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Boscain, Ugo / Fred Marty: Estasi (Creative Sources)

Recording in the rich resonant structure of the Church of Gauriac, in Gironde, France, Italian reedist Ugo Boscain on contrabass clarinet and French double bassist Fred Marty explore the lower registers in five dialogs of an album titled for "ecstasi" (ecstasy), using a wealth of creative approaches and insane technique, from reserved to spirited forays.

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UPC: 5609063403152

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs315
Squidco Product Code: 21646

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Church of Gauriac, in Gironde, France, in Summer, 2014.


Ugo Boscain-contrabass clarinet

Fred Marty-doublebass

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"Ugo Boscain, born in 1968, he studied classic piano (graduated in 1991 at Conservatorio di Alessandria, Italy), composition (Conservatorio di Torino) and orchestral conducting (Orvieto, corsi di Spazio Musica). At the same time he showed a deep interest in improvised music. He studied with Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, Joelle Leandre, Evan Parker and Johannes Bauer. Since the late 80s he is an active pianist improvviser. He was co-funder of the group ``Enten Eller'' in Turin (Italy).

He played with Tristan Hossinger, Joelle Leandre, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Carlo Actis Dato, Giovanni Maier, Claude Parle, Theo Nabicht and many others musicians. In the last 10 years he has actively devoted himself to the study of the contrabass clarinet. Nowadays he is one of the few specialists of this very rare instrument. He recorded about 10 CDs and made more than 100 concerts. In 2015, he played for the Sonic Genome of Anthony Braxton in Torino. Beside music, he is researcher in Mathematics at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) and professor of Control Theory at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris)."

-Ugo Boscain Website (

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"Fred Marty was born in Blaye (Gironde) in 1970. After studying classical bass studies, he devoted his work to improvisation and experimentation of various game modes on bass. He strives to develop a personal language, inspired by everyday sounds, making some forget the bass itself (distorted sounds, harmonics "gaps" in incomplete or misleading spectrum percussion sounds without specific height, sounds The rubbing of the fingers or the hand on the body of the double bass). He also modifies the timbre by inserting between ropes of wooden or metal rods. Each part of the body of the double bass becomes an instrument of its own.

Thus, co-creation he also collaborated in multidisciplinary projects combining dance, music, and video playback, including Anne Ropers collective recidiva in UNICA, a project calling itself "night moves" around the collection of poems of the same Title of Henri Michaux, or with Bérengère Altieri-Leca in the duo OKAMI.

Fred Marty has played with Yuko Oshima, Ai Watanabe, Birgitte Lyregaard, Yoko Arai, Frederic Blondy, Edward Perraud, Itaru Oki, Claude Speaks, Xavier Lopez, Michel Doneda Sebastien Bouhana, Marcos Fernandes, Usui Yasuhiro, Alvise Sinivia Michael Nick, Daunik Lazro, Isabelle Duthoit, Benoit Cancoin, Matsumoto Kenichi, Jean Marc Foussat, Yoko Arai, Eric Dambrin John Cuny, Jean Brice Godet, Alexandre Bellenger, Nush Werchowska Mathieu Garrouste Pascal Marzan, Cyprien Busolini, Nicolas Souchal, Deborah Walker, Patricia Bosshard, Jean-Marc Foussat, Yoko Miura, Francesco Pastacaldi Richard Comte, Hideo Ikegami, Ugo Boscain and works with dancers of butoh Gyouhei Zaitsu, Maki Watanabe and dancer Bérengère Altieri-Leca.

Since 2012 he is a member of ONCEIM, an orchestra conducted by Frédéric Blondy."

-Fred Marty Website translated by Google (

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track listing:

1. Orgasmo Non Apofantico 4:12

2. Spazio In Attesa 6:18

3. Materia Oscura 7:36

4. L'amore Dodecafonico 8:12

5. La Nascita Del Grido 4:18
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Extrapolations a wider scope of textures created during heightened improvisations, the five tracks on this CD also demarcate how to achieve sonic ecstasy - estasi in Italian - despite bare bones instrumentation. Recorded during a protracted residency in an antique French church, contrabass clarinetist Ugo Boscain and double bassist Fred Marty stretch out with extended techniques to reach a rapprochement that is as remarkable as it is restrained.

Trained in notated music, Paris-based Boscain, also studied with the likes of bassist Joelle Leandre and saxophonist Evan Parker, has played with Leandre and trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and is also a mathematical researcher.

A member of Paris' l'ONCEIM orchestra, Marty has worked in duos with figures such as laptoppist Jean Marc Foussat and percussionist Yuko Oshima. But this is an altogether more hushed affair. Like astronauts conducting their training within insulated surroundings, string plucking and battering plus reed snarling and split tones are so often advanced with an air of subdued seriousness that the interchange could be redolent of two surgeons in the midst of a delicate operation.

Low key doesn't mean low-energy however, for on "La nascita del grido" for instance, buzzing tongue slaps and string preparations strengthen the contrapuntal patterns in such a way that unprecedented thunderstorm is suggested. As well, a piece such as "Spazio in attesa" may begin with the seriousness of plainsong but end up exposing a sprightly melody.

Probably the best instance of this transformation occurs on "L'amore dodecafonico". Discordantr string stretching and spilling plus grating reed yelps and squeals are slowly buffeted into pleasant ambulatory motion. Finally the conclusion can only be acknowledged as inevitable as lowing reed tones and pungent glissandi move into connective interface.

Not for the casual listener who needs obstreperous entertainment, those who can appreciate musical thought organized in an understated manner will cherish this disc."-Ken Waxman, JazzWord

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