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Camoes, Joao / Jean-Marc Foussat / Claude Parle: Bien Mental (Fou Records)

The trio of Jean-Marc Foussat on synthesizer, Claude Parle on accordion, and Joao Camoe on alto violin in three electroacoustic improvisations in a dialog of unusual approach balancing serious performance skills with quirky humor, "well mental" music indeed.

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Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD 12
Squidco Product Code: 23418

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Pajama in La Garenne-Colombes, France, on January 8th & February 11th, 2015, by Jean-Marc Foussat.


Joao Camoes-alto violin

Jean-Marc Foussat-synthesizer

Claude Parle-accordion

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"On their release they offer three of their improvisations: 'L'autre bout', 'A vingt ans'and 'Dechirure'. What they have in common is that the improvisations move on in a constant and often restless flow. Moments of silence are rare, although they play with dynamics as well. The opening of 'L'autre bout' is the exception to it, as it starts from long extended sounds produced by Foussat. All three equally engage in their communicative excursions. The improvisations are of a highly abstract level, but at the same time very lively and playful. Their music is mainly built from short and quickly changing movements and gestures. The colouring of viola and accordion with sounds of electro-acoustic origin is tasteful and works well. The music is very rich and condensed. Some very engaging music is the result."-Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

Artist Biographies

"João Camões was born in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1983.

Classically trained, he studied viola in Conservatory of Music of Coimbra, under the guidance of João Ventura. After completing his studies in Civil Engineering, he moved to Lisbon where he discovered the creative and improvised music bustling local scene. There, he started to develop a set of extensive techniques that he mixes with classical ones, in a very physical approach to his instrument. Active in miscellaneous ensembles, his personal projects include: "Open Field string trio", with Marcelo dos Reis (guitar) and José Miguel Pereira (double-bass), "earnear", with Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano) and Miguel Mira (cello), João Camões & Kátia Sá, a duo with visual artist Kátia Sá and Nuova Camerata, with Carlos "Zíngaro" (violin), Ulrich Mitzlaff (cello), Miguel Leiria Pereira (double-bass) and Pedro Carneiro (marimba). Lately, together with his beloved wife, Joana Gomes, he started to compose and interpret music for theatre plays.

In addition to his regular projects he has also worked, in concert or workshop context, alongside some generous artists that helped him to continuously wonder, such as Bertrand Denzler, Bruno Parrinha, Burton Greene, Elliott Sharp, Ernesto Rodrigues, Evan Parker, Frédéric Blondy, Jean-Marc Foussat, João Apolinário, João Lucas, João Parrinha, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, João Viegas, Manuel Ara, Miguel Martins and Samuel Barsegian."

-Joao Camoes Website (

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"Jean-Marc Foussat (born March 19, 1955 in Oran ) is a French composer and improvisational musician ( guitar, piano, live electronics ).

Since the mid-1970s, Foussat had belonged to groups such as Lézard Marçio, in which he contributed the sounds of concrete music with magnetic tapes. In 1981, he finished his first solo album, Abattage, which was released in 1983. In the ensemble Marteau Rouge (with the guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the drummer Makoto Sato), he also collaborated with Evan Parker. Together with the saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau, he formed the duo Aliquid, which also appeared with Joe McPhee ( Quod, 2014). In addition to soloprograms, he also starred with Noël Akchoté / Roger Turner, Samuel Blaser, Émilie Lesbros, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sophie Agnel, Daunik Lazro and numerous other musicians, as well as the Fortuna 21 Octet of Raymond Boni and the department of education psychique on."

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Claude Parle born Nanterre (France); Born at Sens (France, 89) ; March 4, 1947;; 2016 Performance Buto Dance with Daï Matsuoka (from Sankai Juku) at Bertin Poirée Space - Paris; Festival "Arts Levants" Paris/Tokyo. Rencontre avec Mudai (danse Buto); Subphonic Orchestra at Prieuré de Vausse (Bourgonia); ; Juillet Rencontre avec Raymond Boni à Espace en Cours (R. Boni, J.M. Foussat, Claude Parle Soirée clôture à Espace Vitet: Sarrussophones Orchester ( Five one ! ); ; 2015 Session with Linda Sharrock, Cyp Busolini, Yoram Russilo, Makoto Sato, Itaru Oki, Eric Zinman, Marco Reichtern ( CD of this session); Outcome of a CD: "Bien Mental" at "Fou Records" (João Camões, Claude Parle, Jean Marc Foussat); ; Juin Creation of a new space place in Paris: The Spare Place, 111 rue Pelleport.; Sept Creation of the "Subphonic Orchestra" : Jouk Minor, Ugo Boscain, Jean Querlier, Anita Glodeck, Claude Parle;; 2014 Various collaborations with writing & theater (Patrice Cazelles, Blandine Scelles) (Milano Laboratorio Teatrale Aperto di Francesca Vaccaro Due); ; 2013 Expérience sonique XIV : Now Cut; CP+Cathy Heyden; CP+Eliane Blaise; Cp+Guill Loisillon; Specious Daimon; Hipie Diktat;; ; Concert à "La Marguerite": Ugo Boscain, Fred Marty, CLaude Parle+Itaru Oki; ; Mai Concert à "Espace en Cours" J.L Petit, C.Parle, Benjamin Duboc, Hugo boscain; ; Juin Montreuil - 4ème Festival des Dimanches de l'Impro de la Guillotine : Duo Cathy Heyden + Claude parle; ; 2012 "Sessions mémorables" Avec : Carol Robinson, Cyprien Busolini, Charlotte Testu, Claude Parle; Juin Concert inaugural à "TrashVortex" Ivry sr Seine: " Expériment#6 " for "Large ensemble" : Eve Risser, Cyprien Busolini, Deborah Walker, Wilfried Wendling, Frédéric Maintenant, Claude Parle. Concert "Large Ensemble" créé à mon initiative basée sur l'exploration des microtonalités & des micro clusters. Oct Festival Buto à Bilbao ( Avec Marianella Lèon Ruiz) Tour à Trieste "Festival inutilità" et Lubjiana avec "Frasques" Trio Parle, Ugo Boscain, Fred Marty); 2011 "Experiment #4" pr 2Cordes & 2Vents Deborah Wlker&Cyprien Busolini+C.P & Adèle Wolf; Mars Performance à la Galerie de la Pointe à l'occasion de la sortie du disque "Occupé" (Algha Margen) Michel Potage, Jack Berrocal, Pierre Bastien, Claude Parle.; ; Sept Festival Buto à Barcelone ( avec Marianela Lèon Ruiz); ; Oct Au Kibélé : Jack Wright(sax), Dan Warburton(viol), Claude Parle(acc), Johan Nystrom(perc),; ; Nov "SKIN - Improvisation #7 " Atsushi Takenouchi Jinen Butoh Solo. Musiciens : Claude PARLE (Accordéon), Hiroko KOMIYA (voix, objets sonores); ; 2010 Festival Buto à Bertin Poirée: Danse : Masaki Iwana , création : "Princesse Uragiri"; ; Création à Bertin Poirée:"Breakfast of the Sea Dragon" Claude Parle :musique & écriture; Marguerite Papazoglou, chorégraphie/ Danse; ; Soirée Exceptionnelle à la Société des Curiosités : Jack Wright / Claude Parle; ; Mai Festival "Danse Directe #13" :" La danse Buto rencontre des musiciens improvisateurs Légendaires ". Avec Masaki Iwana, Moeno Wakamatsu, Marianela Lèon-Ruiz (danse) Kamel Zekri, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, (Tournée en Normandie); ; Rencontre avec Bob Marsh "Les Michelins" les 22 & 23 Mai 2010chorégraphie/ Danse;; ; 2009 Performance à la Galerie Tampon (Paris) Avec Jean-Luc Petit (sax), Mathias Pontévia(drums), Claude Parle (acc); ; Création : "Hommage à Jean Langlais" .Festival danse Buto à "la Maison du Buto Blanc" La Pérrotière (Normandie); ; 2008 Buto Festival in Roma, "Furio Camillo" theatre 26, 27/02, Performance with Samantha; Marenzi & Alessandra Christiani.; ; Dance/Performances with Toru Iwashita (Galerie Tampon; Espace Bertin Poirée) Paris.; ; Buto Festival at Bertin Poirée with Cinzia Menga ( 11 & 13 June); Performance with Yoko Miura (12 juillet, Galerie Tampon)[+ Guest : François Tusques] ; Performance with Moeno Wakamatsu, Fondaction Boris Vian (Paris)October; Encount with Steve Dalachinsky (plus Didier Lassérre) at Librairie Apsara (Paris; ; 2006 Buto festival Bertin Poirée, Paris. Dance : Joan Laage; ; 2004 Buto Festival at Proscénium théâtre, Paris (10/14 mai); With :MasakiIwana,AtsushiTakenutchi,Gyohei Zaitsu,MakiWatanabe,; Cinzia Menga, Yumi Fujitani.(Solo dancers) Music : Claude Parle; (Produced and managed by C. Parle);; 2003 "Nova Musica " Festival in Paris (Org : Reina Portuondo-Daniel Kientzy); Buto Festival in Roma "Transform'azioni" Teatro Furio Camillo; Lives performances with Masaki Iwana at "La perrotière" (Normandie); ; 2002 Japan Tour "IMPROVISATIONS 7" The 15/16 May at Tokyo; 19/20 at Kyoto; With Toru Iwashita (Danse) Claude Parle (Accordéon) Wilbert de Joode (Bass); ; 2002/2001 Many "Music/dance" sessions (With Masaki Iwana,Mindora,Maki Watanabe, Toru Iwashita); ; 2000 Listener in DEA of musicology, (GRM cursus); Musical Researches Group of "Radio-France"; ; 1999 "Engagement avec les substances II". Four performances Accordion; solo/Dance with Masaki Iwana at "Boris Vian" foundation in Paris.; ; 1998/1997 After fourteen years of works apart (Studio, electro-acoustic researches,; Soundtracks for theatre , poetry) Come back to stage with Buto dancers.; ; 1995 (Startin' from) Conservatoire of Nanterre (Close Paris; Philippe Leroux,; master of art) Starting working with "computer assisted music".; ; 1990/1984 Reseaches on body/sounds/space/speech.; ; 1984/1972 Sessions/interventions/installations with writers, poets, visual artists.; Performance at Museum of Modern Arts (Arc 2); Creation of soundtrack for an exposition, "Galerie du Luxembourg"; (Paris) "Galerie des Philosophes", (Genève, 1973); ; 1978 "Sens' Music Meeting": First international festival of improvising music.; ; 1973/1970 Many concerts ...; American Embassy (Don Cherry, Okai Temiz, Johnny Dyani); Chateauvallon (1972) "Don Cherry New Researches"; Pop Music shows (Soft Machine); ; 1972/1967 Works with Jac Berrocal (Duet Accordion/Cornet); ; 1972/1970 "Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes" (Practical school of high studies); (Roland Barthes, seminary director); ; 1969/1967 Dijon University (Sciences and Letters); ; 1967/1958 Accordion studies, classical Formation. (Europe Cup, 1964)

-Claude Parle Website (

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Track Listing:

1. L'autre bout 6:35

2. A vingt ans 13:29

3. Dechirure 19:59

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Trio Recordings
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms

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