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Disguises, The (Thomson / Caloia / Charuest / Hood / Tanguay): Songs 7 Dances from The Muted Note (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Eleven songs by Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page (1916-2010), one of Canada's distinguished literary figures, in a band with Pierre Tanguay on drums, Yves Charuest on sax, Nicolas Caloia on double bass, and Susanna Hood on vocals.
 

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Nicolas Caloia-doublebass

Yves Charuest-alto saxophone

Susanna Hood-voice

Pierre Tanguay-drums

Scott Thomson-trombone, composer


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UPC: 771028122721

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_227
Squidco Product Code: 21678

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold w/Booklet
Recorded at Hotel2Tango, in Montreal, Canada, in January 2915, by Theirry Amar.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Songs 7 Dances from The Muted Note is a 2015 studio recording of a suite of eleven songs by Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page (1916-2010), one of Canada's distinguished literary figures. They are performed by The Disguises, Scott's quintet with Susanna Hood (voice), Yves Charuest (alto saxophone), Nicolas Caloia (double bass), and Pierre Tanguay (drums). The suite is the basis of The Muted Note, a 2014 stage work featuring Susanna's choreography with fellow dancers, Ellen Furey, Alanna Kraaijeveld, and Bernard Martin; live music by The Disguises; and lighting design by Paul Chambers. The dances, like the songs, are made to be animated by solo and group improvisation, and to activate the poems, which speak (sing) of Page's loving attention to the nuances and delights of the world around her. In addition to the stage work, The Disguises have had numerous quintet performances of this material - typically in a club context - which feature Susanna's dance improvisations in addition to her vocal contribution."-Ambiences Magnetiques

Scott Thomson's notes on the songs:

"As Ten, As Twenty" is a secular hymn about love's infinity. It is dedicated to Christine Duncan.

"The Understatement" is a breezy quasi-samba that I wrote with the elegantly understated Toronto musician, Doug Tielli, in mind.

"Star-Gazer" is a nocturne that is now indelibly linked to Ellen Furey, who danced to this song so soulfully. It is dedicated to the sculptor and painter Jeff Schlanger who, as a boy growing up in East Manhattan, would grind his own telescope lenses so that he could watch the night sky. Bernard Martin danced The Disguises and his solo aptly embodies the poem in its combination of restless searching and wonder. The song is dedicated to Gordon Allen.

"The Masks are Made by Hand and Show" is a brilliantly concise poem offering an eternal wisdom in simple, almost folksy language. The song is dedicated to Richard Marsella, with whom I have shared many delightful masquerades.

"Preparation" is a breathtaking poem that 'pares' the self down to its essence, likely a product of Page's deep engagement with Sufism. The song is dedicated to Ken Aldcroft. With The Metal and the Flower, I sought to evoke the stillness of a garden where both love and longing grow, silently and in abundance. It is dedicated to Rob Clutton.

"Picking Daffodils" is dedicated to choreographer Holly Small, who tends to her garden with a dancer's grace and to her dances with the nurturing passion of a horticulturalist. The dance/drum duo of Alanna Kraaijeveld and Pierre Tanguay on this one has been a showstopper every time.

"The Mole" starts down low, thanks to Nic Caloia's peerless expertise in the domain of the profound. The song is dedicated to drummer Jack Vorvis, whose brilliant work is underground in more ways than one.

"This Heavy Craft" is a gem of a poem and was the first song in the suite that I wrote. It gave me the sense of what may be possible as this project unfolded (including, and not necessarily despite, the occasional crash to the ground). It is dedicated to Joane Hétu, who has been so generous with and steadfast in her support.

"Blue" is surely the only blues to contain the word "delphinium." It is dedicated to Julia Hambleton, who inadvertently reintroduced me to P.K. Page's poetry in 2010, and whose grandfather Ronald - unbeknownst to me when I wrote the song - edited the first volume to include Page's verse, in 1944.


Artist Biographies

"Nicolas Caloia. Born Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1968. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Performer (double bass).

Since 1990 Nicolas Caloia has worked at creating a contemporary music generated by using accurately composed textures to channel collective improvisation. The goal is a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart. He has worked as a performer, composer, and organizer in Montréal and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts with the most important members of Montréal's creative music community as well as with internationally renowned musicians like the ICP orchestra, Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, William Parker, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser finds a voice in: The Ratchet Orchestra - a 30-piece big band; Tilting - the Nicolas Caloia Quartet, Ring - a sextet, Spell - a 10-piece marching band, Trephining - a quintet, Mercury - a duet Lori Freedman as well in solo performances."

-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/caloia_ni/)
2/26/2024

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"Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest began his professional musical activities in the 1980s, playing with several Canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Lisle Ellis, Jean Derome and Pierre Cartier in various bands including I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest -Rate, Trio Michel Ratté, Wreck's Progress.

Charuest was a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (with German bassist Peter Kowald and South African drummer Louis Moholo) with whom he performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has performed with internationally active musicians including William Parker, John Betsch and Mathias Schubert, and has also collaborated with Canadian electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, jef chippewa and Jean Piché.

Charuest works with various ensembles, including Charuest-Caloia, Still (with Nicolas Caloia and Peter Valsamis), Stir (with Caloia, Valsamis and Agustí Fernández), a quartet with Caloia, Lori Freedman and Josh Zubot, Murray Street Band and The Ratchet Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with Ellwood Epps, John Heward, Philippe Lauzier, Scott Thomson, choreographer Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

Charuest won the François-Marcaurelle Award at the 2015 Montreal Offspring of Jazz."

-Yves Charuest Website (translated by Google) (http://yvescharuest.net/?page_id=13)
2/26/2024

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"Quebec City, Québec, 1956: Composer, Performer (drum set, percussion, voice)

A percussionist, composer and inveterate inventor, Pierre Tanguay is one of the most sought-after Montréal musicians on the Quebec scene. Since the beginning of the 80s, he has participated in an impressive number of ensembles, including Jean Derome and the dangereux zhoms, Évidence, Castor et compagnie, the Jean-François Groulx Trio, the ODD (a danse orchestra), Villemure Ô Carré, the Pierre Cartier Ensemble and Projet Riel. Among his collaborators are Jean Derome, Normand Guilbeault, Pierre Langevin, René Lussier, Karen Young, Fred Frith, Michel Donato, Daniel Mille, André Duchesne and Antoine Berthiaume. He is very active in the fileds of medieval and traditional music, jazz and musique actuelle. He is the co-founder of Strada, Midi Tapant, Derome/Tanguay.

He has composed works for dance (Lucie Grégoire, Andrew Harwood, Irène Stamou and Francine Gagné), as well as works for the theatre and film (Allan Booth, Imago and Roberto Ariganello). He regularly tours throughout Canada and Europe."

-SMCQ (http://www.smcq.qc.ca/smcq/en/artistes/t/tanguay_pi/)
2/26/2024

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"Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer. He works extensively with singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, and writes songs for her based on published authors' texts to be played in many contexts, from duo to octet and sometimes including Susanna' s choreography. Monicker (with Arthur Bull and Roger Turner), for example, exemplifies Scott's commitment to open improvisation. He co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co- directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell's music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. Scott has composed a series of site- specific works, "cartographic compositions" for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Scott programs the Guelph Jazz Festival."

-Bug Incision (http://www.bugincision.com/events-2014.html)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. As Ten, As Twenty 4:23

2. The Understatement 5:56

3. Star-Gazer 5:59

4. The Disguises / The Masks 6:05

5. Preparation 5:58

6. The Metal and the Flower 5:44

7. Picking Daffodils 3:21

8. The Mole 10:07

9. This Heavy Craft 6:22

10. Blue 4:22

11. As Ten, As Twenty (Solo) 1:36

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Improvised Music
Musique Actuelle
Song Based Music
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