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Petit, Didier : D'Accord (RogueArt)

An absolutely phenomenal example of free improvisation, both on cello and on voice, from French improviser Didier Petite performing live at La Plantation, in Beijing, China in 2016, showing profoundly great skill, a fount of creative impulse and ideas, and wonderfully idiosyncratic vocals and songs to accompany himself; an inspiring and delightful record.

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UPC: 3760131270785

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: ROG-0078
Squidco Product Code: 25130

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel w/ booklet
Recorded at La Plantation, Beijing, China, on November 26th and 27th 2016, by Philippe Bouvet.


Didier Petit-cello

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"One of the finest players to have come out of Alan Silva's IACP school, cellist Didier Petit has been active on the French free improvisation scene since the mid-'80s. His playing style relies mostly on double-string arco technique. He is also often heard vocalizing on top of his instrument. He performs regularly with Parisian improvisers like Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, and Denis Colin, and has performed with Sakis Papadimitriou, Roger Turner, Marilyn Crispell, and Carlos Zingaro. His best-known group is the quartet NOHC, from the late '90s. He is the founder of the new music label In Situ.

Petit was born in a musical family. He started on cello at age six and attended the conservatory until age 15. At this point he turned his back on his classical upbringing. Hearing Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Alan Silva's Celestrial Communication Orchestra had the power of a revelation and soon the cellist embarked on the avant-garde jazz train. He enrolled in the bassist's IACP. For the next ten years or so he studied there, then taught and performed administrative tasks, all the while playing in the CCO. During this period, he met saxophonist Michel Lobko who introduced him to the European scene of free improvisers. With him and Christine Janvier, he organized the first Décades de Musiques Improvisées in 1985, a first exercise in musical activism and networking. In 1990 he founded In Situ, a label he has pampered for 12 years before leaving Théo Jarrier in charge in 2002.

1990 is also the year Petit released his first solo album, Sorcier, on the British label Leo Records. A number of collaborations followed, including the avant-musical theater troupe Un Drame Musical Instantané. He developed a particularly strong relationship with bass clarinetist Denis Colin, playing in his trio since 1994. In turn he invited Colin to take part with saxophonist Daunik Lazro and drummer Michael Nick to his own quartet NOHC, the idea of which sparked in 1990. A first album came out in 1998 on In Situ, followed by NOHC on the Road on Leo two years later. A second solo album, Déviation, appeared in 2000 on La Nuit Transfigurée."-François Couture

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track listing:

1. Appel 0:55

2. La Marche de l'Ombre 1:52

3. Paysage 2:08

4. Danses au Clair Obscur 1:40

5. Chant de la Neige 1:31

6. Interlude Rituel 0:36

7. Cosmocelle 1:44

8. Soleil Rouge 6:09

9. Le Printemps se Leve a l'Est 4:55

10. Interlude Rituel 0:38

11. Deesse Alegresse 1:57

12. Humeurs d'une Nuit 5:18

13. Sons de le Lune 3:56

14. Marche d'un Jour 2:19

15. Cosmogonie 0:25

16. Feu de le Terre 1:56

17. What a Wonderfull World 3:47

18. Inerlude Final 0:39
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The third part of a triptych after "Déviation" and "Don't Explain": totally mature, a brilliant solo cello album"-RogueArt

"This disc is the after since the before, it closes 20 years of a different practice of this instrument I've been lugging around for nearly 50 years. I've always thought of it like the embryo of another that finds itself after the same. After all these years, I don't really know anymore who's the instrument of whom. The Cello, despite not being a tool of its time happens to be quite comfortable in our times. Putting aside its diversity of sounds that can make electro-acousticians green with envy, no one takes if for what it is, which is a major strength. Mine was built at the end of the 19th century, it conforms to sustainable development criteria and can be transported anywhere without difficulty. It's long been able to emancipate itself from industrial pressure, and is therefore out of the competition and out of the market economy while being a part of the market economy. With it, I instrumentalize music according to my moods, my demons, my furies, my elations. I ritualize my ruminations..."-Didier Petit

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