormone / Aurore Gruel, Cie Echo / Christine Koetzel, Mille Faille / Marie Cambois Co., Li-Luo Cie / Camille Mutel, Cie In Freech ..., Cie Inouïe / Thierry Balasse / Maud Contini, Cie Distortion / Hervé Birolini, readings with Michaël Glück (Festival Poema)

Among his recent creations:

- "Mnemoliths" composition for the Nocturnal Archipelago, creation at the Music Action 2013 festival (CCAM-National Scene of Vandœuvre les Nancy)- "Fantaisie en Si", by Françoise Toullec, commissioned by Radio France for the program Alla Breve- "Nine Days" Cie ENZ at the Festival Exp-Edition / Biennale de la danse en Lorraine- "Riverrun" (around Finnegans Wake by James Joyce), "If any" and "Two by two" with Maud Contini (Cie Temporal)

He has published 2 CDs solo:

"Grounds" Poem-meditation on the low string, on the Emil label"5 strophes", on the label Kadima Collective Records

Some of his collaborations include: Daunik Lazro, Jacques Di Donato, Xavier Charles, Camel Zekri, Dominique Regef, Malcolm Goldstein, Fran¨oise Toullec, Mimi Lorenzini, Steve Potts, Annick Nozati, Eliane Radigue, Matthias Kaul, Thierry Madiot, Fabrice Villard, Matthias Pontevia Jean-Luc Petit, Eric Brochard, Jean-Marc Montera, Dominique Rˇpˇcaud, Claude Tchamitchian, Eric Echampard, Joe Mc Phee, Laurent Dailleau, Sophie Agnel, Fabrice Charles, Laurent Charles, Jˇr™me Bourdellon, David Chiesa, Jim Denley, Keith Rowe, Philippe Berger, Hervˇ Birolini, Aurore Gruel, Antoine Arlot, Carol Robinson, Hˇl¸ne Breschand..."

-Louis-Michel Marion Website (translated by Google) (

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"Jacques Di Donato (born 1942 in Bourg-en-Bresse) is a French clarinetist, saxophonist and percussionist who has performed in modern jazz, classical and contemporary music, and improvisation music. Between 1984 and 2007, he taught a clarinet at the Conservatoire national supˇrieur de musique et de danse de Lyon.

At the age of twelve, Di Donato began to play drums in his father's dance orchestra (as an autodidact ), who also taught him to play the alto saxophone. He studied the Clarinet at the Bˇziers Music School, then at the Conservatoire National in Montpellier and Versailles, then completed his studies at the Conservatoire Supˇrieur de Paris in 1966 with the first prize. In 1965 he received the first prize for chamber music. He also appeared in the Parisian jazz clubs and was a member of the big bands of Jef Gilson, Jean-Claude Maude, Martial Solal and Sonny Gray. He also interpreted New Music in the Ensemble Musique Vivante and worked as a bass clarinetist from 1978 to 1990 at the Nouvel Orchester Philharmonique de Radio-France under Gilbert Amy. He performed works by Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, John Cage, Paul Mˇfano, Vinko Globokar and Olivier Messiaen, performing at international festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktagen, the Darmstadt holiday courses, or Royan. He also collaborated with Jean-Louis Chautemps, Fran¨ois Jeanneau and Philippe Matˇ in Le Quatuor de Saxophones, and later with Louis Sclavis and Armand Angster in the Trio de Clarinettes. Di Donato conducted numerous formations including the Jacques Di Donato Quintet, the Mh¸re Quartet (with Xavier Charles, Fabrice Charles, Louis Michel Marion), the Syst¸me Friche, Brahm‰. He also founded and directed the Fruits de Mh¸re Festival, Les Champs de l'Improvisations. He also played with Bernard Lubat, the trio of Philippe Deschepper and the duo with Christine Wodrascka. He also starred with Eddy Louiss ( Porgy & Bess, 1971) and with Tim Hodgkinson ( Sketch of Now )."

He has been a member of groups Clinamen Trio, Ensemble Musique Vivante, François Jeanneau Pandemonium, Gaël Mevel Quintet, Ivan Jullien Big Band, Jacques Di Donato Quintet, Le Cercle (3), Le Quatuor De Saxophones, Martial Solal Big Band, Michel Edelin Quartet, The Jean-Claude Naude Big Band, Trio De Clarinettes, Trio Rives.

-Wikipedia (

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Track Listing:

1. Clinamen #1: Synclinal 2:46

2. Clinamen #2: Inclinant 6:38

3. Clinamen #3: Anticlinal 11:04

4. Clinamen #4: Enclin 8:01

5. Clinamen #5: Clin 2:43

6. Clinamen #6: Lin 8:24

7. Clinamen #7: In 7:38

8. Clinamen #8: N 18:23

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European Improvisation and Experimental Forms

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